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Two beautiful hikes

Saturday, June 08, 2019

I am relieved to finally have Internet access again. About a week ago, I lost my Internet during a lightning storm and power outage. It took some time to analyze the problem, and then I had to order a replacement router. I miss the support from SparkPeople when I don’t have Internet!

I enjoyed two beautiful and very different hikes last week. The first hike was at Smith rock State Park in Central Oregon. The rock formations are spectacular! And the large dramatic arrowleaf balsamroot flowers were blooming. I love the high Desert when flowers are blooming.

On the second hike, my friends and I hiked the waterfall trail along the McKenzie river. This is in the Cascades Mountains, in the rainier, green lush part of Oregon. We started at Sahalie falls.

From there, we hiked along the river to Koosah Falls.

Rainbow mist at Koosah falls

The hike is fairly short and easy, but my friend with Parkinson’s disease was struggling. So I hiked back with her so she could rest at the trailhead, and then I hiked a bit farther on the loop in the other direction to meet up with our other friends. After the hike, we walked through the gardens at Belknap Hot Springs.

This unusual plant with the spiky flower at the bottom is gunnera

All in all, I enjoyed both hikes very much.

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