The morning started with breakfast, a walk and a planning session. Joe and Joline checked the map to get an idea of the day trip Scrabble Queen had planned. They look pretty terrific and very much like native Oregonian in their new tie dyed shirts (Joline has one on under the sweater)
We took the Musemobile, otherwise known as the Forest City Flash.
We stopped at the Westfir Covered Bridge and our family/friends checked out the map at the visitors kiosk.
The J's walked across the bridge's pedestrian walkway and posed for a picture and Scrabble Queen snapped a few pictures.
Joe even did a solo pose.
Then I rumbled through the bridge in the Musemobile as Scrabble Queen backed up cautiously snapping away.
I think my "creative" technique is rubbing off on her with this great John Ford through the door/window framing effect image of the railroad trestle up river.
We left Westfir and headed to Salt Creek falls ready to walk the trail to the bottom of the falls.
Before we went down we went up these stone stairs next to the falls.
Looking back and leaning over the retaining wall I got a look at some daisies growing on the rock face above the falls.
I also took one with the forest in the background.
Looking back the falls looked magnificent with the Salt Creek flowing over them.
A rather sad sight on the trail was this tree bleeding sap because of an infestation of beetles.
There was another tree next to it that had already died - sad.
The trail was a little steep but didn't stop either Joline or...
...Joe. They are both great hikers and wore me out walking back uphill.
Joline stopped at an observation point to look back at the falls.
I caught a picture of some great blue - berries (not blueberries) with red stems - very colorful.
This log looked a lot like the Loch Ness Monster.
I guess someone dropped a raspberry on the side of the trail because I never found the bush.
I got this broken tree again (I got the same tree last time up here) I like the contrast with the falls in the background.
When we arrived at the top again Joline took a long look at the falls and the scenery.
The view up here is breathtaking.
This is a repeat of one of my favorite images of a rhododendron near the falls. This time it's not blooming but still looking awesome.
On the way back we stopped at the Fish Hatchery near Oakridge, Oregon. That section of the blog will be up sometime in the next few days.
Scrabble Score Scrabble Queen 312 - the Contender 324
Quote of the Day -
"Eugene is located in western Oregon, approximately 278 billion miles from anything." - Dave Barry
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