Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Eagle Creek Trail Hike

Thanks for your comments on Debby’s NRR :D I am so glad you all like it! It can be a bit daunting when you have to make up a house and all that, you want the owner of the piece to love it you know? So, I mailed it off to Von and next will be Rob’s NRR, hers is a seaside theme yay!!! I almost went with a seaside theme on mine too, so I am pretty excited to do hers.

I don’t have any crafty pictures to share today, I’ve been working a bit on several things so nothing to show LOL! I still have stitching ADD LOL!

Over the weekend we went on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge, which is just east of Portland. It is a beautiful place, a big canyon that the huge Columbia River winds down. Well, there are waterfalls, canyons, rivers, and tons of hiking trails all through it. We decided to do an easy hike to Punchbowl Falls. We went to the Eagle Creek Trailhead and started out. It follows Eagle Creek through a really pretty canyon. We got up pretty high at one point, and then came back down to meet the creek. It was a two mile hike into the waterfall. We were lucky and had the place to ourselves for about an hour. The water was really cold and clear. When you come upon the waterfall you see:

Lower Punchbowl Falls

Then you wander just a bit up the riverbed to see:

Punchbowl Falls (this I’ve seen in a lot of calendars, the big log across it must have fallen recently? It wasn’t in any photos I’ve seen of this waterfall before)

Mark and the kids took off their shoes and socks to go wading, and then they all fell in :D I knew I would have done that too, so I stayed out and took pictures instead. Next time maybe I’ll bring a wetsuit so I can swim around.

14 comments:

Patti said...

I just love the Gorge and the various hikes available there. I never, ever get tired of driving up an down. It's a perfect summer's day outing. Have you ever toured Bonneville Dam? The north powerhouse is the more recent and the one with the best view of all the generator workings. Very interesting and educational for the kids. And fun to watch the salmon go up the fish ladder during spawning season.

Von said...

No matter how many times I drive it, I always enjoy the Gorge. Well, ok, there was this one time . . . yeah, we drove to Portland in a huge ice storm . . . semis sliding off the road, etc. And I can't even remember why in the world we had to go in the first place now! But anyway. . . there's no place like it, and I feel privileged to be able to go there so often!

jane said...

Your pictures are beautiful! What a wonderful place.

Barbara said...

What GORGEOUS pictures! Makes me wish I were there, too, getting wet. ;)

Cathy said...

I just love these pictures. Thanks for sharing!

Vonna said...

Lots of SUPER pictures here Heather...your family excursions remind me of our family excursions...we're always going off to a state park and spending the day splunking, hiking and picnicking :) Always a good time!

cassielovespj said...

Heather, I am so jealous of your quilting talents. I have made a couple of very, very basic ones, but yours are gorgeous! I guess I came from the wrong side of the family, huh. Leave it to me to learn about guns instead of girly things.

Sonda in OR said...

You're making me wish we'd gotten up there this summer...we didn't have a lot of daytrips (like I'd wished) but we got over to Silver Falls State Park and enjoyed that hike.

Teresa said...

Your blog is an absolute favorite. Your pictures make me wish I were there.

Tanya said...

What terrific pictures!!! Sure looks like it was fun.

Tanya

Cathy said...

Beautiful pictures! Your NRR for Debby looks great!

Kimberly said...

Oooh I haven't been here yet, definately going to have to scratch it on the list of places to visit along the gorge "one of these weekends" LOL Great pics :)

tkdchick said...

What a great day!

MysteryKnitter said...

You have had a nice day.