Our time in Oregon had come to an end. The return drive was shorter than our drive there as we were taking I-5 home, but it was still about a 12 hour drive (not to mention my dad drives slow). Also there would be no brewery stop to break up the time 🙁
After passing Portland we began traveling along the Columbia Gorge where my dad mentioned we could stop at Multnomah Falls for a quick break. We pulled into the parking lot across the highway where I decided to leave Boomer in the truck. Although he was allowed on leash in the falls area it seemed to be overly crowded and dealing with a dog who likes to meet everyone was going to be cumbersome for our quick stop. We walked under the highway in a subway tiled tunnel and reached the site of the falls. There were two sets of falls, a 542 foot drop and a 69 foot drop.
There was a path that led to a better viewing site that allowed you to walk out onto a bridge. My dad had mentioned that this bridge would prove to be difficult to obtain a photo without other random people standing in it as it was a hot spot to get your photo taken. I was up for the challenge however!
As we stood there looking at the falls I did see what he meant as there were several people standing at the base of the falls and numerous people on the bridge. After waiting long enough and taking the photos quickly, I was able to get a photo without people standing in it. We then decided to torture the people trying to take photos without randoms on the bridge by taking a walk up to the bridge and pose for their photos.
The ground was covered in moisture and it made it quite slippery in spots, but this did not deter a guy I nicknamed “running man”. He had past us going down the path on our way up to the bridge in a brisk jog, and then on our way down he past us again, going back up. I was confused as to what sort of hurry this guy was in and also expected to see him sprawled out on the ground from slipping and falling as we rounded the next corner.
We later pieced the puzzle together that “running man” was taking a photo of his buddy on the bridge while “running man” was standing at the base of the falls. We assumed the running back and forth was to communicate to the bridge guy, needless to say cell phones (if he even got reception there) would have been beneficial. Or maybe the “running man” just liked running up and down the hillside, who knows.
After a few more photo ops we wondered around the visitor’s center and headed back to the truck as we still had a long drive ahead of us at a swift 55 miles per hour (88 kph)! That’s not the speed limit, that is just what speed someone goes to drive me crazy.
If you would like to visit Multnomah Falls they are located at E Historic Columbia River Hwy Bridal Veil, OR 97010. It is off of Highway 84 at exit 31. There are some trails located around the area that would make for some great hiking opportunities if you have some time to spend there. You can pick up a free trail map at the visitor center, or for purchase a more detailed trail map depending on your needs.