Yesterday we arrived at the Bradford Island Visitors Center on the Oregon side of the Bonneville Lock and Dam too late for the powerhouse tour. This morning we arrived two and a half hours too early so we headed to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery to meet its famous resident, Herman the Sturgeon. He’s 11 feet long and nearly 80 years old! From both the underwater viewing station and the walk above his pond we could get glimpses of him. The White Sturgeon is a prehistoric species, Herman’s kind has been around since before the dinosaurs! We also learned about the history and the mission of the hatchery, fed the Rainbow Trout, treated ourselves to coffee and a Marionberry Scone at Herman’s Coffee Bar, and enjoyed delightful conversation with Angel, our barista who dreams of travel in a tiny trailer!

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