Yes, I'm way behind on the blog...and I should've posted this set of images from our trip very first, because this was our first day. But, like I'd mentioned before, I kind of ended up going backward, editing the last of our trip first.
The Columbia RiverGorge always inspires me--it's amazingly beautiful, serene and just plain breath-taking! (This is the view from the top of the falls.)
Our plan was to drive straight across I-84 to Portland, but we knew we wanted to stop at Multnomah Falls, and it would be the middle of the day when it is always crazy busy, and we had the trailer, so it would be hard to find parking. Soooo, we took a detour and went south of Mount Hood, through the scenic byway with a stop for lunch. We found a picnic area that had a trail nearby, and since bikes were allowed, my boys wanted to test out their mountain biking skills. We ended up walking a lot of the trail, since it was a bit hard for the twins with all the tree roots. (The 4 shots below were taken on my phone.)
We made a quick stop to get a shot of Mount Hood near the ski resort. It's quite an impressive mountain, and we tried to always keep it in our sights!
We got to Portland, set up our trailer, relaxed a bit, had dinner and then drove back to Multnomah Falls. Oh, it was gorgeous! Sadly, the sun was shining right on the upper half, so it wasn't ideal picture-taking light, but I made it somewhat work.
Our plan was to hike to the bridge, then turn around. But when we got to the bridge, the boys wanted to just keep going. I wasn't happy about that since I didn't have my shoes on, and hiking in sandals is not ideal in my opinion. But the hike was lovely. Such lovely light shining through the trees! After we got back to the car, we drove north and stopped at another waterfall and the Vista House for sunset. It was a lovely day, and I could've lived it over and over. Well, maybe not the hike in sandals... ;)
Oh Columbia River Gorge, I'm smitten with you!