This past weekend we hiked the Cape Horn Trail in the Columbia River Gorge. Getting there, we drove over that bridge you see in the picture below and that part, at 50 mph, was terrifying. It was an odd hike and it had a little bit of everything. There were paths through the forest, paths through fields, paths through rock hills, and a waterfall. It was really really hot too. I gotta remember to pick shorter hikes on 98 degree days :).
As we climbed higher and higher, we got a lot of cool views of the river and high cliffs. These are the kind of views that are worth the climb but also make your spine tingle.
We saw a few big trees.
This neat little viewing area where we stopped to eat lunch.
More big trees:
We walked a path next to big mowed fields with the occasional patch of wildflowers.
Right after the fields, I witnessed the saddest thing I've seen in a long, long time. There was a mouse type of thing that kind of looked like a mole - it had a long snout. This one was dead and it looked like it may have been picked up by a bird a few times, but then I noticed that it had a friend. The friend, or maybe it was a baby, was nuzzled up against the dead one with its hand on her head and nose against her back. I should have cried, but there is no crying in hiking, especially on a hot day. Heartbreaking nonetheless.
This plant always looks like a bunch of caterpillars. I like it.
There was a little rock where you could sit and take a break, which you need, after hiking up here. The cliffs on the left were neat and the occasional gigantic bird would land on them.
We marched on and by the time we got to this rock hell, which was also really neat, I was dying of hot. All the rocks were dark and I feel like they make it a lot like an oven; A dried, moss-covered oven. I would love to see what it would look like when it was all bright green moss. I've looked around for pictures, and I bet it'd be awesome in real life. The price you pay for dry summer days :).
Finally, we made it to the waterfall. Sweet, sweet cold waterfall.
So that was Cape Horn Trail. Don's knee was a little sore after that one, (I don't know what he's doing stealing my normal ailments) so this weekend we might go to the coast where it's less hiking and more just dipping toes in ocean and exploring tide pools.