It was a spectacular day for travel in the great Northwest. The sun was shining and the sky was blue with only a few clouds. The kind of day, that defines why people live here.
As I packed my car, I struggled to decide if I should head out of Vancouver, WA on scenic Hwy 14 or to head to Oregon and take I-84. About 30 minutes east on I-84 is Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in the state of Oregon ( http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls).
Unfortunately by the time the car was packed and I was on the road, it was 3:30 pm. Traffic reports were already reporting back-ups on I-5 and I-205 in Vancouver, WA. I opted for the scenic Hwy 14 instead.
Hwy 14 is an extension of the Louis and Clark Trail. It curves and winds along the north side of the Columbia River in Washington State. It is lined with scenic views of the river and the Columbia River Gorge and there are fleeting glimpses of Mt. Hood in the distance. There are also two damns (that I know of), nature preserves, state parks and a rail line running next to the road. I could probably spend a month, just on this 180 mile stretch of highway taking photos, watching trains and playing in the river. And then I could spend another month on the south or Oregon side of the Columbia River…
Here is a historic look at this road called the “Columbia River Highway” from Koin 6 News in Portland OR: https://www.facebook.com/koin6/videos/504777459723169/
Today, I choose to stop at the Steamboat Landing Park, the Bonneville Lock Dam and ended up at the Rodeway Inn in Stevenson, WA.
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