Starting at Arlington the blue, gray and green of the Columbia River is speckled with bright flashes of parasailers darting back and forth across the river.
Several years ago big horn sheep were reintroduced in the Columbia Gorge. The herd has grown quite large and as soon as we hit Phillipi Canyon I start scanning the hillside for the rams. Quite often I have seen them right next to the freeway.
Over the years I have traveled I-84 I have stopped frequently at Biggs Junction at Jack's Mini Mart. They had the best selection of road food...and a clean bathroom. I could usually count on running into someone from Pendleton or Hermiston at Jack's. It was a favorite pit stop for eastern Oregon travelers. Now it is closed and the roadside services are just like every other freeway interchange: chain gas station mini-marts, McDonald's, Subway...one off ramp just like any other.
|Jack's at Biggs Junction|
Last week we drove the RV down I-84 and pulled off the freeway at Biggs. We were headed to the Deschutes River. I had never driven into Biggs any farther than one block from the freeway. What a difference one block makes. Just past the Subway and McDonald's it's a different world...
It was like taking a drive back to the 50's!