June 26, 2013
I celebrated the first weekend of summer, my favorite time of year with my East Coast ‘sister-cousin’. We traversed the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls on our way home from PDX along the Old Highway.
Most people stop at the huge parking lot in the center of Interstate 84 and only see the classic, Multnomah Falls.
We took our time, looking for wildflowers, rocks, moss and more.
As we hiked, we caught up on family news, made our plans for the weekend and simply enjoyed each other.
The sun was out on a windless day, making the Columbia River as still as a lake.
The following morning we bought from artists and farmers at Saturday Market, then a quick venture downtown Hood River for purchases including books, cards and souvenirs just as shops opened. By 10:30 am we were at the top of Rowena Crest trying to capture butterflies and birds with our cameras.
I wanted to show my sister-cousin both sides of the river that I call home and she wanted to see as much wildlife, birds and wildflowers as we could find.
We were on a mission to find Osprey nests along the Columbia. While searching, we practiced on other birds.
We found a nest at Doug’s Beach and listened to the osprey pair calling to each other. A game officer sent us down the river in search of several nests but this one near Wind River was our lucky find of the day.
…or I should say it was the best find of our day.
On our way home we stopped at Dog Mountain Creek to photograph the falls.
….and found this Lorquin’s Admiral butterfly flitting among the rocks and creek!
…and some pretty wildflowers.
Our last stop was Husum Falls to see how it looks after the Condit Dam removal on the White Salmon River.
We arrived home in time to catch a few garden shots before our fabulous dinner at Romul’s in Hood River.
Our final morning, spent in the garden enjoying bird songs and color. I love my garden this time of year, filled with flowers, birds and butterflies.
My sister-cousin wanted photos of hummingbirds and I think she caught a few. I’ve planted many flowering shrubs and flowers that hummingbirds like.
I already miss you sister-cousin, can’t wait until next time…..