After leaving Portland, we took a drive along the Columbia River Highway. Waterfalls were on the top of our “must see” list for the trip, and the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area is full of them–about 77 on the Oregon side of the river!
We were driving to Boise that day, so we didn’t have time to do a full hike. Luckily, there are plenty of waterfalls right off the highway. We stopped at Multnomah Falls, which is probably the most visited waterfall in the area because of the easy access.
Multnonmah Falls is 611 feet tall, and pretty awe-inspiring. Walking towards the falls from the parking lot, I was surprised by how close it was. I had to crane my neck back to see the top. I stood on the bridge in front of the waterfall and the heavy mist felt so refreshing.
It was a gloomy winter morning, but that didn’t stop people from visiting. A group of girls in plastic ponchos stood in a line with their backs towards the fall, taking pictures with their selfie stick. People ran up the trail with their dogs.
We trekked further up the trail, past the main waterfall viewing area, past the stopping point of most tourists. It was suddenly quiet as we walked through a foggy forest of trees. The trail was right on the edge of the hill, over-looking the highway down below.
We didn’t stay long, but seeing the waterfall was such a great feeling after being stuck in the city for three days. Any brush with nature is a boost for my spirits.