A brutal winter followed by a terrible fire.
“It kept getting worse and worse,” said Caroline Parks, owner of Thunder Island Brewing. "We had to shut down for a couple weeks. And I-84 shut down for several weeks. That had a huge impact not just on our business, but every single business in the gorge.”
Parks, like other business owners, is still trying to make up for losses after the gorge closed down during peak season.
"It was very significant, well into the six-figures.”
But winter appears to be ending on a mild note and spring doesn't seem far off.
Parks says business is finally ticking back up and she has been able to stay open 7 days a week for the first time.
“Much better day," said Parks. "We had a lot of people come out Wednesday, which was really great."
People enjoying the sun at Multnomah Falls say they were happy one of their favorite landmarks was available to show-off to visitors.
“Everybody knows about Multnomah Falls, so you have to bring them here,” said Jerry Baca.
The Vice President of the Multnomah Falls Company, Jill Buck, says they've had more people enjoying the view and their restaurant.
“We're still recovering," said Buck, "but things are picking up since the weather has been nice.”
The pleasant weather has also allowed more work to be done repairing nearby trails.
“Every day when I come to work there are people working really hard to get the trails restored. So it looks like there is an end in sight,” said Buck.
Businesses in the gorge are always hopeful for a good spring and summer. This year, possibly even more so.
“Having the mild weather is raising all of our spirits, because we really need this.”