On my first weekend back in Oregon with my roommates, adventures ensued. First stop: Oneonta Gorge, a swimming hike. What, you might ask, is a swimming hike? Clearly, young Padawan, it is hike where you must swim.
From the trailhead, it’s only about a 1/2 mile to the first waterfall, but that 1/2 mile includes climbing over logjams, shimmying over boulders, wading through knee-deep, hip-deep, and then chest-deep water, and lots of hooting and hollering. Extra hollering is allowed when one member of your party tries to do a bit of easy clinging-to-the-wet-rock climbing around the chest-deep section, slips, and goes KER-SPLASH! into the pool. (That was yours truly doing the splashing.)
Here’s a few pictures from the intarnetz of Oneonta:
The day wasn’t over, though! After warming up from our gonad-freezing swimming hike, we trekked up to Angel’s Rest, a nice, short (4.6ish miles total) hike up the walls of the Gorge that gives great views of the Columbia River.
Here are a few photos of my own:
Keep on adventuring!