Tuesday, August 25, 2015
We drove to Multnomah Falls, then to downtown Portland. Then
we went to see the rose gardens in Washington Park in
Portland. Then headed over to the cost. We really
enjoyed Multnomah Falls. It is very beautiful. The short
drive on Route 30 was also very scenic.
Mrs. Boyd at the falls.
|On the way back toward Portland,
we stopped for fuel at a TA truck stop. There were six
lanes at the gas pumps. There were no lanes available
in the direction I was headed for filling up on the left
side. So I back into an open lane. The attendant (why
do they have an attendant?) yells at me that I'm headed in
the wrong direction. So my alternative is to turn
around and get in line. I turned around and left for
the Love's truck stop next door.
At Loves, there is also an attendant. I pulled up to a
pump and before I was able to even get out of the car, the
guy takes that gas cap off the filler spout. I get out
and he asks me what I want, so I said a fill up on
regular. But I have the credit card and nothing can
happen until that gets processed. So I put the card in
and the guy says that it will ask me for my zip code.
I want to inform him that I've bought gas a time or
two. I really don't need any assistance. Any
way, once the approval is done, he grabs the hose and starts
fumbling around to get it into the tank. In the
process of doing that, the hose bumps the premium button and
now the pump is set to pump premium. He informs me of
this and says, we'll have to reset it unless you want
premium. No, dude, I don't want premium. So he
pushed several different buttons and manages to get the
thing reset without me re-running my credit card and finally
I'm getting some gas. Why do these stations have
attendants? At this point in history, they're more of
a bother than a help.
The drive on Historic Route 30. Very scenic along the Columbia River.
After leaving Multnomah Falls and having lunch, we drove through downtown Portland, and then headed out to Washington Park to see the Rose gardens.
At the Test Rose Garden in Washington Park, Portland,
OR. We enjoyed wandering around the park. They have a
Japanese garden but it isn't free. We didn't think we'd
enjoy a non-free garden quite so much.
Ships at anchor in the Columbia River, Astoria, OR.
The end of US Route 30 in Astoria, Oregon. I snapped
this one handed while I was driving. It came out
pretty decent I think.
I hadn't thought about the possibility of driving to the end
of Route 30 on this trip, but I'm really glad it worked
out. I'll have to shoot for the East end
next. Maybe some day drive the entire length of
Route 30. I
drove on Rt 30 in Cheynne, Wyoming in 2011.
|On the way back to Renton from
Astoria, as we drove through some back country of
Washington, we came to realize that nearly every little
burgh has a cappuccino shack. Do these people really drink
that much coffee? The little burghs probably won't
have an ice cream stand, but they have a cappuccino shack.
|The pedometer app didn't work this day.
No idea why.
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Sunday the 23rd