Driving through very dry eastern Washington. We’re seeing lot of giant turbines and wheat fields. We stopped at a charming silhouetted campsite where L&C on May2, 1806. Out of the wheat fields into wine country as the Snake River comes down to the Columbia River, and more apples; lunch at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake. Watched the Canadian geese - small groups would fly over the large group on the ground, honking as if to say that the bus was leaving.
Lake Walula, is a very arid area. Views along the Columbia: white caps; Hugh turbine wind mills on both side of the river; barges; trains; small water pumps to get water up the small hills for irrigation; marching giants. The river is now a series of lakes thanks to the dams. Also noted the Oregon Trail stopping at the river. One notes train tracks, road, interstate, and old and new electric lines.
Saw Mt. Hood for the first time.
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
They have more Lewis and Clark stuff, plus a history of the local area, noting the decline of the salmon as dams were build on the river. The catch must have peaked about 1920. Of late, the Indians have has some of their fishing rights renewed. We took pictures of the platforms near our motel. I loved the views of the river and the little pond on the museum property.
Final visit of the day was to Ft. Rock Campsite. Views quite nice, but Jay got the funnest picture.
Bus 290 miles for a total of 3037
Foot 2.1 miles for a total of 39.89.