Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mile 23: McDowell Creek Falls

*No pictures this time. My camera was broken.*
July 2nd: The day I became a mom. Okay, that was ten whole years ago. So what better way to celebrate than tacking more miles onto our family goal?

I'd heard about McDowell Creek Falls from a friend but had yet to check it out. It was one of those HOT days in Oregon (ya know...90 degrees) when for a moment I regret having no air conditioning.

The drive seemed long on the map, but turned out to be quite pleasant. Just outside of Lebanon a few miles, turn left off the freeway into farm/forest country.

I think the temp. was a good 10 degrees lower just getting out of the car. Whew! The hike was GORGEOUS. Passing by several waterfalls, over bridges, and up daunting stairs. Through the forest...following the creek and all its meandering.

The hike was only 1.5 miles...but it does feel like more with the inclines. So if you go, be warned. There are, however, shorter trails to take.

And the best part? Playing in the creek! (photos from another trip)

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