So I'm gonna start practicing now. Who knows maybe someone from Travel Magazine will read this blog and ask me to go on a fancy vacation on their bill.
Since a lot of my readers don't live in Portland, I'll start by telling you all about my fabulous home town. Then maybe you'll decided to come visit and we can hang out.
Today I went for a hike in the Columbia Gorge, a scenic area just east of Portland. I went on a five file hike from Wahkeena Falls to Multnomah Falls along the Larch Mountain trail. With it's 620 foot drop, Multnomah Falls is not only the tallest waterfall in the region, it is also the most iconic Oregon landmark.
Wahkeena Falls is relatively short at just 242 feet, but still provides a stunning view. The Larch Mountain trail meandered past streams and other smaller waterfalls providing for a lovely spring day.
If you are planning a trip to the Portland Area, you wont want to miss a visit to Multnomah Falls. Multnomah Falls is 30 miles east of Portland and has it's own exit off of I-84.
If you have time for more than a quick stop, I recommend taking the Historic Highway which winds past several other spectacular vistas including Wahkeena Falls. The paved .8 mile hike to the top of Multnomah Falls really isn't worth the climb. 620 feet is tall, so the trail has a lot of switch backs.
The 5 mile Wahkeena/Multnomah Falls loop on the other hand was a very pleasant hike. There is a 1600 foot elevation change, but the climb is more gradual and there are many lovely places to stop and rest along the way.
Joke of the Day
As a plane flew over Arizona on a clear day, the co-pilot provided his passengers with a running commentary about the landmarks over the PA system.
"Coming up on the right, you can see the Meteor Crater, which is a major tourist attraction in northern Arizona. It was formed when a lump of nickel and iron, roughly 150 feet in diameter and weighing 300,000 tons, struck the earth at about 40,000 miles an hour, scattering white-hot debris for miles in every direction. The hole measures nearly a mile across and is 570 feet deep."
From the cabin, a passenger said, "Wow! It just missed the highway."