Ponytail Falls

Hiking the falls in the Columbia Gorge is always fun and you never know what you’re going to see. Mom said we were going to stop at Horsetail Falls and I had my mind all made up that this is what we were going to see.Horse

Silly me. I guess I wasn’t listening and missed the “Falls” part…

and I sure didn’t see any horses.Horsetail FallsMr. N and I cavorted up the path through a series of switchbacks lined with basalt walls. basalt rock wallsWe soon reached Upper Horsetail Falls, also called Ponytail Falls. Ponytail FallsThe water fell into a pool (how I longed to take a dip) and the path went behind the falls!

Have you ever been behind a falls?

                                 Have you ever been behind a falls?

Mom loves to know all this stuff about why we were behind the falls, so she said I could tell you. In very simple terms (that’s me, by the way), a basalt lava flow buried a softer layer of rock and soil. Then water and winter ice removed the softer material below, creating a cavern of sorts. And there we were! In the cavern.

Moving along, we hiked to a spot that overlooked the Columbia RiverBarge going up the Columbia

And found a nice spot to take a rest.Overlook near Ponytail Falls

Is it Really Winter?

While most of the US east of the Rockies is still in the deep freeze, Portland chalked up the warmest February on record. Really! Snow packs less than 10% of normal and drought looming for the summer is what’s happening. So, how does this impact me?

– Mud puddles at 1000 acres are almost non-existent — a real problem in my book.

– My hair is falling out all over the place and I HATE being brushed. I think that’s a Mom problem though…

– Hikes have been on the schedule–you’ve seen several — that’s definitely a plus.

– There are still beaches at the rivers — another plus, especially at this time of the year.

And everything is in bloom.

Pee Ess: I know I was going to tell you about my adventures at the Popstar’s (some is on my FB page). I PROMISE that’ll be next, but Mom came home and got the sickies. And, I had to put my nurse cap on again.Nurse SageI don’t know if she’s better yet, but we’ll get by to see you all! Stay warm (and well)!!

Tripping

My road trip continued the next day–I had no clue where we were going, but somehow I think it’ll be fun. After a very foggy start (check my Facebook page), we stopped for another pit stop. If you look very hard through the haze, you’ll see Mt. Shasta. Mt. ShastaA bit further down the road, Mom pulled over for lunch in the little town of Williams, CA. There’s a taqueria (La Fortuna) there that is soooo good. One of those places where the clientele all know each other–off the beaten path, but they know where to go! And so did we. At La FortunaBack in the car, I snoozed and snoozed. After a bit, I smelled water. You know my nose can find it anywhere, don’t you? And then we stopped and I knew where I was — at the Popstar’s house!!walking with Poppyplaying ball

I was so happy!After playing

I think we’ll have some fun adventures here!

WW: Road Trip!

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When the suitcases come out, I know what’s next–I  stay home.  But Mom packed one for me!  And took my new comfy bed out to the car.

Obviously I DIDN’T know what was next–I was soon to find out. 

Lots of sleepin’ later we stopped for the night and !WOW! we went for a hike. Mom hopes some of the pictures turned out so I can show you. Of course,  she forgot the camera cable…