June 6, 2017
Today we headed north to Washington state via highway 97 to highway 197.
Both were picturesque. We had great views of Mt Hood while in Oregon.
To reach Washington, you cross over the Columbia River.
The land along the river was interesting.
You could see the impact of volcanic forces on the landscape.
And how much effort must have been required to put in roads and railways.
We stopped in Yakima for a few more supplies.
We camped along the Yakima River Canyon. There are several BLM campgrounds in that area. We stopped at each of the ones we passed.
There weren’t very many campsites at any of them. The first several campgrounds were barely more than parking lots with picnic tables.
We finally reached the last campground, the Umtanum Campground.
It was a little bigger than the rest and had more of a campground feel. The campsites weren’t just all lined up and had gaps in between them. Plus there was a pedestrian bridge across the river to the other side.
Like most of the places we visited recently, the river here was running high and fast.
As we had learned earlier in this trip, “great bird watching” usually equates to “lots of bugs”. We decided to not cross over to the other side because of the really wonderful insect habitat.
Once the teenage camping groups went to bed, we had a relatively quiet evening.
We did see several birders out with cameras and spotting scopes early the next morning.