My granddaughter made the picture below. Once arriving you cannot see the actual falls unless you hike into the freezing waters and peek around the cliff on the right. The sound is so powerful. So peaceful. "More than the sounds of many waters, Than the mighty breakers of the sea, The LORD on high is mighty." Psalm 93:4. It truly was a spiritual experience.
|My daughter and I - Punch Bowl Falls. 3.29.15|
When it was time to start back, I went ahead of my young, fast walkers as it was steep terrain hiking up from the falls to the main trail. Once I was started down, I really enjoyed walking alone to enjoy God's beauty and the peacefulness of the trail. The fauna along the trail included ferns, moss, and greenery of every hue. I imagined Cheryl Strayed on the PCT, Pacific Crest Trail, from the book and movie, Wild. It has been my spring break read as there is much of the book around Portland, Oregon. I love finding a book that has its setting in the locale I am visiting. When we left the falls we had to drive north a bit on the Interstate, get off at the nearest exit, then head back south. Just before we made our loop was a sign for "The Bridge of the Gods." That is the culmination of Cheryl's trip on the PCT. I was so excited to see it! There is an Indian legend around this site.
This day was a true treat.