Monday, September 14, 2009

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

We finally took a ride on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, after seeing and hearing it many times since we’ve been at Bonneville Dam.P9140035

It leaves out of Cascade Locks,  just a few miles from the dam. We just took a 2 hour excursion cruise, but they also offer lunch and dinner cruises, and longer ones that actually take you through the lock. It’s a triple deck paddle wheeler, and we spent the 2 hours on the upper deck.



This morning started out drizzly and foggy, but the clouds cleared up and we had a great day for a river cruise.  This is the coastline of Stevenson, WA.


The Bridge of the Gods, the only river crossing between Portland and Hood River.


And a barge we saw heading for the locks. P9140046

We then went for a hike on the Ft. Cascades trail on the dam project, then our friends went back to Stevenson to check into Columbia Gorge Riverside Lodge for the next couple nights. We went back to the rig and Jim installed a new adjustable thermostat on our hot water heater. It only took him a few minutes, and now we won’t burn ourselves on 140 degree water. Amazingly, he’s becoming quite the handyman!

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