Dams, Salmon, and Lampreys (oh my!)

July 12, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

On Friday, we left Hood River and headed back along the Columbia Gorge towards Portland. Our first stop of the day was the Bonneville Dam and Power Station, a hydroelectric facility on the Columbia River. We stopped at the visitors’ center:
LK_20130712_0082-sm

and saw the spillways:
LK_20130712_0083-sm

and toured the fish ladder exhibit, where you can view the salmon (and other fish) swimming upstream past the dam:
LK_20130712_0095-sm

and there were some other things there as well, including lampreys:
LK_20130712_0102-sm

here’s a video of them latched onto the observation window:

After that, we went hiking a few miles up Eagle Creek:

to Punch Bowl Falls:
LK_20130712_0138_HDR-sm

LK_20130712_0151-sm

I took some time to get the iconic shot of the falls, using long exposures:
LK_20130712_0182-sm

while Lesley and Emma wandered off to Lower Punch Bowl Falls. You can see the crowd of people in the upper left – that’s where the last photo was taken. This is another spot that you have to come at a time when there’s no one else around to get the photos you want.
LK_20130712_0228-Edit-sm

After that, we had lunch at the Cascade Locks Ale House, and drove to see Horsetail Falls:
LK_20130712_0257-sm

and then hiked up the trail to the upper falls, Ponytail Falls:
LK_20130712_0274_HDR-sm

LK_20130712_0296-sm

then drove to our next hotel in Beaverton and visited (after dinner at Taco Bell) the suburban location of Powell’s Books.

A good day.


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January (4) February (3) March April May June (1) July (6) August September October (3) November December (2)
January (2) February March (1) April (3) May (2) June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December