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An Excellent Finish to the Week

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The week ended with a relaxing drive in the coastal mountains near Mapleton. Well, actually we were lost for a good amount of time. We started out to hike the Kentucky Falls trail near the same area as the Sweet Creek Falls trail that we hiked a couple weeks ago.

The initial turn off is well marked to the Whitaker Creek Recreation Area, and the first turn off is sort of marked to the Kentucky Falls trail, which is where we intended to go. The sign said it was 16 miles so I looked down at the odometer to make a mental note and off we went. There were multiple, let me stress that…MULTIPLE forks in the road and none of them were marked. Initially we just stayed on the one that looked best kept.

Here are a couple pics I took from the logging roads we circled around on the way up.

We decided just to make the best of it, so we took our time and enjoyed the sights and some of the wonder of nature. At one point a Red Tailed (I think) Hawk flew across the road; what a sight to see. Around a couple corners we came up on a couple birds in the road. At first I thought they were young turkeys but as we got closer, I realized they were the juveniles. Little teenage hawks, just chillin’ in the road, I was able to take a picture from the FJ and they never moved. Once I got out and tried to get a little closer they finally flew back up into the trees.
This is the only picture I was able to get of one of them.

After we made our way back to the highway we decided to go back to Sweet Creek and hike there so we could get some activity in. Just as we got there we saw a sign pointing to our original goal…19 miles up the road.

So we said what the H and off we went again. There were much better markings, though we had to pay close attention. I think some other people had the same frustrations ‘cause there were a few signs painted on rocks directing you which way to go.

On the way up we stopped to have lunch along the North Fork of Smith River.

We finally found the trailhead and hiked a beautiful, though fairly aggressive 4.25 miles. I knew the hike back would be a workout because the descent was fairly aggressive. We went with caution and made lots of noise after we read the info board.

It was gorgeous hiking through the rain forest and though we couldn’t always see it, we could hear the water rushing through the forest.

I think my new healthy lifestyle really agrees with me.

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    Wow!!! Beautiful Pics... Love these blogs with pictures..LOL.. Makes one feel they were there too.. Beautiful... Just Beautiful!!! And yes this new lifestyle does agree with you:)
    4281 days ago
    Those pictures are just out of this world!! Good for you!
    4284 days ago
    Absolutely freakin' spectacular!!! I love days like that!!! I have spent many weekends exploring different trails (and non trails) along the old scenic Hwy. and up around Mt. Hood. It really makes me miss the mountains!!! I can tell that you two had a great time. BTW, just be smart with bears & you'll be fine!
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    4284 days ago
    Love your pictures! The one with the log over the water reminds me of Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey dancing. How romantic! Love the lushness of the forest...although, that bear thing would have me trippin'....literally! To get the heck out of there! Ha! I don't deal well with critters that are bigger than me and have longer nails than I do. It's just a quirk I have.

    Hope you have a great week!

    4284 days ago
    Beautiful pictures. The hike sounds wonderful and in such beautiful country. You are very lucky to have a place like that to hike. Love the picture of the two of you.
    4284 days ago
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    Tam, I always love your pictures and the stories that go along with them...I feel as if I'm walking right behind you as you narrate the trip!

    4284 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    I think your healthy lifestyle definitely agrees with you. It looks like you both had an awesome time even if you did get lost. :) Now the bear thing- well I'm a weany where bears are concerned. I'd be freaking out at every little sound. But I would have missed out on the awesome sights.

    4284 days ago
    there you are, enjoying love, life, and your new lifestyle! it surely does agree with you, ms. t! you remain an inspiration and are another true sp success story! great pix of the hike and nature. i'm so glad you're enjoying the northwest's incredibly diverse topology...rock on!
    4285 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    What a wonderful day. Thanks so much for sharing your day with us. I agree with you - it was an excellent fishing to the week.

    Hugs, Sunny
    4285 days ago
    I love Kentucky falls, It is very pretty and I enjoy that area. as one who has discovered many a waterfall in his day it is one of the funnest things to do. to find them and hiked to them. I enjoy so much the outdoors! Its great to live in the Pacific Northwest. Have a great week

    4285 days ago
    Beautiful pictures! Makes me want to go back to visit the PNW again.
    4285 days ago
    One of our greatest frustrations is heading out someplace and finding the trail or road disappears on you with no markings as to how to find your original destination. I am glad that someone did some graffiti work to help you find you goal. And it sure looks worth the effort! So how many waterfalls ARE there in Oregon, and how many years do you two think it will take to see them all? (crossing my fingers and hoping that none suddenly dry up, get diverted, or new ones appear on you!)

    PS - I assume you used that sweet little spider-looking thingy for that last shot!
    4285 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/16/2009 5:21:34 PM
  • LLTS01
    I feel like I went on the hike with you but without exerting myself. I wish reading about a hike and seeing the pictures would burn some calories. emoticon

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful sights.
    4285 days ago
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    Great narrative....I really like the pictures!!! It sounds and looks like you had a great outing!! Even though the postings were far and few betweent...that is what memories are made of! Thanks again for the beautiful pictures!
    4285 days ago
    Sure does.
    Thanks for the pics and the stories. I love getting lost in the woods. Singing because of the bears.
    4285 days ago
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