WAAAM, the History Museum of Hood River County and the Columbia Gorge Hotel

6/27/16 (Monday) in White Salmon, WA (Bridge RV Park)

After a scrumptious breakfast provided by our rally hosts, we visited some nearby sites. Note: these are across the Columbia, on the Oregon side. There is a toll bridge here ($1 each way) that is not only VERY narrow, but the surface seems to be of metal chain work, rough to steer on. NOT for RV’s.

John (and all the guys and some gals) enjoyed the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum so I’ll provide his high points here. Can you find the Harley Davidson? How about the car with a special place for golf clubs? The little red car was a 1932 Detroit Electric car.


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I and a few of the gals (Gloria, Charlene and Sharon) went to the Historical Museum, It was a sweet, well presented museum, although small. Both museums had sections devoted to Luhr Jensen who created a new style of lure (the name is a coincidence) that became famous. I didn’t realize this area was a favorite for apple orchards. They even sprayed poisons then (early 1900’s) for the worms.


When we left to meet the rest of our group at the Columbia Gorge Hotel (an historical landmark), we got chatting and drove past our exit! There aren’t a lot of exits on this river road freeway, so were concerned, postulating that we might end up at Cascade Locks or Portland before we could turn around. Lo and behold we found one eventually and arrived at the Hotel only a few minutes after our scheduled time. The place is gorgeous and fancy. We found the food excellent but the service was more like in the olden days; we had plenty of time to visit! Below are my highlights from their lovely grounds.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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