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Our Columbia River Gorge Adventure

Happy New Year!! We’re planning a yearly-wrap-up post, but for now, we wanted to share the adventure we went on today. We thought spending a day amongst waterfalls & trails would be the best way to start 2012. We hopped in the Jeep and headed off to the Columbia River Gorge (it’s a huge canyon that separates Washington & Oregon … the home of some breathtaking waterfalls & views).

First of all, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sunshine woke us up this morning as it flooded our room with light, and the skies were clear all day. This meant, we had a beautiful view of Mt. Hood on our drive to the Gorge.

We first stopped at Vista House … an observatory that looks over the Columbia River. We had visited Vista House last year and missed the memo about the Gorge creating a huge wind tunnel. We thought it felt a bit windy on the drive up … and after getting out of the car we were greeted with hurricane force winds (not kidding, the wind was between 70 & 90 mph). J’s sunglasses blew off and smashed into pieces, and we saw people being knocked down (don’t worry, everyone was okay). We took a few videos to give an idea of the craziness:
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Windy Day! from Jim and Ravyn Stadick on Vimeo.

At one point, I was pinned so hard against this hand rail, I couldn’t move. I was laughing and actually almost close to tears thinking I would never get off of it! :)

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Ravyn in the Wind from Jim and Ravyn Stadick on Vimeo.

Jimmy’s hair was so awesome … You’ll see more in the photos! So insanely windy!!

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Jim in the Wind from Jim and Ravyn Stadick on Vimeo.

Alright, now to the photos!

This guy was awesome … No way was he going to let his leather baseball hat blow away!

Starting to realized just how windy it was up there.

Look at that hair!

This photo looks like the end of the world … and it sort of felt like it! I am telling you … That wind was CRAZY!

Once we decided that Vista House was a little too intense, we hopped back on the road and headed towards Bridal Veil Falls … my favorite place on earth!

After Bridal Veil Falls, we hopped back in the noble steed and headed over to Multnomah Falls (the tallest waterfall in Oregon, and sometimes debated as the 2nd tallest in the US). Once again, we took our favorite picnic basket (a wedding gift from J’s momma) with us … filled with pb&j, chips & sparking cider (it’s New Year’s Day after all, we needed something sparkly).

The water that flows from the falls is crystal clear … and beautiful!

Can you believe all of this is only 30 minutes from our front door? Insane!

Coffee was a must on this chilly day.

We also had to sample some local fudge … We opted for the vanilla, peanut butter, chocolate swirl. Um … It was so good.

J decided to ignore the danger sign … I mean, it’s only like 5 tons of logs & water right up the river that could rush by at any second.


Sparking grape juice!! Realizing this probably looked like trouble to the other drivers.

The little dot on that hill is the Vista House … one can probably see why it might be a bit windy up there.


One more shot of goof ol’ Mt. Hood out the back window.

We got back into town right when the sun was going down. The Fremont bridge is our very favorite. It’s like getting a giant hug every time we drive into the city.

Tonight, we’re making dinner at home, and cuddling up on the couch to watch a movie. Here’s to an amazing 2012 …



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