Alec Nelson, a good friend of mine, was bro-tier enough to drive three hours from his home in Washington to hang out for the latter half of the day. He caught up to me most of the way through the Columbia River Gorge at the Multnomah Falls park.
The fate of all things of Oregon seems to be fungus and moss. The climate was exceedingly humid, affording the perfect environment for moss.
My co-worker Mike decided to follow the directions and stay on the trail at MacLeay Park. Not content with the views from the trail, I decided to hop the fence, and walk along (and in) the creek nearby. N.D. filters 4 lyfe.
The Columbia River Gorge is truly breathtaking. This view is from the Women's Overlook, with the View House in the distance. Also available as a stereo pair for 3-D viewing.
It took four tries and ten minutes of waiting for people to clear to get this shot. Worth it.
Bridal Veil falls, Oregon. The view from the bottom of the muddy slope underneath the tourist platform is superior to the view from it, but the path is quite treacherous for one so short. The view of the pool from the bottom really balances the shot for me.
Eventually the logs will disappear. Or at least move a bit farther down stream. Along the Columbia River gorge waterfall trail. The mist coming off of the associated waterfall meant lens cleanings were basically futile. On the plus side: didn't have to shower that day.
A view of the top of Multnomah Falls.
It was getting into the evening when my co-worker and I made it to Multnomah Falls. I shot a few balancing and composition shots while waiting for the bridge to get as clear as possible, which took the better part of half an hour, but this is the shot that came from it. The mist coming off the falls required me to constantly clear my lens; some small drops are still visible in the upper part of the photo. All in all a very nice place. The bridge was accessible via a short walk, but the views from it were not terribly breathtaking. The mini-rockslide was exciting though, Alec and I stayed against the up-hill wall of the path for the rest of the climb...
The view from the top of the falls. The walk up was killer, 1.25 miles of nothing but nearly 30 degree steep switchbacks. Alec managed to convince me to keep at it, so here's the view so you don't have to hike for it. You can barely see the plaza I took the upwards angle shots from in the lower right.
Or maybe closer to 1 AM. Took eight or so shots to get it right, while holding a bag over it to keep the drizzle off. Mike had quit for the night at Multnomah, so it was Alec and me from there to Buffalo Wild Wings.
As promised, the stereo pair for the view from the Women's Overlook.