Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Where’s The Cheese?

With a plan in place, Mark and I along with Rod and Deb, Jim, Ellie and the fur kids, started out for Hood River and The Fruit Loop.

Our first stop was

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The White House.  We found

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flowers, and

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a beautiful vineyard.  Ellie did a wine tasting here and selected a couple of bottles she really liked.

From this location we had another great view

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of Mt. Hood.

Then it was off to the next stop, which was

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We stopped here

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looking for peaches, but only found

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more apples, jellies, and more wines.  Ellie, Deb, and I all found some we liked.   Still in pursuit of those peaches, we were off to

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Packer Orchards.  Here we hit the jackpot…not only did I find peaches, but we found

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homemade cookies and pies.

And…for you Andrew and Caden, Pop

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found this tractor!

Time to head on around the loop to the

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next wine tasting adventure.  Ellie and Rod were really into the tasting here.  I didn’t taste one thing I liked, so it was outside for a few pictures of

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the vineyards and

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the flowers.

We all decided after this stop, it was time for lunch.  We drove into Hood River and chose the

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Big Horse Brew Pub.  Lunch was outstanding…our choices ranged from fish and chips, burgers, fish tacos, clam chowder, sandwiches, and sweet potato fries.

After spending

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who knows how much time here, we were on the road to

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yet another vineyard and winery.  This one was advertised as the oldest one in Hood River.  While the others were inside tasting…outside, I found this old

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wine press.  I also wandered through

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the vineyards and the

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The country side is so beautiful…you just can’t get

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enough of the sights and the

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the smells.

There was still another winery on the list.  This was

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the back porch outside the tasting room.  And the

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this was the path that led down to the vineyards.  As we were leaving, I saw this

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llama that was also taking in all the sights.

Now, with our fruits and wine, it was time to head back to Troutdale…the only thing missing was the cheese, but, I guess that will have to wait until we get to Tillamook, and that is an adventure for another day.

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