Before they built the nearby dam in the Columbia River, the river in the area of Cascade Locks was a rapids which meant that settlers coming down the river had to get off their boats and portage around the rapids. Some of the early settlers remained in the area thus making the present day town of Cascade Locks one of the oldest settlements on the Columbia River, established in 1853. The locks that allowed the sternwheeler boats to avoid the rapids were constructed beginning in the 1880s and they were used to bypass the rapids until a dam was built in 1928 that blocked off further boat access to the west. Our campground overlooked these historic locks and Thunder Island that separated the locks from the river. We could also see from our campsite the magnificent Columbia River. This area now is all a public park which made it a perfect place to "camp" for the next four nights. The photograph on the above left is looking west down the old locks. On the left of the locks is our campsite; on the right is Thunder Island and in the distance is the Bridge of the Gods that passes over the Columbia River to Washington State.
We visited a number of waterfalls today including the Horsetail Falls shown in the photograph to the left. One of the difficulties of photographing tall waterfalls is getting them to fit in one photo without standing far away. Horsetail is 176 feet tall and it does not all show in this photo. Consequently, Kathy and Joan are barely visible in the bottom of this picture.
We returned from our trip west down the Historic Columbia River Highway by mid-afternoon and the first thing that I suggested to our weary travelers when we returned back to our campsite is that we should walk down the street to the Thunder Island Brewing Co. and have a taste of one of their fine locally brewed ales. This we did along with the two dogs Cabo and Bodhi and together we sat at one of their outdoor tables, sipped beer, and watched the boats go by out in the great Columbia River. It is said that Lewis and Clark sat at this same location and sipped on beers on their famous adventure way back in 1815. Frankly, I think someone may be lying about this but who knows. They would have been here in any case had they known how good the cold beer tasted.