"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Columbia River

We departed Long Beach, Washington around 9 this morning, heading back South and East into Oregon.  We traveled back to Astoria and then took Historic Hwy 30 East, to and through Portland.  It was a nice drive through the woods along the Columbia River.  Saw the largest sawmill ever in some small town..  It looked as if the mill was the size of our hometown.  There were ships taking on logs, chips, lumber, and no telling what else, with log arriving by truck and railroad to the mill.  We made it about 30 miles East of Portland before stopping for the day.  We are at the West end of the Columbia River Gorge, and there are some fantastic waterfalls here. We visited a few and also visited Vista Point.  I'll let the pictures say the rest.  They are Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, the second highest in the US, and Latourell Falls.  The Vista Point was fantastic, giving views up and down the river.

Only made about 120 miles today.  The truck was fighting the bit all the way, but I held him in.  No way was I going to let him get us 4 or 5 hundred miles closer to home on the first day. Probably crossing back over into Washington tomorrow as they say the views of the gorge are better from that side of the river.

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