Yesterday we went to Silver Falls, a state park with over 25 miles of hiking trails set in a temperate rain forest of Douglas fir, hemlock, and cedar, ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. There are ten waterfalls in the park, including South Falls (the largest):
It was, not surprisingly, extremely busy, crammed with families intent upon enjoying Memorial Day in this gorgeous green setting. We had a picnic lunch and tried to keep warm when the wind blew the clouds over the sun.
And then we went hiking. Emma and Kate were thrilled with their new hydration packs and got a huge kick out of sipping as they walked. We didn't go far - just down to South Falls where we could stand behind the pouring water and enjoy the cool mist, and down along the river a short way through the trees and ferns.
The girls gathered moss, which they decided was hair from Mr. Grinch, and had a generally fabulous time. Hopefully we can go back when it's not so crowded and hike a few of the less traveled trails. But for now, our summer of hiking and outdoors activities is off to a great start!