Sadly, since it was a preserve, no dogs were allowed and since we hoped to go for a small hike, we didn’t bring anyone with us. Better to leave them at home than in a locked car.
As we drove along the I-5, the color in the sky rapidly changed from beautiful to more beautiful. I finally got to an exit where I could pull off to shoot Mt. Hood in her glory safely.
We reached the exit onto the Historic Columbia Highway just east of Hood River at the perfect time. I never knew that the Columbia River could be so peaceful. Up to this point it had been horribly windy and the river was choppy.
I still have a million pictures to process. Here is the start.
Crystal joined today on our adventure over hill ‘n’ vale. It was another grand drive through Yamhill and Polk counties. It was sunny and cloudy and it rained buckets on us at separate times.
I’ve held back Crystal’s picture for release at a later date. It’s a secret.
Overall, it was a barn stormin’ kinda day.
From the pool at the base of the falls, it gently flows down to the Columbia River where all of the waterfalls have emptied.
The Oneonta tunnel was built in 1914. When I-84 bypassed the old highway, the tunnel became filled with debris and vegetation. In 2006 work began to restore the tunnel and it reopened in 2009.