Friday, July 9, 2010

Multnomah Falls

So, with the 4th of July on a Sunday this year, we decided to do a family outting on Saturday, the 3rd. So, we FINALLY visited ...

and did a little hiking up to this...

Initially, we had said, "Let's just take the kids to the bridge. That's probably far enough." That was only a 1/4 mile though, and seriously, that's a bit pitiful in my opinion, to drive an hour just to take a 10 minute walk to a bridge. So, we decided we would attempt the hike to the top... It's only a mile, but it's switch-backs all the way and pretty darn steep.

Here we are in front of the lower falls.

A little bit of the scenery...the big falls through the trees from the trail.

So, about half way there, Jemma started getting pretty tired, so Brandon, (the NICEST dad in the world) agreed to carry her...along with Carter whom he was already toting.

Another shot from the trail...the Columbia River...GORGEOUS!

Carter, on one of the MANY breaks we took on our way to the top. (Since he needed it so badly...riding in Dad's arms is SO much work.)

I'm a bit sad to say that Carter, Gavin and I did not make it to the top...about 3/4 of the way up, I was so exhausted from carrying Gavin, that I decided to turn back with the two boys. Jemma REALLY wanted to get to the top though, so Brandon went with her...actually, he carried her...and this is what he looked like when he got to the top.

I would have made her walk...he is so nice!

Jemma at the top.

It was nice to spend time as a family and get out and see some of the unbelievably gorgeous landscapes here in Oregon.


Mason & Laura said...

I just love checking up on your sweet little family :) I am so impressed you hiked the falls with 3 little guys!! What a lucky lil' Jemma to have her dad carry her to the top:)

aj said...

Oh my goodness! Sometimes I forget that such beauty can be found right outside our backdoors! (your backdoor, not mine). Thanks for sharing these photos. What a cute family you have!

PS Do you think we'll EVER see each other again? Sad. It would be so fun to catch up.

Sharee and Arthur said...

Beautiful pictures, Jen! I cannot believe Brandon carried her to the top! What a very nice Dad! He looked wiped out when he got there. And good job getting out on a family outing. It always makes me a little nervous the first time we go out with a new member of the family. But it looks like you guys are doing great! Three is a hard adjustment because for the first time, the parents are outnumbered. :) We haven't gone anywhere yet with the "whole" family. I think the kids are getting a little stir-crazy.

The Pitts Family said...

Brandon was really sweating at the top :) I would have made my kids walk too, Brandon is just too nice! I am glad that you had fun!