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Multnomah Falls‏

May 15th, 2011 · 1 Comment

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Multnomah Falls is the big attraction on the route from Bend, where I overnighted Wednesday, to Portland, where I stayed on Thursday and Friday nights. But first I had to see what the road offered.

Chris, the photographer-writer at Hart Mountain Cabin, told me that the High Desert Museum near Bend had remarkable exhibits. Since I usually prefer to be outdoors and have seen dozens of museums in my day, I would have skipped it if his recommendation had not been so emphatic.

Chris was right. And the museum’s emphasis on the West was very much to my liking.

A High Desert Stagecoach

A High Desert Stagecoach

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In the 1850’s the Central Overland Stage Route used this particular stagecoach travelled the “roads” of the high desert.

A Desert Tortoise on the Museum Grounds

A Desert Tortoise on the Museum Grounds

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Somewhere along the road from Bend I stopped to make a cup of tea. At the Peter Skene Ogden Rest Area, named after the first person to explore Centeral Oregon, Chris and I happened to meet up again. It’s a small world in sparsely settled country.

I stopped along the road a little later for another cup of tea. When I looked around, I saw an oasis in the desert.

A Desert Pond

A Desert Pond

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A Poppy

A Poppy

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Few flowers are in bloom here yet because of the late spring. This makes me appreciate the poppy even more.

For the last 100 miles into Portland I travelled down the Columbia River Gorge.

The Mighty Columbia at Sunset

The Mighty Columbia at Sunset

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Finally, just 30 miles before I reached Portland I came to Multnomah Falls. Falling in two major steps, it is the second highest year-round waterfall in the country (after Yosemite Falls).

Multnomah Falls is 620 Feet Tall

Multnomah Falls is 620 Feet Tall

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When we look around carefully, we can find beauty everywhere. Even along the road.

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  • 1 Oregon Waterfalls // Apr 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Multnomah Falls is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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