Tired of the dreary Puget Sound weather, I'm rolling in search of the sun. I get a little more than I bargained for, but also stumble onto some great sights along the way. View of the Columbia From the Washington Side The general plan is to make a big loop to see the Hood River and The Dalles area of the Columbia River Gorge. I was warned about the wind, but I figured "how bad can it be?" Pretty effin bad, actually. Downright scary in some spots :eek1 The trip is two nights tent camping at Memaloose State Park just off I-84 on the Oregon side of the river. I figure it's a good base camp to explore the area. Leaving Saturday morning after the cable guy appointment and as luck would have it the rain starts just before he's finished. I'm packed, I have hope things will improve, screw it - I'm all in. I hit the I-5 slab to get south as quickly as possible. There's got to be some sun out there somewhere! Pictures, maps and commentary to follow.