2013 USA Pacific Northwest travel blog

White Salmon, WA - The Bridge RV Park - site 9

White Salmon, WA - The Bridge RV Park - site 9, another...

White Salmon, WA - The Bridge RV Park - site 9, and...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 0 - our route - 91 miles

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 1 - now that's a color we...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 2 - a shot of the Columbia...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 3 - an old Studebaker Lark traveling...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 4 - notice I'm in the right...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 5 - we are in the Columbia...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 6 - looking across the Columbia River...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 7 - the Oregon side has steeper...

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 8 - looking up river

Woodland to White Salmon, WA 9

Sternwheeler Tour 0 - our route - 46 miles

Sternwheeler Tour 1 - headed back west on I-84

Sternwheeler Tour 2

Sternwheeler Tour 3 - in the little town of Cascade Locks where...

Sternwheeler Tour 4 - a statue of Sacagawea with papoose and dog...

Sternwheeler Tour 5

Sternwheeler Tour 6 - the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

Sternwheeler Tour 7 - the sternwheel

Sternwheeler Tour 8 - shots while aboard the boat going down and...

Sternwheeler Tour 9

Sternwheeler Tour 70

Sternwheeler Tour 11 - the Bonneville Dam

Sternwheeler Tour 12 - the entrance to the locks at the dam

Sternwheeler Tour 13 - part of the fish weir system to allow...

Sternwheeler Tour 14 - churning the water a little

Sternwheeler Tour 15 - piers used by the native tribes to fish...

Sternwheeler Tour 16 - some are pretty elaborate

Sternwheeler Tour 17 - our national symbol sitting high in a tree...

Sternwheeler Tour 18 - the Bridge of Gods

Sternwheeler Tour 19 - it's a beautiful day

Sternwheeler Tour 20

Sternwheeler Tour 21

Sternwheeler Tour 22

Sternwheeler Tour 23 - the native tribes are also allowed to string...

Sternwheeler Tour 24

Sternwheeler Tour 25

Sternwheeler Tour 26 - a couple of Osprey with their nest built...

Sternwheeler Tour 27 - we drove over the Bridge of Gods to...

Sternwheeler Tour 28 - the RR track runs between the highway and...

Sternwheeler Tour 29 - and it's very active

Sternwheeler Tour 30 - there are many tunnels on this route for...

Sternwheeler Tour 31 - another set

Sternwheeler Tour 32 - and another

Sternwheeler Tour 33 - this one is a little crowded

Sternwheeler Tour 34 - now we are between the railroad and the...

Sternwheeler Tour 35 - and the river is still beautiful!

Waterfall Trip 0 - our route - 82 miles

Waterfall Trip 1-headed west on I-84 once again-this truck doesn't know whether...

Waterfall Trip 2 - already getting a little color in the trees

Waterfall Trip 3 - we are now heading back west on the...

Waterfall Trip 4 - Latourell Falls

Waterfall Trip 5 - now that is a little ominous as we...

Waterfall Trip 6 - the trail down to Bridal Veil Falls -...

Waterfall Trip 7 - They weren't lying - this is a little...

Waterfall Trip 8 - Bridal Veil Falls

Waterfall Trip 9 - Wahlkeena Falls - couldn't get a real clear...

Waterfall Trip 10 - Multnomah Falls -supposedly the second highest all-season falls...

Waterfall Trip 11 - Horsetail Falls

Waterfall Trip 12 - Horsetail Falls from a little different angle

Waterfall Trip 13 - the trail to Elowah Falls

Waterfall Trip 14 - then it got better

Waterfall Trip 15 - then worse

Waterfall Trip 16 - then really bad - notice this is all...

Waterfall Trip 17 - lots of tall trees around us on the...

Waterfall Trip 18 - Elowah Falls

Waterfall Trip 19 - Starvation Creek Falls

Waterfall Trip 20 - heading back east towards the Mothership and home

Waterfall Trip 21 - this is the Hood River Bridge which is...

Waterfall Trip 22 - the notice for the Huckleberry festival on Sept....


It was a very easy 91 mile trip from Woodland, WA through the outskirts of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR to White Salmon, WA, crossing the Columbia River twice. It was a pretty drive and we also managed to give the Mothership a drink on the way so she will be ready to last us almost all the way south out of Oregon in a couple of weeks.

We are staying at The Bridge RV Park which is a very nice park just across the Columbia River from Hood River, OR by way of a VERY NARROW bridge that costs us $3 to cross. We have a 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through site with very nice landscaping and a little bit larger site than we are used to. Verizon is strong and the satellite was also easy.

It rained Sunday so we just stayed in and relaxed. Monday was time to take the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler tour of the Columbia Gorge. We headed back towards Portland to the little community of Cascade Locks to catch the boat. The weather was great and the scenery on the river wonderful.

Tuesday was waterfall day. On the Oregon side of the gorge there are more waterfalls than we have time or energy to see so we picked some of the biggest and easiest to get to, eight in all. With the exception of two of them, they were almost next to the old highway 30, now called the Historic US 30 Route. The Bridal Veil Falls was a 2/3 mile trail down and then back up to see it but well worth it. The trail to Elowah Falls was 1.6 miles of pretty arduous terrain up and down the mountain. It was a high falls but we didn't get to see it as well as we would have liked - wasn't really worth the effort in our opinion. Doris is doing better and better on these hikes. Last year, before the surgery, I don't think she would have made it back from the Elowah Falls Trail. This year she made pretty good time - the rocks slow her down as she is still very fearful of falling and messing up the surgery.

Tomorrow, we head south to Redmond, OR about 15 miles north of Bend, OR. We will spend the labor day week-end there before continuing farther south.

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