Heading north from Silver Falls quickly brought us back into Portland. It was the first place we stopped in Oregon, and we were ready to get more time with some good friends here. This time in Portland, we were not feeling like we needed to do "big city stuff", because we'd already done it two months ago.
We got to explore a little more like locals. Friends took us berry picking on Sauvie Island.
I thought I'd seen some berries before, but I was so wrong! The variety of berries that Oregon produces is just amazing! Holding these gigantic boysen berries made me feel like a scene out of James and the Giant Peach.
After our baskets and bellies were full, we headed further up the island for some beach time on the Columbia River.
Seems like Blossom is a true beach girl at heart. She at least did her best to thoroughly soak in her last days in Oregon.
The next morning, we all woke up to the smell of berry pies coming out of the oven! I am not ashamed to say that I ate pistachios and warm berry pie for dinner tonight. No regrets.
We are sad to be leaving these friends and amazing Portland hosts. We are also sad that it is our last night in Oregon. Time to head home. Not straight home, mind you... but a nearly 3,000 miles of driving awaits us, so we're reluctantly going to get started.
Loved Oregon so much. It's definitely secured a place in our hearts.