It has been SO hot! Friday tied the record for hottest day ever in Eugene -- triple digits are almost unheard of here! Earlier last week, we decided to take a 'Sunday drive' into the woods (on a Monday -- as retired folks, we try to leave the weekend driving to those who work on the other five days). We didn't have to go very far. It was still warmish, but much cooler than in the Valley.
This is Upper McDowell Falls. We could hear it as soon as got out of the car at the parking area.
Here in the City, it's still over 100 outside as I'm writing this post. But I swear just looking at the pictures of these soft cool greens brings the temperature down! (Or of course it might be the air conditioner.)
There are three waterfalls in the area. The staircases lead to the other two. We only walked part of the way because it was still kind of warm for all that stair climbing, especially because we had to climb back up to get to the car.
McDowell Creek is a Linn County Park (the next county to where we live) -- it's a very easy day trip and there's a nice restaurant with a view of Foster Lake for after! So we would love to go back when the temperatures cool down a little bit and do the whole hike.
LINKING this post to: Jesh's SEASONS; Maggie's MOSAIC MONDAY; Michelle's NATURE NOTES; OUR WORLD ON TUESDAY*; Gemma's WEDNESDAY WATERS and Gemma's SCENIC WEEKENDS. Thank you to *Lady Fi, Gattina, Arija, Sandy and Sylvia for OW* and to each of the other hosts.