WELCOME TO  GLENWOOD, WASHINGTON
                              WEATHER
Glenwood is located at the foot of Mt Adams,  in the scenic                        
Glenwood Valley/Camas Prairie
  of Klickitat County
Note.....Mt. Adams is NOT in Klickitat County.

PHOTO BY DARLISA BLACK@ Starlisa.net

    I live on the west end of Klickitat County, amongst the fir and pine trees, huckleberries, deep snows, and summer irrigation water from Mt Adams snow melt.  Because of where I live, (Glenwood), I am limited in what I can grow.  Gardens are a crap shoot because of the possibility of a freeze any month of the year, and.... no fruit trees. Although, on a good year with no summer freezes, apple trees will produce.   At one time we were a large potato growing area.
 
  An hour to the east of me, is Goldendale and the beginning of wheat country.  By the time you reach Bickleton, two hours to the east, you are in the heart of wheat country.
Bickleton people make fun of Glenwood people because we can't take the heat.  Just one of those little differences when you live in a big county full of unique micro climates.  And even though Glenwood is considered "in the mountains", Bickleton is 1,000 feet higher and lays claim to the highest elevation high school in the state. 
   Thirty miles to the south and east of me is Klickitat County wine country.    Twenty miles to the west of me, is the largest Anjou pear orchard in the world, or it was at one time.  I can't find proof of that now. 
   Trout Lake lies on the very western edge of Klickitat County.  It has a slightly better growing season than Glenwood,  and the Valley is  home to  Trout Lake Farms which specializes in organic herb production.  Trout Lake is also the dairy farm area of the county, with a history of storing cheese in their unique lava caves.    
   On the far eastern reaches of Klickitat County, lies a vast terrain of hills and flats devoid of trees, unless you are in a creek bottom.  When Lewis and Clark came through this area they complained about no firewood. 
What some considered wasteland, is home to unique ranching and farming families and businesses.  Roosevelt Allied Waste Regional Landfill is the largest business and  provider of jobs to our county.  Vineyards and crops, like carrots,  are increasing in the eastern edge of the county.
   Mountain rivers with a rapid descent  flow provide excellent rafting experiences.
   Raising beef cattle is one commodity that is county wide.  Some ranchers in the eastern portion of Klickitat County truck their cattle to the western portion in the summer time.  It has to do with  more moisture and better grazing. 

   Along the southern border of the entire county, flows the Columbia River,  paralleled by a railroad and a highway.  All of which provide advantages to industries like Insitu,  Watersports,  Wineries and Breweries.
   Productive crops of vegetables and fruits are grown.    Dickey Farms in Bingen and Maryhill farms are an example. 
   The county is home to two major dams, 
The Dalles and John Day, which contribute to an inland waterway with ports.
To the north, the county is bordered by the Yakama Indian Reservation, Simcoe Mountains and Horse Heaven Hills. 
   Klickitat County is home to elk, deer, turkeys, pheasants, grouse, salmon, steelhead, trout, bluegill, catfish,  which provide a unique hunting and fishing experience. 
   So...... why am I writing all of this?  Because my county amazes me. 
I have lived in this county for a long time and there are still so many things to learn and discover and appreciate.   It is a unique place.  The variety of terrain creates a variety of ever changing  weather and scenery.  The skies, the clouds, the sunsets continually change.  Not only is their a variety of scenery, but the variety of people living in this county are unique. Living here, vacationing here, working here  is a unique experience.  It is a county where you can watch "The Evergreen State" turn golden. 
   The early Native Americans knew this area was unique.  It was home to a huge trading center.  Lewis and Clark called the ten mile stretch of the Columbia river from The Dalles to Celilo Falls, "The great mart of all this country."   Where Highway 97 travels north/south from Canada to Mexico, it is believed a similar traveled route called the EEL TRAIL, traversed the county.

CAMPING

HIKING

RAFTING

FROM MOUNTAINS TO WHEAT FIELDS

And mountains that like giants stand

To sentinel enchanted land:

Scott:  "The  Lady of the Lake"

(from the book, "THE GUARDIANS OF THE COLUMBIA"  By John H Williams  1912)

Much of Klickitat County's breathtaking scenery is created by two giants.  Mt Hood and Mt Adams.  Neither of which are in Klickitat County.  They give us shimmering white on a blue sky day, and pinks, reds, and purples in our sunrises and sunsets, creating a land of color. 
So....what is the highest peak in Klickitat County??

"Finally, in October 2010 Ken Russell performed an accurate survey, concluding that what we have denoted "The Pinnacle" has an elevation of 5845.67 ± 0.5 feet.
Since those two surveys the cohpcomm has replaced the unofficial "The Pinnacle" with the USGS name "Indian Rock" for the true highpoint of Klickitat County."
Klickitat County Washington Peaks List
Map
Klickitat County Highpoint Trip Report

