Because the weather here in the NW can be unpredictable, and because we were only able to get away for a couple days, we opted to rent a camping cabin (which, by the way, we've never done before). I cannot tell you how EASY camp set-up and take-down were since we didn't have to set up our tent! LOVED IT! I will say, however, that the cabin's plastic-lined foam mattress was nowhere near as comfortable as the inflatable mattress we usually sleep on while camping, but I'm not complaining. We truly needed a family getaway!
No computer. No cell phone reception. No media at all. Nothing but peace and quiet and each other. :)
Because we left on Sunday right after church, I was still in my church outfit when we arrived at the campground -- I love that a jean skirt can go from church to camp (try that with any other outfit...). :) Daniel made quick time of setting up our dining canopy while Dan set up our cook stove. Imagine our frustration (argh!) when we discovered we'd neglected to pack the hose that connects the stove to our propane tank...not much cooking would be happening without it. And we were hungry. Thankfully, Dan found an open store in Salem (almost an hour away) that had just what we needed. By the time he and Daniel got back, it was almost 8 p.m.
Did I mention that we were hungry?
On the menu? A Seifert family camp favorite: chicken fajitas.
Monday morning we woke with the sun and set off for a hike right after breakfast...
The Trail of Ten Falls is a stunning walk through the woods; the scenery as we hiked from one falls to the next was simply gorgeous.
At 177 feet, the South Falls are the second highest along the trail. We found it quite fun that the path took us behind the falls.
Daniel enjoyed exploring the small caves under the falls.
You can barely make out the pink of Anna's pants (just to the right of the South Falls) in the photo above, so I zoomed in. Blurry, I know, but still...
Papa & AnnaLynn walking hand in hand... Love this picture. :)
Love this one, too.
Looking up at...
Double Falls (178 feet).
A little blurry, but we're thankful a fellow hiker offered to snap a picture of the four of us (proof I was there, too!).
Didn't read the sign too closely before we started, but here's the detail in case you're interested (graffiti really irritates me...).
We were pretty tired by the time we reached the Winter Falls trailhead and decided to catch the trail to the North & Upper North Falls another time. From here we enjoyed a fairly easy, level walk back to the South Falls day use are where we had started.
Along the way we enjoyed walking through a grove of old-growth Douglas Fir. I have no idea how old this ancient tree is, and while it's nowhere near as massive as a California Redwood, it's significantly larger than the trees on our property.
When we finished our hike, we treated the kids to ice cream sandwiches at the lodge. They deserved it!
While we had to pack up the next day and head for home, our two nights away "unplugged" from the world was sooo worth it.
With all thanks and praise to God for a wonderful time away, for sweet memories with my growing children, for perfect weather, good food, and the best husband a gal could have!
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