Sunday, May 25, 2008

Semi-Serious Sunday - Gorge Hiking

This being Memorial Day weekend and all and the fact that I don't post on Sunday I thought I'd do a photo post. We actually had 98 degree weather last weekend and I did this hike. It's about 30 minutes from my house.

Click on the pics to see them bigger.

The water is at full capacity. Normally you can go up above to the platform and peak around at the waterfall through the rock but there was so much water you could only get so close this time.
Guess which way we went? Yep, the "more difficult". We came down the other way though.
Looking out from one of the view points. Lots of exposure on this trail.

You can see the Bonneville Dam down on the Columbia River. There are dozens of trails lining this area; a spectacular place.

Wildflowers were in bloom high up on the trail. They can only grow there; the lower part is thick forest.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend...

33 comments:

Quickroute said...

Yuck! What a horrible place you live ! - Give me ghetto concrete jungle and shant towns anyday!

Jacki said...

Simply gorgeous! We are having beautiful weather ourselves, so we are off to enjoy it while it lasts.

lime said...

what gorgeous photos. thanks for sharing. aaahhhh....

Anette said...

Lovely place for hiking!

quilly said...

Ah, home! How nice to see it again.

Lakota said...

very very nice - i almost felt like i went on the hike with you ... without all the nasty sweating. :P

VE said...

quickroute - Yah mon, shant towns are da bomb!

jacki - Enjoy it. Around here it doesn't last...until after the 4th of July that is.

lime - Nice to take a divergence and I do it when I don't typically post anyway.

anette - It's spectacular when the weather is nice

lakota - Don't you get sweaty when you get nasty? I do! But you are right...that hike was kinda sweaty since it was so hot. No humidity though...just not ready for 98 degree weather when you're coming off 50 degree weather. Oh and for you international folks reading that's farenhiet...I'd do the conversion to celsius but it hurts my head...

Scary Monster said...

That place not be havin any wheelchair access.

Now sombody goin ta complain 'bout that


StOmPs!

Jeff said...

Sweet. Those are almost as inspiring as your picture of the day.

Theresa said...

There are fewer things I'd rather do on a weekend than tromp around in the woods. Unfortunately, I'm a flat-land girl so we don't have your extraordinary views.

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ChrisEldin said...

Beautiful. I forgot that you live in Oregon. Sooo pretty out West!

cathouse teri said...

Lots of exposure on the trail, eh? I love it when there's exposure on the trail!

Nice pictures.

Why don't you post on Sundays?

Megan said...

I would have taken the "less difficult" trail but I bet it would have been just as pretty.

I love the waterfall especially. I could look at those by the hour.

Did some hiking yesterday - helped my sister move. I saw a lot of lovely underground parking garages, stairwells, and elevators...

leelee said...

Sue-weet! Those are really great photos VE. Nothing like that down here in SoFl...however I used to hike in the Adirondack Mtns of NY...so I can kinda relate. Enjoy your gorgeous weather!

HUGS!

Serena Joy said...

Wow, that's some beautiful scenery. I'll bet it was cooler out there than in the city, too.

Dee said...

I felt I was there with you! Only I didn't have to sweat or stop to take breaths along the way. THose flowers were a pretty find and what a wonderful view. I don't like hiking tho, I'm afraid of lions and tigers and bears!!!!!

VE said...

sm - Where ya been, my friend? Yes, some places are harder for people in wheel chairs. You don't see a lot of them doing tightropes either...

jeff - Have you been trying to bend over backward and drink your coffee again? That new ankle exerciser will help I am sure...

theresa - Flatland hiking is good too though. I do some of that but they're hard to find around here.

chris - Yes, I was having a discussion with somebody visiting and we agreed that on our nice days there are few better places in the USA to be...clean air, no humidity, forest, beaches, schoolhouses turned into microbrews. What more could you want?

Teri - Ha! No, I didn't exactly mean THAT type of exposure...not that it wouldn't be bad either.

megan - Actually, you don't get the viewpoints with the less difficult trail. But you can descend that way and still get them.

leelee - That's true about Florida but there are other beautiful things to see there anyway.

sj - Yeah, the city always feels hotter...and probably is with all that concrete

dee - That's fine...I'll do the sweating. I'll share the photos too. You shouldn't have to wrestle bears to see good photos

Carla said...

Great way to spend the weekend. Lovely pics.

VE said...

carla - Just wish they were all that nice. This weekend was a mixed bag

RED MOJO said...

I love hiking. When I was in California I did tons of it. Thanks for sharing these. I wish I had a hike like that close to me...

VE said...

red mojo - I did a lot of it in California too...just Northern Cal though with the exception of Joshua Tree over by Palm Springs.

Kurt said...

I didn't laugh once during this post.

VE said...

kurt - That's why it is a Sunday post. It's like a bonus post on my day off from funny.

Anndi said...

Know why I'm here right? C'mere, I gotta hug you.

On spring break, my Chicklet and I headed South and we climbed up Stone Mountain with my Honey. Hikes are a very good thing.

The pics are beautiful sweets.

Dale said...

Loverly photos, send weather. Thanks.

VE said...

anndi - I need to visit more of the USA. I've been to many states (about 30) but not enough to enjoy other hiking areas other than out west here. I seem preoccupied with the rest of the world lately; it would be cheaper to stick closer by. Oh, and hugs are waiting!

dale - I'd be more than happy to send you ALL our weather. You like rain, right?

C said...

Beautiful photos, VE!

Yikes! Did you just say that it was 98 degrees over there!?!?!?!?!

We go hiking on the island we live on, but we don't get that kind of heat up here. It was 15 degrees Celsius here. We do get to around 36 or higher sometimes in the summer.

VE said...

c - Yeah, it's not normal for us either and on top of it, the weather hadn't even been close to that hot when it arrived. It sort of came for 3 days and then left.

unfinishedperson said...

I'll never complain about hiking again in Pennsylvania. 98 degrees weather? Insane....that conversion to Celsius hurts my heads too. (btw, thanks for commenting on my blog too earlier today)

VE said...

unfinishedperson - Welcome. Yeah, we Portlanders are too stupid to not go out since we get only a limited amount of sunny days.

Yes, my name is Arizona said...

Gorgeous!! I really need to get out of the midwest. Its too FLAT!

VE said...

arizona - Yeah, I've often wondered what the hell I'd do if I got stuck in Kansas or somewhere flat like that...