Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mackenzie River Trail - near Koosah and Sahalie Falls

Last May we camped at Belknap Hot Springs, and enjoyed both soothing relaxation in the hot springs, and a few hiking adventures, including very accessible waterfalls - Koosah & Sahalie Falls. If you're ever in the area - and enjoy beautiful old growth, moss-covered forests, clear rivers and amazing waterfalls, you won't want to miss this adventure. You can spend as little or much time as your day allows - with both easy and extended hikes. There's even a loop that takes you on the opposite side of the river, to enjoy views of the falls from both sides of the river.

At the trail, just off the parking lot - a few stairs, and you're treated to the view below.
We visited in May - at full flow. It was quite impressive - and the water spray kept fogging up my lens!

Sam was just as impressed as I.

A perfect spot for adventures and exploration.

My budding photographer.
They were calm, cool and collected.

My sentiments exactly. This bridge, although plenty sturdy, made my heart skip about 30 beats.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Beautiful Mackenzie River

I was sifting through a few of my photos this morning, and came across this one. It's proving to be a hectic day - and the gorgeous, calming colors just spoke to me.

I shot this on a wonderful vacation that was part family vacation, part couples getaway. We spent the first part of the week with the kids at Tillicum Beach, then their {blessed} grandparents took them home to Bend for the school week, while my husband and I had a camping getaway at Beverly Beach for 4 nights. We migrated to Belknap Hot Springs on Thursday, where my parents dropped the boys back off to us on Saturday for a last family-hurrah before heading back to Bend, and back to reality.

I'll continue to elaborate on this trip (you can find the links under the "Where We've Been" list to the right) - but for now... Enjoy this jeweled gem of the Mackenzie River, near Sahalie Falls.

Amazing, accessible hikes. Gorgeous wooded forest.
Wish I were there right now.