Even though it is not winter,
I want to start this post off by quoting Robert Frost and this classic poem. It captures the excitement of exploration of the forest and the existential emotion it gives.
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”
Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake To ask if there is some mistake The only other sound’s the sweep Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. -Robert Frost
I was on a mission. It seemed to take no time at all to get to the “end” of the trail where Chush Falls is (click green text for the full story.) Typically I would take my time getting to the destination but again time was not on my side. It was about 3pm when I got to the trailhead and needed to get to the falls to find my way across the river. This area is FULL of waterfalls and certainly not short on adventure or discovery.
The sun was at a perfect angle
illuminating the forest floor creating a magical environment impossible to not want to take pictures. Several years ago there was a pretty massive forest fire decimating much of the area. The current trailhead is actually 1 mile (1.6km) away from the previous trailhead that was destroyed by the fire. The forest floor is trying hard to recover with saplings and new plant life. The resilience of nature is astonishing how even after an event such as this life still rebounds.
The sounds of the river’s torrent
grew closer and closer saturating the sounds of the forest with white noise and with each step the low-end rumble of the first waterfall Chush Falls. Here are some other of my waterfall adventures YOU WOULD LOVE:
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It was finally time that I arrived at where I thought the crossing of the river would be. I was wrong and was disappointed I could not find the ‘secret’ safe location where others have forged. So, I took to the sky and cheered up a bit when I saw this magnificent sight.
This was the farthest I got- this time. On a day where I have more daylight I will dig deeper into finding the ‘right’ way to this and the other falls. Until then I have so many more waterfall adventures planned. I plan on exploring The Historic Columbia River Highway next week and PROMISE many more pictures and awesome adventure. Til then keep exploring!