Mr. Bob was up early to go walking with Marissa. They walked for two hours across some bridges in downtown Portland and along the Springwater Corridor.
When Bob returned back to Mom's house, he was super cheerful and raring to go to the Columbia River Gorge to see waterfalls. He practically had to drag me out there.
Long story short, nature worked it's magic and before long, I was happily snapping photos and enjoying the majestic waterfalls. Our first stop was Bridal Veil Falls State Scenic Area where we hiked 2/3 mile roundtrip.
|"Gorge"ous late afternoon.|
|Trail to Bridal Veil Falls viewpoint.|
|Bob at viewpoint.|
|Stairs, of course, on waterfall trails.|
|Bridal Veil Falls|
|More of the trail.|
|Below the falls.|
Next waterfall we stopped at was Wahkeena Falls. We did not hike up to the bridge as we were getting pretty chilled. (Temperatures in the mid-40s.)
And then the granddaddy of the the Columbia River Gorge waterfalls--Multnomah Falls. Spectacular. Pretty at any time of year, but especially so in winter and spring. One year we went in the middle of winter after a particularly severe cold snap. That year there were "glaciers" at the bottom of both the upper and lower falls. The ice was a gorgeous aqua color. In fact, the bowl at the bottom of Lower Falls was completely filled with ice.
|Multnomah Falls and Lodge.|
|Trails in the Multnomah Falls area.|
|Our beloved Multnomah Falls.|
|Multnomah Falls Lodge and Restaurant.|
|Special botanical area.|
|Stairs to enter Oneonta Gorge currently end in a stream.|
|Bottom of Horsetail Falls.|
The snow level in the Cascades is getting lower.
That ended our Columbia River Gorge afternoon. We then headed to Troutdale to spend time with our good friends, Claude and Penny, owners of Marco Polo Designs jewelry. I will dedicate a separate blog to our visit.
Travel Bug out.