We spent Monday evening and Tuesday morning exploring old Highway 30 on the Oregon side of the Columbia River gorge, starting out at sunrise and arriving at our hiking destination around noon. What a beautiful area that is with all its waterfalls and with the awesome scenery of the gorge visible all along the route.
Horsetail FAlls and Multnomah Falls
The Bridge at Multnomah Falls
The Columbia Gorge Looking East from Vista House
The Gorge Looking West from Vista House
Sunset through the Windows of Vista House
We started taking pictures of the falls already Monday evening, but photography was a bit difficult since the sun was already going down and the contrast between sun and shadow did not allow for really good photos. We drove from the Bridge of the Gods to Vista House before looking for a place to spend the night.
The next morning we started early and drove from Pendleton back to Horsetail Falls along old Highway 30. We stopped at most of the falls for pictures, even though we had seen them the evening before. We also stopped for pictures of some of the wildflowers that were growing along the road.
The Gorge Looking East from Angel's Landing
Looking East with Vista House Visible on the Cliffs at the Right
Through the Parapet at Vista House
The Falls at Sheppherd's Dell
The Cams had a few White-flowered Forms
We spent Tuesday afternoon hiking before heading to Portland but that's another post. All in all it was an incredible two days. We had seen so much that we were a bit overwhelmed by it all and it was a relief to land in Portland at a friend's home in preparation for the meeting of the Oregon Orchid Society Tuesday evening at which I spoke on the "Native Orchids of the Pacific Northwest."