Yesterday, for the first time in over a decade, I returned to the Oregon woods by going for an 8-mile hike in Silver Falls State Park. It was my first significant long-distance hike in a long time and it went so well that I'm excited to think I'll be able to delve deeper into more remote areas of my region as time goes on and my health and strength continue to improve. I very much want to re-enter the wilderness areas that so captivated and inspired me as a young girl to become the free spirit I am today.
|North Falls, part of the Trail of Ten Falls.|
When I became seriously ill, the first thing I reached for was plant-life. Gardening was for me my way out of an excruciatingly painful situation that destroyed me. Once I finally had accepted that I'd lost my fight and had to live with what was chronically (daily) occurring inside of my own body I had to let go of many things I held near and dear to my heart. In just a single plant I saw the freedom of the wilderness I was raised to believe in as both an Oregonian and descendant of many pioneers. Gardening then continued to help me as I rebuilt and grew back to who I am today.
|Lower South Falls.|
|Vine Maple (Acer circinatum).|
|Western Maidenhair Fern, (Adiantum aleuticum).|
|Vine maples in the woods in autumn.|
|Piggy-back Plant, (Tolmiea menziesii).|
|Lower North Falls.|
|Middle North Falls.|
|(Not one of the named falls. Just a bonus.)|