To tide you over

An homage to my sister's homage of a better photographer's good idea. I went to Columbia Hills State Park a couple weeks ago, and I'm still editing photos. I took about one million of them. I'm also adding audio and video to these posts, which adds an extra dimension of complexity—I haven't spent a lot of time editing either, but I want to progress continually toward realism with the scenes I recreate here. Alas, this requires time.

The morning light served our photographic purposes well. Low-angled light illuminated the mist plumes that rose from the waterfall's point of impact.

In the interim, I went to Abiqua Falls yesterday, a far shorter and less photo-intense adventure. Information is widely available on the web, so I won't spend a lot of time huffing about it here. The falls and the "basaltic amphitheater" it created are spectacular—just go already.

At a measured height of 92 feet, those who kayaked over Abiqua's precipice were thought to be world record holders. At 92 feet, no one cares because that's a *#$%ing long way to fall.

Word to the wise: Plan on parking at the top of the 2.25-mile spur to the "trailhead." This is immediately after turning off of Crooked Finger Road onto a road marked only with an "off-road vehicle staging area" sign.* The parking is extremely limited at the bottom, and you may get blocked in by other vehicles. In addition, the road down is as choppy and undermaintained as it's reputed to be. If you don't have a high-clearance vehicle, definitely park higher up.

The aforementioned basalt. Here it is fractured in a beautiful honeycomb pattern.

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*Alternatively, you could park on one of the spurs along the way down, just don't park at the bottom. There's a huge quarry-ish area where we found a VW Bug, for example.

Park here. If memory serves me, it's about 1.5 to 2 miles away from the Abiqua trail, as it were, but you'll avoid complications on the way out.