Although the skies were very overcast this morning, the rain from yesterday had moved on and we decided to go ahead with our plan to drive along the Historic highway. We saw no evidence of sun until mid afternoon, not the best day for dynamic photographs. Since we are only planning to be in the area this week, we don’t have the luxury of waiting for perfect weather.
We drove eastward on the Oregon side of the river for about 50 miles, crossed the river and came back to our campground along the Washington side.
|Beautiful stonework along the highway|
A key feature of this scenic byway are the numerous water falls cascading and free falling over the rim into picturesque pools and then on out to the Columbia River. We stopped at three falls, the last of which was the granddaddy of them all--Multnomah Falls--the 4th tallest waterfall in the nation at 620 feet.
The Historic Highway is also a popular place for a long distance bicycle rides. There were several bikers out today and one bicycle adventure touring group complete with the sag wagon.
We had planned to go farther up the Gorge, but many stops at overlooks and waterfalls (which usually required a bit of a hike to get to a view point) took longer than we expected. If we find an opportunity later in the week, we may do another section.
We are not sure what is on the agenda next. We want to go back downtown and Mt. Hood awaits. Odds are, we’ll go back downtown tomorrow.