|Admiring the view and the wildflowers at Catherine Creek, April, 2009|
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About an hour's drive from Portland is a trailhead to Dog Mountain, which is a steep hike. But across the street from the trailhead is a lovely park
called Catherine Creek. This park is renowned for its wildflowers and sweeping views of the Gorge from the Washington side of the Columbia
River. We head out there just about every spring. This particular year, we were too late for the peak wildflower viewing, but we had such a pretty
day to admire the mountains and shimmering river that we didn't mind too much.
After strolling the park for a while, we drove to a little town called Carson, WA and checked out the old cemetery there. The graves were mostly from the late 1800's, but had clearly not been forgotten.
It was a Grand Day Out, indeed!