For over six years I have kept a yellow Travel section from the Oregonian featuring petroglyphs and pictographs found 90 miles up the Columbia Gorge from Portland. I have wanted to visit this place for even longer than I’ve kept this article. Saturday after work my wonderful husband took me there.
The petroglyphs that were open for viewing were ones saved from the flooding of the Columbia River caused by the building of the dam in The Dalles. I wasn’t able to see the ones actually in situ as you need to make a reservation for that and I work on the mornings the tours are offered. I was more than satisfied anyway. And as an added bonus, the petroglyphs share the park with Horsethief Lake, which I of course took a dip in. First rule of any road trip, no matter how long…Bring a bathing suit.
It was a really spectacular day; it felt like an entire weekend packed into just a few hours.
All made possible by a husband who wanted to fulfill a years long dream of his wife.