One of the gazillion reasons that I am particularly fond of the Pacific Northwest is that we can enjoy the beautiful change of seasons and play outdoors year round!
In early December, a small Wet Planet contingent and I meandered our way to Falls Creek Falls, a beautiful hike alongside and above the Lewis River not far from Carson, Washington. We hiked one-by-one on the trail, absorbing the experience with all senses – feeling the crunching of ice beneath our boots on the hard and snowy path, listening to the roar of the river’s whitewater, eyeing the frighteningly large icicles precariously clinging to the canyon wall, and inhaling the refreshing air and smell of the forest.
And though the hike itself is more than worth it, it culminates in a glorious and thundering waterfall to boot!
It was an afternoon of natural beauty, awareness, and good company. We’re so fortunate to be able to enjoy these scenic treasures so close to home, throughout the entire year!
This is just one example of the multitudes of hiking gems within Washington and Oregon. For more logistical information on this and others within our backyard, check out the following link:
(Please note – There are 2 trails to choose from; we chose the Lower trail to reach the waterfall. Additionally, the road that leads to the head of the trail is closed in winter, adding an additional mile to the hike each way.)