The goal this summer is to camp. A lot. Every other week (if we can pull it off)!
Last week we went to Silver Falls State Park. I'm finding that State Parks are often hidden little gems. Far less traffic than a national park, and every bit as beautiful.
If somewhat less grand. Which can be a good thing, you know?
Silver Falls is a beautiful park with ten plus waterfalls all accessible via short hikes.
There was a paved swimming spot for kids, a well-equipped campground (flushers, is what I'm talking about here) and a playground here and there.
Very family friendly. Which means a lot these days.
Not badly equipped for food either! Well, ok this didn't come from the park itself but from the small but scrappy town of Strayton, Oregon.
Just outside the town.
We visited Kelly at her cafe twice - once going into the park, and once leaving it.
A lot of beef was eaten.
Within the park it was salmonberry season.
Sometimes I think if I had to choose a place to go wild (like Thoreau/Cheryl Strayed/My Side of the Mountain Wild), it would have to be the northwest.
Berries berries everywhere and all of them to eat!
The flowers (unfortunately not pictured here) are this bizarre fuschia color.
I wish I'd brought a container, get me some salmonberries for salmonberry jam.
The taste starts sweet and then goes tart. The color is orange as can be.
Meanwhile, on the forest floor...
Silver Falls = enthusiastically recommended! Something for everyone, and salmonberries* all over the place.
*Presence of salmonberries not guaranteed after next week