So when I signed up last fall to be on the activities committee for our Labor Day invite, I had no clue that the committee would consist of me and 3 brothers, 1 of whom would get announced and married before planning even started. But being a very related SG out here, everyone knows each other well and I knew we’d be fine. Much procrastination has happened since then, but our remaining group finally came up with a schedule for the weekend that includes a waterfall hike and trip to the coast. However, only one on our committee had ever done the hike before and (being a brother) you never know how accurate (his) advice may be. Inviting a brother/sister sibling pair to go with us, we decided to check out the hike (so I could figure out exactly how do-able and skirt appropriate it was!) and the drive to the coast. We all met at church — some straight from work — one evening, and packed into a car to drive out. Great company and great conversation filled our 1.5 hour drive to the hike, where we realized the unfortunately limited bathroom facilities (this will be fun for labor day, oh my word) and started hiking. The hike to Drift Creek Falls is beautiful and serene, mostly downhill, and relaxing. We tried to meander slowly to simulate a heard of 80+ talking ACs, but for a group of healthy and slightly goofy 20-year-olds that resulted in shenanigans and tree climbing. Seriously though! I actually participated in that one.. the fallen tree was at least 15 feet up and looked like a ton of fun. It did require some careful maneuvering and tree gripping though. But a ton of fun!!
The best part of the hike is at the end where a 240 foot suspension bridge hangs above the falls. I have always wanted to walk a suspension bridge.. I’m thinking a swinging rope bridge above a Brazilian rainforest— totally bucket list item!!… but this is a cheap close second. It was a beautiful view from above the falls and I was kicking myself for forgetting my Nikon (all these pictures are Rachel’s)!
Some even more clever maneuvering (and jumping and slipping) across the wet rocks and boulders at the bottom allows you to get even closer to the falls below. So of course we had to try it! And it was so much fun (and again, beautiful) that we’re thinking it would be awesome to get the whole Single Group down there and have someone from the bridge above get a group picture. Getting back up to the bridge was an adventure, and I took many “leaps of faith” that evening; we’re thinking we might bring rope to help get the sisters up on Labor Day!
The hike and goofing took longer than we thought and so we didn’t get into Lincoln City for dinner until 9:30, but it was well worth it. Laughs and teasing and red vines and Swedish fish followed dinner all the way back to Salem (well, with some engineering talk that the girls slept through), a great end to a fun evening! I am so blessed to have such wonderful brothers & sisters to spend time with and enjoy God’s glorious creation around us. Excited to share this beauty with our Labor Day visitors!
I'm a twenty-something from the Pacific NW making home in new places as I follow where God leads.
My intent is to show Christ's love to the world and use business to solve some of the social problems we face: hunger, illiteracy, healthcare, economic hardship. For now, I'm in a stage of learning. A little adventuring, a few books, some good friends, and a whole lot of prayer and life runs on.