Wednesday, September 2

Bonneville Lock and Dam-Near Portland, OR

Enjoy the view

I love going to the Bonneville because it is always very peaceful. Maybe, I have been blessed with good luck, but there are never a mass of people around when I visit. The grounds are always well kept and you can find lovely plantings of annuals and perennial's during the summer.

The dam is 145 river miles from the mouth of the Columbia River and is 40 miles east of Portland, Oregon. It was built and managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It was designated a national historical landmark district in 1987.

One of the areas where you can watch the power of the water
Here is a link to the Bonneville Dam website. It includes lovely virtual tours that really give you an accurate view of the entire grounds and dam.

A viewing deck inside the visitor's center 

Saturday, August 29

Waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge-Near Portland, OR

Multnomah Falls is Oregon's most famous natural attraction. But all together there are another 76 other waterfalls to visit in the area. Other falls just minutes from Multnomah include Wahkeena, Latoourell and Horsetail Falls. Parking is very limited, so if you are visiting you might want to consider talking a bus tour. One I take on a regular basis is
As of the date of this post prices were $54 for adults, $27 for youths and free for children under 6.

Another beautiful waterfall in the Gorge area

View from the other side of a waterfall

Multnomah Falls

Thursday, August 27

Crown Point and the Vista House-Outside Portland, OR

View from the visitor center

The Vista House is a historical visitor center build for people to see the spectacular sights  the Columbia River. The center sits hundreds of feet above the river in the River Gorge National Scenic Area. The visitor center is about a 40 minute drive from Portland and is only a few miles away from Oregon's most famous attraction-Multnomah Falls. 

The center includes marble women's bathrooms
The Columbia River looks very calm in the summer

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