Ponytail Falls, Columbia Gorge.

Nature In Your Face: Hiking the Columbia Gorge

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By Michael Lanza

Horsetail Falls slices a thin, glowing white, 176-foot-tall incision down a cliff of black rock wallpapered with moss and ferns, crashing into a shallow, chilly wading pool at its base. To see it, today’s first waterfall, we had to hike all the way across the road from the parking lot.

My son, Nate, and daughter, Alex, give Horsetail the once-over without much comment or enthusiasm. It’s not easy to impress elementary-school-age kids with nature, not even when it roars louder and looms larger than their favorite video games. I understand why: To kids, nature’s no good if it’s no better than a picture on the wall—they want to immerse themselves in it, get dirty and wet and throw stuff.

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3 Responses to Nature In Your Face: Hiking the Columbia Gorge

  1. craigromano   |  May 31, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Glad you had such a good trip and thanks for mentioning the book-Here’s to another great year of adventuring!
    -Craig

  2. CE   |  May 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

    This couldn’t come at a better time. We’re headed to the NW this summer for 2.5 weeks. I’ve been going through your site looking to see if I can get suggestions from you and you’ve hit many of the places we hope to go; Olympic Nat Park, San Juans, North Casacade Park, Columbia River Gorge are all on our list. Thank you so much for this amazing site. We have two kids that will be accompanying us and are 2 and 4 so it will be on a much slower pace.

    • Michael Lanza   |  May 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      I’m delighted you find The Big Outside helpful. You’re hitting some of my favorite parks and you’ll find much to do in all of those places with preschoolers. Let me know anytime if I can answer any questions for you. Have fun.

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