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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.


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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