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The two RV Gypsies and Karen's sister Ilse
at Oneonta Gorge in Oregon
July 28, 2013

The Oneonta Gorge is in the Columbia River Gorge in the American state of Oregon. The U.S. Forest Service has designated it as a botanical area because of the unique aquatic and woodland plants that grow there. The basalt walls are home to a wide variety of ferns, mosses, hepatics and lichens, many of which grow only in the Columbia River Gorge. Oneonta Creek runs through the gorge. There are four major waterfalls on the creek, but they are not short, easy hikes. It is a very tricky scramble over logs and boulders to get into the gorge, but several people were in the gorge at the time that the two RV Gypsies visited. The water was cold, so Karen, Ilse, and Lee did not go in the water, and they did not hike to the falls at Oneonta Gorge.

Parking their truck on the side of the road, Lee, Karen, and Ilse walked towards the pedestrian tunnel at Oneonta Gorge.

pedestrian tunnel at Oneonta Gorge

Lee, Karen and Ilse were awed at the lichen and jagged rocks on the side of the tunnel.

close-up of the outside of the tunnel
jagged rocks on the side of the tunnel
Oneonta pedestrian tunnel at Oneonta Gorge

The pedestrian tunnel

the Oneonta pedestrian tunnel
Lee Duquette and Ilse Blahak entering the pedestrian tunnel

sign about the Oneonta tunnel

the Oneonta tunnel from the other side

sign about the Oneonta tunnel
the Oneonta tunnel from the other side

A small bridge over the Oneonta Gorge and a view from each side of the bridge. There were people walking in the clear, cold, rocky stream below the bridge.

the clear, cold, rocky stream
people walking in the clear, cold, rocky stream below the bridge.
the clear, cold, rocky stream
the top of the tunnel

The street and the railroad tracks both form additional bridges over Oneonta Gorge

bridges at Oneonta Gorge

Ilse photographed the two RV Gypsies as they walked hand-in-hand back through the tunnel to their truck. "How Cute" said Ilse.

two RV Gypsies as they walk hand-in-hand

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