Last big day of driving today – 200 miles, as usual we tried to stop along the way. The traffic was nose to tail all the way from Smith Rock to Portland with everyone returning from a long weekend away.
Smith Rock is only half an hour from Bend and is a popular rock climbing destination. The volcanic formations stood out on the otherwise flat landscape. It was desert-like but then again it was very green and a river ran through the canyon.
We kept driving along US 26 towards Mt Hood. Lots of volcanic, desert-like scenery including some vast plateaus near Warm Springs. Definitely a good drive today, varied and less windy!
Hood River is another wine region but is known for fruit, you can see the orchards in the foreground of the photo above. We joined the Columbia River Highway which follows the river into Portland. It is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and forms the boundary between Oregon and Washington. The highway goes through the gorge and you can see a few tall waterfalls from the car.