This photo was taken just above the town of Wishram, WA. The angle is upstream, slightly towards the SE. The mouth of the Deschutes River lies on the Oregon side of the river, obscured by the steep cliffs on the right side of the picture. 12 to 15,000 years ago, this area was filled to the brim with muddy water, ice bergs, broken trees and other materials ripped up and transported here by the Mega Floods. The location is just upstream from the Dalles, where Chinooks fished for millennia, until fatal diseases and the US Calvary escorted them off these lands and into heaven and/or hell.
The evolution of Fanno Creek into what it is today can be traced back through five catastrophic events that visited the land over the last 16.5 million years: The Columbia River Flood Basalts; the Boring Volcanic Province; the Missoula Floods; The coming of the Kalapuya; and the arrival of the Euro-Americans. The Wheel is still turning, having never stopped. What’s next for the region, or the World, for that matter?