| Made it into Washington today. Idaho and Washington State are beautiful. The Columbia River flows beside the interstate. It's really wide like the Mississippi River but the color is a beautiful blue/green. It flows to the Pacific Ocean. Washington produces a large amount of logs as well as grain. They use the river to transport the logs and grain by barge to Astoria where the river flows into the ocean. There they off-load the logs and grain to the big ships to export the products to other countries.
Steve was stationed in Portland at one time and he said where the river meets the ocean, there is a visible line and shows a distinct difference in color between the river water and the ocean. He said the water is very turbulent there.
We had to pass over into Oregon to get to Kalama, WA which is where Steve's Uncle Pete lives. While in Oregon, we saw Mt. Hood and I did get a couple of pictures. Apparently there were three mountain climbers who were lost there last year. They found one of them shortly after the search began, but they didn't find the other two until this week.
We had to cross a bridge across the Columbia River to get back into Washington. It's called the "Bridge of the Gods" and we had to pay to cross it. However, it had a nice view from the top.