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Great Getaways

July 31, 2016
At Pool of the Winds, Hardy Creek is channeled into a funnel-like chamber in the cliff face. It is approximately 1.25 miles from the Hamilton Mountain trailhead, and climbs 700 feet.

An adventure awaits

If you want to clear your head of distractions, get into nature.

July 31, 2016
A pumice plain, located north of the Mount St. Helens crater, is covered with wild flowers, including the bright red prairie-fire (also called Indian paintbrush) and the purple prairie lupine. "Over time, the dense mats of prairie lupines and other plants are adding organic matter and nitrogen to the pumice deposits and are helping to pave the way for other plants to follow," according to Peter Frenzen, monument scientist with the USDA Forest Service Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

A changing ecosystem

The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument offers opportunities to learn and discover

July 31, 2016
Fred Schulz, of La Center, (left) and Ian Frew, of Vancouver, (right) operate the Buhr mill, then provide samples of the flour to visitors. They are two of 15 volunteers who regularly help out when the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is open to the public on weekends.

A slice of history on the banks of Cedar Creek

The covered bridge, a 1994 replacement for a truss bridge built in 1935, is a whimsical gateway to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill, which was originally built in 1876 by George Woodham and his two sons, along with A.C. Reid.

July 31, 2016
A guide locks a first-time zip-liner into place during a Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour. For $99 per person, two guides will take groups of up to 10 people through seven different lines ranging from 100 to 900 feet in length.

Adventure & leisure in the trees

The fun at Skamania Lodge expands into the trees surrounding the 175-acre authentic, inspired and rejuvenating resort in Stevenson.

July 31, 2016
Gillian jumps for dog treats Wednesday. The 2-year-old Australian cattle dog/fox terrier mix spent the day with her family exploring waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge and the streets of downtown Camas. (Dan Trujillo/Post-Record)

A day for the dogs

With his parents visiting Washington state for the first time from Indiana, Mike Newhouse and his wife, Sarah, treated them to a day in the Columbia River Gorge.