Wednesday, January 19, 2011

chasing waterfalls

monday, the hubs and i had an adventure. 

the weather turned out to be a pleasant surprise in that, unlike the few days before it, the rains stopped and we even had some pockets of sunshine, combined with weather in the 50's.  we decided to head into the Columbia Gorge, one of the many natural wonders we're so blessed to have at our fingertips in the Northwest.

we knew that because of the heavy rains, the waterfalls in the gorge would be spectacular, so we made our way to the Historic Columbia River Highway and began seeking them out.  it wasn't difficult because if there's something the gorge has and abundance of, it's waterfalls.

our intention wasn't to do any serious hiking or trekking, it was merely to discover waterfalls we hadn't seen before, take some photos and bask in God's amazing creation. 

- the highlights -

Shepperd's Dell - the waterfall, bridge, amazing lines, everything about this place was breathtaking - reid had to drag me away!

Latourell Falls - not sure how reid talked me into it, but not only did we walk down to the waterfall, he thought it would be fun to make our way down to the river, climb over VERY slick rocks and then climb up a very muddy embankement to get behind the waterfall.  i was game, but little did either of us realize what we were in for.  it took all of two seconds of sheets of water coming at us sideways to completely soak us through.  there was no going back, just putting our head down and continuing our climb.  but standing behind the waterfall, completely drowned out in its roar, definitely made our spontaneous mini-adventure worth it!  luckily we had brought a change of clothes.  the picture of us smiling?  yea, that was taken after we changed.  :)

Bridal Veil - we had driven by it so many times but had never hiked down to the falls.  wow.  what a beautiful falls, definitely worth a stop.

Oneanta Gorge - again, never knew this existed - so fun to discover the tunnel, built into the massive rock wall - so very fun for jumping photos and for photographing bridges!  can't wait to return back her in the summer and really explore this 'gorge within a gorge.'

Multnomah Falls - of course we had to make the token stop here, even if it was for all of 30 seconds.

and since were already 1/2 way there and famished, it seemed only fitting we continue on to one of our favorite eateries in one of our favorite places, Hood River.  we had our favorite fish & chips at the Full Sail Brewery & Pub - seriously, to die for and the best coleslaw and tartar sauce under the sun!

our hour-long drive back home along the columbia river was the icing on top due to one of the most beautiful sunsets we've ever seen in these parts.  it truly was the perfect ending to a perfect day.

oh, and our total waterfall count for the day: 39


lucy said...

YAY! great photos; sounds and looks like such a fun day!!!

Leegee Lou said...

gorgeous! wish i was there, except for it being cold and getting wet, don't want to do that :) can't wait to see u in a few! got luke's hat done, so we're ready ;-)

Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

Holy COW! Those are some beautiful photos and some truly beautiful places. Makes me hate this Groundhog Day-like movie that I am currently in. :) Thanks for stopping by to visit me today and you can count me as your newest follower . . .

Diane said...

Wow! Beautiful country and awesome photography skills.

Claire said...

wow. gorgeous photos. the ones of you two in the tunnel are super fun.

Anonymous said...

beautiful shots, I love the silhouettes!!

Courtney said...

How fun! Your photos are gorgeous and now have me itching to go out hiking somewhere. I'm totally inspired!!!

Anonymous said...

So jealous--waterfalls AND fish n' chips in one day?! You're very pretty by the way (and of course your photos too) :)

Carmen said...

Wow AMAZING photos!!! You're so blessed!!
I love every single shot!! ;)
thank you for your comment on my blog! ;)

Robin said...

Beautiful. I'm so envious and a little in awe- I'm always terrified to bring my camera into spots like this. I'm clumsy :)

Bobi said...

Tab I love all the shots. One great photo after another. Hope all is well.