Detail from "Rain Dance," an original quilt by Sherrie Spangler

Monday, June 11, 2012

Road trip to Hood River, OR!

What a great way to start another road trip. Actually, this isn't my car. But when I stopped to take photos on the empty road, all of a sudden about 20 cars materialized from both directions and slowed or stopped. I guess they thought it was my car. Very embarrassing.

Anyway, Dave and I were on our way to Hood River on the back roads of western Washington. Most of the scenery looked like this (above), with clouds obscuring Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Hood. We had to make due with scenery like this goat ...

and a lot of tall evergreens.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

After hours of gray skies, we made it to the other side of the Cascades and everything was lighter and much drier. Instead of tall trees, there were giant wind turbines.

Then we entered the magnificent Columbia River Gorge and everyone was happy.

Hood River, OR, is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Lots of bicyclists, sailboats, a seaplane or two ... 

but the BIG sport here is harnessing the tremendous winds that come through the Gorge. Windsurfers (also called sailboarders) and kiteboarders (also called kitesurfers) flock here to whip across the water with the wind.

Windsurfer, or sailboarder, on the Columbia River.

Kiteboarder, or kitesurfer, on the Columbia.

Everywhere, we saw these bright poppies dancing in the wind.

Have a colorful day


Carol said...

Thanks for the virtual tour! Really enjoyed it and the beautiful scenery. Those trees are magnificent. The contrast from the treed side to the open drier plains is quite dramatic. So glad that wasn't your car tipping over the side of the road.

Ladybug said...

"Roll on, Columbia, roll on.." One of my favorite areas to visit. Haven't been to Hood River, yet, but it's on the list.I feel as you do, when we finally make it to "the other side" with the sun, space, & blue skies, I hoot & holler! Nice break for you 2 from our cloudy, chilly summer...