It seems we never run out of things to see and do here in Portland. About an hour south of town is the Silver Falls State Park, with very pleasant hikes that take you to TEN wonderful waterfalls!
Since Sunday was the first clear, warm day of the season, parking was difficult, but we found the South Falls day use area had plenty. We took snacks, water and fully charged phones, and headed off along the Maple Ridge Trail.
I know that The Jungle Ride at Disneyland makes a big deal about seeing “The back side of water”. But at Silver Falls, we got to walk behind not one, but two huge, deafening, super-drippy waterfalls. It was humbling and wonderful.
Besides the majesty of the falls were the smaller joys of spring. Plants just awakening and animals hustling about made for a sweet celebration of the new season.
A very friendly chipmunk shared some of Grandpa Nelson’s peanuts.
Mushrooms growing in tiny holes drilled by woodpeckers and the very beginnings of blackberry bushes promised summer bounty.
After about 3 miles, we started to fade, and realizing it was going to be an all-uphill hike back to the car, we headed back. We stopped by The Belmont Station for dinner and cider before crashing at home.
What a wonderful day!