After a day of volunteering at the first day of the nose work trials we headed over to Spring Creek. I did some research before our trip and knew this was a state park with a hatchery. I've had great luck with hatcheries being fairly dog free and lucky us, that was true again. With so much to see we opted to make two trips to this park. Here's part one and we check out the actual hatchery.
It was just amazing weather and a perfect late afternoon to explore the area along the beautiful Columbia River.
One of my favorite pictures on this trip!
If you are ever in the gorge area make sure to visit this park!
We move onto the hatchery.
My mom also volunteered at the nose work trials so, we had fun exploring the area before and after the trials.
"Come on foster mom!"
Off we go!
No one else at the park!
"Here I come"
The formal entrance to the hatchery
Here's the link to Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery
We check out the beds
And watch all the hawks!
So many of them and this was just one of many clusters of the birds.
We head over to another bed and then we see something...
A huge osprey
Flying to the nest!
We check out the hatchlings - you can see them, there are a lot!
The osprey hangs out in the nest
The nest on the light pole above the beds
This was so cool as I've never seen a osprey so close.
Time to move on and the visitor center was closed.
Viva having a super time - so were we!
Way off in the distance is the Hood River Bridge.
I do not like driving on that bridge!
More beds and what a beautiful evening
Viva says "What is that thing?"
Yep, it's a fish ladder
Time to get moving
Again it's just beautiful
Viva thinks something is very interesting
We make our way back and Viva has fun running around the large grassy area.
Taking in the view
There were bugs in the grass that Viva enjoyed sniffing after
She saw something and off she went up the embankment!
And back down she comes.
Back the car we go
Lots of fun and Viva was tired!
Stay tuned as we check out the other half of Spring Creek State Park.