|Latourell Falls from the parking lot|
The next waterfall on the road was Bridal Veil Falls. You will recall that we had pictures of this waterfall in Yosemite a few weeks ago. They have apparently recently moved it to Oregon and in the process it got broken into two pieces. Very sad. Anyway, there was no view of the waterfall from the road. You had to take the trail to go see it. The trail started out easy enough but soon became quite a bit steeper and involved a lot of stairs. These were mostly going down on the way to the falls but every step down had to be retraced on the way back. I decided to go-ahead and brave this allegedly easy hike but my pace was so slow my companions quickly left me behind. My wife, Vicki, moved much faster than I did. My brother Lyle, who is much more elderly than I, took this trek with no problems. My sister-in-law, who is only four feet tall, outpaced me by a mile on a trail that was only 2/3 of a mile long. 73-year-old ladies with front-wheel walkers skipped past me whistling show tunes. It was truly embarrassing, but I wheezed and gasped and persisted and finally reached the falls. And this was on the downhill run. The hike back up the mountainside nearly did me in. Fortunately, there were benches along the path which saved me from the humiliation of having to lie down in the mud to rest every hundred yards. Man, I have got to start getting more exercise. Not today mind you, but maybe tomorrow. Or the next day. You know - sometime.
|Lyle and Linda in front of Bridal Veil Falls, Oregon version|
The next stop was Multnomah Falls, which is truly awesome. It drops 620 feet in two stages. There is a trail up to a view point with a bridge going over the lower falls. Lyle and Linda immediately started up the trail but, fortunately, someone had to stay at the bottom to provide photographic confirmation of their visit to the bridge and I volunteered. It seemed the brotherly thing to do.
|Lyle and Linda on Benson Bridge|
|Queen Marie's Furniture - I would have dumped it too|
|There were over 100 chess sets|
|The Rodin wing|
|Full Sail pub|