Melissa and I (and many members of my extended family) have gathered at a rented vacation house in Hood River, Oregon, for a Bradford family reunion. Obviously the main purpose of the trip is to catch up with family we haven’t seen in many years, but we also have ample opportunity to travel around the area and see the sights. Hood River is nestled in the Columbia River Gorge about sixty miles east of Portland, and the whole area is rich with natural beauty.

We arrived on Monday and had a good night’s sleep. Then Melissa and I spent much of Tuesday traveling the Historic Columbia River Highway and stopping at the various sights along the way, including a number of waterfalls, the Vista House, and the Bonneville Fish Hatchery. Enjoy the photos below:

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.