Monday, October 10, 2016

Stunning Oregon Waterfalls

Greetings, blog readers! Hope your week is off to a good start. On Friday, I shared photos from my brother's wedding on the Oregon coast. Living in Tennessee, we knew we likely wouldn't have another chance to fly out West for quite a while, so we decided to spend several days sightseeing.

We flew into Portland International Airport on Thursday evening and met up with Mr. Handsome's parents, grandparents, and two youngest sisters (Mae and Lena). We spent Friday morning exploring Wahkeena Falls and Multnomah Falls, located east of Portland. Thank you to those of you who recommended those attractions. The scenery was absolutely beautiful!

After just 10 minutes of hiking, we arrived at this beautiful waterfall. The vibrancy of the green moss made it look like a scene straight out of The Lord of the Rings.


Our pictures turned out so well, despite the fact that they were taken on an iPhone. The backdrop almost looks fake, doesn't it?


After that first stop, we continued along the path, which snaked up the hillside and provided an excellent leg workout.


Mr. Handsome found a giant rock that jutted out from the path and had nothing below it. I had a slight freak-out moment as he climbed out onto it and asked me to take his picture. You could tell that the rock used to be much bigger and that part of it had toppled down the cliff. Needless to say, I was relieved when he stepped off.

As we continued walking, another couple came up behind us and did the same thing. (The wife freaked out while the husband climbed out onto the rock and asked for a picture.) I had to laugh at that...


 The view from the first lookout point along our hike was stunning!


By that point, we were quite tired, but another group of hikers told us that the next stop, Fairy Falls, was gorgeous and not to be missed. So we continued on for another mile. This waterfall was smaller than the first one but still worth the trek.


After making our way back down the hillside, we drove a few miles to Multnomah Falls to snap a quick picture.


 I also had Mae take a photo of me drinking out of a 100-year-old water fountain. LOL.


In order to make it to Lincoln City for the rehearsal dinner, we weren't able to explore any of the other falls. After the wedding, we headed down the coast to San Francisco. More pictures coming soon!

30 comments:

  1. Anonymous10/10/2016

    SO glad you got to enjoy the hiking and seeing just a couple of Oregon's beautiful waterfalls. Loved the pictures you posted of the wedding, too! I think it's so neat that YOUR family is close to your HUBBY's family, and they were willing to travel out west for the wedding. -- Meg (meginoregon)

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    1. Thanks, Meg! We were thrilled that they wanted to come along and honored to have their support at the wedding.

      Ellie

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  2. Shela G10/10/2016

    Wow Ellie the pictures are so great!! Being an Oregonian girl who now lives in Texas I am officially home sick after seeing your wonderful pictures. There is nothing like the beauty of the North West. Hoping it will be in the budget for my husband and I to visit Oregon in the near future. I would love to share where I grew up with him. He is a native Texan.

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    1. That would be so special to show your husband the area where you grew up. Southwest has sales quite often, and smaller airlines like spirit and frontier have decently cheap flights. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Shela G10/12/2016

      Thank you Ellie for the suggestions we will be keeping our eyes open for good deals.☺

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  3. Anonymous10/10/2016

    Im a Vancouverite (Canada, not Washington) but I am grateful everyday to live on the coast!

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  4. Anonymous10/10/2016

    How is everyone doing from Hurricane Matthew?

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    1. Anonymous10/11/2016

      that was south,near fl and the carolinas and ga.

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    2. Anonymous10/12/2016

      The southeast got a pounding, didn't you hear? Still lots of inland flooding going on, and many many homes that need to be repaired or replaced along the whole southeast coast. It lost wind strength quickly, but it still had a lot of rain with it. People are hurting. Red Cross could use monetary donations.

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  5. Anonymous10/10/2016

    Beautiful pictures and Thank-You for sharing them. Can't wait to see more pictures of your brother's wedding. I always love your pictures and stories.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment. I'm thrilled to hear that you enjoy my posts and pictures.

      Ellie

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  6. Anonymous10/10/2016

    I look at those pictures and think of the ice ages and tectonic action, both of which probably weren't discussed in your Ark Encounter visit this summer. Yet there you were on the coast, in the middle of the remains of the scouring and thrusting of the Earth's crust thousands and thousands of years ago.

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    1. Anonymous10/12/2016

      What in the world is tectonic action? Never heard of that before.

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    2. Anonymous10/12/2016

      Plate tectonics in action. The natural movement of the plates in the Earth's crust. Responsible for earthquakes, upthrusting of mountains, ocean floor ridges, rugged coastlines, and all sorts of geologic wonders. The whole West Coast up to Alaska is on or near the edges of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, in a sort of collision zone. Ever wonder why Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California have so many earthquakes and the East Coast so few by comparison? Blame it on tectonics.

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  7. Love the pictures the waterfall pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing and can wait to see more pictures.

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    1. My pleasure, Miley. :)

      Ellie

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  8. Anonymous10/11/2016

    Beautiful!! Hope you enjoyed your family.

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    1. We did! It was a great trip.

      Ellie

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  9. Looks beautiful. How was the air? I just love the smell if the forest, especially near waterfalls.

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    1. It was a little chilly, but the air was wonderful. So fresh and crisp.

      Ellu

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  10. Anonymous10/11/2016

    Thank you so much for sharing your pictures! I loved all of them and i'm excited to see San Francisco pics too! You both must've had a wonderful and fabulous trip!

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    1. It was a lovely trip! I'll look forward to sharing more photos soon. :)

      Ellie

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    2. Anonymous10/13/2016

      Will we get to see any pictures of the bride + groom??? Pretty please?!

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    3. Once we get them back from the photographer, I'll ask for permission to post some. :)

      Ellie

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  11. Anonymous10/11/2016

    Hi Ellie--I was looking at your recipes on this blog and your one for the Cheeseburger Soup sounds so delicious I want to try it sometime. It would be perfect for this time of year in the cooler temps. Do you have a recipe you like for things like stews in the crockpot? I would love to see one if you have one for that! Thank you and have a lovely day!

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    1. Hi there,

      Cheeseburger soup would be great for this time of year. I have made stew on the stove but not in the crockpot yet. I'll give it a try and let you know!

      Ellie

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  12. Anonymous10/11/2016

    I love to hike but I don't because I never trust what might be there. How do you know where it's safe to do it, especially after your snake encounter?

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    1. Anonymous10/12/2016

      I'm not too worried about snakes on a hike. I've encountered them before (garder snakes) and they're harmless. Being in the PNW, I'm more concerned of bears. Never hike by yourself, bring a small first aid kit, bear spray. All you can do is be prepared and confident, and you won't be exposed to amazing things if you don't step outside your comfort zone!!

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    2. Anonymous10/12/2016

      An air horn is also a good bear deterrent. Anything that is loud and annoying can send a bear the other way.

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  13. Anonymous10/15/2016

    I love the great outdoors too!! The pictures you took are breath taking thank you😃😃😃

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