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Latourell Lichen

Latourell Falls is one of the many falls along the Historic Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway, a mere 20 minute drive from my home. The highway has done a lot for me over the years. It's acted as a therapist, a work-place office, and a gateway to escape. It's home to trailheads that lead to some of my favorite places on earth. Grand cliff-side vistas, intimate creeks, lush canyons, and waterfalls of all types. This is my backyard.

The glowing lichen replaces the city graffiti. Columnar basalt stands as a substitute for brick walls, and the graceful cascade hitting the splash pool sounds far more musical than the white noise and car horns of the city.

The gorge has a profound meaning. It's where I get completely lost and completely found all at the same time.