This is a FullTime-Life Friday Flashback for Gemma's SCENIC WEEKENDS. By this time of year, here on the flatlands, I start to miss elevation a little bit. So I went searching the archives for some hills and mountains. I spied them on the horizon in this photo of floathouses moored along the Willamette Slough. When I took it we were on our way to go camping on Oregon's Sauvie Island.
Sauvie Island in the Columbia River near Portland was one of our favorite summer and fall getaway places when we lived in Oregon. This large island (over 25,000 acres) lies only about 10 miles from downtown Portland, but always seemed like an entirely different world. (Click on the blue link for more information from Wiki.)
Portland, Oregon's largest city, is about 100 miles away from where we used to live.
We watched Columbia River barge traffic from our camper window.
When we used to visit, there was only the one campground and I think there might be some B&B type lodging, but no chain hotels, restaurants, or grocery stores. It's mostly rural and, especially since it's so close, very popular with outdoor recreation enthusiasts from the City.
The Island is one of many favorite spots that we haven't visited for several years. Maybe next summer. (So many scenic places.....)