Columbia River Gorge…..a little more

Our last day at Cascade Locks we went back to the main attraction on the old highway…it was Monday so we thought it wouldn’t be crowded…think again….there were several hundred people around the visitor center here right in front of the waterfall…….

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The Multnomah Falls, at 620 feet, is the big attraction of the 6 or so waterfalls along this old highway….it’s the second highest continuously running waterfall in the country….

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Its an easy walk up to the concrete bridge that was built in 1914…before that there was a wooden log bridge there…

I loved the small sections of the historic highway that still exist…. like this section here where the old highway passed over this small bridge and then through the tunnel…

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Fall was in the air….

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We found a place that made great deli sandwiches and then went to the Cascade Locks Marina Park for a picnic lunch…what I didn’t know was we were at the site of the locks built in the late 1800’s…..here is part of the one remaining…..

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When the Bonneville Dam was built downriver in 1938  the  reservoir created behind the dam caused the river level to rise 38 feet and the locks no longer had a purpose…

The story of how the bridge in the distance  got named is also explained …in about 1260 a giant landslide blocked the Columbia River here at this point ….Indian lore passed down the legend of a natural bridge which they called The Bridge of the Gods …geologists confirmed this really happened…thus… it was so named when constructed  almost 100 years ago…

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We loved the campground at Cascade Locks…very beautiful …but the trains all night were a problem

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The last two days we have been making our way back home…did about 800 miles across Oregon, Idaho, Utah and tonight we are in a campground along I-80 in western Wyoming…..

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