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Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge was created by the retreating glaciers of the last Ice Age and now offers a splendid vista of nature on a grand scale.  The bowl-shaped valley of the Columbia River is quite broad at several points and is lined with steep cliffs and palisades, with many impressive falls and cascades on both the Oregon and Washington banks of the river.

Although this area is mainly a summertime attraction for tourists and hikers, we had a spell of good weather in February that offered us a chance to get out there and take a quick look at some of the falls.   There was a little ice on the back roads, but it wasn't too much trouble for our Jeep -- or for us when we got out to walk around!

Come summer, we'll be sure to go back to see more of the falls and hike deeper into the back country.   This is going to be a region we'll visit often, as we get more familiar with the Northwest region, especially in the Cascade mountains and along the Pacific coast.
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