Columbia Gorge

We started pretty early today and drove all the way to Columbia Gorge to see a couple of amazing waterfalls. There was a lot of traffic and parking spots were pretty hard to find, but we were lucky every once in a while, especially next to the most beautiful waterfalls. The first waterfall we saw was the Multnomah Falls, where we hiked all the way to the bridge. I wanted to hike more, but daddy was already tired from carrying me all the way. Here are a few pictures:

After this exhausting hike, we had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (generously provided by Roslyn) for lunch. Then we moved on to our next objective: Latourell Falls, where we stood so close to the waterfall that we got wet. On our way to Portland we stopped at the Vista House for a few pictures of the Columbia Gorge.

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On top of Badger Mountain

Not long ago, I said that the top of Badger Mountain was within reach. Today we reached it. We hiked with Anamika, who is Pradyot’s mother (Pradyot is of one of my friends from the library). The visibility was not extraordinary, we could barely see Mount Rainier in the distance (you may be able to see it at the right in the first two pictures). We could see the Mount Adams peak better, even though most of it was hiding behind a hill. All the pictures below were taken on the top of Badger Mountain.

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Top of Badger Mountain within reach

Unlike most other times, today I only hiked on my feet when I specifically requested. That means we stoppped less to pick up stones or dirt from the trail. Because more time was available for actual hiking, we passed the stone marking the Lake Lewis elevation and we made it all the way up to a second bench (made from rocks) on the trail. Close to this point we met mommy and khaleh Ziba, who started hiking at the same time as us and were already coming down from the top of Badger Mountain. We are very close to the top, we just need a final push to make it all the way there.

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Lake Lewis

Every time we go hiking, daddy would let me hike on my own feet for as long as I could. Most of the times he would be happy if I made it to the first fork. From that point on, he would put me on his shoulders and let me hike only if I specifically requested to. This way we were able to hike as far as one switchback after the bench. Using the same startegy, today we made it as far as the stone marking the height of Lake Lewis during the pre-historic floods. After we turned back, mommy caught up with us as she was coming back from the top of Badger Mountain.

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One switchback after the bench

Today we made it to the bench in pretty much similar circumstances as I mentioned before. The second picture below shows me sitting on the bench and eating a banana (yes, I eat banana like a big baby now), while the third picture shows me drinking from my sippy cup. After this feast, I felt like walking on my own feet for a while. We hiked one switchback after the bench all the way to the point where you can see the Little Badger. Pretty much the same spot where we took some pictures during my first hike.

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Palouse Falls

Today I noticed a change in my daily routine: instead of going to bed after lunch, my parents buckled me in the car seat. I took my nap while they were driving and I woke up only after we made it to the Palouse Falls. We stared at the falls from the view point only for a few minutes, then we started hiking. We went all the way to the left until we could not see the falls anymore. The only significant elevation change during our hike happened at the train tracks: we hiked down into the canyon close to the same level as the water at the top of the falls. It didn’t take long before we reached a big stone, where we rested. There is a trail going down to the base of the falls, but that was outside the scope of this trip. Here are some pictures of us during the hike:

Remember the big stone where we rested in pictures above? Try to find it in the pictures of the waterfall below:

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Lynn Canyon

There are a couple of suspension bridges close to Vancouver and daddy felt that one of them was way too expensive ($34/person) compared to the other one (free). I took my nap while daddy was driving toward the canyon. Because he trusted our GPS, we ended up at the wrong side of the canyon (if this is how you call the side with less tourists). More importantly, we had to hike much longer to get to the suspended bridge (which pretty much meant that daddy would carry me that much longer). I was not very impressed by the river, waterfall, and the bridge, but I enjoyed the long stretches of stairs and I even made a friend on the other side of the bridge.

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On the big kids’ swing

Trailhead Park is the perfect place to swing. My parents try to convince me that hiking or sliding can also be fun, but I don’t buy it. And you can be sure that I make my preference known. As soon as we get out of the car, I point to the swings and I request “Swing! Swing!” (and most times I get what I want). Sometimes my parents decide to take me for a hike simply because they planned it before we had left. In these circumstances, I have to keep looking back while pointing to the swings and repeating “Swing! Swing!”. The further away we get from the swings the worse my mood gets. Today was one of those days when my nagging broke my parents desire to hike and they got back to the park to let me swing. As you can notice from the pictures below, I even graduated from the babies’ swing to the big kids’ swing.

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Hiking on Badger Mountain

We usually go to the Trailhead Park because of the swings and the play sets. Every once in a while, we go there to hike the trail toward the top of Badger Mountain. Last time we made it all the way up to the sign saying “Trailhead Park Loop”. Today was another one of those days when we hiked and we made it all the way up to the bench. To be more precise, I made it to the same sign on my own feet, then all the way to the bench riding on daddy’s shoulders. We stopped at the bench for about 15 minutes to get some rest, eat some banana and drink some water, then we headed back. On the way back I hiked on my own feet for a little while, but then I preferred daddy’s shoulders again.

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I say “Good morning”

Despite some wind that was blowing from time to time, today was beautiful around here: the sun was up and the temperature was almost hitting 20C. Perfect day for a hike on Badger Mountain. This was not the first time we went hiking on Badger Mountain, but things were definitely different. Last time I had the most comfortable seat in the house, today I was hiking on my own feet. I saw lots of people and many of them came hiking with their puppies. Daddy is teaching me how to be polite and say “Good morning” when I meet somebody on the trail. We didn’t make it to the top of Badger Mountain, but we will work our way up when we come back next time.

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