After working 8 hours 5 days a week, my roommate Haley and I were more than ready to get out of air conditioned cubicles and into the open Oregon air. Earlier that week, my co-worker told me about how he proposed to his wife beneath one of the waterfalls at Silver Falls State Park. He described the park as a scenic wonderland full of winding trails and waterfalls. It sounded like the perfect place for our first weekend at the apartment in Oregon! Haley and I decided to try the 7.2 mile hike and invited a few other interns along for the adventure.
Let me just say, oh my goodness we were so glad we decided to go. Not only did we meet some really cool people, but walking through the park itself was a surreal experience.
Less than five minutes into our hike we came across our first waterfall pictured above!
I love the picture above of my roommate, Haley beneath the first waterfall we saw. (We put flowers in each other’s hair haha.)
While the trail itself was beautiful, I’d have to say we had the most fun on the little paths that wound away from the main trail! There were many times when we wandered towards the water to find cute little rocky beaches or piles of logs to climb on (pictured above).
There’s something special about standing thigh deep in cold river water, so far from the highway that you almost forget a world beyond the forest exists. Nature has a way of quietly healing your soul, a sacred break away from the traffic of everyday life.
I set up a timed camera on a log and sprinted to get in this photo, surprisingly it turned out pretty well! From left to right: Daniil, me, Haley, Brandon and Luis.
The rocky cliffs surrounding many of the waterfalls formed a “punch bowl” structure. Walking through the hollow cavern behind the waterfall evoked this feeling of truly existing inside the earth itself.
There were wild flowers alongside the trails everywhere offering tiny splashes of color amid the green. 🙂
The picture above was one of those serendipitous moments when a really beautiful image just happened haphazardly. I quickly snapped this with my iPhone as we were walking along the trail and it captured a beautiful mixture of falling water, streams of sunlight and those glowing green leaves.
Driving back to our apartment after the hike, we felt so so overwhelmingly grateful for the afternoon we just experienced. Grateful to witness such beauty, to walk in sunlight and clean air, laughing beside waterfalls with good hearted people.