If you’re down for more than the drive-up waterfalls Multnomah & Horsetail, another thing right in the area is Oneonta Gorge. [Full photo album is here.] Hike through this green little heaven (bring watershoes, and the water is COLD, so be prepared) a mere 0.3 miles and there’s a little waterfall at the end. But even if you don’t want to get wet at all, you should be able to hike in at least a little bit it, and it’s worth it, trust me. (more…)
At over 600 feet, Multnomah Falls (in the Columbia River Gorge about 30 minutes from Portland) is the largest waterfall in Oregon, and thus quite popular. It’s also one of the easiest to get to, because it’s just off the I-84, with no hike required. That being said, it can be mildly confusing to get to. You need to be going eastbound, the exit (Exit 31) is on the left instead of the right, and after you park you walk through a tunnel under the highway. Depending on how much time you have and what your legs are like, you can admire it from the bottom or you can walk up a little, to the bridge (not far at all), or even go a little further. Because it’s a two-part waterfall with an attractive stone bridge (Benson Footbridge) in the middle, it makes for great photos so long as you can avoid the rain! (more…)
Clear Lake is a clear (hence the name), deep (100 feet), and cold lake in Oregon fed mainly by water that filters into it via underground caverns. It was formed by volcanic activity 3,000 years ago and the trees that were killed during this process are still visible, petrified, at the bottom of the lake. Click here for more photos. (more…)
Sigulda is a town that serves as the gateway to the “Switzerland of Latvia”: Gauja National Park [official website], a beautiful, castle-filled place. Also, caves and cable cars across rivers. Click here to see my photos. You can read about Gauja here, learn more here, and read reviews at Tripadvisor. (more…)
The hike [see alltrails.com | ihikesandiego.com | yelp.com] to the triple-waterfall known as Three Sisters Falls (near San Diego) isn’t super-long (4 miles round trip), but it is hot and hard! That being said, I think even inexperienced hikers could do it… They just have to bring lots of water, wear proper shoes, and be tough! We were dying going uphill on the way out because we were out of shape, and thanks to the never-ending drought there was not a ton of water flow, but we’re always glad to get some exercise, toughen up, and see new places!
To see 9 more photos of the hike, check out the small album on SmugMug. Photos taken mid-April, 2013.
Today I’m sharing the photos from a brief trip, in summer of 2004, back to the “homeland”: Paoli, Indiana (and nearby), the source of all those Chicago-land Lindley folk. Of course we talked genealogy a lot and geeked out at cemeteries (it’s a Lindley thing). The other draw is the cave(s)…