Monday, September 22, 2014

Washington Side of the Columbia River

This is my second post about the Columbia River and there may be more in the future. Can you tell I like the area?  The last post was on May 29, 2014 and showed pictures taken on the Oregon side. Because this is one of our favorite camping spots I am posting again about the area. We always park west of the John Day Dam on the Columbia River at the Giles French Corps of Engineers Park near Rufus, Oregon.

We normally stay there in the spring going out to the Oregon Coast and in the fall when we are headed back to Texas. There is usually a breeze blowing and the river has a lot to offer for viewing pleasure. Sitting in the COE park we see Washington across the river. There are well traveled highways on both sides of the river, railroads on both sides of the river and windmills on both sides of the river.

We like to see small boats and barges being pushed by tug boats through the lock of the Dam. Sometimes the spillway on the dam is opened and water mist goes 100 feet into the air. This makes a spectacular view, especially at night.

Pictures today are taken on the Washington side of the river. I hope you enjoy them.

I could not help myself. I had to have a picture of this colorful sign for the Maryhill Fruit Stand.

This picture is at a turnout looking east on Washington 14, also called the Lewis and Clark Highway. Click to enlarge the picture to see the windmills at the base of the distant hills.

A view of the John Day Dam from the Washington side. The little sliver of water at the bottom left is the inlet to the lock which allows boats to pass through. This sliver of water is about 60 feet wide. 

Sign explaining Stonehenge.

A Stonehenge Replica.

I love this picture. Oregon on the far side of the river, the river itself, farm land at the river's edge and sunflowers at the side of the road.. Click to enlarge the picture for a better view of the farming area.

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