Being a little sentimental this week. Or, perhaps one could say that I’m still in mourning. The stunningly beautiful and unique Oneonta Gorge, slightly east of the tourist icon that is Multnomah Falls is said to have been severely damaged. It used to be our go-to trail when visitors came to town, and we have hiked it many times. You can learn more about it here.
I have not been back to see how it looks from the ground level – a recent report estimates only 46% of the perimeter of the nearly 50,000 acres on fire, is contained. Once the fire has been extinguished, it will probably take me a while to muster up the gumption to go back and see it. I imagine that feeling is akin to what disaster-stricken folks in various hurricane paths feel, when they seek out what used to be their homes – minus the personal economic impact. The sense of profound loss, though, is the same.