Our route took us along the Washington side of the Columbia River on highway 14, a beautiful stretch of well maintained two lane highway.
|The ever-present Mount Hood.|
Mount Hood is a prominent fixture on the horizon. Coming in and out a view as we drove the twists and turns on Highway 14. First stop for the day was the Maryhill Museum of Art. This beautiful building was initially conceived as a private residence for Samuel Hill and his family. While it was under construction he decided it would better serve the community at large as an art museum. He and his family never did live in the place but it makes for a great museum. We spent a couple of hours admiring the exhibits.
|At the Maryhill Museum of Art.|
|Samuel Hill - Road Builder and the visionary behind Maryhill Museum of Art|
|One of the exterior staircases|
The views from the grounds are incredible as the property is perched 400 feet above the northern shore of the Columbia River.
|Sharon and I. If you look close you can see the bridge we would later take to cross the Columbia.|
|The Maryhill Museum from the access road.|
|The Dalles Dam, one of four between Kennewick WA and Portland OR.|
Stopped in The Dalles for gas and then continued westward into Portland and a visit to the Architectural Heritage Center. The first of the two main exhibits was the history of Portland's street cars. Portland still has a streetcar to this day! The second exhibit was a collection of glass door knobs. A surprisingly interesting display showing the large variety of manufacturers, styles, types and different manufacturing methods. No automotive door knobs though.
|A variety of door knobs from the past in a gorgeous cabinet.|
|Not something you see every day!|
Once back at the hotel we decided to try one of the local restaurants rather than the typical fast food places. Our choice was El Indio on NE Halsey Street. Here's the Urban Spoon write up. The food was great, service quick and the portions huge. Sharon was unable to finish hers so we boxed it up and shared it for lunch the next day. So if you're looking for Mexican we'd highly recommend El Indio.
So ends our second day. We've been blessed with great weather and no further mechanical issues. Looking forward to what tomorrow has in store!