Columbia River Gorge

We are all settled in at Viento State Park in Oregon, right on the Columbia River Gorge, which of course is one of the seven wonders of Oregon. Bill and I will get to spend some quality time at three of the seven wonders of Oregon while we are here. In addition to the Columbia River Gorge, and Mt. Hood, we will spend six weeks in Prospect Oregon, which is about 30 miles from Crater Lake, which is another of the seven wonders of Oregon.

Our campsite here in Viento is nothing to dance and shout about… but the surrounding area just outside the campground is gorgeous!


Shantel, the trees are amazing. Huge, with branches full of leaves that cascade down to the ground.

There are trains that run 24/7 right beside the park and every time one passes by the park they are required to blow their horn at least four times, and it is loud! The pictures I took today are all cloudy looking, but actually it is smoke from wildfires burning in Montana and Washington State. The wind is carrying the smoke all over our area…

This next picture shows how close the train tracks are to the campground. There is a fence pole just a couple of feet to the left of the train tracks and that is the gate to our campground.

Papa/Bill and I took a walk down to see the Columbia River Gorge this morning and saw a big ship pushing a barge down the river. Just on the other side of the Columbia River Gorge is Washington State.

Papa and I decided we both needed to dip our toe in the Columbia River Gorge… just to say we did. The next picture is Papa going first.

Then, I took my turn, and tried to be as graceful as possible, while trying to balance on one foot as I dipped the toe of my other foot in the river.

This next picture is just showing the mountains on the Washington State side of the river.

And another shot of a huge rock, as big as a small mountain, sitting out in the middle of the river.

Papa/Bill and I decided to ditch the freeway, and took a nice drive up Historic Highway 30 to the city of Dalles. It is the largest city on the Oregon side along the Columbia River, outside of the Portland Metropolitan area. It was a beautiful scenic drive up one side of a mountain and down the other side. We could see the smoke from the wildfires even more as we got closer to the top of the mountain.

Everywhere you look are big beautiful trees, mountains, and of course that spectacular Columbia River Gorge.


Papa/Bill took a picture of me sitting on a wall overlooking all the scenery, and I said “yep, nothing but just pure beauty everywhere you look”. Ha!

We had lunch at the Dalles, and even through all the smoke-filled air…it was still a beautiful day. And, I’m hoping all this smoke will make for a spectacular sunset picture since I never did get one at the ocean.

Shantel, Papa and I love and miss you and are so proud of you.

Stay Tuned!



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gotham girl
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 22:12:38

    My first reaction is that I’m so happy you are now getting some HEAT, ha ha!! But now there’s smoke and trains, argh! But, like you said…it’s an adventure and you’ll have LOTS to share for years to come! Love you! xoxoxo


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 00:47:18

      That’s right frissy, life on the road is just one big adventure, and so far Bro and I are loving and enjoying every minute of it!! So, so, many memories are being made, here, and everywhere we go.. Love you. XoXo


  2. Bill
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 22:36:37

    Beautiful country, with my beautiful wife and best pal.
    Love you Girly!


  3. Ellen Kaufman
    Aug 03, 2017 @ 23:13:18

    Awww I’m so happy you are there safe and enjoying all the new sights. Love the Shantel can enjoy the trip with your explicit description of all the places. Well please have fun and enjoy your stay and can’t wait to hear more and see more. Enjoy the tutting of the train and maybe they can stop one day and give you a ride down the rail or maybe not. Love y’all and really have a great dance tonight💃🏼🕺❤️❤️😘😘


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 04, 2017 @ 00:43:41

      Thank you Aunt Ellen. We are trying to get used to the train blowing 24/7. It is really all just part of experiencing life “on the road”. You take the bad with the good, and hopefully the good always out weighs the bad… So far for us, life on the road has all been REAL good. Love and hugs, and thanks for always responding to my blog posts… Love you. XoXo


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