This morning we returned to Cascade Locks to board the Columbia Gorge
was built by Norris Boat Works in Hood River, OR and is a faithful reproduction of the sternwheeler Bailey Gatzert.
and is the only sternwheeler cursing the Gorge today.
As part of the boarding process, we had to show a photo ID and then, according to a sign at the head of the gangplank needed to have our photographs taken.
While the sign looked official, the real reason for the photos had nothing to do with “security” … but, rather was a ruse to have photos of each party which they would then try to sell to them during the cruise.
While still alongside the pier, we had a great BRUNCH accompanied by a never-ending supply of Champagne-laced mimosas … and later a variety of deserts.
Leaving the pier on an almost mirror-calm morning, we could see dozens of laser sailboats and their skippers who were participating in the 2016 Laser North American Championships, still sitting on the beach waiting for the currently non-existent winds to pick-up.
The ship headed east, upriver,
Several jet-ski water craft zoomed past us
While I was in the ship’s pilot house
the Captain was ready to come about and head down river. In the middle of the turn, a father and his young son entered the pilot house . The Captain invited the boy to sit in his seat and center the servo-lever to put the vessel on a westward heading back down the middle of the river.
We considered trying for an iconic pose
While gulls soared above us
While there is some scientific controversy as to the actual date, the year 1100 A.D. had often been cited as the date of the Bonneville landslide. More recent work using radiocarbon dating and lichenometry has suggested dates between 1500 and 1760 or between 1670 and 1760. These younger radiocarbon ages permitted a possible link to the 1700 Cascadia earthquake. However, more recent investigations using radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology show the landslide occurred around 1450, more than two centuries before the great earthquake.
The Bonneville landslide sent a large amount of debris south from Table Mountain and Greenleaf Peak, covering more than 5.5 square miles. The debris slid into the Columbia Gorge close to modern-day Cascade Locks, Oregon blocking the Columbia River with a natural dam approximately 200 feet high and 3.5 miles long.
The impounded river formed a lake and drowned a forest of trees for about 35 miles. Native Americans may have been able to cross the river on the dam or, as their oral histories say, a bridge. Although no one knows how long it took, the Columbia River eventually broke through the dam and washed away most of the debris, forming the Cascade Rapids, themselves submerged in 1938 by the construction of the Bonneville Dam several miles south of the course of the river before the landslide.
Passing Cascade Locks to our port (left), we passed under the Bridge of the Gods (which we’d crossed both of the past two days to cross the Columbia River from Washington State to Cascade Locks, Oregon … and which we’ll cross tomorrow in our motorhome as we head for the northwest Oregon coast).
Constructed in 1926 the Bridge of the Gods takes its name from a Native American myth describing a large natural rock bridge over the Columbia River at the bridge site. The bridge was originally 1,127-feet long but was lengthened to 1,856-feet and raised in conjunction with the construction of Bonneville Dam downstream from the site. The bridge is a fine example of cantilever technology in Oregon as well as a major crossing of the Columbia River.
Looking back we could see where the Cascade Rapids used to exist (to the left in the following photo)
We passed by a group of anglers who were anchored with their rods in the water where the Eagle Creek empties into the Columbia to port and
As we approached the new Bonneville Dam
To the south of the dam were the current locks (one of six … three each on the Columbia and Snake Rivers between Portland, OR and Lewiston, ID).
Heading back to Cascade Locks, Ospreys soared