Saturday, July 12, 2014

Portland.2: The Gorge, the Gorge

After we stopped in at Hawthorne Cutlery, where Dan helped me to select a new Benchmade knife, we spent most of Friday in the Columbia River Gorge and on the historic Columbia River Highway, built a hundred years ago by some local visionaries as one of the nation’s first scenic roads for automobile tourists. For the time it was a remarkable feat of engineering and even today it remains a spectacular drive that takes you through the gorge and the waterfalls. We’ve done it before and we will do it again.
My new knife, I really have to be careful about this.

Even with I-84 running alongside Historic Route 30, the Columbia River Highway, remains popular, we drove about as much of it as remains.

The original Oneonta tunnel. Filled after it was bypassed in 1948 and restored in 2009

You can feel, hear and generally sense the power of the waters

Multnomah Falls

The popular Oneonta gorge

The Vista House, built around 1916, bestrides the gorge

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