Saturday night after work we drove up to Hood River for the night. My Honey had biz up there in the morning. So he dropped me in downtown Hood River Saturday morning so I could cruise the shops up and down main street. Hood River is a beautiful little town along the Columbia River. It's become a big windsurfing community. Come summer you can see windsurfers up and down the Gorge but mostly around Hood River. They even have World Games there in the summer. The community has really grown in recent years. So of course this brings more businesses, the downtown has some really cool little shops, wineries and restaurants. You can stay at a local Bed and Breakfast or the restored Hood River Hotel or the really cool Columbia Gorge Hotel. It sits on the cliff overlooking the river. It's pretty awesome.
I enjoyed my morning shopping then we drove to The Dalles and wandered around a bit before crossing the river to the Washington side for the drive home. Before leaving The Dalles we took a 7 Mile Loop up into the hills to see the fields of Balsa Root blooming. I thought they were sunflowers but this is not the season, whole fields of these flowers, some mixed with the lavender blooming Lupine. Once we got high up along the Gorge the view was spectacular. If you have never visited the Columbia River Gorge you need to put it on your bucket list. It is beautiful anytime of year in any weather. Right now it is very green and full of bloom.