pacfic northwest roadtrip 2014 - day 2 - spokane, washington to portland, oregon

this was a jam packed day.
we left spokane after breakfast at hotel ruby and headed southwest on a side trip
to visit the famous pendleton mill/outlet, where some of my favorite blankets are made.
on the way, we passed through the tri-cities and all i could think was, where's mercy? (a note to all you patricia briggs fans!)
 the scenery was gorgeous and very dry, reminding me a bit of southern utah.
once we got our shop on at the mill ( i bought a gorgeous patterned backpack seen in this video at the 4min mark)...
...we headed west for mt.hood.
our plan was to make it to lost lake, near hood river, to see one of the best views of the volcano.
it was a very long drive on a deserted logging road, but when we arrived the view was worth it!
so tranquil, beautiful and there were salamanders swimming all along the shore.
i even saw a sasquatch! he selfied with me, lol.
i wish we could have stayed longer, but we had a lot more to see...
on the road we went.
the stretch of highway between hood river and portland is one of the most beautiful in the usa, it runs all along the columbia river gorge.
so many photo opportunities!
our main destination was multnomah falls.
it was packed with tourists, but the beauty of the 620ft waterfall made it worth it!
after a bit of hiking and an obligatory trip to the gift shop (multnomah falls socks anyone?) we drove on to portland.
after settling into our room at the ace hotel, which is incredible and will be featured in my next post, we went for dinner at jakes famous crawfish.
this seafood restaurant was suggested by the doorman at the ace and it was delicious and so old school. i felt like a senator having a secret rendezvous, dining in their darkened booths, lol.
 a crazy, amazing, beautiful day.
i'm wearing a topshop plaid shirt, brandy melville alien embroidered tee, aritzia leggings, birkenstock arizonas, spy alcatraz sunglasses and a vintage roots mini backpack.
travel time 8+hrs/467mls/751km

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