Water Water Everywhere….

This famous line pretty much sums up our setting for the past while. In this post I will share some Oregon Falls we’ve explored. And then, there is the omnipresent RAIN. Thanks to the latter, we’ve spent more time than normal inside our little Airstream. This is how little it is:

The 2012 27 FB Airstream International Serenity

And this is very close to how our 2012 Airstream International Serenity 27′ FB (Front Bedroom) looks inside, with the exception of “pearl” cushions instead of “mocha” as depicted and our Galley has a round sink in an half-round extension, more like the floor plan above:

International Serenity interior

There is a great deal of history behind the Airstream travel trailer. Founded in the 1930’s by an adventurous sort, Wally Byam, the company has held true to its early principles. Excellent design, affordability, and life on the Open Road. Modern Airstreams look pretty much the same as their early predecessors. Aerodynamics, efficiency, good craftsmanship, lightweight modern materials, fuel economy and revolutionary attitude all define an Airstream. We were happy to find our own Airstream in East Austin, from a young couple who had lived in it while remodeling their bungalow. That meant that there were very few miles on it and it was in great condition. Right now I’m typing while listening to Pearl Jam over the awesome sound system. Perks. So all in all, it’s not so bad being cooped up in our little home on the frequent rainy day. On the other hand though, it’s good to get out. There hasn’t been a whole lot of work for us in this winter campground here on the Oregon Coast. I know we’ll be very busy at our Summer camp host posting in Colorado, at beautiful Ridgway State Park in the Southwestern part of the state. Please stop by and see us if you’re in that part of the country. We’ll be there April 15th-Labor Day, 2016.

Now, back to the water subject. We recently visited Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area, about 25 miles east of the coastal town of Coos Bay. This is a former park that has basically been abandoned due to a landslide that threatened the single-lane road into the park. So now one has to park about 1 1/2 miles outside the park and hike in, through gorgeous rain forest alongside a raging river. Not bad. Once inside the park, it is a 1/2 mile hike

Trail to Golden Falls
Path to Golden Falls

to the base of each waterfall and a 1 mile hike to the top of Golden Falls. Each hike has its own reward. The base of Golden Falls is astounding. Apart from the roar of the heavy waterfall, the colors and mist make it a real treat.

Golden Falls 1
Golden Falls

The trek to the base of Silver Falls is similarly rewarding.

At the base of Silver Falls

The real reward though is the trek to the top of Golden Falls:

Trail to top of Golden Falls
The trail hugs a cliff as it makes its way to the crest of the falls

And the view from the top of Golden Falls is golden.

The top of Golden Falls
Looking into Golden Falls canyon

At another opportunity, we made our way to Silver Creek Falls, about 15 miles inland from Florence. The character of this water feature is quite different from Golden and Silver Falls. While Golden and Silver Falls are astoundingly large, Silver Creek Falls is actually a series of cascades along Silver Creek topped by a big drop. The trail up the cascades is an easy 1 1/2 mile trek. Parts of the trail are built out from the cliff wall:

The family on the way to Sweet Creek Falls
At the top of Sweet Creek Falls

Up next, a trip to the Ocean with the kids. Meanwhile, hello again Silver Chariot!