Rolled into Oregon after more than 15 years and started my tour in the Columbia River Gorge. I'd forgotten how BIG everything is out here -- the mountains, the river, the trees! I spent a week within this 90-mile long canyon in an area where you could still see high-desert but in a half-hour, enter the lush, green forests. It was a hot week with temps as high as 104 one day but I got out early and enjoyed as much hiking, biking and touring as possible.
While I couldn't capture it, both Mt Hood and Mt Adams were looming in the distance each and every day. I couldn't get over seeing these snow-covered peaks beaming in the sky over the hills. Yes, I've seen them hundreds of times before but I was still enamored!
Today, I arrived in Astoria where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, and yes, put my feet in the sand.
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