About a half hour east of Portland, up the Columbia River Gorge, is Multnomah Falls. It’s pretty much a must-visit destination when we go to Portland, but it took us most of our week before we could take ourselves there. (Actually, we went there on our first day — directly from the airport — but the line of cars waiting to get into the parking lot, was backed up on the highway, so we delayed our visit to later in the week.)
This is a spring-fed waterfall, so it pretty much flows all year long. From its top to the first pool there is a drop of more than 500 feet. And for the daring, there is a path that leads all the way to the top where there is an observation deck. When we finally made it to the Falls later in the week, we decided we were going to hike to the top. The sign at the bottom said the trail was only a mile long, so that seemed easy enuf. I was wearing an old pair of my running shoes, which isn’t ideal for this kind of hiking, but the trail is paved all the way up (how did they manage to get hot asphalt all the way up there?), so I was gonna do it. Many other people that day were gonna do it too, and with far less substantial shoes than my sneakers. I saw many women with flip-flops on (or thongs, if you prefer) heading up the trail.
Libby, Adam, and I set out together, but as Libby slowed, Adam stayed with her and I pushed on. When I was nearly to the top I came upon a sign that said I had completed a mile and that there was only a quarter mile yet to go. The sign at the bottom was wrong! Had I known it was a mile and a quarter rather than a mile, would I have attempted the ascent?
But I made it up there, took a quick photo attempting to peer over the falls (it didn’t work out) and then turned around for the descent. I met Libby and Adam at the mile mark and assured them they could finish. Then I continued down and found a nice place to sit and wait for their return. I took the photo above from that vantage and watched the pageant of people speaking all kinds of languages parading past.
Along the way I met one of the locals, which you can see in this photo: