|Today Dave & Judy took us on an all day driving tour. We started out taking the Hood River County Fruit Loop. This 35-mile scenic drive took us through the valley's orchards, forests, farmlands, and friendly communities. We visited a winery, stopped at a wonderful old cemetery, purchased some delicious baked goods at a farmers market, ate lunch at the Full Sail Brewery overlooking the Columbia and just had a wonderful day in general!
But this particular post will cover our final stop for the day, the Columbia River Gorge. The towering cliffs that form the Gorge create the backdrop for the Magnificent Multnomah Falls. This natural wonder attracts approximately 2.5 million visitors per year, ranking Multnomah Falls as Oregon’s number 1 visited natural attraction. The rest area and tunnel under the road (as well as the Union Pacific Railroad tracks) allow Interstate travelers from either direction to easily stop and visit the falls. At the base of Multnomah Falls, the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge awaits to offer a place of relaxation, a fine meal, the perfect gift, hiking or visitor information.
A short trail leads to Benson Footbridge, a 45-foot footbridge that allows visitors to cross 105 feet above the lower cascade. It's an easy walk and quite beautiful. Today we were entertained a part of the way up by the cutest little squirrel. It had some kind of 'munchie' in it's mouth & just froze with these wild eyes waiting for us to move on. I don't know if it thought we would try to take away it's 'treasure' but it was pretty nervous. Until we moved on, then it gobbled it down...Too cute!
The Falls plummets 620 feet in two major steps. The upper fall plunging 542 feet, the lower fall 69 feet, distinguishing Multnomah Falls as the highest waterfall in the state of Oregon and second highest in the nation. The water flowing over Multnomah Falls water is supplied by natural underground springs that originate on Larch Mountain. In springtime, snow melt additionally supplies the falls, greatly increasing the flow, width and intensity of the falls’ powerful roaring sound. The bridge gives an excellent opportunity to experience both steps. I just love it up here, the views are wonderful! Today is our third visit to this pretty Fall and I enjoyed it as much as the last two times. A perfect way to end our day.
So, today's pics cover the Falls and tomorrows will cover the earlier part of our day on the Hood River Loop. So check back soon & often :) Thanks