Tag: Silver Falls State Park

When Your Legs feel like Jelly

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It’s been a while since I have gone for a hike, so yesterday (Tuesday) I went for a short (somewhere in the ball park of 2 – 3 miles) hike at Silver Falls State Park. 

There are several things I learned yesterday: 

1. Start off with an easier hike when so out of shape

2. Pick a less popular spot in the summer, the tourists will stop right in front of you on a narrow path to take a picture and slow you down

3. Don’t go hiking on such a warm day (or go in the morning if I am visiting someplace with a warm to hot climate)

4. If I ever have kids, take them hiking from the time they are still being worn in a mobywrap type wrap (or at least a backpack carrier) so they will learn to love it from a young age and have fewer meltdowns on the trail. 

5. Invest in a better pair of hiking boots

6. Finish knitting up my boot socks, as Hanes socks don’t stop blisters. 

7. Wear as lightweight clothing as possible this time of year. Jeans are just too hot.

I do have to say that when I got away from where the bulk of the crowds were congregated, it was fairly quiet of human sounds, and the air smelled like being in the woods (which I was), and a bit like being at summer camp. The birds were chirping and you could hear the sounds of the creek flowing by as well as the sound of water going over the falls. 

I feel like I may have gotten a little sun kissed, but not too bad. I thought about putting on sun block, then reminded myself that I could use the vitamin D. We don’t get enough of it this far north, especially for those like me, who prefer to hide out indoors when it is sunny and warm. I know sunburns aren’t good for your skin either, it doesn’t look like I really got burned, my arms just feel a little warm. 

I could totally tell that my muscles aren’t used to hiking anymore, and that I will likely be sore in the morning. By part way through my legs were feeling like jelly. 

Note to self: I need to go for more walks and easy hikes, before I really try tackling more of the moderate to difficult hikes and work up to them. That, ultimately is my goal, to be able to go on longer and more strenuous hikes. I want to have the stamina and endurance to be able to do the whole 8.7 mile trail of ten falls loop hike at Silver Falls State Park, and be able to do it easily in a few hours. It is a “moderate” difficulty hike with an elevation gain of 1,300 feet. That is my first “big hike” goal, from there I would love to consider doing other tougher hikes. 

Oregon has so many hidden and not so hidden gems to be explored, that I could be kept busy for a while exploring what is in my own home state. 


Return to Silver Falls State Park

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Today, I went to Silver Falls State Park for the second time in 3 weeks. It wasn’t as much a need to get out of the city as it was the last time, rather I wanted to see how full the south falls were after having gained more than 5.5 inches of rain in the tributary or tributaries that feed the creek that makes up the south falls since I had last been there.

I had prepared for and planned on doing a little hiking while I was there. Not much since it has been a while since I last went for a hike. I had hiked down to the bridge and then back up before heading back to the city.

IMG_0604I miss the days of going hiking as often as I did. Life has been so busy and I have been without a hiking buddy for a while.

Today I definitely felt the effects of not having been hiking for a while. That is definitely something I want to work on, getting into shape. By getting into shape I don’t mean getting skinny or being focused on what my body looks like compared to anyone else’s, or what the numbers on the scale say or what size I wear, rather how far I can hike, and having the endurance and stamina to take on longer and more challenging hikes.

Being outdoors, like at the beach or in the woods, on top of a mountain or a hill, that is where I feel the most alive, free and myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a relaxing day at home with a good book or a lazy movie day, but being stuck inside at a computer day in, day out is not for me. I am still trying to figure out how to make a living while getting away from the rat race that is corporate America.

There are several things in life that I am passionate about, which include: not being in the city (aka small town living), Adventures in the great outdoors, homemaking (who doesn’t enjoy coming home from an adventure and being able to shower, do some laundry and have food there to whip up a meal after an amazing adventure?), knitting (having hand knit hats, scarves, socks, and fingerless gloves make hiking and being outdoors in the cooler months much more enjoyable), and a good book (my favorite way to wind down at the end of the day).

Silver Falls State Park Hike

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Today has been an amazing day. I got to go Hiking at Silver Falls State Park. The little two or three mile hike that I went on, had me stopping every few feet in the steeper inclines. I know I am out of shape, and I am working on getting my endurance up by doing hikes that are challenging, so that in time I can keep getting stronger, and so these hikes become less challenging. The Hike back up to the top from the Lower South Falls was what got me the most.

