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Another day looking at the sights of Fall near the Columbia Gorge

Friday, October 18, 2013

My husband and I took a picnic lunch with us Tuesday and drove to see the view from several places. First we stopped by Rocky Butte in SE Portland.

We could see all over Portland. We saw airplanes landing at PDX... they were at eye level with us long before they landed.

Then we drove up to Larch Mountain. It's 14 miles from the Columbia Gorge Highway.
We walked out to Sherrard Point, a viewing platform at 4056 feet in elevation.

From there we could see 5 mountains: Jefferson & Hood in Oregon, and Adams, Rainier, and St. Helens in Washington. (Rainier was 97 miles away. I think Jefferson was 63 in the opposite direction.)

Mt. Hood, 22 miles away.

After lunch, we went back to the Women's Forum viewpoint (it was on the way home), it seemed like the colors were brighter and more widespread than they were last week.

We even got to see kite surfers on the Columbia River. My camera couldn't get a good photo from so far away, but they are the white dots on the river in the photo below.

It has been a lovely Fall in the Northwest this year. This is the first year my husband has been retired so we can go enjoy such sights during a relatively uncrowded weekday.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JUST_TRI_IT 10/20/2013 1:11AM

    Yup.. those are such beautiful spots! Great photos.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/19/2013 4:25PM

    Great photos. That sounds like a really nice outing.
So much fun to get outside now that the weather is cooling down a bit.

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KANOE10 10/19/2013 7:35AM

    I loved your pictures. The fall is beautiful. How nice the two of you share it together.


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_LINDA 10/19/2013 12:37AM

    Gorgeous photos!! Awesome places you have to see! That is so wonderful you and your husband will be free to travel enjoy sites like this!
Thanks for posting them!!

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JACKIE542 10/18/2013 9:48PM

    So beautiful, my husband and I were there years ago, such a beautiful place to live, thank you for sharing your pictures. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 10/18/2013 9:40PM

    So lovely that you and your DH are enjoying a companionable retirement: and surrounded by so much beauty!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/18/2013 9:34PM

    Wow, what beauty! Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Isn't it wonderful being retired? There isn't a day that goes by that I don't appreciate the fact that I don't have to work anymore!!

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LEXONE 10/18/2013 7:43PM

    emoticon loved your pictures, emoticon for sharing all your wonderful views with us.

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144AUTUMN 10/18/2013 7:12PM

  Have fun!!

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