Thursday, May 27, 2010

Oregon: Columbia River Gorge

View of the Columbia River Gorge from the Portland Woman's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Vista house is on the cliff to the right.

The Columbia River Gorge is a pastoral beauty that changes gradually with the seasons. It has sweeping vistas, a plethora of waterfalls, and giant slugs. What is not to like? While I-80 now zips through the gorge, to really see it, you need to take the history highway that starts in Troutdale and which winds lazily through the countryside. This was a great route to take my parents on. Most of the sites are easily accessible a short walk from the car. Below are a series of pictures from the trip.

Looking towards Portland from the Vista House

Looking down the gorge from the Vista House

A close up of the vista house and the mountains beyond

Could this be a brown specimen of the nefarious Banana Slug?

Latourell Falls

Common Camas (Camassia quamash)

Wahkeena Falls

Multnomah Falls

Bonneville Dam and Hydroelectric Power Plant. The roar was something to behold

This Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) was unafraid of our car and my camera.


~Cheryl said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! That area is so spectacular. The slugs... not so much! :)

Linda said...

Is this the same Columbia river that flows through British Columbia? When we did a house exchange there we were amused to notice that it was always referred to as the 'mighty Columbia'. Which indeed it was, and seems even mightier here.