Wednesday, we'd planned to spend most of the day in the Columbia River Gorge, but as we approached I-84 on I-205, the air quality was just ooogly. It got better as we proceeded, but it never got really good, and the waterfalls were mere trickles- unsurprising given how dry this summer was. On top of that, the historic highway is closed until the end of the year from Larch Mountain to Bridal Veil... there are plenty of other things to see, but that is one of the best stretches. We decided to pull off at Multnomah Falls and try to decide what to do.
top of Beacon Rock- yes there is quite a nice complex of stairs and trail segments to climb to the top of that pinnacle, an old volcanic neck, on the Washington side of the river. However, the poor air quality made that an unattractive choice.
Dana wanted to see Bridge of the Gods (which she didn't realize was also an actual bridge) at Cascade Locks (which she didn't realize was also an actual town), so we postponed decision-making until we'd done that. It was stop at a spot I quite liked, and while I'd been to the area many times, I'd not been to the parkish spot where the sternwheeler sight-seeing boat tour docks; it was a very nice site.
We decided to bag further exploration of the Gorge, and drove east to Hood River (which is also a town in addition to being a river), and drove up Route 35 to Mount Hood.
newly-rebuilt bridge over White River, with Hood looming on the skyline. This was without a doubt the most exciting moment of the day for me. There was a lot of road work and heavy machinery, so there was no possibility of stopping and looking more carefully. But still... very powerful stuff here!
So our third day of geogalavanting was not what we expected it to be when we set out in the morning, but you'll hear no complaints from me! (And Part 1 of our geogalavant this fall is here, if you missed it.)
A Bright Moon Impact
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