8 Waterfall in 7 miles!

Today we finally went on our first hike since we arrived in Portland. We also made some new friends through a mutual friend who were nice enough to take us to Silver Falls State Park!  This is known as the “crown jewel” as far as Oregon state parks go because it features a whopping 10 waterfalls all within a 7.2 mile trail!

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The park is less than 1.5 hours south east of Portland and is a fine example of a Cascadian forest with Douglas Firs, ferns, and a carpet of moss on just about everything.

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I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of PNW aesthetic. So beautiful! Ok, now on to some waterfalls.

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These guys are massive!

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Where is all this water coming from?!

 

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How are there this many waterfalls so close together?!

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Unfortunately, one of the trails was closed, so we only saw 8 of the 10 but that gives us a reason to come back. The last one, South Falls, was probably my favorite so I’ll wrap up today’s post with photos of that.

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The path behind the waterfall was a lot of fun too.

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Wow, what a good first hike. Special thanks to Jarrett, Rey, and Dañell.

 

Day 8: We’re Home!

We woke up early on our final day to get an early start. While we only would be driving for about 6.5 hours to get to Portland, we needed to be at our new apartment before the office closed to get our keys.  We also wanted to build in extra time in case of weather delays from the snow and ice that had struck Northwest Oregon and caused road closures and stranded cards.  While it had been a couple days since the storm hit we could still see advisories on tripcheck.com including some areas where we were being advised to carry snow chains.

As we drove north into the Cascade region California continued to impress us with views of snow capped mountains.  We were firmly into the PNW now! Being surrounded by Douglas Firs just makes me so happy for some reason.

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Oregon greeted us with a blanket of snow even. Sorry for all the car pics as we didn’t have to time to stop and take photos. Plus we were good and ready to be off the road.

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We lucked out and didn’t find any icy roads until we got to Portland and our apartment is just a few turns off of the interstate.  We go in, got the keys and a tour of our new place. It’s just as nice as we had hoped and are quite pleased.  Now we just have to wait for our furniture and belonging to get here…

Well, this concludes our road trip from ATL to PDX but we plan on updating the blog with more stories of Portland and other trips we take all over the West, and hopefully the world. We’re just getting started!