Traveling from east to west and vice versa in Oregon is most often done on I-84 which runs along the Columbia River separating Washington and Oregon. The highway goes through the Columbia River Gorge, which is an amazing natural wonder. It can also be a frightening place in the winter or when it's raining hard. Our Thanksgiving trip to the Oregon Coast was uneventful, but there was rain for about 85 miles in the Gorge. However, at the west end, right at the edge of Portland, the rain stopped and the noon sun appeared. We stopped at one of the very few viewpoints so I could take some photos. This was the view looking "back," or east. The freeway runs along the base of the mountains. At the top of the mountain to the right is Crown Point's Vista House, more than 730 feet above the river. At the base of that promontory is one of the 77 waterfalls on the Oregon side of the river.