Exploring East of the Cascade Mountains


Large waterfalls, turkey vultures, wild turkeys, butterflies and spring wildflowers welcomed me to flatlands east of the Cascades. It was beautiful springtime weather.

From The Dalles I first headed south to Tygh Valley and the home of the White River Falls, dropping 90 feet over a basalt cliff.

A short drive from the waterfalls was the deep canyon of the Deschutes River. The River was very high and no fishermen were seen. Many times the tribal fishermen can be seen dip-netting from wooden platforms.

Later I took a drive to the Klickitat River northwest of The Dalles to wander on the large plateau above the river. The colorful wildflowers were in their full glory.

The possible areas to explore are seemingly endless.

Mt. Hood from Tygh Valley

Mt. Hood from Tygh Valley

Big-head Clover

Big-head Clover

Butterfly

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

White River Falls

White River Falls

Death-camas

Death-camas (Wild Lily)

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

Early morning in The Dalles (Mt. Hood in background)

Early morning in The Dalles (Mt. Hood in background)

Deschutes River

Deschutes River

Outside of a long-closed school in Friend, Oregon

Outside of a long-closed school in Friend, Oregon

 

 

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