I was talking with my brother last night, and the subject of Traffic in So. Cal. came up, and how it seems like from Sacramento to San Diego, along I-5, that the cities bleed into each other. I was thinking about that today, as it didn’t take very long to get away from the city, and anything really relating to a city today, and how much I prefer it here, where it rarely gets as hot as it does in So. Cal. and for not as prolonged periods if it does, and that fact that I live so close to a lot of amazing places to hike that are in the country.

My hiking buddy had asked me where I wanted to go today, and I had mentioned Silver Falls because I hadn’t been there in almost seven years, and I have been wanting to go hiking there again, so that is where we went. I love the sound of rushing water, and waterfalls, and hiking. We have quite a few major waterfalls in the area I live in. They are popular hiking spots, and are some of my favorite places. Some of what I love about Silver Falls, is not only the beautiful scenery, but the fact that there is the Lodge, and a couple other buildings that were built during the 1930’s by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), that are mainly original, and the updates and restorations that have taken place have been to preserve the original where possible, and make the necessary improvements as codes have been updated. It still looks and feels (architecturally) like it would have when it was built.

As a kid, there was a several year span where the first camping trip of the year my family would go on, would be to Silver Falls State Park. I enjoyed camping, but I didn’t particularly care for hiking back then. As a kid, there was a lot of stuff I didn’t appreciate like I do now that I am an adult. I liked being outside, and going camping. Those two things carried over, but Hiking became an acquired tasted in the last few years. Part of my greater love for all things outdoors and country came after I had gone to college, and starting figuring things out for myself, and really discovering what I liked. When I found something I liked I kept it up more and more and didn’t let anyone stop me from my adventures.

Getting into Shape

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My goal for the next year is to be able to get into well enough shape to hike the 8.7 mile loop at Silver Falls state park, and hike to the top of Multnomah Falls which is a 2.6 mile (round trip) hike that has a 700 foot climb going up. I want to be able to hike them with some ease and with as little shortness of breath as possible. To be able to Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls, the Bridge at the start of the trail needs to be fixed, as a boulder crashed down on it back in January and caused enough damage to make it unsafe.

I don’t have a goal weight or pant size that I am trying to get into, my goal for the next year is getting a good endurance level built up so that I can take on the two hikes I just mentioned, and take them at a decent speed without much loss of breath, like it was a walk in the park. I know that through this year, and getting my endurance up that I will lose weight. Why am I not caring about what the scale says if I know I am going to be losing weight? I am not going to be really caring about numbers in general because, through this and the more hiking I do I am looking to build and strengthen my muscles, and muscle weights more than fat, which is why I don’t have a low end “healthy” BMI goal weight. If I were to weight between 105 lbs. and even 125 – 130 lbs I would be/look anorexic, just because of my bone structure, and that doesn’t factor in muscle either. I want to look and be healthy, and be able to take life on full speed without being slowed down by being over weight or under weight, and have the endurance and energy to go do anything I want to do.

I have been working hard to stick to the Gluten Free/Dairy Free lifestyle, but even so I am needed to continue making better choices within that, because there is still a lot of junk food out there that is Gluten Free and Dairy Free.

There are a couple vlogs that i watch James and Ashley (The Chick’s Life) and Anna (Anna Saccone and The SACCONEJOLYs) are trying to get into shape. They have inspired me to try to get into shape myself.

I am doing this for myself, because I am tired of the sedentary lifestyle I have had most of my life, I am trying to make positive changes in my life that will be beneficial not only now, but later on. I want to be healthier and in better shape leaving my mid-20’s, going into my late – 20’s than I was in my early 20’s. I have spent most of my life being on the heavy side, and I am tired of not having the energy or endurance to really do what I love. For me, making a goal of getting down to 120 pounds, or wearing a size 2 is unrealistic for me, especially with my bone structure. Where as the goal of being able to have the endurance and energy to hike the full 8.7 loop at Silver Falls, and making it to the top of Multnomah Falls without feeling like I am going to die because of being of shape, is a realistic goal. In the process losing weight would be great, especially since losing weight would help take the pressure off my feet, ankles and knees, which ultimately would help me reach my goal.

I got to my highest weight while I was in college, and all I remember is that I was pushing 240 or 250, and either way I was just too heavy, and just walking across campus and to the third floor of a building made my heart race, and I was out of breath. I never want to experience being that big, and that out of shape ever again.

There is so much more I want to do, and starting to get to a healthier weight, toning my muscles and taking care of my body will help me get there. When I find another job I want to start doing things like taking Karate classes again, and taking Aerobic Dance, Aerobic Kickboxing, and stuff like that, and I wouldn’t mind trying Rock Climbing, and doing a lot more physical activities.