It’s the first warm day of the year, and everyone is outside! I went to Sweet Creek Falls with a couple of friends, Jess and Ariane. It was surprisingly busy there, with probably 10 cars parked when we arrived (and a small bus), and even more by the time we left.
It. Felt. So. Good. YOU get some dopamine, and YOU get some dopamine! It was truly wonderful to be outside again. Sweet Creek Falls is one of those places that I should have hiked many years ago, but just never have. With our recent spring rains, it definitely didn’t disappoint!
I’m trying out a new camera (a stand-alone camera that is not part of my phone), and I put the time and date stamp on the pictures. Then I couldn’t figure out how to take them off. So, I’ll have to deal with it until I can figure it out.
This is a really fantastic trail with quite a bit of metal grates to walk on in areas. Most of the trail is dirt, though, with a couple of rocky areas. It’s well maintained and a pretty easy hike.
Friends, Jessica and Ariane were sooo fun to hike with! They’re hilarious!
It’s hard to see the mist in the background – much more prominent in person. I’m using a selfie stick/tripod for the first time… more on that later.
The water level was pretty high and it seemed like it was just water feature after water feature!
I want to take an inner tube down this… with knee and elbow pads on.
The path was dirt with stretches of this bridge-like path. It was sturdy and fun to walk on!
It was the first real warm day of the year, and the water looked tempting!
Jess: Strong woman!
This picture cracks me up because Ariane was trying very hard to be out of the way. I had to get her in the picture though!
Ach, the lighting! The beauty! The warmth!
Methuselah’s Beard lichen is absolutely thriving.
We got off trail for a moment, but came back. Too many weird bugs and spider webs.
Speaking of bugs, look at this cool metallic guy!
It’s a good thing I love moss, because… I mean, Oregon!
In the space on the right, I told Jess that’s clearly an entrance to the fairie world…
So she went in!..
AND DISAPPEARED!!!! AAAAAHH!! Just kidding. There were a lot of spider webs, so she backed out quickly. lol
Jess in tree jail.
At the bottom of the falls.
There was one little steep spot, but the rest of the entire trail was super easy.
Gasp! I want to sit in that! Talk about a jet tub!
Aaand this was where I lost my new selfie stick/tripod. Dang! It dropped deep down between rocks and I could no longer see it. I felt bad for losing it AND for littering!
This was such a fun hike! I can’t remember how long it was. It was just super laid-back and easy, with amazing views. I would highly recommend this to just about anyone!
It feels good to be outside again!