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January Adventures

Posted by Ben on January 30, 2012

Well…it’s been a while.  I got pretty caught up in homework and teaching near the end of last term, and the blog definitely took a back seat to other priorities.  Not that I’m any less busy now, probably the opposite, but I wanted to put up some pictures.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had a whole lot of time for photography recently, and the weather hasn’t been very cooperative for weekend explorations.  However, the first day I was back in Eugene at the beginning of January, I didn’t have anything else to do, so I went out adventuring with one of my really good friends here in Oregon.

It was quite the trek, through various poorly kept and even more poorly marked forest service roads, but well worth it.  We stopped at one spot (near some scenic logging operations) on the way to look out over the valley, which was completely covered in low clouds:

Eventually, we made it to our destination: Kentucky Falls.  It was a beautiful hike that followed a stream through the Siuslaw National Forest. After about half a mile, we came to the lip of the upper falls, and about ten minutes of switchbacks later, were rewarded with this great view of the falls from the bottom:

The trail followed the stream from here past a series of rapids, and eventually brought us to the lower falls, which were truly awe-inspiring. We found ourselves down in a canyon, with fairly steep cliffs on three sides. Ahead, there was an outcropping that stuck out from the cliff. The stream here apparently breaks into two flows, each of which comes around one side of this outcropping and falls into the canyon. Unfortunately, the spray from the falls was so strong that I was only able to take a few shots before my lens was coated in water droplets, even about 100 feet away from the falls itself. This is probably the best shot I got (right half of the falls), including part of the viewing platform along the trail in the foreground:

After standing around admiring the falls for a while (and getting pretty soaked), we made the trek back to the car, which was almost entirely uphill in this direction. The trip back was mostly uneventful, except for a brief encounter with some snow flurries at higher elevations. Round trip, and including stops to get out of the car to look around and getting lost in the woods once, it was about a 5 hour trip there and back. It made for a long day, followed by dancing later that night, but it was definitely worth it.  This hike is definitely on my short list of things to do again once the weather turns nice.


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