secret little worlds
Dog Creek Falls, located along the Washington side of the Gorge just east of Dog Mountain, is a falls that I've had "bookmarked" to visit for the past month or so. Last week I journeyed out to this falls in the midafternoon, thinking I'd take a shot or two, spend a moment in thought and then skip back down to Beacon Rock or over to the Oregon side of the Gorge for sunset.
But as I stared up at the little 30-foot falls, I wondered if it might be possible to scale the rock cliffs to the left and continue upstream. Conditions for scaling rock were not ideal - I had my shoulder bag on instead of my backpack, and a tripod in my hand (with pinhole gaffer's taped on, since part of my tripod head broke recently). After some slow and very cautious climbing and scrambling, I emerged victorious at the top of the falls. From there I discovered a second, upper tier to the lower falls (just around the right side of the rock). Better than that, though, a fairly well-worn trail led upstream to about three more sizeable falls (between 15 and 30 ft tall), including this one, which is tucked into a sort of mini-canyon. In all, I spent almost two hours exploring Dog Creek.
Gosh I love adventures. Even the tamer sort of explorations, such as this one, leave me feeling exuberant and alive.
Taken with my digial Nikon.