Historic Columbia River Highway

Trip Start Jun 29, 2012
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Trip End Jul 30, 2012


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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's been a while since we last wrote so we have a few things to catch up on.  Pasco, Washington was actually very pretty.  Hot and humid and thunderstorms at night but a nice park with very nice people. And ... ready for it ... I actually drove the RV and it was easier than I had anticipated.  Although I felt like I was always driving in my neighbors lane because the beast is so big, Lance said I did really well :)

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.  Lance and Roxie made it to the car a few minutes before I did!  Damn him and his trail running!!  Multnomah Falls remind me a lot of Yosemite Falls. We read a funny story about a rock the size and weight of a school bus filled with concrete falling from the top of Multnomah Falls to the first landing below.  The splash it created completely covered the bridge in the photo and drenched an unsuspecting wedding party..

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.  What a quaint little town but boy, was it windy!  At the recommendation of someone Lance works with we visited the Columbia Gorge Hotel.  What a view!  From their back patio you can see acorss the gorge to Washington.  People were out kite surfing (having a blast in the wind) and doing stand up paddles (not very successful with all the wind).  The hotel is pet friendly so we took Roxie inside which she loved.

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.
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Susan on

Your pictures have been fabulous. Thank you for sharing and safe travels!

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