Today I thought for fun I would do a post about the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon. If you ever get the chance to drive through the Gorge I highly recommend it!
Whenever we make a trip to Portland, Oregon we travel down the I-84 freeway, which runs along side the Columbia River most of the 200 miles to Portland.
The Gorge has some of the most scenic and beautiful views you will ever see…
And it can be hell on earth if the weather hits it just right in the winter with ice or snow or both.
The Gorge has its own weather systems during the fall and winter….
And when it feels like being nice it can be beautiful!
The West end of the Columbia River Gorge has several water falls…this is Multnomah Falls… a 611-foot-tall roaring, awe-inspiring cascade of icy water, lets you experience the power and beauty of nature up close.
Looking down from Crown Point…on the old highway, before the freeway….you find amazing views.
This is Vista House on Crown Point…it is worth it to travel the old road…stopping in at Vista House to learn more about the history etc.
The mountains and the ever flowing Columbia River that flows along side of the freeway make your trip interesting…never boring…I have traveled the 200 miles to and from Portland all my life at least twice a year to shop…
And I have never grown tired of the incredible river view.
The Columbia River Gorge is a spectacular river canyon cutting the only sea-level route through the Cascade Mountain Range. It’s 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep with the north canyon walls in Washington State and the south canyon walls in Oregon State.
Coming home from Portland traveling back East you experience the beauty of the water falls and trees until you hit The Dalles.
This photo shows the dramatic difference in the environment. Each mile east you travel in the Columbia River Gorge, you find less and less annual rainfall. You can see the spring green hillsides I’m standing on, Interstate 84 heading off towards Idaho, on the southern side of the gorge, and the arid hills in the more easterly portion of the gorge.
It changes quickly…all of a sudden…you are without trees and moss…as you travel home to Eastern Oregon…the dry side of Oregon.
Becoming more barren…yet still pretty:)
The Columbia River is a huge river that is wide and deep. Looking across the Columbia to the Washington side….getting closer to home….
On down the freeway we go…we are on the home stretch now!
Heading down the last hill into Pendleton…
Welcome to Eastern Oregon!
Can you see the mountain in the sunset? You will have to click the picture and enlarge it to see the mountain that is Mt. Hood which is close to Portland, 200 miles away…I took this photo last fall on top of the hill behind our house.
Looking towards the Blue Mountains. We still have the wild west going on in Eastern Oregon…drier, isolated country and down home country folk!