On Sunday, Troubadour was teaching a Team Oregon class and I felt the need for some exercise so SpartanBabe (aka Meg) and I arranged to go for an early morning hike. I drove East across the valley and arrived at her house about 7:30 am. She readied the dogs (Annie & Oakleigh) and off we went.
I am not very familiar with Linn County so I let her pick a hiking destination. She chose McDowell Creek Falls County Park - good choice.
There were over 50 of these stairs cut into the mountain close to the start of the trail. I could feel my legs burning by the time we got to the top. SpartanBabe even spotted a snail on the trail.
We were rewarded with beautiful views of the falls. There are three waterfalls in the park.
According to the sign we were in a temperate rain forest.
We zig-zagged over the river. The county provided very nice wooden bridges. One set of stairs had a step missing and SpartanBabe ended up carrying Annie (the black lab) down when she wouldn't hop over it. Much to Meg's dismay, Annie was still wet from swimming in the river. We laughed and carried on.
The thimbleberries and salmonberries were blooming. As were the bleeding hearts and other shrubbery.
Faded almost done blooming Bleeding Heart
Random yellow bloom with a little bug on its petal
Back to the trail, we saw the Royal Terrace waterfall.
Bridge where I took the picture of the falls
Before long we were back at the parking area. It was a short hike, but a good one.
I spent a few minutes taking pictures of the old mossy picnic tables and the dogs.
Annie and Oakleigh
My Keen hiking shoes - sorry Bobskoot no bare feet for me this day.
Next up SpartanBabe and I are doing a 5k run at the 106th Annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence tomorrow while Troubadour is teaching another Team Oregon class. The Oregon Vintage Motorcycle Show is on Sunday so hopefully there will be a lot of cool bikes on display.
Have a great weekend everyone.
"Great things are done when men and mountains meet. This is not done by jostling in the street." - William Blake