When our grandson was with us earlier in the summer, we traveled to Mount St. Helens down to the Columbia River gorge where we did some sightseeing and camped overnight, but the weather was not very good. We hiked part way up Dog Mountain on the Washington side of the gorge, but the day started very warm but soon turned overcast and rainy and the boys had had enough before we reached the top. We did manage to get a few pictures of some orchids that were still blooming there, but it has been a very dry summer and poor for wildflowers and native orchids. The next day we visited Horsetail and Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side of the gorge and after wandering around there and taking some pictures, headed home. We went home by way of Highway 97 and the last few pictures were taken where the highway crosses Umptanum and Manastash Ridges before dropping down to Ellensburg and the Kittitas Valey.
Sean and Jacob
Yellow-stemmed form of the Western Spotted Coralroot
(Corallorhiza maculata var. occidentalis fma. aurea)
(Corallorhiza striata var., vreelandii)
Jacob and Sean
Columbia River Gorge