(Corbett to Hood River OR)
The Columbia River Gorge promised grand vistas and multiple waterfalls; both favorites of mine. My approach took me past Mount Hood through Hood River. To save time, I scooted west on I-84, and easily missed my exit to the falls.
Returning on US-30 was beautiful, but risky even with my small rig. Narrow bridges, stone guard-walls and blind curves made it scary at times. Better to do this stretch in a car, and no way with a big rig.
At the Portland Women’s Forum overlook, there was a wonderful vista of the Columbia River Gorge. And, a short ways further was the oft photographed Vista House at Crown Point with a similar view.
In the next five miles, there was a series of impressive waterfalls along the old highway; some near the road and others after a short hike. As the photos show, each had it’s own setting and character.
The most famous of these waterfalls, 620 ft Multnomah Falls, descends in a double cascade with a foot bridge between them. It was very difficult to photograph due to it’s height, the angle of the sun, and the masses of tourists. I found the other waterfalls more charming.
A small county park, on the banks of the Columbia River, was a nice find. Walking the trail over a bluff provided several pretty views and photos.
The tour of the gorge made for a long day. So, I was ready for a rest. Gas, groceries, and dinner in The Dalles hit the spot. That night’s camp was by the Deschutes River.
Camp: BLM-Oasis CG
Scene: River gorge, waterfalls, mountains
The Gorge is really something, isn’t it. I’ve come so close to that area but ended up turning south to Bend and really haven’t seen much. Someday . . .
There are some impressive sights for sure. But, it attracts a lot of tourists. So, be prepared to share.
We have yet to visit the Pacific NW. Perhaps next summer. Beautiful photos – I’m a huge Lumix fan myself.
Love taking photos with the Lumix. You really should go to the northwest.
Your photos are taken with the eye of an artist. Imagine that!
The Pacific Northwest is such a beautiful place.
Thanks for the compliment on the pix. I’ve really enjoyed the northwest trip.
The highlight for me was wading up the short Oneonta Gorge to the Falls. There’s a sign saying don’t climb over the log jam at the start but no one pays attention. It’s an easy and sublime must do!
Wish I had go to see all the falls. Maybe next time. I’m far away by now.