McKenzie River

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Spent a nice weekend, and probably one of our last trips of the year, at a cabin on the McKenzie River. On the way there, we stopped at Sahalie and Koosah Falls. We’d been there a few times before, but we’ve never seen the falls as powerful as they were this weekend. All the snow and snow-melt made the falls swell and they were breathtaking.

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We didn’t spend too much time in the cabin…we hiked around the Cougar Reservoir, finding old logging roads to explore. As normal, we weren’t disappointed. There was a small one lane gravel road we’d decided to head down and it was washed out in a couple areas. I was concerned because, to me, a Prius is a big battery…and I didn’t know how well it would run in water. I got out and ran through the water to watch my friend maneuver through the waters. No problems, the Prius did fine 🙂 The next two photos below are of the washed out road; the dog in the photo is a 115lb lab, to give you an idea of how deep the water was.

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There came a point we couldn’t drive any further; the water in the road was just too deep. We got out to look around and could hear rushing water. We bushwacked our way toward the sound and came across a double waterfall. There was not a good trail to it so we think it might just be from the overflowing waterfalls. It was our lucky day to see it!

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Below is another cascading waterfall  that we bushwacked our way to from the road. Standing from the road, we could barely see it but could tell it would be worth the effort to see. P1080846-02P1080835-01P1080842-01

We enjoyed the Cougar Hot Springs and met some lovely new friends. It was therapeutic for the mind, body, and soul. It snowed that morning just before we arrived, and to me, that is perfect hot spring weather. The mist and fog set a perfect ambiance.

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As I always say, I’m truly lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.

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