What a GREAT place to rest...

Trip Start Jun 04, 2011
Trip End Oct 21, 2011

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Plymouth COE Campground
What I did
Enjoyed the heat...

Flag of United States  , Washington
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We got a pretty early start today, for a couple of retired folks, anyway. Our first stop was just about three miles west, the Bonneville Dam. There are actually two dams, I've learned, with the second constructed due to the high demand for electricity.  I do remember as a kid, learning that the power for a local chemical plant near Butte, where I grew up, came from Bonneville. (Now, that's a circuitous sentence!}

There are fish ladders here and that's what we came to see.  I got a few shots of the workings of the dam too, just to keep it legit.  One is a video of some concept of an insulator.  The device uses 15,000 volts to strike an arc about an inch long.  Pretty cool...  I sought and therefore got no statistics on the power output etc., but did look at some fish.

The most predominant species was the sturgeon.  One was pretty good sized and I got a good shot of him.  The numerous salmon seemed to be at other windows than the one that I was viewing, so, sorry, no salmon.  We saw several lamprey eels, including a pair that had attached themselves to the glass.  Pretty in their own way.

The location of the dam really messed up a beautiful spot in the river, but back in the days of the Big Depression, I doubt that anyone of significance said much about it.  Times have changed, thankfully.  I have on picture of a free pin with FDR's face on it, so I imagine that he and his bunch has something to do with the construction.  If I'm wrong about the historical facts here, tell my mother.  Here email is gonemom@ingendwo.com.  Just kidding...

We moved on about fifty miles or so upstream and found the Maryhill Winery.  I should mention that we had a "nuclear" tailwind on the way. Back in 1988 when we made this trip in our ol' VW Westfalia, the wind was so strong that we had to remove the luggage carrier from the roof and stow the stuff inside.  And then, there were spots where we had to proceed in third gear!  Not today though.  The wind was what I refer to as a "North Dakota Turbocharger".  Nice and quiet, albeit a bit unnerving at times when it hit from the side.

Anyway, back to the winery... As a non-drinker of some years, wineries don't really do much for me, but there are always a lot of photo-ops.  I took advantage today and shot some pretty decent pictures, if I do say so myself.  You be the judge.  The sky had some amazing clouds, so I took advantage.

The winery itself is quite large.  We had no access to the workings, but the area is quite beautiful.  They have an amphitheater that is grass and seats a whole bunch of people.  Styx is playing this weekend.  If you remember them, the band that is, not the river, then your old enough to read this blog and not get discombobulated.

Lynnie did some tasting and buying and that was that.  I kept my eyes open for photos and noticed a grand mountain to our west.  Mount Hood stands out over the landscape and took my breath away... A grand site, it is.  This is a must-do trip for anyone who enjoys scenery and winding roads.  The speed limit is never more than sixty, so you have a great opportunity to catch fantastic views.

We drove on another several mountains, I mean miles, and found this campground at Plymouth, Washington.  It's a real gem.  With the ol' "geezer" ticket, cost is only $11.  A great place to tent or place one's temporary home. It's also great to be back in the heat.  It's about eighty-five now and zero wind.  It doesn't get any better! 

I regret that the videos did not upload.  I've been having this problem and it has yet to be resolved.  The price one pays for using a free site.

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