I thought I’d post more photos (and even videos!) of our Dalles Mountain Road trip. I’d like to make that drive again this year; after being cooped up for so long, it’d be wonderful to see those wildflowers again. So to whet my appetite, here goes. (We get our second Covid vaccinations in just five days, so more road trips would be fabulous…still staying safe and maintaining protocols, of course.)
We headed up the Columbia River Gorge, heading mauka (towards the mountains).
Everything was so green, as it usually is in May. And another train came by!
We crossed the Columbia River at Hood River.
Hood River Bridge
I love it when we get to see tugboats and barges along the river.
We’re now heading mauka again towards Lyle, Washington. We’ve already crossed the Cascade Mountains.
Poppies along the road. Seeing them now I’m reminded of Michelle’s Poppy.
Soon we come to Lyle; from there we’ll head north on our journey.
Poppies were everywhere, which let us know that the wildflowers on Dalles Mountain Road would also be in full bloom.
Oh my gosh, check out this house!!
Nope. Nope. Nope. No way I’d live in a place this close to the edge. I bet they have a great view, though.
Now we’re driving up Centerville Road on our way to Dalles Mountain Road.
One of my very favorite Springtime flowers are these ones.
This poor old barn has definitely seen better days. Oh, the stories I bet it could tell!
Actually, there were two of them. The second one was in somewhat better shape. But not by much.
And here we go!
This was our first view from the road.
Blurry pīpī photo for AFK.
This was our old TryLook telling us where we were. She was named by a friend of mine from back home. Why TryLook? Because: “Eh, try look where you stay going! You wen miss da turn. Recalculating!” My icon was a bird, not a car. Of course.
Seeing the Lupine and Arrowhead Balsamroot blooming together always takes my breath away. The white flowers are Wild Phlox.
I’m not sure what wildflowers these ones are, but they sure are pretty! I wonder if it’s more Phlox.
A shot just for AFK. This one’s not blurry! Well, not much.
Pīpī relaxing among the wildflowers seems like a great way to end this chapter. I’ve got plenty more photos of our drive to share next time.