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A Mile at Multnomah

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Spending a week in Portland for the FitBloggin’ conference was great but there was no way we were leaving without seeing something new! So we piled in a car and headed to Multnomah Falls.

View of Mt.Hood on way to Multnomah Falls

View of Mt.Hood on way to Multnomah Falls

Roni: I have to be completely honest. I never even heard of Multnomah Falls. Growing on the East coast my knowledge of the Pacific Northwest is pretty limited but I must say, now that I’ve visited twice. I’ve fallen in love.

Jen: I actually googled places to see in Portland before we left and this was in my top 10.  I wanted to do something “OREGON” and this did not disappoint. I must say Portland is now my favorite undiscovered city.

Roni: In about 30 minutes we arrived, parked and started to stroll toward the falls. I smiled at the kids playing in the crystal clear mountain water.

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It was inviting!

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Roni: Jen couldn’t get over it.

Jen: I really couldn’t. I just stood on the bridge and stared. Honestly, I was thinking how nice it would have been to swim. It was 94 in Portland that day. I was HOT.

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Roni: Swimming would have been amazing but we were where there with my mom and our friends April and Bill. Next time we’ll know and be prepared!

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Jen: Love them!

Roni: I know! We always have a great time together.

The falls are impressive and more so the closer you get. I don’t remember it being too loud like Niagara but the sheer height has you in awe.

Jen: It was not loud at all. My favorite part was getting out of the car smelling the pine.   

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Roni: There were 4 trails up the mountain to explore the area around the falls.

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Roni: If I had more time I would have gone Larch all the way but with time constraints and varying fitness levels we settled to just see the top of the falls.

Jen: Are you serious Roni?  When I first saw it was 1 mile up I wasn’t worried.  I walk more than that in one day. I walked about 10 just during the Fitbloggin’ conference! But when we started waking the trail, it was straight up. STRAIGHT UP! I was exhausted within 15 minutes.  The heat didn’t help and I was dressed to walk (not hike.) And did I mention I was tired?

Roni: Of course I’m serious! I would have done it in a heartbeat! The views on the walk were phenomenal and, at first,  brought you closer and closer to the water.

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Jen: I did love the views. There were lots of people and dogs walking the trails. It was a tight fit and without railings you have to pay attention. It’s a long way down.

Roni: You’re just like The Husband, always worrying.  :) I loved that they didn’t hold your hand on the way up. I also loved the little nooks along the way. They made great photo spots.

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Jen:  I remember. At this point we had been hiking about 1/4 of a mile and it was tough.  I already drank all my water and my legs were DONE. I was determined to go as far as I could because Roni’s mom was ahead of me!  Always the friend, Roni did the mountain at my pace even though I knew she could have ran it.

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Roni: Oh I’m not sure about running it! That would have been a challenge. We caught up with Mom and she really started to have a hard time with the hike so we decided to take a break.

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Jen: Not only mom. Me too! By the way I love that photo!

Roni: After a bit more hiking I pulled ahead and decided to leave them to relax.

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Jen: Thank goodness Mom was there with me.  We were both spent and decided to rest.  We sat for a few minutes and then started hiking our way down the mountain.

Roni: After about another quarter mile I hit a fork. Boy I wish I had more time, I would have loved to hike another 6.

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Jen: Seriously? You could have, I was perfectly fine browsing the gift shop for my pin and sipping on some cool water.

Roni: Seriously! But we weren’t prepared to spend the day there. I made it to the observation deck over the falls and I must say I was a little disappointed. It was small and I found the view from the bottom looking up much more inspiring. I did hang my camera over the edge and loved that I could see the bridge we crossed earlier.

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Roni: I strolled back down the mountain taking in the sites. If you visit, don’t forget to look up. The sun coming through the trees is simply gorgeous.

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Roni: I met up with Mom at the bottom and she was all excited they had a “Veronica” in the gift shop. Apparently when I was little she could never find it so she had to buy it. :)

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Multnomah Falls is a great excursion if you are visiting the Portland area. There’s a snack shop and gift shop at the bottom and 7 miles of trails ready for you to explore!



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    Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    July 7, 2013

    Multnomah Falls is gorgeous! Tracy and I were considering going there on Sunday after we left The Nines, but opted against it since 1) we've both make the hike up to the top of the falls before, and 2) it was too stinkin' hot! LOL Glad you guys had such a great time! Reply

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    July 10, 2013

    Oh, I'm sooooo bummed I couldn't go to see that. I love waterfalls! It's funny that Gerri bought you something with your name on it. Imagine how hard it is to find "Thea" (Hint: I'm still searching) Reply

    Patty

    July 11, 2013

    What a beautiful place! I'd love to visit Portland some day. Reply

    Aimee

    July 15, 2013

    What a beautiful sight! This was a fun post. I enjoyed reading about the experience from both perspectives. I can totally relate to the name issue. Plenty of Amy's but never an Aimee! For some reason I always liked that the spelling of my name was unique. Reply

    Candice

    July 19, 2013

    Oregon is great! My sister lived there for a time and now is STUCK back in Florida (she hates it). The second her company says she can move back, she is gone! Definitely a place I would consider living. Love to visit in the meantime though! I had the same issue growing up and finding my name. They always spelt it wrong (with an A) or never had it. Reply