Yesterday, we took 2 of our children, plus 2 cousins on an outing. We chose to drive up the Columbia River Gorge, and ended up at the Bonneville Dam Fish Hatchery.
First, we stopped at Crown Point where we almost got blown away, it was so windy! In fact, only 1 child chose to even get out of the car. That would be our brave niece, Alissa. The view, however, was magnificent and was worth seeing.
Then, we stopped at Multnomah Falls. Part of us hiked up to the first little bridge, some stayed below, but everyone had a great time.
Lovana was one of the brave hikers. Our destination is that little bridge you can see in the background.
At the fish hatchery, there were many large rainbow trout in various ponds and holding tanks. These were oversized trout who were older than they would have been in the wild, for display. There were also huge sturgeon fish in another tank, and many pleasant walkways to stroll around on the grounds.
You could get fish food with quarters, and everyone had fun feeding them.
Jake liked flicking the food into the water–each to his own!
We then went over to Bonneville Dam itself and went through the visitor’s center. We were hoping to see salmon in the viewing windows, but there were none. Still, it was fun to drive over a dam and look around.
The day was ended with a trip for ice cream at Cascade Locks, and a long drive home. Everyone had a great time, and hopefully, it won’t be too long until we venture that way again.