Sunday, April 22, 2012

Eagle Creek 2012

This weekend Emily and I found ourselves in the Portland area.  Cassie and John had come down to Portland for some pregnancy photos with a photographer they like there so we met up with them at Kell’s for dinner on Saturday night.  It was good to catch up with them as we haven’t seen them for a very long time.  

After dinner Em and I drove into the Columbia Gorge to try to check out the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River and a Bed & Breakfast up the road near Cooper Spur on Mt. Hood.  The hotel was amazing but it was a little too dark to get a full grasp on what the B&B had to offer and frankly it was a bit of a drive for people flying into Portland.  We tried to find a safe place to park the car for the night around Hood River and even checked out a campsite along the river but to save some cash as we’d be sleeping in the car anyway we simply drove to the Eagle Creek trailhead and set up the bags in the back of the Prius as usual.

On Sunday Em and I had a beautiful hike up Eagle Creek in the Gorge.  It had been over 5 years since we had done it during Emily’s first visits to Oregon when she still lived in Saratoga and we weren’t even sure if we were going to continue dating.  Now that we are engaged and it has been so long I thought it would be a great hike to take the new camera on as well.

We got started around 8:30 am after some quick snacks for breakfast and immediately I was blown away all over again at the beauty of the area.  I’m not going to go into details about the hike but will say that it remains one of my top 5 in Oregon.  We saw tons of wildflowers, spiders, bugs, slugs, and I even grabbed a small snake.   Emily was very patient with me every time we stopped at the various waterfalls along the route for me to practice some photography.   The waterfalls were especially large after the warm spell we have had and the rain earlier in the week.  They seemed a lot bigger than the last time we visited the area, and even then it was raining. 

We took our time throughout the day and ended up making it back to the trailhead around 4:30 in the afternoon which gave us plenty of time to make it home before dark.  We decided we were too tired to visit the Columbia Gorge Crest Vineyards and would come back another weekend to check them out.  It was a great day in the Gorge and both of us are really leaning towards the Hood River area as the place for us to get married.

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