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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.
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