View from Dry Hollow Vineyards
For Seattleites seeking a sunny getaway, The Dalles, Oregon offers a welcome solution. For starters, compare Seattle’s average yearly precipitation of 38 inches with The Dalles’ average of 14.6 inches. That’s about 150 days of rain in Seattle versus 93 or so in central Oregon each year, thanks to the Cascades Mountains, which in effect divides our wet coastal zones from the typically drier climate on the eastern side of the range.
The Dalles derived its name from the French word dalles meaning “flagstones,” stones used to flag gutters. With basalt columns lining the narrow Columbia Gorge, French traders traveling the river rapids no doubt saw the resemblance.
But you don’t have to run the rapids to soak up the sun and appreciate the natural beauty of the local landscape. Go for a hike, hop on a bike or stroll the riverfront. Just go – and don’t forget your sunscreen.
Next up: Top 10 Reasons to Visit The Dalles
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Where do you go for sun, Wanderboomers?