I jumped into action and called every dog friendly resort/hotel/rental property in Oregon and Washington. I had about 20 browsers open, I looked at Cannon Beach, I contacted the same hotel we stayed at in Columbia River Gorge, I searched the Willamette Valley wine region. Everything was booked, not surprising since it was the day before...
I scrambled around the rest of the night packing up groceries, and all the necessities for a relaxing mountain retreat, and the next day we were off. I rode the two and half hours with a nervous dog in my lap, worried we were going to leave him behind, and we were all so excited to pull up to our home away from home. We waited for the other couple to arrive before submerging ourselves in the hot tub and toasting to our great escape.
We grabbed lunch outside at Mt. Hood Brewing Co and then took the long way home, through our favorite Columbia River Gorge. We just couldn't be that close by and not drive through. We stopped to let the pup swim and to take it all in again.
Honestly Oregon is just too much sometimes. There's too much to see and too many waterfalls to chase. We've now seen two of the seven wonders of this wonderful state and I just want to keep on checking them off. This was the most spontaneous vacation - planned and booked and on the road in less than 24 hours - and that made it even more special. In the past I might have said it was too last minute, and we should probably stay home, but now I've learned to just take those surprise moments we find together and GO! They are rare and beautiful.
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