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Sightseeing Stops – Columbia River Gorge

Have you heard much about the Columbia River Gorge? Have you heard how beautiful it is, how ridiculously cool of a drive it is along Interstate 84 it can be? Have you heard about the wind, and the windsurfing opportunities? Yes it’s all totally true.

Leaving Pendleton on the final day of my drive, I had two objectives, to enjoy the gorge, and to avoid going through Portland during rush hour. Those two things proved to be somewhat incongruous., as hurrying to get to, and through, Portland made me unable to really stop and enjoy the views as much as they were demanding I do.

Lovely Blue Water

Columbia River Reflections with train

View of Columbia River

Still, I managed to find a few places right off the freeway to stop, such as this park where someone hauling a horse in a trailer decided to stop as well, and let the horse wander around for a bit.

Horse Enjoying the Shade

Bridge

Memaloose Island

I even managed to head off the freeway for a bit, taking the alternate route, US30, aka the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway. That took me away from driving right along the river, but offered some pretty cool views itself!

Horsetail Falls

Wahkeena Falls

Ultimately though, maybe the best views of the river and the gorge came from the scenic byway though, as it wound it’s way up to a place called Vista House.

Looking Down the River from Vista House

I can see where they got the name, can’t you?

For all of the photos from the trip in one place, check the RoadTrip2014 Flickr album! Thanks for following along on this adventure! Next up I’ll be sharing some photos of the area where we now live!

Golden Fields

Before I made my way to my final night in a hotel, on this trip, I stopped to grab a few shots of the golden fields as I cam down out of the mountains into Pendleton, Oregon

Patchwork

Rolling Hills

Rolling down from the mountains

Then it was time to take those corners and head down the road that you can see in that final photo!

All that was left now was to drive through the Columbia River Gorge to Portland, and then on down to Corvallis. Obviously, I made a few stops in the gorge, but those are for a future post!

I travel quite often, for work and pleasure. I take photos, I share them. I hope you find them interesting!

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