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Away from keyboard; be right back…

Sometimes you just need to unplug. It was beautiful on Saturday, so we went to Multnomah Falls. Us and a bazillion other people! But it was a good time, anyway.

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Multnomah Falls is 620 feet high; it’s the second highest year-round waterfall in the US. This is just the upper portion of the upper falls. There’s a paved trail to the top of the falls. The trail gains 600 feet in elevation over 1.2 miles. Don’t think I didn’t notice.

Photo ops make a great excuse to stop for a moment:

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Somehow this fern looks like a sock pattern to me.

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We eventually made it up to the top, and could look down at where the water falls over the edge of the mountain.

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In this photo, you can see Multnomah Falls Lodge and the parking lot in the upper right corner. It’s a long way down.

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But this picture is my favorite. It’s a little waterfall just before the big one. You wouldn’t know it’s there unless you went to the top. It looks mysterious and secluded, but it’s right next to the viewing platform at the top of the falls.

falls above

Falling for falls, all over again (aka Gorge-ous)

Sunday was a beautiful spring day, and my friend Nova was in town from San Diego. We drove out into the Columbia River Gorge to look at waterfalls and wild flowers. I used to take the kids out to the falls to play in the water on hot summer days, but I hadn’t been out there in the past few years. (At ages 20 and 15, it’s just not the same.) It was fun to see the falls through fresh eyes. Wahkeena Falls is my favorite; Wahkeena means most beautiful. Too bad I didn’t bring the camera!

I did have the camera phone, though, and took this picture of Nova at Multnomah Falls:

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And I tried to capture the shaft of sunlight coming down the hillside:

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But it was much more beautiful in person. I’m so glad Nova came to visit! A perfect afternoon.

I was actually out in the Gorge last weekend, too. I was working at a women’s retreat at Menucha. Lovely, lovely place. Friday night’s sunset was spectacular through low curtain-y clouds. The sun is reflecting off the Columbia River down below.

friday sunset

It snowed Saturday morning! We had a visitor on the back deck during Saturday evening’s song circle:

saturday morning

saturday night guest

The rose garden labyrinth at Menucha is beautiful, and should be finished in a few months. It’s come a long way since we visited last year.

this road

From winter to spring in one week flat! April is an exciting month in Oregon.