faces-2Were still traveling along the Columbia River on the Washington Side, tracing a submerged culture.

 81-Columbia Hills State Park, WA The weather and terrain is similar to yesterday but with hints the greenery to come. There were even orchards along route. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We ended our day at the Dalles Dam, 1 of the 4 dams on the lower Columbia Basin. This was an ideal location for a dam since the flow from a river often over a mile wide was constricted through a channel 140′ across. Along with Celilo Falls itself, 12 miles of downstream whitewater was inundated along with its nearby settlements, the longest continuously inhabited community in North America. For over 15,000 years a vast network of trade passed through this region leaving Lewis & Clark to call this region the “Great Mart”. Fish was the basis of this trade network and the ancestral fishing grounds of the tribes that were passed through generations were lost with the building of this dam. Amazing photos show how fish were traditionally netted at these falls.  In order to compensate a number of tribes for this loss, 26 fishing sites between the McNary Dam upstream and Bonneville Dam downstream were given to them along with a $26,000,000 settlement.  Celilo 2 We got of first view of  the 11, 249′ Mt. Hood, the highest mountain in Oregon today. Also, June got lost and accidentally crossed a very narrow bridge that left her a bit jittery but it was nothing some ice cream and  “Water From The Hood” could not cure. The perpetual smile is back on. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We camped at Horsethief Butte, a basalt formation which withstood the Glacial Floods. FUDb-day.81b-090OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It is an area of enough significance that the tribes of this region requested a number of pictographs and petroglyphs be removed from sites to be submerged under the Dalles Dam reservoir be brought here.  FUDb-day.81b-002FUDb-day.81b-040FUDb-day.81b-049