Taking off from SFO after work, I had an amazing view of mountains and high desert as we flew north to Redmond/Bend Airport. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mt. Bachelor and the Sisters as we landed. This part of Oregon is a high desert and while there were mountains in the distance, the airport was strangely flat and surrounded by tumbleweeds ... and it was HOT! Oregon apparently gets real summers.
My friend scooped me up and we were off to grab a quick dinner (bacon & kale pizza!!) before jumping right in to a mini-adventure to say "Welcome to Bend, Emily!"
|Bambi -- but no Bigfoot|
Pretty sure we startled a deer mid-bathroom break - cute little bugger! But then it was on to see where the road led. A few more twists and turns and then up a little pine-tree lined parking lot where I stepped out of the car and caught a glimpse of something that might just be described as magical.
Here we were, not even 30 minutes outside of Bend and here was this amazing, wild waterfall dropping into what looked in my mind to be the perfect place to start any wild outdoors adventure. Towering pine trees, lush wildflowers and a rocky gorge with the appropriate amount of moss had Tumalo Falls looking to outdoor magical perfection.
|Loving the green and wildflowers!|
So of course we had to scramble up a narrow trail along the small gorge to see the view from behind the waterfall. I somewhat felt like I was trespassing on one of nature's forbidden spots - the place that's always going to be difficult to get to and dangerous if you make a wrong step. But thankfully this waterfall was forgiving and I was able to get close and peer out from behind its curtains.
|From behind the falls|
|I'm on top of the world! ... well waterfall at least...|