A deserving backwater of the Pacific Northwest, where I yee-haa’d and shrieked with the best of them on my first-ever whitewater rafting trip (back in the Early Cretaceous), made it on to The New York Times’ list Sunday of “The 46 Places To Go In 2013.”
Lucky No. 13 on the 2013 list was the White Salmon River, down by the Columbia River Gorge where Skamania and Klickitat counties rub rocky shoulders.
The NYT blurb noted that the October removal of “a major dam” (Condit Dam, as reported here by The Seattle Times’ Lynda Mapes) made the river “a whitewater paddler’s dream come true.”
As I recollect, the White Salmon and the river-guiding Zoller family of Skamania County’s BZ Corner (one of my favorite names among Washington puddle-in-the-road towns) gave a pretty good bronco ride even before the dam went away. Maybe I’ll have to head down and give it another try now that you can paddle all the way to the Columbia, justly called the Great River of the West.
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