Seeing the Bluffs from water, however was a completely different experience. Here on the longest free-flowing non-tidal section of the Columbia River we paddled through a juxtaposition of two worlds. On our left was some of the last virgin shrub-steppe left in Washington On our right were the remnants of the birth of the Atomic Age. It was hauntingly beautiful. We watched white pelicans fly overhead–eagles and herons too. And the bank
s of the river housed 1,000s of swallow nests. We encountered only a few other people on the river this beautiful 80-degree sunny Sunday. The Hanford Reach is one of the classic landscapes and natural features of Washington, yet it has been visited by few folks in comparison to Mount Rainier, the Olympics, and other state landmarks. I will be writing a piece on kayaking the reach in an upcoming issue of Northwest Travel. Check it out–and consider paddling one of the most spectacular places in the Evergreen State!
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Banner Photo: Salt Spring Island seen from Kanaka Bluff on Princess Margaret Island, Gulf Islands National Park Preserve, British Columbia (June 2012); a featured hike in my upcoming book, Day Hiking San Juan and Gulf Islands.
Born in Connecticut, raised in New Hampshire, and living in Washington state since 1989. Fiercly proud of New England and Italian roots. Capiche? Writer and Guidebook Author of: Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, Day Hiking North Cascades, Day Hiking Central Cascades,
Best Hikes with Dogs Inland Northwest, Winter Hikes of Western Washington, and Columbia Highlands-Exploring Washington's Last Frontier, Backpacking Washington, and Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge(all published by Mountaineers Books). Co-author Day Hiking Eastern Washington with Rich Landers. Currently working on Day Hiking San Juan and Gulf Islands (Spring 2014)and Day Hiking Mount St Helens (with Aaron Theisen) Spring 2015. Co-author of Best Wildflower Hikes (Mountaineers Books) and Natural Skagit (SLT). Columnist for Northwest Runner and Outdoors NW. Co-creator of Hikeoftheweek.com.