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02 The Columbia River Gorge

Our bus tour followed the scenic Historic Columbia River Highway eastwards along the Oregon side of the river with stops at the recently restored Vista House at Crown Point, Multnomah Falls, and Cascade Locks, where we enjoyed an excellent buffet lunch at Sam Hill's River Room & Patio/Char Burger Restaurant alongside the Bridge of the Gods.  Following lunch, we crossed the bridge and then turned east on the Washington side of the river.  Our destination was the nearby Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum, whose central display is a 37-foot replica of a 19th-Century fishwheel.  The tour culminated with a visit to the Second Powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, where a dynamic and dramatic young guide explained the history of the dam.  We viewed the fish ladders and then visited the Powerhouse itself.

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