A few weeks ago the family and I drove to Silver Falls state park. I was going to write about it sooner but I was worried this was becoming Tammie's Blog of Waterfalls and that I may be boring you, but then I got over it. I like waterfalls and there are a lot of them around here, so you may just want to get used to it.A view from behind the waterfall:Silver Falls is one giant park but it seems more like a bunch of smaller connected parks. The most exciting feature (for us, anyway) is the Trail of Ten Falls, which is an eight mile hiking trail that passes by all the falls. We didn't do the whole hike, choosing to drive to various falls and then doing shorter hikes around the falls. The girl just can't do an eight mile hike yet.
The weather the day we went was pretty cold and there were still clumps of snow on leaves and branches and along the paths.My son, who otherwise has a habit of being quite lazy, always takes the long and rough route when hiking: In between waterfall viewing, we stopped at the lodge to warm up and eat some snacks. Which, for the girl was a popsicle, oddly enough. This shot was taken right before she spilled half a bottle of red Gatorade on my pant leg. Because you know, no day of family togetherness can ever be too perfect. Jay and I were thinking that the next time we go clothes shopping it may be wise to invest in some actual outdoor-type clothing so we don't have to hike in our street clothes. This last time they got so muddy I had to wash our jeans twice before they came clean. We'll definitely be heading back to Silver Falls. One of the fun aspects of moving somewhere completely different from where you've been your whole life, is that it takes a long time to get sick of all the sights. We're coming up on the one year anniversary of our move and everything is still so new to us. I was talking to another mother yesterday about the gorgeous sights in Oregon and she was saying how waterfalls aren't that exciting to her son anymore, they're old hat. I guess I can understand this, because that's how my family feels about beaches, swamps, and alligators.
I don't know what our plans are for this weekend, but I have a newspaper here with a hiking article in it and the destinations are calling my name. Happy trails!