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.