Get up, wash socks and towels.
Breakfast a repeat of yesterday.
socks are dry, head east to the Columbia River Gorge area. I have three
waterfalls on my list for sightseeing today: Latourell, Angel's, and
The drive out is rather pretty, with views of the Columbia and Washington just off to the left.
Fall's is easy to find and we immediately head for the upper falls area,
if himself's recent ingrown toenail surgery area begins to irritate, we
can turn back before the midway point.
hike is nicely taxing, and gives a pretty wonderful view of plants and
water features. We see and hear very few animals. Not even birds are
in the area. Strange.
Nursery Tree along Latourell path
Flower on Latourell path
Hollowed out tree
The falls are lovely, and some of
the trees grow so heavy with moss. Too cool! Other trees have such
unusual growth structure - I wonder what forces caused their curves and
Thorny leaf guarding Latourell path (evolutionary biologists believe these types of spikes offer protection from herbivory ... it certainly discourages me from taking a bite)
Interesting tree growth along Latourell path (hurry up with that photograph ... I'm about to slip!)
Upper Latourell Fall's
have a picnic lunch at the far SW portion of the falls hike. We made
it through all 4.5 or so miles (7.2 km). With more elevation than these sea level
lubbers are familiar, we took a couple photo op breaks to rest our hearts!
returning to the vehicle, we decide there is only enough time for one
falls (a daylight return in this unfamiliar territory is a must).
Internet equipped phone to the rescue as a quick photo search yields
the opinion that Horsetail Falls will interest us more than Angel's, so
east we drive along the Historic Columbia River Hwy.
Ponytail Fall's, visitor free
Ponytail Fall's, visitor full
is a much shorter trail than Latourell (the horsetail portion is the lower bit you can see from the road, but Ponytail Falls is the bit requiring a climb). OTOH - the elevation change is much more noticeable
compared to Latourell. Whew, you are winded when you reach the top! It feels like you start out straight up, and that's about how you feel when you reach the upper falls area.
I stopped and chatted with a lovely mother, Heidi, her son, and their two dogs, Atreu and Paco. We had a awesome visit.
Back down to the car, and back home happily exhausted by the day.
Leftovers are pizza from the night before, and dessert.
before bed, and I kick up into Pincha Mayurasana again. Two days in a
row. And I held it for several seconds.