The Dalles

We have spent 2 weeks in The Dalles, Oregon, on the banks of the mighty Columbia River, house- and pet-sitting for friends. I’ve gotten inquiries as to the origin and meaning of the name “The Dalles” and finally looked it up. “The name of the city comes from the French word dalle (meaning either “sluice” or “flagstone” and referring to the columnar basalt rocks carved by the river), what the French-Canadian employees of the North West Company called the now-inundated rapids of the Columbia River between the present-day city and Celilo Falls.” as per Wikipedia. We enjoyed hiking into and around town and along the Lewis and Clark River Trail that meanders from downtown along the river to the excellent Discovery Center Museum.

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