After visiting Multnomah Falls driving along Interstate 84 I couldn’t help but stop and take a view of Oregon’s Cascades from the top. I was in awe by the scenery, especially the view from the Bridge of the Gods. I was fascinated about reading the Klickitats’ (the Native American Pacific Northwest tribe) legend about two gods (brothers) disputing over land along the Cascade Locks and going to war over a beautiful princess which resulted in the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens and destroyed the famous bridge that connected Washington and Oregon over the Columbia River. You can read more about it here.

Legend has it that two Native American Gods fought over the this land and went to war over a princess, Looit creating the Cascade Rapids. – First People, The Legends

I also wanted to scout what I could see within a 20 mile radius of the Cascades since I was running short on time. The drive to Seattle from Oregon would be roughly 4.5 hours without traffic and I still needed to see Mount Hood.

I had to be careful. I was crunching down on time and needed to get to my destination so that I can spend more time in the water.

The Columbia River Gorge is a 40-mile stretch in Oregon with many historic and monumental sites not too far from the river. I decide to hang out along the Cascades and climb a few ridges with a view of the Columbia River Gorge.

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Driving to Portland on Interstate 5 from Klamath National Forest during a snow storm wasn’t something I wanted to repeat. I wanted to avoid driving at night and was very cautious of the road conditions and weather. One important observation on the road, most of the highways are two lane highways with pass lanes every 10-20 miles. I had to be careful. I was crunching down on time and needed to get to my destination so that I can spend more time in the water.

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