I had been keeping an eye on the weather forecast as well as my schedule since I heard that today was supposed to get up to about 70. The city didn’t quite make it, but where I spent most of my day did make it up over 70.
I haven’t been hiking, properly for a couple of months (more like two and a half months). I needed to get out, stretch my legs and hit the trail again.
I needed to get out of the city, so I went down to Silver Falls State Park. I managed to hike about 3.25 miles while I was there. I hiked to about half way down the stairs leading to the Lower South Falls, and then back up. Parts of the trail were still slightly icy, and there was still a fair amount of snow on the ground driving up there, once I left Silverton, but the roads were clear, which was good.
I learned long ago, when you are going to a popular tourist spot, on a nice day, get there early to beat the crowds and the heat.
I hadn’t grabbed a jacket, because I didn’t want to bother, but I was glad that I keep a sweatshirt in my hiking backpack, as I was cold for a bit early on. Then I got way to warm.
Getting out early also meant that I had time to stop in Mt Angel, to take another picture of the Catholic Church, since I love the architecture of it.
I had also stopped in Woodburn to get a Dutch Bros coffee, as well as lunch as I started to head back to the city.
My last stop of the day before heading home, was St Paul, which also has another really pretty church.
Scenery wise I live this part of the country, though the politics, homelessness, lack of decent jobs, and rising cost to live here is pushing people like me, who have lived in this part of the state, out. While I am starting to look for jobs in other places, with a better cost of living, and where I can live the way I want, I am trying to explore this part of the country as much as possible and see as much as I can before I leave.
I have also come to the realization that some of the big hikes on my bucket list may not happen for a multitude of reasons, a big one being old injuries that never healed properly makes it hard to hike over uneven and more rugged terrain. It’s sad to see a dream not be able to be fulfilled in its entirety.
I am still trying to get out as much as possible and do what I can.