Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Columbia River Gorge

(Chuck) We journeyed on West to see the Columbia River gorge. It is a unique area with a wide range of elevation and precipitation that results in a temperate rain forest, near Portland , with an average annual precipitation of 75 inches of water and a grasslands only a few hours drive to the East with average annual precipitation 12 inches. We stayed 13 August, Bonneville , OR , Ainsworth State Park FHU (N 45.59523 W122.05368) 105’. It was fortunate for us that we found a site in this very old Oregon State Park . The park seemed to fill early in the day. It provided us a good place to venture to the Historic Columbia River Highway which features several magnificent water falls.

One of the most prominent is Multnomah Falls which is a stunning 620 feet high. There are over 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side alone.

This area of the gorge also features unique atmospheric winds which generate 35 mile per hour winds which make it a popular playground for windsurfers and kite boarders.

The Bonneville Dam was another good stop. We spent quite a while in the fish ladder viewing area. Silvers were running in good numbers and a few Kings would excite the crowd that watched the migration.
Friday we traveled North to Mt. Rainier . We were fortunate to find a boondocking spot in the National Forest. A conversation in Naches with a helpful local indicated that we should not pass up too many spots after we were on the mountain. It was good advice, because I think we found the last available spot at Mount Baker- Snoqualmie NF, FB (N 46.67162 W121.02924) 2370’. It was a good place to spend the night and we would have spent several days if we would have had service with our air card. Saturday we decided to press on to Jackie and Butch's place in Renton . We will stay here for a week and then head north to stay with grandkids while Josh and Sarah travel to Greece and Israel.

1 comment:

Dean and Judy Sheeley said...

Thanks for the boondocking spot. We have it in our computer. We ae in Butte, heading West. See you soon. Judy

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