Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sunday Bridges

Multnomah Falls on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge,
a spectacular river canyon in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.
The falls drops in two major steps, an upper falls of 542 feet and a lower falls of 69 feet, with a gradual drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet.
A foot trail leads to the Benson Footbridge, shown above, that allows visitors to cross the falls
 and continue on a trail up to the summit that overlooks the Columbia River.
From Wiki, an updated footnote about the nearly one hundred year old bridge:
In 1995, a 400 ton boulder fell 225 feet (69 m) from the face of the waterfall into the pool above Benson Bridge. It caused a 70-foot (21 m) splash of water and gravel to wash over the footbridge, which in turn caused minor injuries to a wedding party that happened to be on it for photos at the time.
Sooo, heads up!

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14 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
«Louis» hopes the marriage didn't continue to be (ahem) rocky!

A delightful contribution to Sunday Bridges.

Mama Zen said...

Magnificent!

Ann said...

I love this place, do you get a mist of water on yr face?

Francisca said...

I'd be thrilled to cross this century old bridge over Multnomah Falls. As for the bolder, well, you know the saying, Raf... sh*t happens. ;-) Wonderful shot!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

At first glance before I read the location... I thought that looks like Multnomah Falls... lol! Nicely done...

VioletSky said...

I can understand why someone would want wedding photos here!

Andy said...

The scenery is spectacular! Nice to hear the the wedding started with a splash:-)

Laloofah said...

That is just gorgeous! I am completely beguiled by waterfalls, and would love to see Multnomah Falls in person someday (almost got to last summer - had our whole drive out there planned and reservations made - then had to cancel because of activity on our house-for-sale. We'll reschedule, though - we desperately want to visit that part of the country!)

Good thing the wedding party only suffered a few minor injuries! A 400-pound boulder? Yikes! I mean, most women want a big rock when they get married, but that's not exactly what we have in mind! :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Let's hope the saying 'the more mishaps at the wedding, the longer the marriage' holds true here haha! I absolutely love this image Raf, but there is no way on this earth EVER that I would be able to walk across it, so I will enjoy from afar!!

Al said...

Wow, that is spectacular! Now I have to visit this next time I'm in the area, it would be worth a trip in itself.

Small City Scenes said...

Hello! Nice to see you again.
The Falls are indeed spectacular. MB

Lynette said...

Pretty photo of one of my favorite spots in my area. Thanks!

Maria Emilia Moreira said...

Um lugar espectacular!
Gostava de conhecer ao vivo. Até lá vejo a foto.Obrigada.

Kathy said...

What a vista! And I can almost feel the spray!