Our last Columbia Gorge event was on the Washington side and started near Bonneville Dam. We walked along the river to Clark' Overlook which refers to Lewis and Clark having been camped in the area.
It was a real pretty area with wildflowers and mountains.
On the way back we had a nice view of Beacon Rock which is a State Park. You have to pay to park at the base so you can climb it.
The River used to have a bad set of rapids before they installed the Bonneville dam and flooded them. To get around the rapids there used to be a small section of railroad. This is all that remains of the portage railroad.
After we walked Multnomah Falls we drove on East along old HWY 30 to visit Vista House. This was probably the first rest stop every built. The CCC did a beautiful job. We were driving along and suddenly there it was.
It was very nice inside I even took a picture of the ladies restroom which is done in real marble.
They had information about HWY 30 posted along the walls. I took a picture of this because I thought it was a shame that this beautiful tunnel was destroyed whent they built Interstate 5 in the 60s.
From the balcony I saw another overlook further east so we drove on a little further. When we got to that overlook and looked back this is what we saw. Pretty nice.
This is the kind of scenery you see driving on HWY 30 instead of I-5.