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|
|The popular Oneonta gorge|
|The Vista House, built around 1916, bestrides the gorge|