Here comes the sun again!

We made it out to Central Oregon to view the solar eclipse yesterday. Traffic sounded like it was terrible on I-5 going towards Salem with some still  going towards Madras on Hwy 26, but we went right up the middle on Hwy 224 – the road less traveled. Almost no traffic on the way out! We couldn’t believe it. All the out of towners must have been heading towards the more well known areas. Oregonians and Washington peeps with a few Californians mixed in were filling up all the campsites on the way there, but most of them must have already traveled in the days prior to the eclipse. We were cruisin’ along!

We didn’t have a set destination in mind, but had looked up spots the day before. Olallie Lake was one of them and since traffic was good, we just kept on driving until we got there just before the eclipse.

Cars lined the road near the lake, but we found a spot to park and a little viewing area no one else was in to set up our cameras. It was a bit chilly down by the lake as it was still morning and the sun was already shining less brightly. The sky was getting a bit darker already by the time we got down to the lake and set up our cameras. We even saw a sunset right before totality!

Everyone let out a ‘whoo’ right when it got dark. Mine was a bit delayed as my camera had popped off the tripod right at that moment and I was fumbling around trying to get it back on and ready to take photos. A dog started barking. It got even colder as all went dark. Then all got quiet as we were all watching the corona of the eclipse through our eclipse glasses or camera lens or alternating between both as the case may be.

Wow! Total awesomeness right there. We watched all the way until the whole thing was over even though half the people at the lake took off after it got light out again.

So glad we made it to the center of totality. I’ve seen solar eclipse’s before but have never been right in the middle of one where the world went dark again. Just amazing. Worth the drive into the center of totality just to experience that. A once in a lifetime experience.

 

Just a sliver of the sun
Just a sliver of the sun

 

Total eclipse!
Total eclipse!

 

Peeking out
Peeking out

 

Here comes the sun again!
Here comes the sun again!

 

Almost halfway back again
Almost halfway back again

 

Packman is coming to get all the ghosts out in space!
Packman is coming to get all the ghosts out in space!

 

Don't shout at me.
Don’t shout at me, Mr. Sun

 

Oh.
Oh.

 

Barely a dimple in the surface...
Barely a dimple in the surface…

 

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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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