One Photo: A Quiet Spot Along The Wenatchee River

Blackbird Island Bench at Leavenworth

Blackbird Island is one of the most overlooked parts of the popular destination of Leavenworth, Washington. While there’s plenty of shopping, restaurants, and pubs just a short walk from there, this quiet public park and trail system is the perfect chance to get away from the crowds.

This quiet spot overlooking the Wenatchee River, with its bench and fenceline, not only begged to be lingered at, but also to be photographed.

One Photo: Liberty Theatre Sign In Wenatchee

Liberty Theatre Sign In Wenatchee

Finding great examples of old painted business names or advertising still left on the region’s old buildings always makes me stop and take a photo.

This colorful advertisement for the Liberty Theatre, still operating in Downtown Wenatchee by the way, is a real thing of beauty. Commonly referred to as “ghost signs”, they offer a unique look at local history.

One Photo: The Beach At Pacific Beach State Park

The Beach At Pacific Beach State Park

Pacific Beach State Park sits north if Ocean Shores and is located, obviously, right on the Pacific Ocean. It’s a small state park but the whole area has a lot to offer.

This photo was taken on our first day there, shortly after we arrived. The beach is beautiful and I couldn’t pass up the perspective of these old piers lined up and heading off in the distance.

One Photo: Contributor Stones At Soap Lake, Washington

Contributor Stones At Soap Lake, Washington

Soap Lake is one of the more interesting destinations in Eastern Washington. It’s legendary waters are loaded with minerals and, to this day, many still tout their health claims.

On the shores of the lake is an impressive sculpture feature a Native American scene. Scattered around it and embedded into the surrounding cocrete are these stones honoring the contributors who made it possible. It makes for an interesting looking scene itself.

One Photo: Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake is one of the many highlights of a trip across the North Cascades Highway. Diablo Dam holds back the water of the Skagit River in its effort to create much needed electricity for the Pacific Northwest.

This photo is taken from the Diablo Lake Overlook. The turquoise water is stunning and there are scenic views in multiple directions.

Five Fun Facts About The Willamette River

Willamette River

Willamette River

The Willamette River flows north through the Willamette Valley and right past a number of notable Oregon communities, including Salem, Corvalis, Albany, and Portland. It also provides a lot of scenery and recreation along the way too.

Here is a look at five fun facts about the Willamette River.

Tributaries

There are twelve rivers that flow into the Willamette River: Coast Fork Willamette River, Middle Fork Willamette River, Long Tom River, McKenzie River, Calapooia River, Marys River, Luckiamute River, Santiam River, Molalla River, Yamhill River, Tualatin River, and Clackamas River.

Distances

The Willamette River is 187 miles long. Where it flows into the Columbia River is 101 miles upstream from where that larger river meets the Pacific Ocean.

A Lot Of Water

Though it pours into the Columbia River closer to its end than its beginnings, the Willamette River contributes about 12 to 15 percent of the total water flow of the Columbia.

The Largest!

By water volume, Willamette Falls on the Willamette River just south of Portland, is the largest waterfall in the American Pacific Northwest.

The First Western City

Oregon City was founded on the shores of the Willamette River, right at Willamette Falls. It was incorporated in 1844. This made it the first incorporated city in the United States, west of the Rocky Mountains.