FROM LUPINE TO BALSAM

  • PHOTOGRAPHER SUSAN BUCE DALLES MTN. ROAD THUNDERBOLT PUBLISHING
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    PHOTOGRAPHER SUSAN BUCE DALLES MTN. ROAD THUNDERBOLT PUBLISHING http://www.thunderboltpublishing.com/img/16x12Wallpaper/A2Z_Dalles-Mt-Road-spring.jpg
  • KLICKITAT COUNTY DALLES MTN. COFFEE MUG BALSAM
http://www.zazzle.com/wa_klickitat_county_dalles_mountain_ranch_mugs-168298363731184696
    KLICKITAT COUNTY DALLES MTN. COFFEE MUG BALSAM http://www.zazzle.com/wa_klickitat_county_dalles_mountain_ranch_mugs-168298363731184696
  • Carey's balsamroot Bickleton/Rock Creek area  Photo Paul Slichter photo
    Carey's balsamroot Bickleton/Rock Creek area Photo Paul Slichter photo
  • A DARLISA BLACK PHOTO
https://www.flickr.com/photos/starlisa/
    A DARLISA BLACK PHOTO https://www.flickr.com/photos/starlisa/
PHOTOGRAPHER SUSAN BUCE DALLES MTN. ROAD THUNDERBOLT PUBLISHING
http://www.thunderboltpublishing.com/img/16x12Wallpaper/A2Z_Dalles-Mt-Road-spring.jpg
PHOTOGRAPHER SUSAN BUCE DALLES MTN. ROAD THUNDERBOLT PUBLISHING http://www.thunderboltpublishing.com/img/16x12Wallpaper/A2Z_Dalles-Mt-Road-spring.jpg

FROM THE LENTICULAR TO THE AURORA

  • A DARLISA BLACK PHOTO 2013
Winter Lennies over Mount Adams, seen from Snowden, Washington
    A DARLISA BLACK PHOTO 2013 Winter Lennies over Mount Adams, seen from Snowden, Washington
  • A STEVE GIBSON PHOTO
    A STEVE GIBSON PHOTO
  • DARLISA BLACK CAUGHT THE AURORA JAN 7, 2015
    DARLISA BLACK CAUGHT THE AURORA JAN 7, 2015
  • Starlisa says:  March 9, 2012 at about 12:45 am. The Moon was full so the Aurora Borealis was faint but present. Moonlight and Aurora lit up the landscape and the Lenticular cloud, and although there is no snow out in the marsh, a foot of frozen snow lingered in the shady north side of the hill where I stood to take this 25 second exposure."
    Starlisa says: March 9, 2012 at about 12:45 am. The Moon was full so the Aurora Borealis was faint but present. Moonlight and Aurora lit up the landscape and the Lenticular cloud, and although there is no snow out in the marsh, a foot of frozen snow lingered in the shady north side of the hill where I stood to take this 25 second exposure."
  • Aurora_TL_June1_4883
    Aurora_TL_June1_4883
  • Starlisa says:  "On November 6, 2007 a remarkable series of lenticular cloud shapes formed, dissipated and reformed in many variations over about 1 1/2 hours before and during sunset. These were taken from Forest road 23 on the SW side of Mount Adams."
    Starlisa says: "On November 6, 2007 a remarkable series of lenticular cloud shapes formed, dissipated and reformed in many variations over about 1 1/2 hours before and during sunset. These were taken from Forest road 23 on the SW side of Mount Adams."
  • Aug.22,2011:  Darlisa says: "Giant Lenticular Stack near Mount Adams
seen from White Salmon, Washington, this altocumulus lenticularis stack was one of the largest formations like this seen near Mount Adams."
    Aug.22,2011: Darlisa says: "Giant Lenticular Stack near Mount Adams seen from White Salmon, Washington, this altocumulus lenticularis stack was one of the largest formations like this seen near Mount Adams."
  • Darlisa at Starlisa.net took this photo from the Husum, WA area on Aug 22, 2011
    Darlisa at Starlisa.net took this photo from the Husum, WA area on Aug 22, 2011
A DARLISA BLACK PHOTO 2013
Winter Lennies over Mount Adams, seen from Snowden, Washington
A DARLISA BLACK PHOTO 2013 Winter Lennies over Mount Adams, seen from Snowden, Washington

FROM OLD TO NEW

This is "She Who Watches".  She is ancient and she resides at Columbia Hills State Park.  Terry Richards@ Oregon Live, did an informative article about her.  Some of the Native Americans I knew, told me she was from a people before their time. Klickitat County is very old.
Do you know how unique it is to have a big telescope in your back yard?  Well, Klickitat County has one.  And an Observatory to house it.   Some history of how Goldendale came be home to a telescope that peers into the unexplored universe.  Links here about visiting the Observatory.

FROM BLUEBIRD TO EAGLE TO SANDHILL CRANE

  • A PHOTO BY BRIAN CHAMBERS WHILE WALKING ALONG THE KLICKITAT RIVER
    A PHOTO BY BRIAN CHAMBERS WHILE WALKING ALONG THE KLICKITAT RIVER
A PHOTO BY BRIAN CHAMBERS WHILE WALKING ALONG THE KLICKITAT RIVER
A PHOTO BY BRIAN CHAMBERS WHILE WALKING ALONG THE KLICKITAT RIVER

FROM SONGBIRD TO DUCKS TO TURKEY

  • LEWIS'S WOODPECKER
    LEWIS'S WOODPECKER
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER
LEWIS'S WOODPECKER
For many of the bird photos I have used Linda Steider's photos.  She has some beautiful ones and she travels around the county searching for birds. 

FROM BUFFALO TO ALPACA:FROM ZEBRA TO LLAMA

FROM OAK TO FIR:  FROM PINE TO COTTONWOOD

HUNTING