Thanks for stopping by. I got a text message from the morning volunteers at Multnomah Falls Visitor Center yesterday morning and she told me that a rock had fallen and hit the historic Benson Bridge (which turns 100 next year). I hiked up to the viewing platform to see what I could see.. the waterfall was gushing and roaring and full. See the hole in the bridge?
The rock put a hole in the bridge walkway and then knocked out 3 of the support pillars in the railing. :-(
This photo below is compliments of local Channel 8 TV news reporter, Kyle Iboshi. He came in the Visitors Center and we chatted and I asked him if he got some good photos and asked if he'd email them to me and he did!
Needless to say the hiking trail is closed until this is fixed. It's a good think no one was on the bridge when this happened. The rock fall must have happened during the night or early morning.
See the rock and the hole? Not safe at all! This photo is by Kyle Iboshi - Ch. 8 News. That was very nice of him to email them to me - right there from the falls. The wonders of iPhones. :-)
On my way down the trail I saw these adorable tiny ferns coming out of the moss.
And here is my favorite mossy rock and 3 mossy trees.
As I turned a corner I thought how pretty the lamp looked glowing with the waterfall behind it.
There were all kinds of reporters and photographers visiting to see the damage to the bridge. We had planned a celebration of it's 100 years next year - I do hope that the US Forest Service is able to get it repaired as quickly as possible. It's the beginning of the hiking trail to the top of the waterfall and then beyond that a trail loop around to Wahkeena Falls and also to the top of Larch Mt. I'll keep you apprised.
I hope you have a super weekend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)