Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

You really know you're on vacation when... - Mon., May 26

...you don't know what day it is!

This morning Frank called and said it was a good thing we didn't go visit yesterday because they really got the rain. I also saw Betty and Joe's Facebook post with photos of Sunday's rainstorm on I-5 in Washington.

Today we headed to Goodwill, bought four cheap vases and brought them to Mom's house where she cut enough peonies to make four bouquets. At lunchtime, we took the bouquets to a nursing home close by and put the bouquets at four tables with people eating lunch. 

Mom asked what we were going to do today. I said, "How long has it been since you've been to Silver Falls State Park?"

She replied, "About 20 years." 

Decision made, we're going to Silver Falls. Mom packed a picnic lunch of veggie salad, vinegar and oil dressing, my sister's homemade banana bread, and two apples. An hour and 15 minutes later we pulled into the parking lot at Silver Falls State Park, known for its Trail of Ten Waterfalls.

Silver Falls State Park, at 9,000 acres, is Oregon's largest state park. In eight miles, it is possible to hike to all ten main waterfalls. The park is a temperate rainforest of Douglas fir and western hemlock trees, meadows, creeks, and a great array of plants and wildlife.

We parked, found a picnic table, had lunch, used the facilities, then hiked to South Falls and Frenchie Falls (about a mile roundtrip from our parking place).

Lunch - eight-veggie salad and banana bread
View from our picnic table.
South Falls, Silver Falls State Park, Oregon
South Falls (enlarge to see trail behind falls)
Me at South Falls bridge
Monkeyflowers in bloom.
Moss-draped trees
Frenchie Falls - one of the small waterfalls.
Maidenhair ferns.
Silver Falls State Park was the busiest I've ever seen it in my life. A nice day, and lots of people with a day off, equaled a trail that rivaled rush hour on I-5. It looked like busloads of people were hiking today. Crazy. I think we're going back on Thursday if it's not pouring rain.
Trails were extremely crowded.
Looked like a tour bus just disgorged
people (not!); the park was just crowded.
We were going to stop at the viewpoint for Winter Falls, but all the parking spots were taken. Then we were going to park and hike to North Falls and Upper North Falls, but that parking lot was full as well. 

At that point, we kept on driving and headed home through the farmland around Silverton. A farm stand was selling fresh strawberries where we stopped and bought two pints. The berries weren't Hoods (our favorite), but I thought they were still pretty good.

On Interstate 5, around the Aurora exit, the freeway traffic came to a halt. We thought there might be an accident ahead, but we never saw one. We had stop-and-go traffic for miles. It finally dawned on us that today is Memorial Day and everyone was headed home. We laughed and laughed because we both thought it was Sunday. 

Tonight, we again had Hawaiian meatballs, wild rice, mashed yams and a spinach salad. We ate dinner on the patio overlooking the golf course.

Tomorrow, I am going with Mom to her exercise class. After that, I will pick up my rental car, then we will meet our wonderful friend, Kimmie, and have lunch at a Thai restaurant in Wilsonville.

When my son, Michael, finishes work tomorrow, he will meet me at Mom's house and we'll go to dinner, then out to see "X-Men: Days of Future Past."

Meanwhile, back in San Antonio, Texas, Bob is dealing with huge storms. Our RV site is flooded. He had to pick up our outside Welcome mat, and pick up the plastic chocks from around our tires or they would float away with all the water around our 5er. Thankfully, we know the site floods and we put the 5er up on wooden planks to keep it higher out of the water. He may have to move my Escape. Last year in the Memorial Day flood, the water came up to the bottom of the chassis and I had to move my car to higher ground.

Travel Bug out.


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