Frankly, TLC had it wrong folks. Chase those waterfalls people. Chase ’em all day long.
Our next stop after Bend was Portland, Oregon. Instead of taking the fastest route (according to Google Maps), we decided to take a more scenic route based on our friends’ recommendation. Thanks Micah and Emily! The road we traversed to Portland was called the Historic Columbia River Highway. The highway is well known for the many waterfalls that pepper its path.
Because Tyler and I didn’t have endless amounts of time to visit the falls and because I was sitting shotgun that day, I was in charge of determining which waterfalls we would visit and how to navigate to each one. If you know me well, you know that my sense of direction is abysmal, which made me quite nervous to take on the role of “navigator”. Much to my delight, however, the highway was extremely well marked. With the help of the fabulous signage and some great descriptions from a photography book Tyler had, we found a number of beautiful falls with great ease.
As you can see from the pictures below, the waterfalls were gorgeous. Beyond that, I always find that there is something so moving when witnessing the power that exists in nature. It was awesome.
Our route to Portland took us past some more amazing natural landforms, namely Mount Hood–Oregon’s highest point– and the Columbia River, which flowed out from the Columbia River Gorge where we had just visited the waterfalls.