Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Silver Falls State Park - 4/29/2013

We left Champoeg State Park on the 29th and headed for Silver Falls State Park. Silver Falls is located in the western foothills of the Oregon Cascades surrounded by Christmas tree farms.

There were a few sites in use or reserved, but lots to choose from. All of them have paved parking pads and many have water & electric utilities. A few have full hook-ups. The restrooms are very clean and the hot showers are free.

We drove into Sublimity to get fuel and then looked for a place for lunch. We ended up just down the road at Kelly’s CafĂ© in Stayton because we liked the name even if they spelled it 'wrong.' It was a great find - hand pressed hamburger patties, thick cut bacon, and fresh cut French fries.

The forecast had shown a high likelihood of rain but we ended up with some blue sky showing between the clouds.

The desert gal thought it was chilly but others were hiking in shorts and tee shirts.

In addition to disapproving of kayaks, they don’t allow dogs on most of the trails unless the dog’s chaperone can’t read. (We saw one large dog on a no-dog trail.)

The trilliums and the

berries were blooming along the trails and roadways.

The park was developed by the CCC in the 1930s and their craftsmanship shows in the lodge

and some of the walls and stairs on the trails.  

The only down side is that we couldn't find cell signal anywhere in the park and it's the better part of 20 miles to town either direction making it a bit of a challenge to keep the blog current.

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