Last week we took a little road trip north to Washington, then drove up the Columbia Gorge to visit with friends in The Dalles and Hood River before finishing up with some fun in Portland. Driving up the Gorge, I was stunned at its beauty. I've driven it many times, but seemed to have forgotten just how lovely it is. Everything is in its springtime green, cliffs and hills rise dramatically along the great Columbia, and waterfalls tumble and rush down to meet the river. Altogether lovely. As we made our way up I-84, we stopped for a rest and snack at Starvation Creek. It was a perfect little break on our journey.
Starvation Creek was originally called "Starvout Creek" and took its name from a train that was stuck here for three weeks in 1884.
|This sign was surely designed to be climbed, right? Apparently the highway was constructed by "honor men", convicts who were unchained and put to work building the road.|
|One of my favorite subjects - Erik taking pictures.|
|This is Oregon. Green, mossy, cool, and lovely. I love the forest, and feel right at home amidst all these growing things.|
|Oh, and then there was this little beauty, 186 feet of unexpected falling water. In the words of my dear Gramps, "I never met a waterfall I didn't like." He would have liked this one, too.|