On the way, we stopped at Multnomah Falls. Tall, but low-flow. Very cool.
Then, off again to Stonehenge. The Maryhill Stonehenge is a full-size, astronomically-aligned replica of Stonehenge located in Maryhill, Washington. It was commissioned in the early 20th century by businessman Samuel Hill and dedicated on July 4, 1918 as a memorial to those that died in World War I.
The Columbia River flows through the Gorge, and we ran alongside it for the whole trip. Beautiful country. The change as you pass the highest mountains is almost shocking: one side is lush and green and looks like what you'd expect, the east side is more like a desert, or at least rocky plains.
We finally found the place, overlooking the river. The wind up there was mighty and tried to steal my hat, but it failed against the awesome might of my left foot (i.e. had to step on my hat to catch it as it tried to blow away).
A nifty location, to be sure. No surprise, we spent a good chunk of time making Spinal Tap jokes, and Flinn got a pic of me crushing it with my boot. I'll post that when he sends it to me.
We headed a bit further up the road to the little nowhere town of Goldendale, because there was supposed to be a pizza joint there that looked good. After a bit of looking around, though, we gave up (later research shows that it is closed). Stopped off at "Hometown Pizza", though. OK, first off, the place was deserted. The tables were those long folding tables you see in schools and churches. Even though there was no one else there, they hadn't cleaned the tables (we sat at the only clean booth). We laughed at the "Wall of Fame" and "Wall of Shame" for what they called the 'Big Dog Challenge', which apparently is finishing one of their largest pizzas alone. No one was on the Fame wall. The food wasn't bad, though, and we rolled for home.
I came inside, passed a few words with Dianna, and headed back out to meet up with dragon_smoke and pale_elf, who were in town for a vacation. Some people, you meet and you kinda feel each other out, but others you just click with. This was definitely the latter. OK, we've known each other through LJ for a while, which helped, but still, just was good times. Time flew by, and we had a blast just chatting and goofing around.
*Hey, I've been out all day in the wind, I look like shit, deal with it*
Got home, got comfy, and spent the next 3.5 hours on IM with armyofthree. Damn good times, all around