John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Cascade Locks Park

Cascade Locks Park

Cascade Locks Park

Rhododendron and Sternwheeler


Sakakawea and Seaman

Union Pacific Side of the Columbia River

California Poppy

Champagne Brunch

Bridge of Gods

Cascade Locks

Netting Salmon

The Gorge


John in the Wheelhouse

Great Day

John and the Captain

We head to the Cascade Locks Marine Park in town. The Rhododendron are in bloom. I take pictures of the flowers, the statues of Sakakawea and Seaman and of the sternwheeler.

We board the sternwheeler for a champagne brunch. This is a well run operation. The food is great and the seating comfortable.

After eating, John heads to the wheelhouse. I later find out that he runs the boat for most of the trip. I take pictures. We are both happy.

The Oregon side of the Columbia has Interstate 84 (and Route 30) and the railroad for the Union Pacific. The Washington side of the Columbia has Route 14 and the railroad for the Northern Burlington and Santa Fe. About forty trains a day run on each of the rail lines.

Side Note: The railroad runs by our RV Park. Fortunately, we do not mind trains. I am sure some of the campers on the other side of the park may be getting tired of train whistles.

Many, many years ago, a landslide damned the Columbia River. The river finally broke through the rocks and created a land bridge. The land bridge collapsed and created the rapids.

Lewis and Clark had to portage around the rapids. Later the Cascade Locks were built to help the pioneers. When the Bonneville Dam was built, the rapids were covered.

The Bridge of Gods was built at the site of the original land bridge. At its opening, Charles Lindbergh flew under the bridge.

We see docks where the Native Americans can net salmon. Salmon fishing is big on the Columbia.

The trip is scenic and informative. John loves being at the helm. It is a good day for all!

Campground: Cascade Locks KOA

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