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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Mount St. Helens is one of my favorite spots in the area...specifically the south side. Today was my first visit to Windy Ridge, which is the closest you can get to the crater by road.
The road is called Windy Ridge....like the weather, but the road also snaked along with many switchbacks so my friend and I debated where the name really originated. In many spots, one side of the road was crumbling into nowhere, which forced us to drive on the other side of the road. I've been on some snaking roads that left my stomach a bit weary in the past, but this was another experience. The trip to get there and back from Portland was quite long (3 hours each way) for a day trip.
There were many sights that I had not yet seen on Mount St. Helens including this stand of "ghost trees" that still remain standing from the 1980 eruption. It was an eerie, beautiful sight!
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.