This was when we were coming to the end of the Oregon Trail, and with Portland within striking distance, we had the pleasure of driving along the South side of the Columbia River. A section of this great long river that forms the boundary between the states of Oregon and Washington. This road trip had already had more than its fair share of amazing and varied vistas and terrains. This section continued the theme of uniqueness and beauty.
As far as the North American Pacific Northwest goes, the Columbia River is the largest. It starts up in the Rockies of British Columbia, Canada, it heads actually north from the start and then heads south into USA through Washington State and then into this part through Oregon, forming the border with Washington on the northern side. Its length is 1,243 miles (2,000 km) and has a huge drainage basin! The total area it collects water and snow melt from along its way is about 215,000 square miles… put into perspective… the size of France.
Driving along the scenes keep coming and coming. Hilltops, mountain tops and canyon ridges with the wide river cutting through in the foreground. The sun was out so mid afternoon became perfect for a stop in Hood River! A riverside town where the Hood River joins the Columbia River. Famed for its perfect location for windsurfing and kiteboarding.
People come from the world over to take to the water here at Hood River. I am reliably informed the spot is perfect for it and looking out over the river I could certainly see windsurfers and kiteboarders galore. Jumps, twirls and speed all going on.
Alas, no time for me to get wet.. It was time to get back on the scenic road.. Portland lay ahead but daylight enough to enjoy many more scenes driving down the side of the Columbia River