Bonneville Lock and Dam is a national historical landmark serving the Northwest. When you drive in the guard asked, do you have any guns or ammo? (!) No sir, just all the junk in the back that we can't fit in our RV, I replied, and Eldy rolled down the back window so he could take a look. The guy was lucky stuff didn't spill out the window into his lap, the car was so full! He didn't see any humor in my reply. That's OK, you want your security guys who protect us from the bad guys to take their job seriously!
You can take a tour of the power plant if you like, see a fish hatchery on the Oregon side, view films and displays about salmon, hydropower, and river navigation or watch the salmon swim by at the underwater viewing windows or watch them jump up the fish ladder outside at a viewing platform. There weren't very many swimming upstream today, and some were even swimming backwards lacking the drive to swim forward so they let the current pull them back. Some haven't been to the ocean yet and don't have the spawning drive. A lady there had the official paid job of counting the fish that are swimming in the Bonneville Dam fish ladders. She counts fish EIGHT hours a day with a ten minute break each hour. Geez, what a job! She has to be able to recognize 30 different species of fish that are known to inhabit the Columbia River in order to have that job. For the record, 8,000+ steelhead salmon swam through the fish ladder yesterday, along with a couple hundred of several other species such as sturgeon. We chatted with her a little bit while she efficiently did her job. I asked her what happens if the fish go by her backwards? She has a minus button to subtract the fish!
|Horsetail Falls, 192 ft., where we sat and had lunch right next to it!|
Tomorrow we take the motorhome in for an oil change and its 15,000 mile checkup. Brace yourself, Eldy, it's gonna be some bills! (I know, I know!) but it's gotta be done.....hard to believe, we have over 15,000 miles on our rig since taking possession of the Tiffin last September.....Time and mileage fly when you are traveling and having the time of your life!