Our route to Eugene from Whispering Woods took us east and north around the base of Mount Hood and to the Columbia River. Our first stop along the Columbia River was at Bonneville Dam. In this picture is the south end of the dam as seen from the Visitor Center. In the foreground are the channels for the fish ladders, which have underwater viewing windows for watching the salmon. The power generating station is in the center and right background. Behind the low wall in the center-left part of the picture are the navigation locks.
Adjacent to Bonneville Dam is the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. At the trout pond, Violet got to feed the trout, while Rachel looked on. The ducks got their share of the fish food if the fish were too slow.
Also at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery are several sturgeon ponds. Violet, Sue, and Rachel are looking in this pond for Herman, the largest sturgeon at the hatchery.
And here he is! Herman, the sturgeon, is 9 feet long. Caviar comes from sturgeon, so in many places they are endangered.
The Columbia River Gorge is marked by numerous waterfalls, which spill down into the river from tributary streams. The cliff over which they fall exists because the Columbia River has eroded deeply through the lava flows that form the Columbia Plateau in this region. Rachel and Violet are looking at Horsetail Falls.
This is Multnomah Falls. Its 620-foot drop makes it the second highest falls in the United States. Sue, Violet, and Rachel are standing in the middle of the bridge, waving their arms.
As we descended the trail from the Multnomah Falls bridge, Violet found the hollow trunk of a tree to hide in.
Back at Eric's house in Eugene (see picture on Oregon, 2002 index page), the weather alternated between rainy and pleasant, so Sue had plenty of time to read to Violet.
The day before we had to leave, the sun came out and produced a glorious spring day, so we took a trip to the beach. Here we are eating lunch along the coast north of Florence at the foot of the Hobbit Trail. The rocks along the shore in the right distance contain tide pools where we found barnacles, muscles, sea anemones, and starfish. We had a great time and look forward to our next visit.
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