Sunday, January 8th
The weather forecast was looking good this weekend, so off we went again. We arrived mid-afternoon on Saturday and enjoyed a walk to the falls just before sunset. Warm soup and bread, a fun movie and a campfire topped off the evening. We awoke Sunday morning to clear skies and freezing temps…It made for a lovely, brisk walk around the nature trail that circles the campground. This walk is probably spectacular in the warm months when all the trees are in bloom, but the freezing temps and low mist over the wetlands provide a different type of beauty during the winter.
We have found that we are really enjoying camping during the off-season. Oregon has a wonderful state park system…beautifully maintained grounds and facilities, but unfortunately the state parks camp sites are usually rather small and tightly packed. They were our least favorite places to camp during the summer due to lack of privacy. During the winter months though, you nearly have the campgrounds to yourself. It’s quite wonderful!
We are looking forward to our return visit (site 37)…hopefully sooner rather than later!
We live near Silver Falls and frequently hike various trails when we don’t want to travel far. I think the trails can be their most beautiful during the Winter. The quiet mist rolls in and really makes you look at the near view, so lush, green and peacefully quiet.