October 23, 2008
I can't imagine waking up to that gorgeous view every day, but someone does as the houses lining the bluff were treated to this sight. That's something this flatlander doesn't see much. I drove up as far as the villages but didn't get to make it to Government Camp as I wanted to go to the falls. It's tough traveling with my company sometimes as I don't always get enough free time to do all the things I want to do.
Multnomah Falls is the second highest waterfall in the United States (that flows year-round). It was very impressive but cold and I was sick. I didn't take my tripod - big mistake, but hey, again I was coughing so hard that I couldn't carry it. (wah - right?) There were a ton of people there but the funniest guy was standing on the bridge posing like a roman statue. Of course after about five minutes of that I was ready for him to move on so I could try to take a shot.
After the falls, I drove along the Columbia River Gorge just before sunset. The deep shadows and colors were more beautiful than my camera could show. Where the eye sees 15 stops of light, the camera sees 5 stops - so the subtle mist and layers is very difficult to show. It was peaceful and serene. I can't imagine the beauty that explorers must have seen when the area was pristine and undisturbed by man.
I drove to the hotel and collasped in the bed...ordering pizza in for the night. *sigh* such is my big fat glamerous life. PS - did you know that it's law in Portland that you cannot pump your own gas? Nice, but when I'm taking a rental back to the airport, I don't want to overfill, you know?
scribbled by Char