After many mornings of waking up early we decided yet again to sleep in and get up at the more respectable hour of 6:30 AM. We got out the door around 7 or so to get a decent start on our main focus of the day – waterfalls. Our first stop was Horsetail Falls, which lies right alongside the road. It had started raining pretty badly and we ended up having to do umbrella duty for each other in order to have any chance of having some shots without raindrops on our lenses.
We decided the hike into Ponytail Falls (just a quick .5 mile hike further) could wait due to the rain and continued on to Multnomah Falls. Multnomah is another one that is almost on the side of the road as well… it is one of the tallest falls in the states and plunges over 600 feet and you can actually see it from the highway. I was especially excited for this one as it’s been on my bucket list of waterfalls for some time.
There were few people there which was great for us.. most were doing the quick grabshot while trying to stay dry. Some hiked up to the bridge but we decided not to (maybe next time). While at the falls we decided to buy a bigger umbrella and continued to do umbrella duty for each other and this one was a bit rougher as there was a lot of mist, wind, rain, and we used our ultra wide lenses….. it went a lot like this “wipe , wipe, wipe… ‘umbrella up, higher!!!!’ click. Wipe, wipe wipe, Up, ‘higher!’, click.” We took turns, but even with the bigger umbrella it was still a bit of a headache.
It was here that we also decided that the park rangers should take up landscaping haha! This was the first time where we really wanted to chop, i mean trim down a few trees or shrubs so we could get better shots. No bushwhacking allowed here either due to the vast amount of people coming and going, but we were good with just putting our tripods over the railings 🙂
We finally decided to call it at Multnomah and continued on to Wahkeena Falls just down the road. There is a nice cascade again literally by the road and only a light .2 mile hike to get up to the actual falls.
We took our time on the trail and snapped a few images of ferns and the cool moss on our way up.
The main falls on Wahkeena are WET. The mist was pretty ridiculous and made it very hard to get any crisp images – i ended up actually liking some of the misty ones, thinking it reminded me of an ethereal fairy forest landscape. I did do some scrambling to see if i could get a few cool perspectives but it was pretty wet and i could see Barb watching me so i decided not to go too far and rejoined her after a few minutes of rock hopping.
By this time we were pretty tired and decided to head back go the hotel area and get some food in Cascade Locks. We had heard there was a nice little Mariner’s Park in town, so off we went. There was a lovely statue of Sacagawea and Lewis and Clark’s dog Seaman. Barb decided to ride him 🙂
We ended up taking the afternoon and night off to get some editing done, but did enjoy the crazy rain/sun out our lovely little deck from our room. Not too shabby!