Today we are anchored opposite the town of The Dalles, Oregon. This traditional shipping, ranching, and agricultural town carries on the tradition as perhaps the oldest (over 8000 years), continuously occupied area in the Americas. It was a center for salmon fishing and trade, and many tribes met without conflict. The forested Cascade Mountains in the west rapidly change into sagebrush steppe/grasslands due to an abrupt gradient of decreasing precipitation, so there is access to a wide variety of environments and resources. The modern economy now includes tech companies and data centers that take advantage of hydropower and the sunny climate to attract a diverse group of residents.