Last month, my friend Nick and I flew across the country to Portland, Oregon to surprise our friend Carly on her birthday. Luckily, it was a last minute decision (we found super cheap tickets on Kayak.com less than two weeks before leaving!) because if we had been planning this for a while, there’s no way we would have been able to keep the secret. I will tell you more about our birthday surprise next week, when I’m going to write about the city of Portland and its different neighborhoods (and food carts, of course!), but this week is all about nature.
On one of our off-days, Carly, Nick, and I drove to the nearby Multnomah Falls. When we arrived, parked in a puddle 3 inches deep, and climbed to the bottom of the falls, it was difficult to tell if there was any spray, or if it was all just rain (with the exception of half of one day, it rained/drizzled nonstop during our whole stay in Portland). In any case, the falls were beautiful. You can even climb to the very top if you are feeling inspired. We were not. But we did make it to the bridge halfway up (see pics below).
Afterwards, we headed to the Vista House on Crown Point for a moment of clear sky (literally, a moment – by the time we got up there, the storm was already rolling back in. Was pretty amazing to see, though). We checked out the small museum (and shop, of course) in the basement of the Vista House. This is a definite must-see if you are close by Portland. It is simply awe-inspiring, and you can drive to the top – no hiking involved!