|Beluga from the river's swimming area|
|beaver damage everywhere|
|female Merganser enjoying the sun|
|the Corps of Engineer's McNary Dam, from the Washington side|
|the dam has a huge lock on the Washington side, here a barge pushing wood chips and scrap emerges from the lock|
We tried to access the dam from our side of the River, but found a dead end road leading to it, sign saying "Visitor's Welcome"....We poked around over there, saw the boat launch, followed a rutted dirt road named Portage Road down to the shore of the swirling river and watched a barge move through the lock.
Then we drove over the bridge onto the Oregon side and discovered a visitor's center, a Pacific Salmon Visitor's Information Center and a fish viewing area. Oregon's got it! We toured the Salmon info. center (wrong season for seeing any fish sorting, etc.), and went into the fish viewing area. It has windows under the surface of the salmon ladders that allow spawning salmon to avoid the power turbines of the dam. Just as we were leaving, a salmon literally shot by the windows...hardly time to identify it! It must be a really interesting area in spawning season. Not much else happening here, so we drove back to Beluga to get some steaks on the grill.
|Lew says "Please don't let mom have the clippers anymore..."|