As side note…if you click on my photos they will enlarge so you can see them better if you choose.
Last weekend we attended our niece’s wedding in the small town of Carson, WA.
This was our view out the window in our very classy hotel room…we loved seeing the green trees and the mountains cloaked with weather…and hey…there is the Columbia River!
We stayed at Skamania Lodge…in Stevenson, WA. I highly recommend it…they have spa services and excellent restaurants for small snacks, as well as nice dinners or maybe just a relaxing sandwich at noon…we missed out on their Sunday Brunch which is famous for the food and atmosphere…next time WB. They offer a golf course, swimming and lots of great trails to hike that are mapped out from easy to difficult.
When we walked into our suite and saw the view…we instantly relaxed:)
Looking back across the Columbia River towards Cascade Locks, OR. The bridge you see is called “The Bridge Of The Gods”…it is one of the many bridges that crosses the Columbia River into either Oregon or Washington.
Looking East towards home for us…the Columbia River is a river that you respect as it is wide, deep and fast-moving. We have boated on it lots as our ranch is only about 30 miles from it…being able to make a quick drive to the river during the hot summers always appeals to you…I love boating, as long as the boat is big enough to ride out the waves with a V-Hull!
It was truly beautiful to see our niece look so very happy…you know without a doubt they are soul mates…like WB and me:)
Before we knew it, time passed quickly and it was time to head home. We decided to travel home on the Washington side of the river until The Dalles, where we crossed another bridge to reach the I-84 freeway…seeing the river from both sides is worth it, as the views on each side are vastly different.
We had quite a bit of wind on the way home and look who is out on the river…the windsurfers…they pray for windy days like this!
They fly across the river with the wind…they are true athletes and fun to watch…often we see 100′s of them on our trips down the Gorge to Portland.
I am enjoying the view but, I would not care to be on the water with the white caps…as you can see the wind is blowing pretty good…and about perfect for the windsurfers!
I was standing down there on the concrete deck when WB took my picture.
Looking West…pretty view huh?
One more view of the Gorge Wind and my flaming red hair!!! What a great hair styling job…ala natural…which I love anyway:)
Another stop for photos…we are getting closer to The Dalles and home…
The closer we travel to our neck of the woods…the Columbia Basin of Eastern Oregon…Cowboy Country…Let Er’ Buck…Yee-Haw…the less trees and green. Western Oregon receives several inches of rain a year, where we usually have around 9-10″ a year…we are on the dry side of Oregon.
Crossing back over the Columbia at The Dalles Damn…tried to grab a quick shot of the spillway…could not talk WB into stopping in the middle of the bridge so I could take pictures…geesh…he said something about cops and mumble mumble…hmmm?
And then we drove on another 100 miles into Eastern Oregon…to our home…to the North Country of Juniper Canyon…into wheat country:)
As far as you can see wheat fields…that are almost ready for the harvest of 2012!
Once we were home we had lots of petting and loves for all our animals, as they missed us…our dogs are so protective of us but so sweet to us too:)
And our horses came over to see us as soon as we pulled in the driveway…it is funny that they know the car…
And the real “Boss!” I know she missed us….right?
“Minnie….I missed you!”
Minnie said back to me “Oh sure…what am I chopped liver? Going to see the dogs first…hurumph!”
And then she took pity on me as I love her very much…”Well ok…just this once I will forgive you about the dang dogs!”
“But do not let it happen again Mom…”
“Ok already Mom….I am so glad you are home:)” Me too Kitty Girl…my Min-Min Kitty Angel:)
We had only been home for a short time when the incredible clouds rolled in for a rock and roll thunder storm…
The summer of 2012 has gone down in history with different weather and clouds such as these…
Reminds me of Wyoming weather and not Eastern Oregon where for the most part we have mild weather…with four seasons.
It keeps it interesting and keeps me grabbing my camera trying to capture the strange weather…how about you…is your weather odd this year too or is it just here that it is a bit crazy?
Hope you have a great week! Enjoy your summer with warm days and magical nights! Find time to relax and take it all in as summer will be gone before we know it!