Latourelle Falls

I was so happy to make it out to the Columbia River Gorge this past weekend – mostly to Latourelle Falls, due to there being so many people trying to get out and enjoy the nice weather the day we went.

First stop was the Portland Women’s Forum. We had a great view of Crown Point and Vista House. Next, we tried to stop at Crown Point, but there was only enough parking for one of our cars to stop. (We had three vehicles going out there with all the relatives in town.)

So, off we went to Latourelle Falls. I happily walked around there for a bit taking photos all the while, not realizing I was going to pay for it later as I’d had an injury to my tailbone that was starting to feel better, but wasn’t all the way healed up yet, and this trip triggered me to go right back to that first day of pain and start the healing process all over again. Wah.

Next, we tried to go to Multnomah Falls – apparently a landslide a week or so earlier had dumped 30 cubic yards, or three truckloads, of debris on the road so the road was shut down and still had not been cleared for through traffic the next week on the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway between Angels Rest and Multnomah Falls. So all the cars trying to get through were turning around and heading down to the freeway to try and get to Multnomah Falls that way. But, the parking lot off the freeway was full, so we had to keep going. We could see a pile up of cars trying to get in from the other direction, so we decided not to try and go there after all. For me, this was probably a blessing in disguise because at that time, little did I know I was making my tailbone injury worse until the pain started creeping back in later that day. I’m sure I would have at least tried to hike up to the upper bridge and I’d probably be in a lot worse shape now if I had.

Instead, it was on to Horsetail Falls. Again, the Oregonians seemed to be out in droves trying to enjoy one of the first days of nice weather we’ve had since winter began. There was no parking to be found. That waterfall is pretty close to the road, so we just did a drive by of that one without getting out of the car.

And, without having done much hiking to earn our treat at the end of our day trip, we ended up at East Wind restaurant up at Cascade Locks where we like to finish the day when we go out to the Columbia River Gorge.

We thought we’d go back the next day and try to make it to Multnomah Falls, but we were probably too sorry of a lot by then – me with my tailbone injury, my cousin with MS, my dad with his neuropathy and my mom had chemo all morning. So we didn’t attempt another trip. Sadly, I’m probably not going to make it back out there for another month or so while trying to heal up, but it sure was nice to get out there again.

 

Latourelle Falls
Latourelle Falls

 

The bridge at Latourelle Falls
The bridge at Latourelle Falls

 

Who's that tripping over my bridge?
Who’s that tripping over my bridge?

 

Moss on the bridge
Moss on the bridge

 

Latourelle Bridge
Latourelle Bridge

 

Ethereal
Ethereal

 

East Wind Drive In
East Wind Drive In
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Book reviews! #bookwormsunite

All right, book lovers! I’ve got some more books for you to check out.

I just finished a trilogy series from Brodi Ashton called the Everneath series. A modern take loosely based on the Persephone myth.

In this series, Nikki has just returned from the underworld, called the Everneath, where she was lured by Cole, one of the everliving. Now she is allowed 6 months before she has to return to the Tunnels where her life will be drained away to feed the Everliving – or choose to become one of them after surviving the Feed. Thus needing to feed off other Forfeits like herself every 100 years.

 

Everneath
Everneath

 

Her boyfriend, Jack, ends up getting sucked into the Tunnels in her place, and she must now try and gain the help of Cole, the Everliving who lured Nikki into the Everneath in the first place. Nikki and Cole come to an uneasy truce as they decide to face the labyrinthine to save Jack before it’s too late.

 

Everbound
Everbound

In the final installment, Nikki and Jack face the Underworld in an attempt to destroy it to free Nikki of it’s power forever. Cole, while suffering from amnesia, agrees to help them take down the queen and the Everneath forever. Thus sealing his own fate in the exciting conclusion to this series.

 

Evertrue
Evertrue

 

And I just discovered a little novella from Cole’s point of view, which I have not yet read.

 

Neverfall
Neverfall

 

If that’s not enough, I also just finished a 3 book series from author Jodi Meadows. I really enjoyed this series.

In a world where the same souls have been reincarnated for as long as anyone can remember, Ana is the first newsoul born in almost 5,000 years. On the night she was born the Temple went dark and one old soul was not reincarnated. In her place, Ana was born. She was raised outside of the city by a mother who was full of animosity towards her for being born in place of one of the old souls. When she is 18, her mother sent her out on her own. She runs into Sam on her way to find the capital. Many people living in the capitol fear her as a ‘no soul’, and treat her with anger and disdain. Sam and his friends welcome her in to their group of friends.

 

Incarnate
Incarnate

Ana’s father creates another Templedark and more old souls are lost. Tension is high in the city and aimed right at Ana and any other new souls born after Templedark. Ana is determined to protect the new souls being born and finds out the truth about reincarnation. Sam declares his love for Ana, but after a lifetime of abuse and rejection, Ana has a hard time believing it.

 

Asunder
Asunder

Ana must make an attempt to stop Janan the Devourer from consuming more newsouls, but has been banned from the city. She flees the city with a group of her loyal friends, and makes plans to try and stop Janan from ascending. She has found unexpected allies in the Sylph, and journeys to the land where the dragons live to try and win them over to her cause before chaos breaks out over all of the Range.

 

Infinite
Infinite

 

The ending of the last book is left open, leaving you to wanting more and hoping another book will follow. There is also a smaller Novella written from Sam’s point of view – available only on E-book at this time. I have not read that one yet as I don’t own an e-reader at this time.

 

Phoenix Overture
Phoenix Overture

 

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