Rainy Today

You would think there must be many rainy days in Oregon but today is the first day since we arrived. According to the park ranger here at Ainsworth State Park, the California drought extends to northern Oregon too. They had very little rain all winter.

We have been sleeping and sleeping, going to bed every night at 8 and not getting up until 8. This park is right next to the train tracks, so close I could throw a ball at the trains that go by constantly, but they don’t bother us a bit. All the trees  muffle the sound.

This state park was very busy over the weekend but is now very quiet again. I thought about taking some pictures but it is all trees. It’s always surprising to drive away from here and find out the sun is shining.

We have been to most of the waterfalls but missed one which we might visit today, Bridal Veil Falls. Some are so tall coming off the tops of the straight up mountains along the gorge that it isn’t possible to get the entire falls into a picture.

Multnomah Falls

The falls on top go much higher than the picture shows. The lower falls are 69 feet and the upper 542 feet.

Vista House at Crown Point

Vista House at Crown Point

Columbia Gorge

Columbia Gorge

Steve has a cousin on his father’s side that lives in Beaverton, which is a suburb west of Portland. We, along with her husband, met at the Bonneville Dam fish hatchery one day.

Cousins Jennifer and Steve

Cousins Jennifer and Steve

Pretty pools in a nice park at the hatchery

Pretty pools in a nice park at the hatchery

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Herman The Sturgeon is supposedly 10 feet long and 70 years old

On another day we drove over the bridge at Cascade Locks to the Washington side for a look around.

Bridge of The Gods between Cascade Locks, Oregon and Stevenson, Washington

Bridge of The Gods between Cascade Locks, Oregon and Stevenson, Washington

The American Empress has weekly cruises up and down the Columbia River

The American Empress has weekly cruises up and down the Columbia River

Cascade Locks area of the Columbia River

Cascade Locks area of the Columbia River


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