The Columbia River is “1,243 miles (2,000 km) long, and its largest tributary is the Snake River. Its drainage basin is roughly the size of France and extends into seven US states and a Canadian province.” It’s long … it’s big … it travels thru many different climates … and it’s comforting. We explore portions of the River a lot!
Thou hast taught me, Silent River!
Many a lesson, deep and long;
Thou hast been a generous giver;
I can give thee but a song.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote this, "To the River Charles", a little over 150 years ago. Nice.

In the Columbia Gorge, there are hot and dry roads next to the river … a perfect place for those who like to drift about in the air.

But for this tortuga, all feet on the ground seems best. So, riverside it is …
… where dangling feet in the cool current is satisfying enough!
A spot of tea, a cool breeze, a good book while waiting for spectacular sights … well, as Henry says, the river is a generous giver!
Traveling further, other sights bring other thoughts and remembrances …
… as this tortuga listens to another little creek burbling and bubbling, bringing its contribution to the great river.

Mr. Longfellow rightly notes that we’ve had many lessons … deep and long. It must be time to give back an idle song …

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