Carol and I started out before everyone else because we're a bit slower than the rest of this gung-ho group we walk with. About 1/4 mile in everyone caught up with us at this cute suspension bridge over a deep gorge which contained roaring Falls Creek.
|Gary and Dennis hamming it up on the bridge|
|Dennis and Carol round a bend in the trail|
|Carol surveying the mossy rocks in the riverbed|
|Large mossy rocks that go way high up|
|The wall of rocks with people added for|
perspective on how big this rock is.
|Carol next to the rock wall|
|Falls Creek Falls - first glimpse|
"The upper tier veils 109 feet in a broad fan-shaped fall which skips down the initial tier of the cliff. Shortly after, the creek spreads out to a breadth of over 100-feet across a gently domed ledge and plunges 135 feet in several segments. After gathering through a cluster of large boulders which have fallen off the adjacent cliffs, the third tier leaps a final 91-feet into a narrow amphitheater gorge."
|Falls Creek Falls - you can't even see |
the top 109' tier from here!
|Falls Creek Falls - lower two tiers|
|Marietta trying to capture the perfect shot|
|Dennis also trying to capture a great shot|
|Gary, Dennis, Susan, Marietta (in front), and Diana|
|What the trail is like|
|and why trekking poles really help|
|Darlene, Sandy and Gary|
|Marietta, Carol and Dennis|
I immediately headed back to the Volksmarch area for the $3 hot dog lunch. My plan was to do the 5k Cascade Locks Town Walk after lunch, but decided against it. I was going to meet friends Curt and Lexi for dinner at 5:15 p.m. in Wilsonville and I wanted to go home, nap, shower and put on fresh clothes first. It was 1:50 p.m. and it was an hour to Mom's house without traffic.
It's a good thing I left when I did. Traffic was gridlocked all over Portland. I was stuck in traffic everywhere I went. Because we lived in the Portland area over 30 years, I knew a lot of back roads and I tried many of them, only to be stuck in more gridlock. Apparently there was an accident on I-5 at I-205 south of town which backed up the freeways for miles! Ugh.
It ended up taking me and hour and 45 minutes to get to Mom's place. I tried to take a nap at her house, but just lay there with my eyes closed. Then I showered and headed south to Wilsonville, which usually takes about 20 minutes. I-5 was stop and go. When I got to the north Wilsonville exit, I took side roads the rest of the way to the restaurant. Curt had just arrived and Lexi wasn't there yet. She arrived a couple of minutes after me. They had been stuck in the gridlock too.
|Lexi, Curt and I at The Ram in Wilsonville, Oregon|
What an active couple of days I've had! Stay tuned for another hike tomorrow. Forecast is for heavy rain at 1 p.m. We'll start our 10K walk at 8 a.m. to try to avoid heavy precipitation.
Travel Bug out.