Explorations near The Dalles


On a stay near The Dalles on the east end of the Columbia River Gorge, I spent a day exploring the surrounding area.

First stop was the Rowena Plateau. I put on the hiking boots and went looking for Blacktail Deer.

Several small bucks were on the prowl (it was near the end of the rut) and many does and fawns were out and about.

Next stop was the upper end of the Klickitat Trail above Swale Canyon. As the nearby windmills attested, the wind was blowing mightily.

The open environs on the east side of the Cascades are always enjoyable to visit in the fall and winter. It makes for a nice change from the rains and dense forests of the west side of the Cascades.

A ray of sunshine piercing the dark storm clouds

A ray of sunshine piercing the dark storm clouds

Windmills on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge (lots of wind)

Windmills on the east side of the Columbia River Gorge (lots of wind)

Blcaktail Buck

Blcaktail Buck

Swale Canyon

Swale Canyon

Coyote Wall, a great example of the Missoula Floods' impacts

Coyote Wall, a great example of the Missoula Floods’ impacts

Blacktail Doe "hiding" from me

Blacktail Doe “hiding” from me

Windmills

Windmills catching a little sunlight

Youngish Blacktail Buck

Young Blacktail Buck

 

 

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