Question: Think of the river that is near your home, or where you grew up. Now, how many dams where on that river, producing electricity for your state? Most of you will say, "none." But, on the Columbia River there are 14 dams providing electricity. That might tell you of the power and importance of the Columbia River to the Northwest.
Amazing Fact: This is the spawning area for six species of Salmon and some of them have to climb past 9 dams to get to their spawning grounds. No wonder most die from exhaustion after the trip and spawning!
|Our campsite at LePage COE park in Rufus, Oregon|
|Majestic Multnomah Falls (620 ft)|
|The Stonehenge Memorial has the plaques honoring all the local men who died in WWI|
|Inside the Goldendale Observatory|
|The Sternwheeler "Columbia Gorge"|
|A fish ladder at Bonneville Dam-during the current Sockeye Salmon run, 42,000 or more a day can climb this ladder.|
|After climbing the fish ladder, every fish is guided past this narrow glass opening and counted and categorized by species. We watched them being counted and entered into the computer. How boring is that job?|
|Debbie at Vista House, above the Columbia Gorge|
|Can you see Vista House sitting atop the gorge in the center of the picture?|