This travel diary excerpt is from Travelin’ with Charlie blog which is an occasional travelogue, philosophical and spiritual journal of a middle-aged Oregonian widow, recently retired, who is trying out life as a fulltime RVer with her Golden Retriever, Charlie.
My brother Tom and I drove out to the Gorge with Charlie today and took some short hikes to a couple of the waterfalls. We took the Historic Columbia River Highway out of Troutdale, following the Sandy River south until it heads east towards Corbett.
We stopped briefly at Crown Point and Vista House for the amazing views east up the Gorge. There were clouds and haze but plenty of green. This view is breathtaking no matter what the weather, although rainy, windy days are probably not the best time to visit this area.We stopped at Latourell Falls along the Old Highway and took the short mostly paved trail up to a viewpoint and then down to the falls and stream. Charlie went wading and had a drink of icy cold mountain stream but he didn’t stay in the water long.Our next stop up the road was Bridal Veil Falls. Again we took the 2/3rd mile trail, partially paved, to the waterfall overlook. If you have never been to the Columbia River Gorge with its 77 beautiful waterfalls on the Oregon side alone, you have missed an absolutely breathtaking (in more ways than one) experience. Some of the falls are easily accessible but others require a fairly strenuous hike. You can learn more at this website: http://www.a2zgorge.info/area/columbia_gorge_waterfalls.htm.Since we’re both badly out of shape we only did the two falls but I had enough foresight to bring my camera and so will share a few photos I took today. In addition to the waterfalls, many of the wildflowers were out in abundance. Hopefully this will make up for my recent blog posts without photos.
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