Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Columbia Valley Gorge

Columbia Valley Panorama
We traveled part of the Columbia Valley Gorge  in Oregon, to discover the beauty and we found some stunning views and lots of  waterfalls. There is just something about millions of gallons of water rising over a cliff that causes me to pause and just admire the raw beauty.
Chris by Bridal Veil Falls

Add to that some great sunlight and a nice day and you have a recipe for awesome! It seems that with every new turn there is some fantastic vista to be discovered. 

I was very pleased with the access to the falls and the trails designed to let us enjoy their beauty. 
Bridal Veil Falls

The driving distance between the falls is very short, but as the day wore on, parking became an issue. There were a lot of other people out to enjoy the scenic beauty.

Of course the grand-daddy of the falls is the most famous of all, Multnomah Falls. 
Upper Multnomah Falls
I was a bit sad when I returned and saw that we had not taken the money shot at Multnomah Falla, the image that every one associates with the bridge between the two waterfalls. 

Lower Multnomah Falls with
Upper Multnomah Falls 
But the day was absolutely idyllic and by the end of the day, as we were literally driving around Mt. Hood, we began to realize that there is a lot more to do and see in Oregon. 
Mt Hood

I highly recommend this area for a vacation. It was fabulous. I have almost 1000 images to go through. I love digital imagery.

Horsetail Falls
We spent an entire day driving through the Columbia Valley Gorge and truly only scratched the surface. There is so much more to do, Chris even said that she wants to make it an alternating year vacation spot. One year the beach and the next year Oregon.

-- Bob Doan, back home in Elkridge, MD

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