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weekend [Mar. 6th, 2004|06:28 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Friday night: housewarming party with "Green" theme. Felt like a college party. Had my bike in my car, so I ended up just having a couple jello shots, then biking around downtown Portland for an hour, coming back to the party for a short bit, then heading home. Fun, though.

Today: Hiking in the gorge... back into Oneonta Gorge and up Multnomah Falls.

Oneonta Gorge is probably one of my favorite places in the world... long, narrow mossy canyon full of cold water and river rocks and huge boulders, and a giant logjam, water running down the sides throughout... it's a giant obstacle course and a huge challenge just to make it to the back. (and especially to try and make it back there halfway dry, which is impossible for many months in the year, depending on water level.)

Multnomah Falls, on the other hand, isn't as interesting. It's where all the tourists go. It's a mile hike straight uphill to an observation platform. Trails are generally full, as is the base and observation deck. In Oneonta Gorge there might be one other person in the canyon at the same time.

Unfortunately my companions (jproulx, iseebi, and dina) had had enough about 1/3 of the way back (right past the treacherous logjam, for which there are signs warning of death if you play on it) and we didn't make it to the secret waterfall at the end, mostly because they didn't feel like braving the thigh-high, fast-moving, freezing water. (it was one of those times of the year where it's impossible to make it all the way dry.... not that we managed to stayed dry as it was.)
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[User Picture]From: eli
2004-03-06 07:47 pm (UTC)

Oneonta

That's lame, you should have made them keep going...even if it was their lives on the line.

Don't tell anybody about the secret waterfall man or everybody will go try to find it. Do you have any idea how many people read your journal :-)



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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-06 08:51 pm (UTC)

Re: Oneonta

One time I drank from it and I lived for ever.
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[User Picture]From: eli
2004-03-07 11:04 am (UTC)

Re: Oneonta

hahah...damnit
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[User Picture]From: nick
2004-03-06 07:59 pm (UTC)
Brad, you seriously need to stop hanging out with such wimps (ya Dina, I'm calling you out especially), it's going to make you soft man...

Dude that gorge is freaking awesome. Kinda cold this time of year though, eh?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-06 08:51 pm (UTC)
Water was ice cold, yeah, but otherwise it was a beautiful day weather-wise.
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[User Picture]From: wickey29
2004-03-06 09:32 pm (UTC)
i've swam under the waterfall at oneonta. the water actually wasn't too cold. ever hiked/walked up the trail at beacon rock? not as many people and quite serene.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-06 09:59 pm (UTC)
Beacon rock sounds very familiar... when I was 17 in high school I was working at a web/db place one summer and a few of us went off hiking one day... it might've been then.

In any case, it would've been a while if I did go
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[User Picture]From: deveiant
2004-03-06 11:39 pm (UTC)
Damn! That sounds like it was fun. I wish I'd known you were going to go today instead of tomorrow. You have to take me next time you go -- I'd cross the river.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-07 01:36 am (UTC)
The weather report reversed... this morning it was saying Sunday would get worse, not better, so we accelerated plans. (also because we didn't have anything else to do today....)
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[User Picture]From: girl_on_a_stick
2004-03-07 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm fond of hiking Angel's Rest. Quick, good workout, nice view.
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