Monday, May 13, 2013

Multnomah Falls

We left Dallas, Oregon, stopped & shopped at Salvation Army in Portland, and entered the Columbia River Gorge. We chose the scenic drive on 30 and came to a road closed barricade.  Shannon turned quickly to avoid getting in a tight spot and we drove around a very long, curvy, hilly block. We attempted the scenic route again as we had noticed a road veering to the right of the barricade. Unfortunately, this was not a detour, but a 14 mile drive to Larch Mountain, and this road was closed 10 miles up as well! Driving and driving with no place to turn around. Eventually we made it back to the open road on interstate, but not before the van brakes failed and the motor home brakes started smoking on a steep down hill grade.

a wild ride down Corbett Hill Rd 
At Multnomah Falls Visitor Center we saw this display of waterfalls in the world. Niagara Falls is on the far right, Multnomah is in the middle, Yosemite Falls is 2nd from the left. A neat comparison of the fall heights. Multnomah is the 2nd highest year round waterfall in the U.S., 620 ft. (The far left falls is the tallest in the world, in South America.)

in front of the bridge

up on Benson Bridge

Meg likes the water too

tremendous flow

tremendous noise

We walked back to our vehicle under the Union Pacific Railroad track beside the stream from the falls. Several trains thundered by while we visited here.

from a distance, the entire falls
A short drive east of the falls, we stopped and camped for the night at Ainsworth State Park. A nice pull through site, so Shannon didn't have to unhook the van for us to fit! The girls enjoyed jumprope before supper and showers.

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