Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

Those of us from Oregon and Washington know of the many charms of the Columbia River Gorge. From wind-surfing to hiking, this area is a paradise only a few miles out of Portland proper.

Driving down the old, twisted Historic Highway, one finds themselves in the midsts of moss-covored trees and waterfalls. Trails lead back into the steep, forest-covered hills. The air smells fresh and damp with subtle hints of rotting wood and moss.

I have been to the Gorge many times. It is part of my childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. My heart lives in the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River Gorge encapsulates it all.

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