2017 Western Spring Fling travel blog

Today's route

Packed and ready to go

Headed up the Gorge on I84

Salmon and sturgeon on the bridge

Comfy in the back

Crossing the bridge at The Dalles

Welcome to Washington

Sounds like a good idea, but we didn't stop

Scenes along the Lewis and Clark Trail

Stopped for lunch and pictures along the Lewis and Clark Trail

John Day Dam is passing a lot of water this spring

Mt. Jefferson as seen from the Lewis and Clark Trail

Barn reflection

Road, Railroad, and River

Unfortunate truck or motorhome

Automated Flagger? - Looks like the same number of people

Some views along I82

The Columbia River valley is loaded with vineyards and wineries

Crossing the Columbia River again at Kennewick, WA

Winnie at Coyote Run RV Park Site 50

We left the KOA and traveled along I84 until we got to The Dalles, WA where we crossed the Columbia River and entered Washington state again. Our route continued along the river on WA14, the Lewis and Clark Trail. This valley has a ton of vineyard and wineries. The most well know are probably Maryhill and Chateau Set. Michele. We passed by Maryhill Stonehenge, a replica of England's Stonehenge located. It was commissioned in the early twentieth century by businessman Samuel Hill and dedicated on July 4, 1918, as a memorial to those who had died in World War I. The memorial was finally completed in 1929. We didn't stop this time as we visited it in 2014 on the 2014 Great Circle Tour.

WA 14 generally runs high above the Columbia river on ridge line with sweeping views of the river and I84 on the Oregon side. We stopped at one of the roadside overlooks for lunch and some pictures. We had a view of the John Day Dam. It is a concrete gravity run-of-the-river dam spanning the Columbia River. The dam has a navigation lock plus fish ladders on both sides to allow salmon to migrate. The John Day Lock has the highest lift (110 feet) of any U.S. lock. The reservoir impounded by the dam is Lake Umatilla and stretches nearly 75 miles east. You could also see the snow covered peak of Mt. Jefferson, the second highest peak in Oregon. It was named by the Lewis and Clark Expedition to honor the President who commissioned the expedition.

We got onto I82 where the Umatilla Bridge carrying the interstate crosses into Washington. We followed I82 through the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland). We stopped for the night in Connell, WA at the Coyote Run RV Park. Tomorrow takes us back to the Palouse where we spent nearly 3 weeks in early May. Stay tuned.

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