Wednesday, November 14, 2007


I had no idea.

For years, I have made the drive, nice as it is, eastbound on I-84, on my way to such far-off places as Hermiston, Pendleton, Boise and Ketchum. It is a magnificent drive, mystic, and full of wonder.... Rough-hewn cliffs of black volcanic rock carved and etched not so long ago by a series of mighty ante-ice age deluges.

The Columbia River Gorge, with a broad interstate paved along the river's edge, provides one of the most unique driving experiences you will find anywhere. Yet, in days gone by, the drive was actually much more interesting...

Just off the beaten path, not far from the mighty metropolis of Troutdale, a small side road winds up the cliffs, away from the flat smooth freeway. This is the old Historic Columbia River Highway, and until this weekend, I had no idea that it existed...

Mama had a morning meeting, and I was left on double-tot duty. Itching for adventure, and an alluring destination to distract the kids, I packed up with our pal Fred, and headed out for another camera safari.

Fall, having hit the Pacific Northwest, the weather was moody, the foliage was aflame, and the light was right for photos... Thanks to Fred for the recommendation, we diverted from the freeway, and took the road less traveled. The old highway. The way of the waterfalls...

The girl hunted (not-so-hard) for just the right leaf to bring home to mama. There were about a gajillion to choose from, but still, I think she grabbed the best one of the bunch.

There seemed to be just enough water, leaves, hot chocolate and adventure to fill up the morning. Everyone was happy and took long naps, which made me happy. I didn't even have to sedate them with alcohol...


  1. "I didn't even have to sedate them with alcohol." - The key word being THEM.

    I will assume you were loaded to the gills as usual.

  2. The best of times. Enjoy them.

  3. You have beautiful children. Great pictures.

  4. You need to have a DNA test taken of your mailman. Those kids did not come from you.

  5. Anonymous1:29 PM

    Strangely, no pictures of waterfalls.

  6. There were, in fact, several pictures of waterfalls, and several other pictures that I wanted to post. My source files are quite bulky, though, and it was taking forever to upload the ones that I did. Eventually, my server started to time-out and I got frustrated. So, these are the photos that made it.

  7. Anonymous1:56 PM

    Resize them before you upload them

  8. Anonymous1:35 PM

    I've said it before, I'll say it again (and again and again)...I cannot believe that you of all people have children that beautiful. What a freak of genetics they turned out to be. You being the freak part, them looking beyond normal and cute.


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