Local History: Earthquake Point Between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan

Earthquake Point Marker

Located just north of the small town of Entiat and right along the Columbia River, between Wenatchee and Lake Chelan, is a historical marker that details Earthquake Point. The area is also known as Ribbon Cliff and Broken Mountain. It’s little more than a crumbling hillside and an informational sign.

Earthquake Point Hillside

Near the end of 1872, a huge earthquake hit at this spot and it caused a huge amount of debris to break away from the mountain and tumble down into the Columbia River. This is one of the major rivers of the Pacific Northwest and the entire country. Enough debris had come down that day that it actually completely dammed the river for several hours. The idea of a rock slide big enough to block the entire Columbia River is staggering.

As you look around towards the river, you can see remnants of this landslide, with rock outcroppings peeking out from the river’s water. There are even small islands left in this part of the river, all made of rock that came down during the earthquake that gave this spot its name.

Read the historical marker and take some photos. It’s pretty impressive, even with the later development that came along like the highway, railroad, power lines, and farms across the river.

Earthquake Point Marker

Earthquake Point is another of the many great historical spots to stop and see when taking a road trip through the Pacific Northwest.

A Luxurious Waterfront Estate Between Chelan And Wenatchee

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

North Central Washington is totally worth being put on the list of road trip destinations to make. When you go there you can visit places like Lake Chelan, Grand Coulee Dam, Soap Lake, Dry Falls, the Methow Valley, the North Cascades Highway, and the Okanogan Valley. There are also a number of great state parks there, including Steamboat Rock State Park, Lake Wenatchee State Park, and Lake Chelan State Park. North Central Washington also features some fun communities worth visiting like Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Omak, Okanogan, Conconully, Winthrop, Leavenworth, and Cashmere. Another feature that dominates the landscape of this region is the Columbia River.

If you’re needing a base of operations to explore North Central Washington from, the Orondo area is pretty centrally located. You can stay there at this waterfront estate and have the time of your life. In fact, staying in a place might make it hard to tear yourself away and venture out to those other locations.

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

When you stay at this luxurious waterfront estate you’ll be treating yourself to an amazing vacation home. The house comfortably sleeps up to 16 people and features four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The dining area is large and the kitchen is fully equipped, perfect for feeding one or two people, even a small family, on up to a large group or extended family. The house features internet access, television, Bluetooth speaker capability throughout, and a number of private areas so that even at full capacity, people won’t be tripping over each other. There is also a media room with a 120 inch screen and projector too.

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

Step outside this home and into the backyard and that’s where you fall in love with the property. Right outside the backdoor is a full sized pool, perfect for adults and kids. Go beyond that and you’ll find the welcoming Columbia River, complete with a boat dock with a ladder to get down into or get up out of the water. Swimming in the river on a hot summer day can be the perfect ending to time outdoors in North Central Washington. that’s not all you can do there though. The home comes with kayaks and paddle boards that you are free to use, and even its own boat launch too. Combine all those things with a good sized backyard that is perfect for all kinds of outdoor games and it’s very easy to see just why renting this vacation home on the Columbia River could be one of the best travel decisions you ever make.

Lake Entiat Waterfront Estate

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Stay In Sunland Estates During A Road Trip Through Eastern Washington

Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

The freeway runs east and west through the central part of Washington State. Finding a place to vacation along Interstate 90 is pretty easy too as there are some wonderful destinations. Whether you’re driving east or west, somewhere between Spokane and Seattle. Or if you’re instead traveling north or south towards Wenatchee, the Okanogan, Grand Coulee Dam, Canada, the Tri-Cities, or Oregon, you’ll be passing right through a uniquely beautiful area of the state, the Columbia River at Vantage.

Across the river from Vantage, and just upriver a bit is a Vacation Paradise known as Sunland Estates. This small development features access to the water of the Columbia River as well as placement very near the top draw in the immediate vicinity, the Gorge Amphitheatre, which is home to some of the biggest concerts each summer. When you stay there, you’ll also be very near a number of other things to see and experience like major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River, fruit stands all over the place, the very interesting Wild Horse Wind Farm, a couple of very interesting state parks, and plenty of outdoor recreation whether you’re interested in boating or off road vehicle use.

This really is one of the nicest vacation properties in the area and the whole gang can stay there as it comfortably sleeps up to 10 people. The backyard is where the action happens, with a large patio, plenty of seating, an outdoor grill, and a hot tub. The yard is large so there’s plenty of shade and green grass for the kids to explore and play in too. You can also take the short walk down to the river and spend time on the small beach there, cooling off in the water if that’s what sounds good to you.

Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

Back inside at your vacation rental, you’ll find a large floor plan, generous kitchen space, and plenty of isolated areas where your family or friends can break apart and find spots for themselves. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms, no one will be tripping over each other either. The house comes with internet, multiple televisions, a full garage, toys, dvd players, and all the kitchen appliances you’ll need too. The fact that you don’t have to worry about packing anything along other than clothes and food is completely underrated.

Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

Regardless of where you’re driving to or from in this part of Washington State, you can’t go wrong by taking a couple of days to enjoy the Columbia River and the Vantage area with a stay at this little piece of heaven in Sunland Estates.

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Vacation Paradise in Sunland Estates

5 Great Columbia River Getaway Destinations

Crescent Bar View

Crescent Bar Golf and Condos

The Columbia River flows out of Canada, south through Washington, and then forms the border between Washington and Oregon before emptying into the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, it passes by some incredible areas like Lake Roosevelt, the Grand Coulee Dam, Central Washington’s Columbia Basin, the Hanford Reach, the confluence with the Snake River, the beautiful Columbia River Gorge where the river cuts through the Cascade Mountains, and finally where it widens at its mouth. The Columbia River is a great attraction itself, as well as an accent for any place located along it.

When you visit one of the many attractions or destinations along the river though, you need to find a great place to spend the night. With that in mind, here are five great Columbia River getaway destinations.

Kettle Falls, Washington

Kettle Falls sits south of the border with British Columbia, and once was an important salmon fishing site for local Native American tribes. The waterfalls that the community is named after were flooded by the rising water behind Grand Coulee Dam, but it is still an interesting small destination to get away to. The scenery that surrounds it is gorgeous and if you can get out on the water there, your trip is sure to be a success. The China Bend Winery is a great stop in the area. Other attractions and places to visit or stay at in the area around Kettle Falls includes the Old Kettle Falls Recreation Site, the Gifford Inchelium ferry crossing, Quillisascut Farm, and Northern Ales.

Crescent Bar, Washington

Crescent Bar is a small resort community on the Columbia River, located southeast of Wenatchee. Just upriver is Rock Island Dam, the first hydroelectric dam built on the American stretch of the Columbia River. Downriver from Crescent Bar is Wanapum Dam. This means that water recreation is one of the big draws there as the river is wider and deeper and allows for plenty of room. Crescent Bar is home to two golf courses, rental condos, restaurants, beach areas, boat launches, watercraft rentals, camping options, and more. Crescent Bar is also conveniently located near the famous Gorge Amphitheater where world class music acts can be seen all summer long.

Hood River, Oregon

Hood River sits in the Cascade Mountains, right on the Columbia River in the extremely gorgeous Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Hood River has been famous for years as a great place to either watch windsurfers, or to get out on the water yourself. If you’re a fan of large dams, this is a great getaway because either on your way there or back, depending on your direction of travel, you’ll be able to see McNary Dam, John Day Dam, The Dalles Dam, and Bonneville Dam. Most of these have great visitors centers, picnic areas, and scenic overlooks. The most popular attraction for those visiting Hood River usually ends up being the Columbia River Gorge itself. It simply is one of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest. Other things to see when visiting there include Horsetail Falls, the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum, Marchesi Vineyards, Double Mountain Ranch, Gorge White House, Naked Winery, Smiley’s Red Barn, Mount Hood Railroad, and more.

Kelso – Longview, Washington

The neighboring communities of Kelso and Longview are located on the northern shore of the Columbia River, just west of Portland and Vancouver. This area has long ties to the lumber industry and also offers several side trips that make for great drives. It’s also close enough to use as a headquarters if you’re visiting Portland too. Some of the top attractions there are the Cowlitz County Historical Museum, Lake Sacajawea Park, the Rutherglen Mansion, and Willow Grove Park. A great way to enjoy the area is to book passage on any of the many river tours available there or back in Portland that will allow you to explore this part of the Columbia River. Another great attraction to check out there is the Ape Cave Lava Tubes. Here, you and your family, can venture underground and explore the longest continuous lava tube in the continental United States.

Astoria, Oregon

Astoria is a very welcoming community on the south shore of the Columbia River, located just before it empties into the Pacific Ocean. Astoria also sits on the south end of one of the best attractions in the area, the Astoria-Megler Bridge. This amazing bridge is just over four miles in length and makes for a great drive because you can look out one window and see upriver, the water of the Columbia River coming your way, and then look the other direction to see it leaving out into the ocean. Many visitors to Astoria end up driving back across the bridge to experience it all over again. Astoria also offers a nice selection of restaurants, bars, and pubs too. Other attractions to see in and around Astoria include Fort Stevens State Park, the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Fort Clatsop National Memorial, the Astoria Oregon Riverwalk, Flavel House Museum, Shallon Winery, the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, Bumble Bee Cannery Museum, and the Oregon Film Museum. A must visit attraction there is the Astoria Column which allows you to climb the stairs to the top for the best view of the community and the surrounding scenery. If you’re traveling with children, you’ll also not want to miss out on a ride on the Astoria Riverfront Trolley.

Five Fun Facts About McNary Dam On The Columbia River



McNary Dam sits on the mighty Columbia River and is nearest to the communities of Umatilla and Hermiston in Oregon and Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland in Washington. There’s a lot of water recreation done in the area and one of the main reasons much of it is even possible is thanks to the water backed up behind McNary Dam.

