Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Adventure in Oregon- Part 5

Oh my, it's Sunday already.  A bus load of women left the Bend hotel at 8 pm.  I met two women  checking out from the San Francisco bay area.  One said she had been born in Ames while her dad was in grad school.  They moved to California when she was one. 

We left Bend, to return to Sisters for a lecture by Jean Wells at 11am and arrived an hour early.  The sky was clear and we walked thru the pines to view the exibit of her quilts at the FivePine Lodge and Conference Center.  We met Fran from Salem who was looking for a ticket to the lecture even tho they were sold out.  We had an extra one so she lucked out.  Fran said her son was looking at going to college in Iowa at Grinnell.  She is also a lactation nurse in Salem. 
The pictures of the quilts in the pines are spectacular.   The lecture was "Sticks and Stones: Exploring Pattern and Color"
After the lecture we made a return trip to the Stitching Post shop and it was less crowded and easier to see the merchandise.  I got a book- Stitch 'n Flip quilts by Valori Wells (Jean's dau.) - it is out of print.  Anniversary Bouquet is one of the quilts in the book that we saw that morning.
Leaving Sisters on Hwy 126 to Redmond OR.  The GPS helped us get to Material Girls Fabrics quilt shop in a cute little house.  Great selection of unique fabric and also selling a kit of vinyl fabric to make a useful shopping bag.  I also bought 2 fat 1/8's and 1/4 yd to make a insulated water bottle holder with a free pattern included.  I was disappointed they did not have a shop pin.
Grabbed a quick lunch and started back on Hwy  26 to the Portland area.  Scenic route and stopped in a rest area at Government Camp to get a picture of snow covered Mt. Hood (11,235 elevation).

We didn't stop in Sandy, OR so I didn't get any souvenirs with my name of them.
After checking into our hotel in Troutdale, OR, we got directions to see Multomah Falls along the Columbia River.   It was awesome and right along Highway 84.   It really was great to see it.
There are other waterfalls in the area, but this is the largest waterfall in North America.
After seeing the falls, we found a restaurant "Tad's Chicken and Dumplings"  One order of the famous chicken and dumplings fed two as served with relish tray, dinner salad, roll, and green beans with ham chunks as a side.  There was old fashion bread pudding on the dessert menu, but too full to eat it.
We returned to the Cascade Inn and Suites  Best Western to re-pack and sleep
Our flight leaves at 10:40am for our return trip to Iowa.  The post office opens at 9 am so we can send a box of fabric home. 

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