I went on a little adventure on Tuesday. My professor took us all to Multnomah Falls for breakfast and to discuss the end of the semester as well as the conclusion of our class. I was excited to be at the Falls due to the fact that I’ve only been there once when I was in high school. I’ve been living about a half hour away from it since I started my undergrad six years ago. Now, finally as I’m nearly done with my Seminary classes I get to go see them.
I only saw the top of it over the Lodge. We were on a time constraint so we spent the morning talking about the class and eating the wonderful breakfast (I had huckleberry pancakes–yum!) Then piled back into the van and went back to campus.
So close. So far away.
So, I did something that I rarely ever do- I did something impetuous. I got in my car in under a half hour and drove back. Because I’m horrible at directions for fear of getting lost, what do I do? I get lost. Ended up driving the Historic Columbia River Highway. What a treat!
I saw the Vista House:
With the panoramic view that it offers:
Then I traveled the windy narrow road, where I found a little turnoff area for Sheppherd’s Dell.
What a beautiful hidden gem I found there! Down a slightly steep path I come across this:
Just nestled among the trees with a huge drop off that went under the bridge. I feel in love with this waterfall. This picture ^^^ is only the ‘top’ half that was visible, my camera didn’t do justice to depth that it fell to go under the bridge.
So, as more people started to intrude, I got back into my car and kept driving. Next up on my little surprise adventure was the Wahkeena Falls:
Where I saw this waterfall that also went under a bridge. But, I could get closer to this one as you can actually walk close to a lot of it. (From these Falls, which has a camping site, you can hike 1/4 of a mile I believe to Multnomah Falls on trails)
After taking numerous photos here of the water that was rushing by, I continued onto the granddaddy of all Oregon Falls- well, at least one of the most well known ones. Multnomah Falls.
The force that the water rushes off of this cliff is amazing. You stand near the lodge (which is beautiful and has wonderful food) and you can feel the mist cooling your flesh, but you can’t see the Falls!
While I didn’t do any true hiking this day, I went up past the bridge a little. These are some shots of that experience.
On the way back down I saw this little beautiful waterfall rushing to join the big waterfall in the basin before heading out to the Gorge
This little waterfall reminded me very strongly, that we are too often focused on getting to the prize (for this it was “The” Multnomah Falls) that we forget to enjoy what we see along the way. I stepped over the bridge, looked, but kept walking. I didn’t take time until I came back down, to see how extraordinary this little waterfall is, how lush and serene it was. It wasn’t loud and brash like it’s Papa, but still so very powerful.
So be happy when you reach your goals, but don’t be so focused on it that you don’t see what’s around you that will give you the power to keep moving forward. Take it from me:
or you can leave it and find out for yourself. 🙂
Through this impetuous adventure though, God gave me the serenity that I so desperately needed and didn’t realize that I was running low on. So many things had drained me so completely that I was put-putting along on fumes.
This little time by myself and God was emergency R&R time and I am so glad that my car got lost. Because when it got lost…I found myself. I was safe in God’s arms all this time.
“That’s you, drops of water and you’re on top of the mountain of success. But one day you start sliding down the mountain and you think wait a minute; I’m a mountain top water drop. I don’t belong in this valley, this river, this low dark ocean with all these drops of water. Then one day it gets hot and you slowly evaporate into air, way up, higher than any mountain top, all the way to the heavens. Then you understand that it was at your lowest that you were closest to God. Life’s a journey that goes round and round and the end is closest to the beginning. So if it’s change you need, relish the journey.”
― Edward James Olmos
1 God, hear my cry;
pay attention to my prayer.
2 I call to You from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
3 for You have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower in the face of the enemy.
4 I will live in Your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of Your wings. Selah
5 God, You have heard my vows;
You have given a heritage
to those who fear Your name.
6 Add days to the king’s life;
may his years span many generations.
7 May he sit enthroned before God forever;
appoint faithful love and truth to guard him.
8 Then I will continually sing of Your name,
fulfilling my vows day by day.