The chickie babe and I have been continuing our exploration of the local outdoors. Saturday we went hiking along Salmon River, off Highway 26 (on the way to Mount Hood). we didn’t see breathtaking waterfalls like we have found in the Gorge, but we also encountered far fewer people on a weekend hike, which was remarkable.
A “duck” someone constructed on a boulder next to the river.
A view from inside a hollow tree. Three people could easily stand inside it at the same time.
On Monday, we went to the big tourist falls of the area, Multnomah Falls. The falls drop a total of 188 meters, and I had never been to the top of them before.
A very tall picture of the very tall falls.
The throngs of tourists were thick at the base, but the crowds quickly dropped away as we followed a series of switchbacks up the side of the gorge. After a lot of sweat and less time than I would have thought, we made it to the observation platform at the top of the falls.
Looking down the falls, from the observation platform.
Can you spot our car in the parking lot?
After going that far, we decided to continue forwards a bit, and within another mile on the trail we were excited to find Weisendanger Falls.
And then on Wednesday, we made our way to nearby Oxbow Lake. That featured very little hiking, and a lot of sitting on the sand and listening to the river gurgle as it tumbled downstream. Relaxing and wonderful, but it lacked the rush of self-satisfaction and endorphins that come with the more aggressive hikes.