Portland doesn’t have a boundary between city and nature. We were amazed by the greens in Portland city, and even more awed by the sublime Mt. Hood and Columbia Gorge outside the city.
In Mt. Hood, hills fold in the mist all the year round and carry the fresh air from forests and lakes, forming the misty wonderland.
Cloud emerges from beneath the trees, gently veiling the mountain top in a milky color.
It is a truly heaven-like world.
Trillium Lake is located southwest of Mt. Hood and named after the flower particularly noticeable in the area. During sunny days, the lake is said to reflect Mount Hood, but we could only imagine it in such weather. However, that’s not a regret, as we think the scene in front of us at this moment possessed more power. The dreamy, misty wetland when the nymphs live.
Around the noon we were lucky enough to see the veil lifted up and peek through the cloud at the sleeping beauty Mt. Helen.
You couldn’t miss hearing the story of Mt. Helen if you visit the Northwest. The catastrophic volcano eruption in 1980 is the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the U.S.
Multnomah Falls is Oregon's tallest waterfall (~200m). Its two-drop cascade is fed by rainfall and underground springs. With a bridge crossing over the water, it makes a beautiful composition for photos.
Mt. Hood and Columbia River are home to millions of salmon. Years after years they swim back to where they were born, against the fierce current and up the stairs.
We ended at the the Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, same place where Cheryl Strayed in the movie "wild" actually ended her journey. At that moment, we could empathize with the corrective influence by such journey.