Here is a look at five fun facts about McNary Dam:

McNary Dam – 7 Years In The Making

Work began on McNary Dam in 1947 and it would open in 1954.

McNary Dam – What’s In A Name?

The original name of McNary Dam was going to be Umatilla Dam.

McNary Dam – 22 and 14

McNary Dam has 14 power producing turbine generators inside it and 22 spillway gates across the top of it.

McNary Dam – What Two Counties?

The two counties McNary Dam touches as it stretches across the Columbia River are Benton County in Washington and Umatilla County in Oregon.

McNary Dam – A Long Way Down

McNary Dam sits 292 miles upstream from the mouth of the Columbia River where it flows into the ocean.

The Dalles Dam

At the cross roads of Highway 197 and Interstate 84 is the Dalles Dam, just east of the beginning of the Columbia River Gorge that divides Washington and Oregon.

The Dalles Dam

The Columbia River being harnessed for hydroelectric power has been of great benefit to the Pacific Northwest. It has also come with some losses of scenic and cultural sites as well. When the Dalles Dam was completed, it backed up water and submerged Celilo Falls, an incredible series of waterfalls that was not only scenic but also culturally important to the natives who lived in the area.

The Dalles Dam is an engineering marvel too and viewing it from either side of the Columbia River can be very interesting. The Dalles Dam Visitor Center sits on the Oregon side of the structure and treats you to the history of the area, the concepts and accomplishments of hydroelectricity, and the details of the building and running of the dam itself. If you check the schedule, you can even time your visit so that you can take a guided tour of the dam’s fish passage facilities and power generation area. I took this tour of the dam and it is really an eye opener. I was raised taking day trips to the various dams in the region and thought I knew a lot about them. I picked up more than a few details I’d never known before.

You can also make use of the picnic facilities at the dam while you are there. A quick stop at the Dalles Dam can really add to the fun you have on a road trip along the border of Washington and Oregon.

Check out The Dalles Dam visitor center on your next trip through the area.

5 Fun Facts: Washington – Grand Coulee Dam

I’m a fan of dams. I have been since I was a kid. I remember Mom taking us for day trips, as she called them, to large and small dams throughout the state of Washington. Most of these were dams on the Columbia River of course, but we’d also go see minor ones too. The king of all of these dams though was always Grand Coulee Dam. There is so much to enjoy there but it all starts with just staring at this huge, man made, awe inspiring structure that has harnessed the mighty Columbia River. Was that corny? Oh, well… here are five fun facts about this very cool place to visit.

1. Grand Coulee Dam measures in at 550 feet high from base to top. The original plan was for a low dam to be built that would be just over half that high at 290 feet tall. At that height, it would’ve produced electricity but would not have contributed to the irrigation system that the surrounding area relies on.

2. Due to the rising water behind Grand Coulee Dam, known now as Lake Roosevelt or Franklin Delano Roosevelt Lake, more than 3,000 people had to be relocated, many of them Native Americans.

3. The reservoir behind Grand Coulee was officially recognized as full on June 1, 1942 when the first water flowed over the dam’s spillway.

4. The Columbia River Treaty is a treaty between the United States and Canada that allows for water storage where backed up water of the Columbia River behind Grand Coulee Dam extends north of the Canadian’s border.

5. 1952 saw the United States Post Office issue a commemorative Grand Coulee Dam stamp with a face value of three cents.

Oregon’s Astoria-Megler Bridge

Astoria-Megler Bridge

If you’re like me, one of the hits of going on a road trip is driving across, or seeing, interesting bridges.

I’ve always thought bridges were cool for a couple of reasons. First, I like the idea of the people who built these bridges making a manmade object that spans across a river or chasm. This is sometimes a pretty impressive feat of engineering. Second, I like the feeling of driving across the bridge, high above what lies below, knowing that if the bridge were not there, my travels would be a lot different. Third, I appreciate many bridges for their architecural values. I like the lines of some bridges, the way the incorporate interesting angle, and the way they vanish to a horizon point off in the distance. Bridges, to me, are one of the best subjects for taking pictures while out enjoying a road trip.

One of the coolest bridges we get to drive across here in the Pacific Northwest is the Astoria-Megler Bridge that connects Oregon to Washington at the mouth of the Columbia River. The city of Astoria sits at the south end of the bridge and is a great host to your Northern Oregon Coast activities. The trip across the bridge though is the highlight for me.

The Astoria-Megler Bridge is about 28 feet wide and runs for a distance of 4.1 miles. At its highest point, it is 196 miles above the water of the Columbia River. Much of the bridge though rides much lower and provides a very nice view of either state, depending on your direction of travel, and of course of the river and the ocean it is meeting as well.

I’ll be honest here, I cannot remember the last time I came to the Astoria-Megler Bridge and drove across it one time. I usually drive across it once, turn and retreat back to where I came from, driving across it a second time in the process, and then drive across it a third time as I go on my way. This is especially true if I’m spending the night in Astoria.

The Astoria-Megler Bridge was completed in 1966 and all these years later it is still a very special treat for anyone road tripping in the Northwest.