I hiked with my friend Hanne along the McKenzie River. This hike is within 10 miles of one of the major fires that occurred in September. It is a beautiful area, and I am so glad that it escaped the destruction. The rain has mostly extinguished the large fires in our area of Oregon. But many people lost their homes and there was a huge amount of damage.
On the drive in, the vine maples were a bright red/orange.
The river trail winds through lush green rain forest; it is only about 55 miles from where I live in the high desert. But what a contrast between the two environments!
My friend Hanne is by one of the many old growth cedar trees.
I loved the mossy boulders
And the views of the river
We saw a very strange dried mushroom, shaped like a flower
And there were glimpses of fall colors in the forest, among the lava formations
Our destination was the Blue Pool, where the McKenzie river emerges after traveling underground.
Wow! Just a really beautiful area! Glad your knee is doing ok for you to keep hiking! It can only make it stronger. I found that out with my recent bone density test. Exercise or lack of can make a big difference! 36 days ago