Yesterday we met a bunch of friends for a birthday brunch. A good friend of ours turns 50 this week, and a ton of people showed up to mark the occasion. Afterwards, on a lark, I decided it was a good day to visit Multnomah Falls, out on the Columbia Gorge. It took us for ever to find parking out there. I forget that Multnomah Falls is one of the most popular tourist spots in Oregon. And I think pretty much everyone was there yesterday.
Anyway, I’ve been to the Falls maybe a dozen times in the (almost) 18 years I’ve lived in Oregon, but never hiked up to the top of the falls. Being that it was such a brilliant day, and the kids had been inside way too long, we decided to make the hike. It was well worth it! What a view. It’s certainly not a hike to be undertaken lightly. It’s only about a mile, but it’s very steep. However, once you get up to the top, there’s a viewing platform that’s built out over the top of the falls (with a very stout railing) so you can see all the way down. There were quite a number of wild flowers blooming already. It’s definitely spring around these parts.
I was reminded of just how much I like hiking. I’m thinking the kids are big enough that it’s time to start dragging them around the woods on a more regular basis.