Sunday, July 19, 2015
Chapter 28 - Cascade Locks Day 3 and 4
Since we first visited the west coast of Oregon the weather has been cool and for the most part sunny. I suppose we have become somewhat spoiled which might explain why I was a little disappointed when we awoke this morning to cloudy skies and what looked like the possibility of rain. Our plan today is to cross The Bridge of the Gods into Washington, drive down the Columbia Gorge eastward, and then return back on the Oregon side again following another section of the historic and scenic highway. This photograph is of the Bridge of the Gods taken yesterday when the sky was blue and the sun a shining.
The Lewis and Clark Highway was very lovely although not quite so much as yesterday's historic trail along the Oregon side of the river. We did pass through a number of small towns some of them quite industrial in nature where we could see between our road and the river large timber mills processing lumber possibly for shipment overseas to such counties as China. Most of the towns were older in appearance which added to their tourist appeal. By far however, the most interesting part of our trip down the Lewis and Clark Highway occurred when we stopped to watch windsurfers out in the Columbia River. We were fortunate in that the windy conditions today attracted dozens of windsurfers. The cool weather and the cold water obviously required all of them to wear wet suits.
Our drive back was on another section of Oregon's famous historic highway. This time however, the road did not pass through tall evergreen forests, but it did take us to some heights way above the Columbia River such as to the Rowena Crest Viewpoint where we were able to take once again some "majestic" views of this great Columbia River Gorge. The views were quite unlike the views that we experienced yesterday as a result of the different climate up the Columbia Gorge. As you can probably tell from the photograph, it was a windy day up here on the bluff above the river.
We returned home by mid-afternoon to again get in some relaxation before once again enjoying a fine bottle of Oregon wine at 5, followed by dinner, and then to bed early. I will never agree to the claim made by some that we go to bed early only because we have no TV coverage down here in this deep Columbia River Gorge. Never. Well, maybe never.
Terri rejoined us this morning a little after 9:00 am. Terri still works except on Fridays, so we have been without her company since last weekend. She and Joan are scheduled to attend a wedding later this afternoon, so today will be the last day of our visit with Joan and Terri and Oregon. Joan has two things planned for us today. First we are going to try a hike up a trail to another waterfall, and secondly we are going to visit the Bonneville Dam located just downriver from our campsite. The hike to the waterfall proved to be longer and more difficult than anticipated so we returned to the beginning before we actually reached the waterfalls. Nevertheless, the trail was beautiful as it wound through the woods and we got lots of good exercise. Nothing was really lost. Hey, if you've seen one waterfall, you've seen them all . . . .
The photo above was the last photo taken of the three of us before our planned departure tomorrow morning. Joan has done a great job showing us her fine state. This trip will never be forgotten. We can say no more.