Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
At one time, I believed incredible waterfalls were in far off exotic places. Since then I have seen surprising falls in Iron River, Wisconsin and the extraordinary caves of Hocking Hills, Ohio. This experiment in beauty finding introduced me to another American waterfall that is stunning. On the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge along the historic Columbia River Highway is Multnomah Falls. There is some question about the meaning of the word. Of native American origin, some say it is the name of the people who founded the area. Others say it means “down the river.” A spectacular two tiers, the falls drop in two major steps: 542 feet (165 m) upper falls and 69 feet (21 m) lower falls of 69 feet (21 m). Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in Oregon. The United States Forest Service claims it is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. The United States by the World Waterfall Database says 137th.
Regardless of position in the falls wars, it is much more than falling water—it is paradise.