Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Multnomah Falls & Wahkeena Falls

This would be the last post about the beautiful Columbia gorge. Certainly saved the best for the last. I splitted a days visit into 5 posts, since the place is so beautiful and posting just a couple of pictures would have been rude on my part.

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The second last in the waterfall was Wahkeena falls. This humble waterfall gets shadowed by the mightier Multnomah falls, but in itself its a beautiful cascade of water with very easy walk from the parking area.

Multnomah falls is indeed the most photographed waterfall in Oregon. The fall drops in two steps for a total height of 620 feet. The bridge in the middle gives an enchanting look to the waterfall.
It was foggy day and hard to capture, and the below picture is no where near to explain how beautiful this fall is.

September 1995, a 400-ton boulder, loosened by erosion, fell 225 feet. If you see that large boulder in the below pic, its almost the size of a school bus. There is a 2.6 miles round trip trail with an elevation gain of 700 feet. Its a moderate and beautiful hike, I liked the way they have put milestones on the hike, giving you a sense of how much is still left.

The below pictures have been taken from the top of Multnomah falls. In my words its a three step fall if you consider 4 feet fall too, you know what I mean.

The trip to Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is still incomplete, as we left a lot of other waterfalls unexplored and hikes untouched. We are going back for sure.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day Visit to Point Reyes National Seashore California

Point Reyes National Seashore is a prominent cape, just 30 miles north of Golden gate San Francisco. Famous for the beautiful lighthouse and extreme high winds, this is a popular day activity in bay area.

We visited this place on a lazy day, but seems our GPS was rather more lazy. We were misguided twice by google maps and Garmin, which is very rare. So make sure you have a handy map when headed for point reyes.

Before you hit on point reyes, there is this iconic abandoned boat which is probably more photographed than point reyes itself. We stopped here for a quick byte.

Cypress tree tunnel, KPH Radio Station is popular photography spot for tree tunnel, tree infinity pics. The Radio station was closed but we got a clear sunny day to click these trees.

According to records Point Reyes is the windiest place on pacific coast and second foggiest place on north american continent. We probably visited this spot on a calmer and more clear day though.
The waves were calm and the colors were great, but it was late to visit the lighthouse which closes by 4 PM.

The trail to lighthouse is beautiful and the lighthouse itself was colorful. The stairs to the lighthouse were locked but could get a good glimpse with that telephoto lens.

The day ended with some sporty Elks and purple wildflowers at Tule Elk preserve.

Point Reyes is a very scenic spot with abundant hiking opportunities. We kind of missed the hikes, since it took us so much time to locate it at the first place.

We will be going back for sure.