Sunday, August 30, 2015

Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway


While camping in Viento State Park, we decided to drive part of the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway. We traveled the portion of the Byway running between Corbett and Dodson -- about 15 miles. Along the way we were impressed by beautiful architecture and engineering, such as Vista House above, or the bridge at Shepperds Dell below.



All roads and walkways blended into the natural surroundings beautifully. You can see the care that went into building this road a hundred years ago!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bridal Veil Falls State Park


Along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway sits Bridal Veil Falls State Park. It doesn't look like much from the parking area. In fact, if it wasn't for the sign, you might not even know the falls existed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Multnomah Falls


One stop you need to make if you are staying along the Columbia River Gorge is Multnomah Falls.

There is a lot of old charm here. You can see it in Benson Bridge seen above, or in Multnomah Falls Lodge at the base of the falls, or even in little details like the stone drinking fountain my daughter loved so much.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Oneonta Tunnel and Gorge


Our first stop along the Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway was Oneonta Tunnel.  The tunnel is only for pedestrians now, but it was once a part of the Historic Highway that now rests beside it.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Viento State Park


As a last minute trip, we decided to come down to Oregon for some camping at Viento State Park. The park is old, but beautiful. The campground sits in a beautiful forest of trees that spills out onto the windy shores of the Columbia River. Gorgeous!

But...

I didn't like staying there.

The reason is because the beautiful forest is sandwiched between busy Intersate 84 (which my kids had fun playing under),...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail




Just as the name implies, the trail stretches along a portion of what was once the Historic Columbia River Highway. It is still paved and weaves as it follows the contours of the mountain beside it.