Number 1: The Floor is Lava at Silver Creek Falls
Spoiler alert, there isn’t really any lava there. However, I had a total blast playing this game that the kids came up with. While hiking, one person randomly calls out “the floor is lava” and everyone has 5 seconds to hop up on something above ground – like maybe a rail, or a rock, or in my case a fern. Go ahead and mock us, but at least give it a try, and I dare you not to smile!
In the meantime, nature’s 10 waterfall canvas at Silver Falls State Park is pretty impressive too. It’s crazy… on the way there you will be driving through farmland and meadows, and then suddenly the road will drop you at South Falls and you’ll be smack dab behind a 177 foot cliff shower. See those tiny people in the picture above. It’s quite a drop!
And ever so beautiful…
My favorite part of this experience was the opportunity to see a 360 degree view, starting with the peaceful creek up top:
Followed by the pretty trail leading down to where you could walk behind the Falls:
Nice to find a few cubbies to tuck in to:
Time to walk behind those magnificent falls:
And maybe take a drink…
Wave back at your brother and Mimi:
Before you stroll back up the hill consider a rest on a short, wood chair.
As you come full circle, you’ll end up at great discovery #2.
Number 2. Lodges with Breweries
This was my first ever experience at a State Park where a little lodge cafe sits between you and your hiking trail. I have to say, in my opinion, it did not detract from nature’s wonder at all. It was fantastic. A soda for the kids and a Seven Brides brew for the responsible adults. Here’s a list of other craft breweries within distance of a National Park that may be worth checking out. Anyone up for that duty?
Number 3. Silverton Fine Arts Festival
Ooh baby! Talk about the biggest little hidden gem. Silverton is such a small town that I certainly didn’t expect to be cruising residential and stumble in to a forest fine art mecca. This event is so cool! Artists from across the State were there showcasing their treasures in booths forming a circle around a forest playground for the kids. There was music and food trucks – the whole nine yards. It’s an annual event I hear, so might have to plan another trip back with the Accessory Sisters.
Number 4. Sweet Silverton Home Show
Okay, not officially a “show,” but I could not get over how adorable all of the downtown homes were! Each one a little different but fiting perfectly in to the neighborhood. If you make a trip to Silverton, be sure to make time to stroll…
Lots of people seemed to have these big gorgeous basket holders on display in their front yards.
What?! You still have energy in those legs, then it’s time to take a spin in the Silverton shops, or at least take a break to refresh on one of the stunning back decks:
We certainly discovered a lot to do within the short circumference of the City of The Falls. This post doesn’t even include a trip to the Oregon Garden, which is a wonderful treat in and of itself.
Bye-bye baby Silvie, hate to scoot but we’ll be back soon!
Best wishes to all Windlasse Wanderers in finding adventure this weekend.