3.3 MILES TOTAL – IDLEYLD PARK, OR
It was my day off, a Monday morning. Like I stated in my previous post, I was determined to make the most of our time during the shutdown, all the while thinking this would only last a month. What I didn’t know was that the next day at work in a whirlwind of a busy day, our office would be shut down by the afternoon for six weeks. When I look back, I’m thankful for the moments of happiness in the midst of all the sadness that would come.
My friend Taylor wanted to go on an adventure, and we all know I love them, so I was ready. I brought Amanda with us, and we had very meaningful and intentional conversations on our drive to and from, totaling about 5 hours. We decided to chase waterfalls and visit three that were all close to each other, off the same highway. Waterfalls are great in the winter and early spring months because the trails are typically shorter and at lower altitudes. We visited Toketee Falls, Watson Falls, and Susan Creek Falls. My favorite waterfall to date is Watson Falls. It could very well be because there was a light dusting of snow (beautiful and not difficult to hike), icicles on the rocks as we neared the base of the fall, and the height of the fall making you feel so small it was it humbling. My favorite memory was on the Watson Falls trail as well. Taylor and I were hiking down, trying to take a selfie, and my phone was locked on video. Videoing ourselves as we are trying to turn it off was hilarious, creating a child-like joy within us, and a funny video to remember such a fun day (that I have watched on more than one occasion).
I chose joy last year, and that was the best decision I made not knowing how much it would help me through the last year. God was guiding me even when I didn’t realize it, and now I can look back and recognize the many blessings I was given, from family to friends, and overall well-being.
All three falls are near Idleyld Park. From Eugene, traveling through Roseburg it is 140 miles. You can start at Watson Falls and visit Toketee Falls, then Susan Creek on your way back.
Thank you for reading and following along on my 2020 adventures!
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