Sunday, July 15, 2007

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden...

...a lavender field, yes. Roses, no. This picure was taken at Lavender Valley Lavender Farm. It is breathtakingly beautiful, and the scent...ah, heavenly!

Riff had given me tickets for our anniversary for an (incredible!) Allison Kraus concert that took place last weekend in Troutdale. We stayed at Edgefield in Troutdale where the concert took place, then got up Friday morning, drove the scenic Columbia River Gorge (that is entirely another post), coming out at Hood River. We had picked up a map awhile back for the Hood River Fruit Loop and have been saying for a year now that we were going to go over and check it out. There are 36 farms, fruit stands, wineries and you name it on this beautiful drive through the Hood River Valley. We chose ahead of time just a few that we wanted to stop at, so I do believe that we will have to go back another time. Join me here on a small tour of our day...


I can't even tell you how many wineries are on this loop. With alot of whining and crying (from Riff - he wanted to stop at them all!) we managed to stop at three for some delightful wine tasting, coming home with several bottles for our evening indulgences.


I was very excited to stop at the Llama farm, Foothill Yarn & Fiber. As we pulled up the driveway, we were flagged down by this pen. It turns out that this little guy was only a few hours old. Isn't he just the cutest little thing?


Pears. Everywhere you look, Pears!


How much fun would this be? Windsurfing on the Columbia with majectic Mount Hood regining over it all.

6 comments:

Yolanda said...

It is beautiful there. I too love lavendar .We have two huge bushes in our front yard. You must come visit my neck of the woods . Yamhill county has the largest cocentration of wineries and vineyards in the state and also two of the best french restaurants in the northwest.

Lucy said...

WOW-you always have such nice adventures to partake in!! Love all the scenic shots. I'm starting to think I live on the wrong coast!!

lucy

Wende said...

Amazing! What a lovely gift!! :D It looks perfect.

I saw you and Riff at the movies on Friday, but we were so far up in the seats that I wasn't able to reach you before you left. How did you like HP??

Stacey said...

Wow, That Lavendar is huge!! You could get lost in it!!!
We whent to see HP to. I was so tired, I almost fell asleep, but those chairs are hard to sleep in.
Your mobile was a big hit @ Brittany's baby shower!!!

Adrienne said...

That must have smelled fantastic! Thanks for sharing your trip. I'm planning to visit Lavendar Valley soon. It's only about an hour and a half from me.

kansasrose said...

Oh Paula, what a heavenly vacation you both took! The pictures are just gorgeous. That lavender field looks like a scene from the South of France! You both look so happy... Allison Krause ROCKS! How sweet of your husband to wine and dine you and get tickets for the concert. Hon...just the wineries would have me blissed out. ;) What was your favorite wines? You live in a spectacular region! I wanna move! Thanks for the tour. xxxooo