When I was a kid growing up in Portland, Oregon, a common family excursion was a drive up the Columbia River Gorge to Multnomah Falls. Even as frequently as we made the drive, it never was ordinary and so, in the week following the Gnomedex conference when I visited my brother in Oregon, it was a given that he and I would take that daytrip together.
The Gorge is a canyon through which the mighty Columbia River flows into the Pacific. There is a modern highway, I-84, but that is not the way to go. The parallel, old Columbia River Highway winds through forests of incomparable beauty with stretches of dappled sunlight like this one:
Along the way, many streams flow into the Columbia leaving an opportunity for stone bridges like this one, some of which, under the tree canopy, are covered in moss year round.
The origin of some of those streams is a waterfall of which there are twenty or more in the Gorge. This is either Bridal Veil Falls or maybe Horsetail Falls. I lost track of which is which.
Here is another stone bridge from the wooded side facing toward the narrow, two-lane highway.
The destination when driving the Columbia River Highway is Multnomah Falls – the most magnificent of them all. There is a stone lodge which houses a restaurant where my brother Paul and I had lunch that day on the patio that afforded a glimpse of part of the Falls through a break in the trees above the table umbrella.
After lunch on our walk toward the Falls, I couldn’t resist of shot of this stone outcropping with so many shades of green.
And here is Multnomah Falls, a total of 620 feet through two drops. You could say that it is just a waterfall - spectacular though it is. But it is a connection to my childhood and takes on additional importance to me for that reason.
There is much more I wish I'd written in my post yesterday about Gnomedex. My excuse is an airplane bug that has laid me low and my brain is operating at about half speed. There will be more another day.
[At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Randy Clark tells of My Gypsy Childhood with a satisfying surprise at the end.]