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

Multnomah Falls & the gigantic cookie

As a missionary kid, we used to meet all sorts of people growing up – from all over the world, and my parents were always having people over for dinner. I find I don’t do this myself, but sometimes, when they have people from out of town come visit, they invite me to come over as well, since I live near them.

This past Sunday was one of those days. I got to meet a wonderful mother and daughter who stopped by on their way to visit friends in Eugene. We met over spaghetti dinner at my parents and then had a fun trip touring the Columbia River Gorge along the historic highway and eating one gigantic chocolate chip cookie at Multnomah Falls. I’d never met either of them before, but the daughter had actually helped on workshops at the SIL Center in Alotau, Papua New Guinea, and helped my dad work on the song book for our village language, Buhutu, and even went out to our village and slept in my very own room while she was there!

This random connectedness to people you’ve never met is something I run into once in a while in life. Maybe in another missionary kid. Or someone who just grew up in another country and knows what it’s like not to have lived your whole life in the States. That feeling of having shared similar experiences either in the same place at different times, or different places in third world countries far away from all the conveniences of modern day life. That random bond that brings you together. Over gigantic cookies and waterfalls…

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

The view from the path to Multnomah Falls looking out towards the Gorge
The view from the path to Multnomah Falls looking out towards the Gorge

 

The stairs down to Multnomah Falls Lodge
The stairs down to Multnomah Falls Lodge

 

The back of Multnomah Falls Lodge
The back of Multnomah Falls Lodge

 

One gigantic chocolate chip cookie from the Multnomah Falls snack bar!
One gigantic chocolate chip cookie from the Multnomah Falls snack bar!

 

Multnomah Falls from the bridge
Multnomah Falls from the bridge