Fish

Dart is at the Columbia River Gorge in the last Where’s Dart (6).  There is a lot of water in that river.  Coming through the gorge from the east to the west, you go from a very dry climate where the scenery is brown to a wet climate with lush green vegetation.  It is a dramatic change within a couple hours of driving.   It is one of my favorite drives.  If you have never done it, put it on your bucket list.

We hiked along the road that was the original Columbia River scenic highway.  Sections of the old road still exist and have been turned into a hiking/biking path.  Where the sections are gone, hikers/bikers must drive on roads or along the side of the interstate.  The hike was very nice and it was the longest one we have been able to take on this trip.  The temperature was in the 60’s and Dart was very happy.  It was overcast.  Even if it wasn’t, we were hiking through dense forest most of the time so there was a lot of shade.  I think Dart is in his element.  He was still in the lead at the end of the hike after going more than 5 miles.  This is not the dog that was hiking in Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico.  If he had a say in the matter, I think he would choose to live here.

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Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway. Both spans of interstate 84 are visible in this picture as well as the railroad track and an original section of the highway on which you can see Regis and Dart walking.

We started our hike at the Bridge of the Gods.  I love the mural that is painted on the support.

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Mural on the support structure on the Bridge of the Gods over the Columbia River.

We visited a fish hatchery on the hike.  We got to watch them tag the fish.  They had one trailer where people were doing it manually.  They clip one of the fins and put a tag in the nose of the little fish.  We only saw them clipping the fin.  Another trailer was using an automated system to tag the fish.  It is very sophisticated and quite amazing.  This process was only clipping the fin at this time.  (Apparently, they have trouble hiring enough people to manually tag the fish.) We particularly enjoyed watching the little fish jumping up at the water pouring into their pond.  They clearly have an innate desire to jump up waterfalls.  We got a video of it.  We apologize that the video isn’t great.  We’ll work on that.