The Best of Multnomah Falls

I promised I’d be back to show you Multnomah Falls, the most popular of all the waterfalls in the Columbia Gorge. It was our last stop before heading back home, and it was a perfect and rain-free fall day.

At 611 feet, Multnomah Falls is the tallest in Oregon and with over 2 million visitors a year one of Oregon’s top attractions. So unlike our visits to other waterfalls in the Gorge, we were not alone. Crowds of people gathered around the base of the falls to get the perfect photo as did I.

There were still a few ragged salmon in Multnomah Creek having reached their final destination.

They started out here, survived life in the Pacific Ocean, then fought their way back up the mighty Columbia River to reach the place of their birth and generate new life.

I first laid eyes on Multnomah Falls 38 years ago on our honeymoon. We’d done a road trip down the Washington and Oregon Coasts, then looped back through the center of Oregon, stopping for a night on nearby Mt. Hood and a visit to the famous falls.

It would be the first of many road trips in our new life together.

~ Susanne

It’s a Melancholy Day and the Leaves are Crying

Still they are beautiful.

~ Susanne

Waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge

No trip to the Columbia Gorge is complete without stopping by the many waterfalls that line the Historic Scenic Highway. Last week we traveled to Oregon and did just that – safely and before new Covid travel restrictions were put into place. The weather was lousy as you can see from our first stop at Crown Point. Click the arrow right for a clear view of the Gorge from last year’s trip. (Yes I did just try out a new block editor feature!)

Fortunately the rain slowed to a drizzle after we left the Point and we had the waterfalls mostly to ourselves.

First up was Latourell Falls which you can easily see from the road.

But the best views are found at the end of the trail so we made the walk to see it close up.

I’m glad we did as the basalt columns behind the falls were marvelous!

Afterwards we headed down the road to our next stop at Bridal Veil Falls,

where we took another walk through soggy woods to get to the base of the falls.

It was worth it but by the time we made it back to the trailhead my feet were soaked.

So I was happy that no hike was needed to see our last waterfall of the day, beautiful Horsetail Falls.

Now in case you wondered, there are dozens more waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge so we didn’t see them all. But we did see the most accessible on this stretch of road and it was plenty for one rainy day.

Access to Multnomah Falls – the tallest and most famous in Oregon – was blocked from the old highway but we did stop under clear skies on our return trip home. I’ll save that for a later post.

~ Susanne

Now Where Did I File That Cat?

Oh that’s right! “B” for Benji! 🙂

~ Happy Saturday from Susanne and Benji

Ice Cream Coming and Going

We managed to escape to the Columbia River Gorge for a few days where we traveled the old scenic highway on the Oregon side, stopping every few minutes to take in the magnificent roadside waterfalls, which I will share with you in a coming post.

In the meantime I’ll tide you over with ice cream from East Wind Drive-In in Cascade Locks, a must stop for the foot-tall soft serve ice cream cones according to my sister.

She was right, though we opted for the smaller kid sized versions which were big enough for us. I chose vanilla with a burst of swirled orange going, and opted for apple coming home.

Aren’t they pretty? Kid sized cones are $1.50 and no tax! Quite the bargain.

And yes, they taste as good as they look. 🙂

Stay tuned for the waterfalls.

~ Susanne

Worn out and Hunkering Down

Let’s face it – last week was rough. The waiting, waiting and more waiting got our tail twitching.

And left us completely exhausted.

Time to hunker down.

~ Susanne and Benji

Wishing I was There

Honestly now.

Wouldn’t you rather be on Oahu?

I would.

~ Susanne

A Year of Purples and Violets

It turns out our country is nearly purple – an equal mix of red and blue. This is more and more evident as we anxiously await election results.

In the meantime I went looking for purples and violets and came up with these photos from my archives.

In January – a lifetime ago – we visited the Seattle Aquarium and I found a purply vibe in this fish tank.

Lavender comes in all colors, shapes and sizes, this one deeply purple with a violet tassel on top.

I’ll close with a couple of wildflowers I found while hiking this year. I don’t know the name of the first one but to me it looks both fragile and strong at the same time, determined to grow up out of dry ground.

The Pacific Bleeding Heart also appears fragile but thrives in the moist lowland forests of the Pacific Northwest.

And that will do for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Purples and Violets.

~ Susanne

A Conversation with Benji

“I’m glad to see you finally settled down Benji.”

“What do you mean Sue?”

“You get so wild sometimes. I don’t know what to do with you.”

“Sorry Sue. I had a rough night.”

“I understand Benji. It happens. Still I’d appreciate a little restraint on your part. You don’t have to run around like a wild man and destroy everything in my office.”

“Sorry Sue. It’s just that I feel so much better after I get that energy out. You should try it.”

“I guess I do in my own way Benji. I’ll just finish up my latte and then I’m out for a walk.”

~ Susanne and Benji

Tis the Season for Change

No I’m not talking politics though that works too. I’m talking seasons which always arrive just in time, none with more fanfare than fall.

Still it’s a process as trees take their time to change color and shed their leaves.

The Gingko Biloba wore lime last week while transitioning from green to gold, overshadowed by its more colorful neighbors.

I returned to see it today despite the pouring rain and found it the star of the show, its transformation nearly complete.

Shared with Sunday Stills Photo Challenge, A Celebration of Leaves.

~ Susanne

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