Oneonta Gorge, off the Historic Columbia River Highway near Ainsworth State Park, suffered some of the most severe burns in the devastating Eagle Creek fire that erupted in early September, ultimately burning over 48,000 acres.
This stunning photo was captured by Instagrammer @nextlocationtbd before that fire.
The area is likely to be open to the public again by the spring, a time for renewal. While it may not be exactly as it was, this serves as a great reminder to appreciate the incredible beauty we have here in the Northwest. And eventually, it will be transformed back into the glory it once was.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.