|Multnomah Falls the day after|
Multnomah Falls, on the Oregon side of the Columbia Gorge, is listed as the second tallest year-round waterfall in the
. The falls drops in two major steps; the upper falls of 542 feet, then a
gradual 9 foot drop in elevation to the lower part of the falls, which drops 69 feet, listing a total of 620 feet. United
Unfortunately, water is not the only thing that falls. An occasional boulder may also careen through space, slamming into the pool at the bottom of the upper falls, or into the
which spans the space between the upper and lower falls. Yesterday a boulder did a lot of damage to
the bridge. If you look close at the
photo above, you can see the yellow caution tap, flapping in the mist bellowing
from the falls. Here is a close up of the bridge. Benson Bridge
I happened to speak to a New York State Department of Transportation Civil Engineer while I visited today, who told me the bridge is structurally sound. “Well, let’s see,” she said, “this is January, so I’ll bet they’ll have that repaired by the beginning of summer.”
“Really?” I asked her. “May I quote you?”
She laughed, but her husband, a history professor, nodded. “She knows bridges.”
“What about you?” I asked. “May I quote you, too?”
“I don’t know much about bridges,” he said.
“Well, historically, bridges are often repaired, right?”
There you have it. An accurate quote from both a civil engineer and a history professor. We’ll have our bridge back to normal in no time. I think my work here is done.
Until then, the trail to the bridge is closed, but you can still see the falls hurling through space, hear the thunder of the cascading water, and feel the mist upon your face.