The Columbia River Gorge is a canyon of the Columbia River in the
Pacific Northwest of the United States. Up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m)
deep, the canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river
winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between
the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south.
Extending roughly from the confluence of the Columbia with the
Deschutes River down to eastern reaches of the Portland metropolitan
area, the gorge furnishes the only navigable route through the
Cascades and the only water connection between the Columbia River
Plateau and the Pacific Ocean.
The gorge holds federally protected status as a National Scenic Area called the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and is managed by the United States Forest Service.
Menucha Retreat Center:
Julius L. Meier (December 31, 1874 – July 14, 1937) was an American businessman and politician in the state of Oregon. The son of the Meier & Frank department store founder, he would become a lawyer before entering the family business in Portland. Politically an independent, Meier served a single term as the 20th Governor of Oregon from 1931–1935.
Meier is the only independent to be elected Governor of Oregon, and one of only four to serve as governor of any U.S. state. After serving as governor he retired to "Menucha", his estate above the Columbia River in Corbett, Oregon, where he died in 1937.
His family sold Menucha in 1950 to the First Presbyterian Church of Portland, which now operates it as a conference and retreat center. The Meier and Frank families sold the department store to the May Company in 1966. With May's sale to Federated in 2005, the store was renamed "Macy's" in September 2006.