So the next morning we knew we wanted to hit more waterfalls, but as was the case most of our mornings it was raining yet again. We decided nothing could stop us (after some convincing) so we put on our long underwear, rain pants and jackets, and I had even brought gaiters which i threw on to help keep my hikers dry. Our focus for the morning was Elowah Falls – our longest hike up to that point at only 1.4 miles roundtrip with very little elevation gain. Once we got going, we LOVED it.
The falls are an amazing 289 feet and some compare it to Multnomah Falls in its majesty. On that rainy day we didn’t see any other people, so for us it was even better since we had it all to ourselves. Elowah is also a very misty falls – so in addition to the rain, the wind was blowing all that mist right into our camera and lenses. If you got too close (which was over 100′ away) you’d get drenched immediately. I risked it for a few minutes but ended up joining Barb on the trails since the scene leading away from the falls was just as enchanting as the falls themselves.
We gave ourselves a time limit since we’d been taking our time on our other days, and we had to get back to our hotel to check out and switch to a different one over our lunch break. So we couldn’t stay all morning, but gave ourselves some time to work the trail back to the car (which was also a backup plan in case the trail up the hill from the valley leading to the falls was horrible, luckily it seemed crazy easy!).
We made it back to the hotel with time to spare… we cleaned up, packed up our gear to do our hotel swap which was closer to Portland, and grabbed a quick lunch. To prove we were in fact women, we did make a quick stop at a clothes store in the hopes of finding a t-shirt that Barb loved… i actually found a shirt or two as well. 🙂
We checked in, got organized and headed out for some more waterfalls. We’d been debating on what to do and decided on doing Latourell Falls for the afternoon. On the drive there we oddly got stopped for a while due to a photo shoot… i’m sure in a year or so i’ll be seeing a black car ‘driving’ in the rain on a windy foresty road. We couldn’t see who it was and i kind of wanted to stalk a bit, but it was raining pretty good and figured it wasn’t worth it. We got to where the trailhead should be for Latourell and it was covered with construction with no option of parking, so plans had been changed.
We ended up back at Wahkeena as we had seen a photo that we hadn’t taken on our first trip there. We spent some time just chatting about movies and such since Barb’s sons are both involved with the hollywood scene, and texting with them too while waiting out the rain. (I’m now tempted to go to NZ, not that that was new thing, but THIS year so we’ll see how that ends up later. ) We eventually decide to get out of the car to scout out the picture we wanted and ended up realizing that the photo we wanted to take must have been taken 10+ years ago! The photo was literally impossible to take due to trees and bushes having grown so much. Barb once again was tempted to go buy a chainsaw, hehe.
We ultimately decided that the rain was too much work and decided to take that night off too – so off to dinner we went and a full night of sleep.