Sunday, June 01, 2008

Semi-serious Sunday - Eagle Creek

I'm typing with one hand today...spent the evening in the Emergency Room. Old arm injury where I have plates in my arm from a nasty inline skating accident years before. Apparently I have enough tendenitis around the scar tissue that it has inflamed and yesterday the pain kicked up a notch to a 9. Now a 9 to me is a lot of pain. My three broken ribs were only about a 7 on my scale; so needless to say, it hurt! So; now I'm one handed for a few days. Luckily its my left hand...

These photo's are from the same beautiful weekend as last weeks and on the other side of the Columbia river. The trail is one of the most beautiful in the nation. I timed this to hit full water volume with the melting snows. It was amazing.

Click on any of them to get a full shot!

Lots of streams feed the creek and on this hot day they were wonderfully cool.

This is called High Bridge...and for good reason. It spans a beautifully narrow and lush canyon. This is looking straight down. Note the lush mossy cliffs.

With the water this high, you sometimes have to do log crossings.

The trail follows the creek for about 8 miles but sometimes you are hundreds of feet above it

This is the spectacular Tunnel Falls. The trail goes right behind it. You can see the trail to the right of the falls where it is carved into that cliff.

Here's my girlfriend hiking ahead. Note the cables. There are some impressive dropoffs on parts of this trail. Not for the weak of heart...

Here is Tunnel Falls again and you can see the trail going in behind it. The water is just thundering down this time of year. Very intense to go behind.

This is an incredible waterfall that channels through this narrow gorge of rock. Got lucky and caught a rainbow too!

Yet another waterfall...one we wouldn't have noticed but for the water volume making it so big right now.

An incredible display of water!

It was a hard but amazing 15 mile hike that day.

22 comments:

Beth said...

What a gorgeous place for a hike. While I can't see myself doing a log crossing, I'd love to experience that part of the trail behind the falls.

Ouch - and my sympathy - as to your arm. When someone rates the pain a 9, you know it's bad.

Bee said...

Wow!! Beautiful! I'm so envious!

VE said...

beth - Yes that is the best part; the tunnel falls...but it is 7 miles into the trail too.

bee - Its nice to get out once and awhile

Bonnie said...

WOW!!!! That is incredible. You do a great job capturing it too. My oldest son was stunned by the pics. Way to go.
I hope your are feels better soon. Did they give you good drugs for the pain?

leelee said...

wow...sorry to hear about your trip to emergency (which is painful even without pain)

What a gorgeous hike VE. The photos are beautiful I can only imagine the beauty first hand...awesome.!

Feel better friend!

HUGS!

Quickroute said...

Feel better - nice location for a wee walk btw!

colbymarshall said...

VE getting serious...it's so hard to comprehend that it sort of makes my head spin around like the little exorcist girl!

Serena Joy said...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry about your arm and the trip to the ER. I know that was no fun. I hope it's feeling a bit better now. That scenery is spectacular, especially Tunnel Falls. There's a pretty cool falls around here called Twin Falls, but I'm not sure it's as dramatic looking as Tunnel.:)

yellojkt said...

That is very cool. The west coast has much more impressive falls than we get on the eastern seaboard.

Matt-Man said...

I for one am glad to know that your arm is messed up. When I began reading and you said that you were typing with one hand I thought maybe I was reading something you typed while masturbating.

Glad to know that's not the case. Cheers VE!!

Jacki said...

LOL at Matt-Man's comment. And now I have mental images...gross.

So here I thought our waterfalls in the Shenandoah Mountains were impressive. THAT one is spectacular. However, I am not sure I could make it 15 miles.

VE said...

bonnie - I'm sticking with ibuprofin...had an incidence once with harder stuff...probably another post story for later.

leelee - It's my favorite local trail

quickroute - Yeah and you've been in a lot of nice locales lately too!

colby - Don't worry; only semi-serious...that's the most I can do.

sj - Yes, the ER is just a big hassle; I've been there many a time. Still, a necessary evil I guess.

yellojkt - Well, each seaboard has it's features; but I think you are right about the waterfalls.

matt-man - Ha! Leave it to you to come up with that!

jacki - Yikes; purge those images! ha ha

lime said...

how utterly gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

about the arm injury. i feel for you. i've had metal bits put in then taken out to repair a very severe break, which was the worst pain i've ever felt in my life. you have my complete sympathies. i hope it feels better soon.

Kurt said...

How great the you shared about your hike and I shared about my mountain bike ride.

VE said...

lime - Yes, my break was in five places and a bone stuck out of my arm...and yet that only ranks second on my worst pain list.

kurt - Isn't it a hassle riding your bike to Ireland though?

Beth said...

wow.....what great pictures! I love blog with pictures!!! I have a road named Eagle Creek not too far from me....doesn't look like that tho.

VE said...

beth - Thanks for dropping over. Yes, it's hard to match this trail. I'm very fortunate to be close to it.

G said...

Wow, just wow! I couldn't pass by without commenting on your beautiful surroundings.

Speedy recovery on the hand.

VE said...

g - Why thank you

Uncivil said...

I like your semi-seriousness! Nice pics!Hope the hand is on the mend!

VE said...

uncivil - Thanks. Sunday seems like the day to do so. The arm is surviving but not super improving yet.

Sans Pantaloons said...

Absolutely stunning! I hope the arm improves soon.