All along the way the powerful waters of the McKenzie River flowed beside (and sometimes beneath) us. We were amazed by an incredible three waterfalls which had formed long ago when the river was forced to traverse its way around the ancient lava flow.
The river flows underground for quite a few miles until it emerges at a point called the Blue Hole. The water is an insanely rich electric turquoise.
We hiked about 8 miles each day, stopping for snacks and to filter water from the river for us and the dog. By the time we reached camp, we were ready for good food and a game of cribbage.
Throughout our trip, Matt and I enjoyed our alone time, without work, kids, day to day stress...it was just the two of us...the dog, the trees, the river, and our packs. We love getting out of town like this where there is nothing to worry about but simply living and enjoying each other's familiar company.
This trip was planned as part of our elopement, the plan was to get married the day we returned home! (You may remember our engagement.) As I post this, listening to the Indigo Girls, and sipping black coffee, I am happily married...