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Waterfalls!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Today I hiked Tumalo Creek with my friend Linda. It was a beautiful hike with LOTS of smaller waterfalls after the large main waterfall (Tumalo Falls). Today, the weather was cooler (70s F, or approx 22 C) which was nice for a longer uphill hike. Hike was approx 8 miles (13 kilometers) and approx 1200 feet (366 meters) elevation gain.



Tumalo Falls, the first falls, is the tallest and most dramatic.



From the viewpoint at the top of Tumalo Falls, there is a nice view if Tumalo Creek winding through the valley.


Farther along the trail, we came to a double falls


Linda at the falls


(She took this photo of me so close that the entire view of the falls is blocked)

Another dramatic waterfall





We saw lots of mushrooms!

The top section of the trail is called Happy Valley. The high mountain meadow is very lush and green. Hunters camp here in the fall during hunting season, because the meadows attract the wildlife.


The wildflowers across the stream at Happy Valley where we ate our lunch were lovely.



Monkey flowers growing on a rock in the middle of the stream.

Asters.

As we headed back down the trail, dark clouds were rolling in. We were very lucky because the first rain drops fell just as we arrived back at the car.

This final photo is from my home office: a family of deer wandered across in front of my home. This is a little spotted fawn through the window screen.




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OPALMOON 9/3/2014 8:01AM

    Lovely photos of you, Linda, the waterfalls, flowers and the deer! Looks like you and Linda had a wonderful time, and perfect weather. Great to see you had a lovely day.

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MRSBENNETT2 9/1/2014 2:44AM

    Beautiful place for a hike! I know I've heard of it, but just can't place it in my mind right now.

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THIN133 8/28/2014 10:46AM

    Beautiful photos ! It's so cool you have friends to go hiking with :)

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DR1939 8/28/2014 4:05AM

    Lovely!

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CLAIREINPARIS 8/26/2014 3:33PM

    I just love waterfalls! Sadly, there are none around Paris to my knowledge. The scenery on your hike was especially delightful, and these flowers... so pretty! I am glad you were back to your car on time, phew! How far away are these hikes from your home? Do you need to drive for long?
I wish I could see deers from my window, you are lucky.
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/25/2014 1:08PM

    I really enjoyed the pictures of the falls. Hopefully I will get healthy enough to enjoy walks like this again. I do miss them. I'm thinking about going to one of the lakes near here and going for a short walk. I can probably handle that. It has been a couple of years since I have been.

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MARITIMER3 8/25/2014 11:06AM

    Beautiful pictures, Alison. When I first read it, I read "tomato falls", and thought, "what a strange name", then looked again.

It must be so nice to see deer from your own home. We are just on the edge of a little town,next to farmers' fields,and occasionally see rabbits and once a fox, but the subdivision is being extended next year, so that will probably end soon.

Have a great week,
Gail

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MCFITZ2 8/25/2014 1:00AM

    Thank you for the hike. Enjoyed your pictures. emoticon

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RORYLYONS 8/25/2014 12:48AM

    Great photo of the waterfall....

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ZRIE014 8/25/2014 12:42AM

  nice

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JEANINNEWCASTLE 8/25/2014 12:36AM

  I've seen the signs for Tumulo Falls while visiting my brother in the area and have always wanted to check it out. After seeing those pictures I have even more incentive!

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DEE107 8/25/2014 12:34AM

    very nice thank you for sharing

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