On our way home, as we were sadly making our journey back to Idaho (I hate when vacation ends), we stopped in Hillsboro, OR to pick our very own strawberries at Groveland Acres. Well, Jason and I picked them, Carter ate them as we picked them. I think Carter was in heaven. He has a deep love for fruit. It was so fun and very affordable ($1 per pound). I wish we lived nearby so we could buy fresh (hand picked by ourselves) strawberries all the time!
Next, we hit Portland, where I was born and lived until I was around 7 years old. We drove through the downtown area (very nice) and went to the amazing Oregon zoo. Carter liked it, but Jason and I probably liked it a lot more than he did. I think he would LOVE it in another year or two.
Finally, we stopped in Hood River to grab a bite at Full Sail Brewing. Such yummy burgers, beer, and an amazing view of the Gorge. This was fun because Jason was reminiscing about a road bike race he did a few years ago up Mt. Hood. What a stud he is (but I think I remember a story about he and Sam being very weak because of food poisoning...no joke!).
I really loved this town. The Astoria coffeehouse and bistro was yummy. The people were really nice. And, yes, we saw the Goonies house. Very unrecognizable to me 25 years after it was filmed. Still cool. Still one of my favorite movies.
This was a fun and very scenic sand dune buggy ride Carter somehow managed to sleep through! He must have loved the roar of the engine. I'd never seen sand dunes like this. It was a very fun ride. And, there were actually some HUGE hills we went down that really got our stomach's. Good times.
This was in Florence, OR. Beautiful city. I highly recommended staying at The Landmark Inn up on the hill. Totally nice and good prices.