The View From The Columbia River, Part 1: On Board The Sternwheeler
My parents recently visited us in Oregon and since it was my father's first time here, we planned a lot of tourist type activities. Last time I did most of these activities, I wasn't blogging so I am excited to take advantage of the new photos I took. Last Sunday, we took a brunch cruise on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, an authentically designed (although a replica) river boat. Things certainly looked different when viewed from on the river.
On their website, the operator of the Sternwheeler calls it a "Journey Into History". The Sternwheeler departs from the Port of Cascade Locks, cruises upriver to Hood River, then back down, past Cascade Locks and to the Bonneville Dam. Every moment offered incredible 360 degree views of the surroundings. A lovely Sunday brunch buffet was served, accompanied by liberal amounts of champagne and topped off with beautiful dessert bars.
My father is a history buff so he loved that most of the cruise was narrated by the captain himself and he relished every reference to Lewis and Clark, the Oregon Trail and to the geology of the gorge (how it was actually formed). The weather was perfect, the day peaceful and warm, a light breeze playing off the water. Tourist or not, this is one cruise everyone should experience.