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

The Columbia River Gorge in a day

How much can you see in a day in the Gorge? Recently, my aunt and uncle were visiting from California and we decided to take them on a day trip to the Columbia River Gorge. We managed to make quite a few stops while not staying long at any. I told my son later that we took the old folks tour of the Gorge. Stop, get out, look. Get back in the car and do it all again at the next stop. The furthest we went from the car was when my uncle and I headed up the path to the bridge by Multnomah Falls, a short hike, but the others didn’t feel up to it. They all stayed down at the lower viewing platform. We waved at them from the bridge.

All in all, we hit up quite a few spots for a short day trip. The Portland Women’s Forum view point, Crown Point, Latourell Falls, Multnomah Falls, Bonneville Dam and the Fish Hatchery. Also a drive by of Horsetail Falls without even getting out of the car because by then, my aunt’s asthma was acting up pretty bad. Then ending the day at Eastwind Drive-in with ice cream for all!

 

Portland Women's Forum
Portland Women’s Forum

 

The view from Crown Point
The view from Crown Point

 

Latourell Falls
Latourell Falls

 

Multmomah Falls
Multmomah Falls

 

Yellow roses by the Bonneville Dam
Yellow roses by the Bonneville Dam

 

While the biggest sturgeon in the pond, Herman swims by in the background, this one hams it up for the camera.
While the biggest sturgeon in the pond, Herman, swims by in the background, this one hams it up for the camera.