Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Columbia River Gorge, Oregon :: THE Trip, THE Encore'

Copyright 2015, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

June 27, 2013, yes, almost TWO full years ago.  Man and I are NOT in Oregon today.

After getting Tana all fixed up we moved Tana over to Troutdale Oregon. Our long term plan of driving the Olympic Peninsula was changed to, let's see the Columbia River.   In order to find a place to stay for the upcoming 4th of July holiday we would see Mount Rainier and more, places that had not been on our radar or bucket lists.  We were not disappointed, well, we were that we did not get to see the Olympic Peninsula, but, the substitute of Columbia River and Mount Rainier did not disappoint one bit.  In the long run, or as they say, in hind sight, we could not have been happier with this detour/change of plans.

We decided this day we would spend along the Columbia River Gorge, oooo, look, it is a National Scenic Area. You know that's gonna be good. This portion of our drive takes us along the southern side of the Columbia River, and we are driving east.

You know there will be bridges, of course.  This is the Stark Street Bridge, a 277-ft steel truss bridge spanning the Sandy River (two miles east of Troutdale, Oregon).  

And, rivers and water (yes, taken from the bridge).  The Sandy River.

And, there was the Chanticleer Point, with views to die for, the Columbia River, looking east.  The point is the first overlook encountered while driving east on the Historic Columbia River Highway, it is actually part of the Oregon state park system, called the Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint. So worth the stop.

A little zoom and what do we have here??  Vista House, and yes, we will drive over and have a closer look.

The drive is pretty all along here, green, hills, curves - - 

Vista House, is an observatory and a memorial to Oregon pioneers.  It also served a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The site is 733 feet above the Columbia River. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Isn't it just exquisite?

The green used in the windows and roof are so different, and seem just so right for the setting and building.

Looking east up the Columbia River:

As we continue the drive we will visit a few waterfalls.  Coming soon!


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