A Visit to Washington

During our camping trip over Memorial Day weekend, we took some time to do some exploring in the area. Stevenson, WA is usually one of those places we pass through on our way to somewhere else. This time we had some time to do some visiting.

First stop, the Columbia River in Stevenson, WA

There’s a nice waterfront park along the Columbia River. Right across the railroad tracks is Walking Man Brewing. They’re known for their Walking Man IPA and other wonderful microbrews.

A kinetic sculpture at the waterfront park in Stevenson, WA

There’s also a pier where steam ships landed in the past. The Queen of the West still lands there during a yearly Smithsonian trip that travels the Columbia River from Astoria, OR all the way to Lewiston, ID.

All ready to ride - let's go!

At the fair grounds there is a nice park with a play area for kids, a walking path, interpretive signs, and fishing in a lake. This trolley must run during fair time.

The river running through the Skamania County fair grounds
Posing on the foot bridge at the Skamania County fair grounds

We took a drive up the river and stopped in Carson to do some antiquing and a visit to the Carson Mineral Hot Springs. The Hotel St. Martin was built in 1901 and the bath houses completed shortly after that. The place seems to be in a bit of flux. I heard that the place was bought by an overseas company a few years ago and it went downhill. It was recently bought by the Bonneville Hot Springs folks, and it looks like things are under construction there.

The old hotel at Carson Hot Springs

From Carson we headed over to Bingen, WA (pronounced with a hard g like ginger). We stopped at a couple of shops before heading up the hill to White Salmon.

The view of Mount Hood from White Salmon, WA

White Salmon isĀ  a cute little town, but most of the shops were closed on Sunday. I’d like to go back and visit again sometime.