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Oregon Trip, Days 4-11 -- November 19-26, 2011

Days 4-11. Silver Falls State Park, OR.

The mountains above Salem, OR, are wet; in my notes, only on my last full day in the park do my notes read "partly sunny." I had hoped to spend my time hiking and taking photos, but the point of the trip was to visit with Mom, so we stayed indoors most days. We spent the days at "her" lodge, where she is the greeter, and in reality, the only public contact person in the park. She keeps a warm fire and a warm smile going all day, welcoming visitors to the lodge and providing whatever information they need.

During drier periods, I wandered out with the camera around South Falls, photographing the falls and what birds would sit still enough in the dark and damp woods. I did one short loop trail on the "partly sunny" day, hiking a bit more than 2 miles in under an hour. Being inside was okay, because I brought computer work to do, so I had reason to sit inside and enjoy the dry warmth of the fire.

We went to town one day for a park staff party (someone's birthday), and we went to the actual lodge for Thanksgiving dinner with one of Mom's friends.

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Queen of her Castle
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Lodge (actually a visitor center; not a place to sleep)
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Mom's campsite
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Jim in the cold, wet woods
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Mushrooms
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Orange fungus
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River above South Falls
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River going over South Falls
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River below South Falls
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Lower South Falls
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Falls Trail along river
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Varied Thrush
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Cedar Waxwing
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My kind of Christmas tree ornaments (Cedar Waxwings)
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Golden-crowned Kinglet
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Helicopter hauling Christmas trees (you wonder why so expensive?)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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