What's Sheryll up to now?

Oregon (Spring, 2007)

Hood River Valley

Our second big snow storm will look like this, I expect

It took another month before we undertook another day trip, as the weather after Good Friday had been mostly cold and wet. That's why we missed the actual Hood River Valley Blossom Festival (21-22 April). But Steve wanted me to see the blossoms anyway, so we went once the weather fined up later on in the week.

First stop was the Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls, always a beautiful sight.

Further upriver near the Bonneville Dam, Bonneville Hatchery raises chinook and coho salmon and summer and winter steelhead.

In the White Sturgeon viewing center, we saw 10-foot long Herman the sturgeon .....

..... and a few of his friends.

In another pond were some huge rainbow trout, plump from being overfed by visitors.

On reaching the town of Hood River, we turned south for a tour of the valley's orchards. Steve was disappointed to find that most of the trees had already blossomed and greened up (where's the pink?!!). On the bright side, we had a fine view of Mt Hood from Panorama Point.

However, trees were still in bloom further south at Parkdale.

There were some interesting sights along the way .....

An old car .....

..... a boat .....

..... and a cyclist!

Our valley orchard tour over, we decided to return home on the Washington side of the Columbia River.

The bridge over the Columbia at Hood River was made of steel and felt very awkward to drive on.

The scenery on the other side was quite interesting .....

tunnels .....

..... landslides .....

..... and lots of lakes.

And all along the way, the Columbia Gorge was ours to gaze at, a new vista greeting our eyes at every turn.



Turning my life around.....