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

Wahclella Falls

In my last post, we were hiking to Wahclella Falls–I left you just before reaching our destination. So now I’ll finish my adventure.

We rounded a corner and there it was!  Wahclella Falls

One of the prettiest falls we’ve seen. Mom took a short video…the roar of the water dropping into the creek is something you don’t want to miss.

Atop a boulderWe all had dirty feet by this time and still had to walk back through a very muddy section of the trail (check out Mr. N’s blog to see how muddy it was!) We all enjoyed a foot dip in the creek at the end!Tanner Creek

Hiking to Munra and Wahclella Falls-Part 2

After a romp at 1000 Acres

Mr. N and I drove into the Columbia Gorge to Wahclella Falls – our next hike. We have been fortunate to have fairly nice weather recently as winter hiking can present numerous challenges. Even so, it was quite muddy on the trail, but that didn’t bother me a bit! You see, I was already muddy (and a bit stinky from a roll in coyote skat) from our stop at 1000 Acres.

This lollipop loop trail is considered “easy” (300 foot elevation gain) and is only a 2-mile round trip. But the scenery  definitely made up for any ‘shortcomings’. 😃

Of course, Mr. N and I had to do some stump sitting along the way!On a stumpWe crossed a bridge so close to Munra Falls that I could reach out and touch the water!

looking back at Munra Falls

looking back at Munra Falls

We found a cave but Mom’s pictures didn’t turn out very well. But, this was another spot that could have been a cave (but wasn’t).hole in the mountainWe took one fork of the lollipop loop that rose high above Tanner Creek. It was pretty impressive!

I knew we were close to our destination–I could hear the falls.High above Tanner CreekSo don’t miss the rest of this hike. You’ll love it!

Fairy Falls

The other day Mom said “Sage, I know I just told everyone about your feast with Mr. N and I need to visit them. But, I just had a call and need to leave immediately to take care of the Popstar. Everyone in San Francisco is sick.” Yowzie–I was all set for fun 😒 and she’s taking off on some magic carpet or something like that.

Then, several sleeps later, Dad puts me in the car and we went to that magic carpet place. There she was!! I was sooooo excited. And I know she was magic because everyone in SF was now well!!

The next day, she made it up to me. I never know what adventure we are going to have next, but this sounded like a good one. First, we stopped at 1000 acres and met Mr. N. We had to run, after all.WaitingThe wind was fierce, but that didn’t stop us! Run we did. After a quick stop for some lunch, we got to our destination and it was a ‘quick scramble up the rocks’ to Fairy Falls. Fairies?!?! I couldn’t wait.

Our trail led along Wahkeena Falls–“Wahkeena Creek falls this way and that, now a plunge, now a horsetail, now a cascade. It’s just beautiful.”

This was our trail. I told Mom she shouldn’t have been walking like she had had one too many, but she said all those switchbacks made it look that way. Whatever that means. Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 5.15.25 PM

Anyway, up and up we went (elevation gain 889 feet).

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We got to an upper section of Wahkeena Falls about halfway to our destination.Wahkeena FallsWahkeena FallsOn we went and finally reached our destination–Fairy FallsFairy FallsIt WAS a bit magical (um, not like Mom’s carpet–but you know what I mean 😀).

Except

WHERE ARE THE FAIRIES???

Christmas Wishes

Christmas comes but once a year and Mom is busy, busy getting ready. The Pop Star will be here tomorrow and the fun begins!

Mom…really??Sage with antlersI think you know what I was thinking!!

So, while I slept though all the crazinessSleepy SageI dreamed about our latest trip to the coast

How much fun was that?IMG_8930But, then I woke up and thought about my life. I couldn’t have it better (well, except for the occasional silliness Mom likes to inflict). So, that’s my wish for you this season…that all my furiends out there have the best life ever (I know you do, so that’s a pretty easy one 😀). And get to do all the fun things you ever wanted to do. And live in a house of love and belly rubs.

Have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll back in touch soon!IMG_8968