Site Three: Columbia River Gorge
Another highlight of our Oregon visit was seeing the Columbia River Gorge while en route to all those waterfalls I mentioned earlier. Being wild about waterfalls, I overlooked the gorge for a bit. Sorry about the pun.
I would say I skipped it for a while, but who can skip over a gorge like this?
Well, maybe some skipping was involved…
The Columbia River is the border between Oregon and Washington State. These beautiful snow-covered mountains are officially in southern Washington.
See the tiny dome-like building perched way over there on that cliff? It’s a scenic overlook.
We got closer. This is the view from the parking lot.
If you learn nothing else about the Columbia River Gorge, learn this: It’s wildly windy. The wind comes roaring across the Pacific Ocean and whips relentlessly through the gorge.
That wind put one daughter’s Columbia jacket and the other’s North Face fleece to the test just long enough for me to snap a few pictures. Then hatless and frazzled, we took cover in the dome-like building. Here’s what it looks like inside.