|Road to Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park|
From the Columbia River, whose dams irrigate eastern Washington agriculture and provide hydroelectric power to much of region, to the Olympics and Oregon's Coast Range, water rules here.
While there are a host of economic and environmental issues surrounding use of our rivers and streams (Yea Elwha River dam removal! Boo potential coal export terminal on the Columbia River!), today's post is simply celebrating the beauty of Northwest waterways.
That's it. Just some photos of my favorite rivers and streams around the region.
|Wenatchee River flowing through Tumwater Canyon|
Maybe it's because I'm a Pisces and was raised in Troutdale, or because I grew up spending hours exploring the small natural stream that ran through our front yard, but nothing soothes me like the sight and sound of a small river or stream. Especially a mountain stream.
|Skagit River above Newhalem|
|Skagit River just below Newhalem|
|Naches River along the Chinook Scenic Byway|
|Columbia River looking east from Crown Point|
|Great blue heron, probably hoping for a migrating salmon, Piper's Creek, Carkeek Park|
While I'm not a whitewater kayaker, I have done some kayaking in and around some regional rivers. Thrilling! Although one of the coldest days of my life was kayaking down the Skagit River River on a snowy January day looking for bald eagles.
|Big Beaver Creek flowing into Ross Lake, Ross Lake National Recreational Area, North Cascades National Park|