Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Above Wishram

Wishram Viewpoint


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A few more gorge photos from the mini-roadtrip, this time from a little viewpoint off Hwy 14, just east of Wishram [map].

I was about to say the cliffs above were part of the Rowena Gap, but then I looked at the map and realized I was stupid. That's actually the mouth of the Deschutes River you're looking at. Unless I'm wrong, of course.

Wishram Viewpoint

Wishram is basically a railroad company town way out in the middle of nowhere in the eastern Columbia Gorge. There's a bridge over the river, but it's rail only, which is why you never hear about it. I'm not sure what there is to do in Wishram, but you can get there on Amtrak if you really need to.

Here's a better view of the town, down at river/railroad level so it's not even on the main road. It's got to feel a little isolated down there sometimes. I wonder what it's like down there in the winter, when the road up the bluff to Hwy 14 ices up?

Wishram Viewpoint

It's not really the most touristed part of the gorge, but I've always found the area fascinating. A desert canyon, all bare rock and dry grass, with a truly huge river flowing down the middle. There are a lot of places around the world I haven't been, but I have to think this is a little on the uncommon side.

Wishram Viewpoint

Wishram Viewpoint

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