I haven't posted much in recent months. I've had a lot going on in my life. A lot of mostly not-so-good stuff. But things are looking up....sort of. A little green from the forest always helps the spirit! And spring has sprung in Portland. A few weeks ago, actually. I take daily walks around my neighborhood. Or a hike somewhere. This past weekend I explored more areas around the Lewis River in southwestern Washington state. It was ethereal with the moss and the haze from a light rain.
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Saturday marked the 33rd anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption. This National Geographic article has some awesome supporting photos and interactive pieces. The south side of Mount St. Helens is one of my favorite places in the Pacific Northwest. It's a beautiful, special place. One day I will climb that mountain!
Wahclella Falls is one of my favorite hikes on the Columbia River Gorge. While the gorge is amazing and beautiful, it doesn't seem like you can ever escape the noise of traffic on I-84 that runs the length of it....unless you're at a waterfall. And a hike to a waterfall is definitely one of my favorite kinds of hikes!
The hike to Wahclella Falls is an easy one and only about 2 miles roundtrip. You hike up and down some small hills through the forest until you reach a moss covered cavity where a giant horsetail waterfall plunges into a royal blue colored pool of water below. During the springtime when the rains are sporadic and the sun starts to shine its face, the area is especially mossy and iridescent.