It was a crisp, autumn day with a touch of hazy fog lingering, but as we drove up, into the mountains, the fog began to dissipate with what remained sweetly softening our views.
Our first stop, was the view point outside of Corbett, called the Women's Forum Overlook. The view was AMAZING.
|A view of the Columbia River Gorge and the Vista House, autumn 2013|
Our next stop was the Vista House at Crown Point. I loved reading all of the literature about the history of the scenic hwy and how it was built. I was inspired by the original idea of it, that it was designed at a time of great adventure, where our American love affair with the automobile was surely in a golden age and we designed roads specifically for the pleasure of driving them.
Here is a lovely write up regarding the history of the Columbia River Scenic Hwy.
Next stop, was Latourell Falls.
|Trailhead at Latourell Falls|
It truly was a glorious autumn day in the Pacific Northwest.
What I love the most about the 'mini' escapes I force my family to take, is that we just, however briefly, get away from the 'noise' of our daily lives. We find 'center' and reclaim ourselves..even if just for a moment.
One of the things I love about living in the Portland area is that nature is so close, an hour outside of town and we can escape.
I can't recommend this day drive enough to my friends in the Pacific Northwest, or to those considering a visit here. Each season would have it's own beauty, but the magic of our crisp, autumn day took hold of me.
2013 will go down in my books as one of the most beautiful autumns that I have experienced here in Oregon.
Go on, get out of town for a day.