Day 141

Such great heights

August 14th, 2010

You can see the John Day Dam on the river, as well as that aluminum plant over to the left.


  1. Candice in Alabama says:

    Oh my! wow – does this view make you feel small?

  2. Melissa says:

    Huh, my uncle is a John Day! Probably no relation. But this is cool.

  3. Christopher says:

    Not really! It makes me feel pretty dam sad actually!

    “…about 70%-95% of the human-induced kills of salmon in the Columbia Basin are dam related. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “the major decline of the runs coincides with the construction and operation of dams for electrical power, irrigation, and flood control. Between 1930 and the late 1970’s about 200 dams, including 19 major hydro-electric dams, were constructed in the Columbia Basin to provide water for irrigation, flood control, barging, and cheap electricity for the aluminum smelters and cities of the region. Hardly any major stream was left untouched. For example, the 1214 mile Columbia River was turned into a series of back to back dams and reservoirs. Less than 200 miles of the Columbia River in the United States remain free-flowing today.”

  4. Gigi says:

    This song comes to mind when I look at the pic ..

    You’ll feel part of every mountain, sea and shore
    You can hear from far and near a world you’ve never heard before
    And on a clear day, on that clear day
    You can see forever

  5. deb says:

    Wow! I had no idea that the landscape of Washington state looked like this! Beautiful!

  6. Don in Tennessee says:

    The very flat land on this side of the river with the mountains on the other side makes for an interesting photo. We have an aluminum plant in Alcoa which is the ajoining town to Maryville where I live. It is a plant for ALCOA aluminum. The plant opened in 1913 when TVA built dams to provide electricity for the area and for plants like this. At one tine the plant employed over 6,000. Now it employs abut 1,000-1,200.

    History –

  7. charlie says:

    the union pacific rail train 844 crosses this river around this point.

  8. Jeff says:

    Matt you are stuck in washington….cross over and let Oregon begin.

  9. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    WOW! What a gorgeous view. I love your elevation in this shot. It really shows the beauty of the river flowing and meandering through the mountain/hills.

  10. Nina says:

    If this is a reference to a song by The Postal Service, I am even more intrigued by you :)

  11. katzien in austin says:

    Amazing view! You must be 10 stories up at least. What a climb for you!

  12. Stephen says:

    I sure hope that dam isn’t made of aluminum!

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