Kelso - Bend
We decided to by-pass Portland and made our way along the Columbia river towards The Dalles.
We took the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway which runs parallel to the Interstate. There is a series of waterfalls along this road, the most impressive being the Multnomah Falls .
At Hood River we left the river and headed up to Mount Hood. Mount Hood is a popular skiing area. The oldest lodge is The Timberline Lodge which was used as the backdrop for the film "The Shining".
Just south of Government Camp we joined Highway 26 towards Madras and onto Bend. This is high desert which appears to be completely flat but now and again an unseen gorge cuts through the land.