Saturday, August 12, 2006

Our Multnomah Falls Adventure

Adria and I decided that because it is summer and we live in Portland that we should take a trip and go see Multnomah Falls. So we packed up some food, got in the car and drove the 30 minutes along the Columbia Gorge to Multnomah Falls and we reached the parking lot... and the parking lot was full. This made me think of two things:
  1. It has been speculated by some that the decline of Western civilization will not be because of oil shortages but because of lack of parking spots.
  2. When Multnomah Falls was knocked out of the #1 tourist destination by the state's largest casino, it was often used as a case study in casual conversation about the state of the society in which we live. While I think that is also true, the fact remains that while there is always ample parking at the casino, the parking lot at Multomah Falls is roughly 1/10th of the size of the casino's.
So we turned around and started driving back down the Columbia Gorge and Adria said that we should go to Crown Point and find Bridal Veil Falls. So made our way to the Historic Columbia River Highway and started off towards Crown Point. As we were driving we stopped at the Portland Women's Forum Scenic Viewpoint. Below is a picture of the view:
At this view point we read that the Columbia Gorge has the highest concentration of high waterfalls of anyplace in North America, so we were feeling good because if we couldn't park at Multnomah Falls, then we were going to see other waterfalls today. So we continued on the Columbia River Highway until we reached the Vista House. Vista House sits on the top of Crown Point and was originally intended as a place for travelers to stop and rest as they drove down the highway and has recently been renovated to look like it did when it was built in 1915. Below is the view from the Vista House:
After stopping at the Vista House we saw a sign that said "Multnomah Falls", we continued on the highway until we came to Latourell Falls. We hiked up to the Upper Latourell Falls too. Below is a side view of the lower falls:
Here are some pictures from the upper falls, which aren't nearly as big but still worth the hike up to see them:
After Latourell Falls we continued on to see Bridal Veil Falls. Compared to Latourell Falls (you can see the lower falls from the highway), getting to Bridal Veil was more of a hike, although the 2/3 of a mile round trip hike round trip wasn't too difficult. Below is what Bridal Veil looks like:
By this point we had seen signs that said that we were close to Multnomah Falls So we drove past Wahkeena Falls, and were able to find a parking spot at Multnomah Falls. Here are some pictures:
Then we hiked up to the bridge and took some more pictures of the upper portion of the falls:
Here is the view of the lower falls from the bridge:
After looking at Multnomah Falls for a while we stopped by Wahkeena Falls on our trip back to the interstate. Here are the falls:
I also enjoyed Wahkeena Falls because you could get so close to the stream. I really like this picture of the stream:
After seeing Wahkeena Falls we decided that we had had a full day and went home.

In other news...

In our last post, I made reference to the Capitol rotundra. After publishing the post, Adria informed me that it should have been "rotunda". Rotundra is the giant pumpkin king in the award-winning program "The Dancing Pumpkin".

Adria is enjoying her work at the Asian Health and Service Center. Presently she is involved with getting ready for the yearly health fair that the center puts on, and she is working on an emergency preparedness survey too.

Work at the Postal Service is going well. I am learning a lot about the processing of letters right now. It has been interesting to see how much mail there actually is. One of the first things that I noticed was how many Netflix (and to a lesser extent Blockbuster Online) envelopes there were. I had no idea how popular Netflix was. The only person who that I knew that had told me that they used Netflix was my mentor during my internship at Intel last summer. But to see thousands upon thousands of Netflix envelopes coming through the mail is kind of surreal. Also I have yet to meet any Postal employee anything like Newman.