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CROSSING THE COLUMBIA RIVER AT VANTAGE

Interstate-90 crosses the Columbia River at
Vantage.  This is the gateway to the deep, parched,
flat region Eastern Washington from the Cascade
mountains.  The view of the mighty Columbia River
is arresting and practically requires that you make
a stop on your long drive across the state and
admire the scenery.  The best viewpoints are on
the west side of the river at Gingko State Park or
on the east side at a rest stop below the wild horse
statues.

There are a few notable stops nearby:



Washington State Parks
Gingko Petrified Forest State Park

Review of Blustery's on Yelp.com

by Bob Kelly
http://www.BobsPacificBeachHouse.com
Nye Beach
The parched landscape around the Columbia River
Volcanic cliffs alongside the Columbia River
Wild horse figures above the Columbia River
Real sagebrush - just like in the John Wayne movies
Interstate-90 crosses the Columbia River at
Vantage.  This is the gateway to the deep, parched,
flat region of Eastern Washington from the
Cascade mountains.  The view of the mighty
Columbia River is arresting and commands that you
admire the scenery.  The best viewpoints are on
the west side of the river at Gingko State Park or
on the east side at a rest stop below the wild horse
statues.

There are a few notable stops nearby:

The visitor center at the Gingko Petrified Forest
State Park is a fine mini-museum that explains the
geological history of Eastern Washington.  The
specimens of petrified wood - Gingko and many
other tropical species - came from an ancient lake
that had filled up with logs and then was covered
in lava.  Eastern Washington and Oregon were
once the most active volcanic areas in the world -
ranking alongside the Deccan Fields in southern
India.  The lava formations extend for hundreds of
feet and form fascinating landmarks all over the
area.

Washington State Parks
Gingko Petrified Forest State Park

The Story of the Vantage Horses
http://www.spokaneoutdoors.com/vantage.htm

Blustery's: A Great Burger and Milkshake Joint
Review of Blustery's on Yelp.com

Photo Album

by Bob Kelly
http://www.BobsPacificBeachHouse.com