Falling Water

Latourell Falls, Columbia Gorge, Oregon

The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest and originates in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and terminates 1,243 miles later in the Pacific Ocean. As it nears the Pacific, it forms the border between Oregon and Washington in a canyon known as the Columbia Gorge. One of the biggest attractions of the gorge are the numerous waterfalls that line the canyon, particularly on the Oregon side of the river. There are nine waterfalls that are easily accessible from the Columbia River Historic Highway that parallels the Columbia River.

Greg and I spent our last day together driving the highway checking out the waterfalls. It pretty much rained on and off most of the day so getting good photos of the falls was quite challenging. I became quite proficient in setting up the composition, wiping the lens dry and hoping that the rain did not get on the lens during the long exposure. The waterfall in this image is Lower Latourell Waterfall and is the nearest one to Portland. I took about 15 shots of the waterfall and only a couple came out without rain spots or waterfall spray.

Of course, the weather was supposed to be better the next day but I was on a plane headed home to Connecticut. I am sure if Greg stays in Oregon, I will have plenty of time to get nice weather to shoot the Columbia Gorge.

Road Trip Food Update – We were only able to eat at one more restaurant that appeared on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives after Denver.

  • Podnah's Pit Barbecue in Portland. Nice little place that features some great smoked options. Both Greg and I had the “St Helens” Brisket that was smoked for 10 hours. The smoke rings on the brisket were impressive and it was extremely tasty and tender. Comes with two sides and cornbread. I had the slaw which was average and the green chili mac’ n cheese which was awesome. One of the best briskets that I have had.