Historic Columbia River Highway
Trip Start Jun 29, 2012
29Trip End Jul 30, 2012
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We drove from Pasco to Portland yesterday. We are at a wonderful, huge RV park with greater than 400 sites and 1,000 occupants - and we swear most of us have dogs!
Today we drove Route 30 - the Historic Columbia River Highway (The Oregon Trail) and it was awesome. We stopped at Crown Point and Bridal Veil Falls on the way to Multnomah Falls
Crown Point was a rest area for travelers in the early 1920's and served as a observatory minus telescopes :) The Bridal Veil falls were tucked among lush greenery We hiked down to see that falls which meant we hiked up to get back to the car
All the falls we saw were flowing with what we thought was a lot of water, until we found out that this is their dry month and the falls are usually flowing 2-3 times faster than we saw today.
After Multnomah Falls we drove to the Bonneville Dam - the first hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River approved for construction by President Roosevelt during the depression. it took four years to build it and improved the economy greatly. During the building of the dam, WWII broke out and the dam became a target for the enemy, but thankfully it was never attacked. The Bonneville Locks are adjacent to the dam and are a spectacular sight. We stood atop the locks for a while hoping a boat/ship/barge would come through but, darn it, nothing!
Hood River was next
We had a nice marine layer today that kept the temperature about 70 degrees. Lance said it was very pleasant - I had to put my jacket on a few times when the wind was really blowing.