This has been a tragic unfolding in the Columbia Gorge. A fire started by a young teen shooting fireworks into Eagle Creek Canyon while his friends took videos and laughed about this.
The Columbia Gorge near Cascade Locks is where PCT through hikers come to cross the Bridge of the Gods into Washington. The Gorge is where Multnomah Falls is plus many falls along the scenic Columbia Highway.
It is so close to Portland it was like our backyard. A beautiful backyard.
Change happens and it will come back but the Columbia Gorge that people have come to visit and love has been changed forever through one simple act of carelessness.
I am an avid walker and hiker. My favorite is a long hike. I also enjoy taking off and going on a meandering walk for a few hours. I've hiked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon and I did 3 Burning Boot Walks on Vancouver Island.