has been called the jewel of the Oregon State Parks, and it's only an hour from where we live in Albany.
So we took advantage of our proximity by making a couple more visits to the "jewel."
When my parents came to visit us in July 2008, we got some more good shots, which make up the first 7 photos in this album. We saw only two of the southern falls. Then over Memorial Day weekend 2009 the entire family went for another outing at Silver Falls. By 5:30 AM everyone was up preparing sandwiches and making last minute preparations. At 6:00 AM we were on the road. At 7:00 AM we were in the town of Silverton
having breakfast at McDonalds.
On our way from Silverton to Silver Falls, we were looking at a deer on the side of the road when our car stuck another deer that tried to cross the road by jumping in front of the car! The deer flew in the air to the side of the road. It quickly got up and limped away, but I wonder if it ended up surviving. Our car pretty much survived: deer fur jammed into the panel seam above the driver's side headlight, and also the front grill was cracked. Yikes!
By 8:00 AM we were on the trail for our nine mile, six hour walk on the Trail of Ten Falls.
We had been to Silver Falls numerous times before, but this was the first time we walked the entire loop and saw all ten waterfalls. I got more worthy photos which can be seen in the remained of the album. You can walk behind four of the ten falls, which makes for some spectacular views and a nice, refreshing spray.
The morning was pretty nice, as there were not too many other people on the trail. But by lunch time things were starting to get a bit crowded. The closer we got back to our car at the main south parking lot, the thicker the crowd became, almost like rush-hour traffic on the freeway! When we had first arrive a bit before 8:00, ours was one of the few cars in the parking lot. When we got back to the car about 2:00 PM, the large parking lot was packed out, and there was a line of cars at the park entrance waiting to get in! The early Byrd gets the worm! Yum!
For photos of my other outings to Silver Falls, see the Silver Falls (All Years)