Weekend Hike

Today Dave and I decided to go for a hike in the Cascade Mountains.  We wanted to go skiing but it was raining in Mt. Hood and the snow was melting so we decided to go hike near Multnomah Falls.  We got dressed in our waterproof pants and jackets and rain boots and set off.  It was 50 degrees when we left but we figured it would be colder when we got to the mountains so we dressed with some layers.  Despite it raining somewhat it was pretty warm.  The drive literally takes us 15 minutes but we decided to get off in Troutdale and take US 30 the scenic highway from where it starts.  It was beautiful.  I still cannot get over how despite it being winter it’s still so green out here.  We stopped at Vista Point, an overlook.

So beautiful right?

I know it’s hard to tell who is more beautiful Dave or the scenery..it’s a close call but I might be biased.

We then went and stopped at Latourall Falls which had falls that were going at such a high speed people were holding up their umbrellas against the spray from the falls.  The whole drive has different areas that you can stop and hike.  We decided to stop at Angel’s Rest which said it was 2.3 miles.  Well it was 2.6 miles straight up hill to the mountains.  It wasn’t too bad and it was breathtaking at the top.  We hiked through a forest, then rocks that are left over from the volcanoes, and then through mud, and finally to the top.  It was beautiful and complete with mountain streams halfway up that ended in waterfalls at the bottom.  I don’t have any pictures because we didn’t bring the camera up.  All in all the 4.6 mile hike took us awhile but was well worth it.  We then went to Multnomah Falls but only to the bottom.  The rest of the trail was closed due to erosion and mud.  We were pretty tired by then and a little wet since we had shed layers because we were so hot.  Here are two pictures of us in all of our rain gear.

It was a wonderful Saturday and reminded us both why we moved here:)  We love being able to hike in the winter and enjoy the outdoors.  We are now nice and warm watching some football playoffs……I leave with this GO BEARS!!!!!

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