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#571852 - 10/25/18 12:19 AM Boating On The Columbia  
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If you've been a BABC'er for awhile you've probably seen some of the videos I've posted of how rough the waters on the Columbia River can get. Well here are 3 videos that show the opposite side of that.

This first on was taken after we left Bonneville Dam and had passed Cascade Locks. According to the Weather Channel we were in winds steady at 25-30 with gusts to 40 but the winds were blowing the same direction as the current, both straight on the bow, so the waves didn't stack up like they do when the winds oppose the current.

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n4iWuSBkb4[/video]

That wind and those waves only lasted about an hour or so then things flattened right out. These next two videos were taken the next day as we continued up the river.

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTn-ipraEGs[/video]

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCNXKK6N_e8[/video]

So now you all know that the river isn't always rough.


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#571854 - 10/26/18 07:50 AM Re: Boating On The Columbia [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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That's really beautiful. So different than where I boat (also beautiful, but a ton more trees). The shore looks pretty much uninhabited, is there a reason why there are so few houses on the river? I found the area on a map and it looks like there are plenty of roads and towns. Guessing the state owns the land...


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#571855 - 10/26/18 02:44 PM Re: Boating On The Columbia [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Dave, once we get east of the Cascade Mountain range that splits WA almost on a direct North-South line we get into the rain shadow of the Cascades and that makes for a desert climate. Where we live in Pasco we get a whopping 8" of ran and 3" of snow per year.

Now, just for your viewing pleasure, here are some pics I took as we came through the Columbia Gorge where there are real live trees: d


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Much of the land along the river on the eastern side of the state is just too rugged to build on. There are a few places where there are towns along the river on the WA side, but they are few and far between once you get past the Cascades.

As you get further upstream, past McNary dam you'll find a lot of irrigated farm land where some of the world's best wine grapes are grown as well as fruit orchards. If you look on Google Earth and follow the river upstream from McNary Dam (upstream from Umatilla) you will see a lot of green land. That is all irrigated by water pumped up from the Columbia. In Google Earth you can also see the difference between the height of the river and the height of the tops of the mountains that line the WA side of the river.

If you're at all interested in geology, do some research on the Missoula Flood. It's an interesting look at how this land was formed by a massive flood that started in Montana and swept all the way to the Pacific. YouTube has some interesting videos on it.


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#571901 - 11/15/18 12:34 AM Re: Boating On The Columbia [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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