|Less than 10 miles downriver from Portland OR is a little island called Sauvie Island. It is the largest river island in the United States consisting of almost 33 square miles.. It is bordered by the Columbia River, the Willamette River and the Multnomah Creek. There are just over 1000 permanent residents. I am sure it grows much larger in the summer when the beaches are open. There are four miles of beaches including a famous clothing optional beach. When the state put in the wildlife refuge in the 1940s they tried to close the “nude” beach. Protestors won the battle in court so it remains clothing optional today. I cannot think of any other wildlife refuge anywhere that also includes a nude beach! The island is very rural with several farms and a state run wildlife refuge. Hard to believe that downtown Portland is only minutes away.
It was a beautiful day for exploring. There were periods of intermittent rain showers and sunshine which offered us plenty of opportunity to see rainbows. They would appear, then fade, then reappear. We even saw a sailboat cruise right through one.
In the refuge we saw a lot of snow geese. I love seeing clouds of them in the skies. There were also several small groups of Sandhill Cranes. Another one of my favorites. As the sun went down the rain clouds came back. It sure made for some interesting clouds!