Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Voyage Into The Mountains

Three weeks ago me and the rest of the Douglas County Museum's Junior Explorer group visited the Glide Wildflower Show, and went on two waterfall hikes Fall Creek Falls and then Susan Creek Falls.
It took us about an hour and a half to get there.

We stopped at Colliding Rivers, where the Little and North Umpqua rivers collide.
Though not quite in the Cascade Range it was more montain than Maggie and almost as beautiful!
Common Wood Sorrel(above) The crik lead up to the waterfall.

Common Wood SorrelFall Creek Falls

We then hiked up to the top.It was compellingly beautiful.
Free where the wild wind blows,
where Sword Ferns stir, and tall trees grow,
where the deer are here year after year,
where the air is clean, and the trees are green
Free is where I want to be
yes free is where I want to be

Fall Creek that feeds the falls
We then hiked back down.
Calypso Orchidwater flowing
plants growing
life abundant
Oregon Bleeding Heart

After a picnic-lunch we went on the second hike.

Giant Fawn Lilies
Calypso Orchid

Susan Crik Falls
was stunning.
waterfall plants
We could feel the tiny droplets hitting our faces.

We found a small cave by the waterfall and in it this(probably adult) Western Red-Backed Salamander. He was only about 4 and a half centameters long!
We got out of the cave(quickly) when I realized most of it was rocks held together by mud!Sword Ferns

This summer we might explore more of Land Of The Umpqua.

1 comment:

Jaina Bee said...

Hi, Alex! I finally dug through the ephemera from my recent road trip and found your blog. This looks great, and I can't wait to spend more time perusing it. I'm inspired to be more creative with my own blog. Thanks for sharing.