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This Sunday we drove down to Silver Falls State Park for a family hike. It was the perfect weather for it, not too hot and not raining! Since it was Rowen’s first real hike (woohoo!) we decided to take an easy route to start and go from there. She ate up the first loop in no time, and soon we were faced with the choice of heading back up from South Falls to the lodge and being done by noon, or pushing on to Lower South Falls and facing the arduous switchback climb up Maple Ridge. Anyone who has done that loop knows that while the distance is a very manageable 4 miles, it’s the ascent that gets you, especially when you’re a four year old with little legs. Rowen took it in stride. Apart from some stops for snack breaks on a couple of benches she just kept on plugging up the hill, red-faced and rosy-cheeked, but smiling and laughing the whole way. We were very, very impressed.

Rowen at Silver Falls

Rowen standing at the top of South Falls. This is the start of the hike, just down from the lodge.

South Falls

The impressive South Falls waterfall.

Stu at South Falls

Yours truly, smiling at the start of a great hike.

Silver Falls State Park

Rowen and Meaghan investigating monster caves behind South Falls.

Playing in the stream

Playing in the stream.

Silver Falls Hike

A throne fit for a queen. Rowen theorized that this could be used for her castle.

Lower South Falls

Celebrating our arrival at Lower South Falls. It’s a steep descent in places and despite having cobbled steps, it can be quite slippery. Rowen was happy to be down. We hadn’t told her about the impending “up” yet. 🙂

Silver Falls State Park

“I’m building a fairy house, Daddy!” Rowen loves collecting things along the trail to build houses with.

Silver Falls State Park

Using her fishing pole (a stick she found) to catch fish in a nearby stream. This was very near the end of our four mile journey, so we stopped on the bridge to play for a while and enjoy the lovely day.

We’re definitely going to be doing more hiking this summer and I’m excited that Rowen had such a good time. When we were finished with our loop and eating sandwiches at the lodge, she asked if we could go on another hike this same day! I’m super impressed, baby girl. Well done!

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