Today I would like to talk about the biggest wonder of the world; nature. Forget the Eiffel Tower, forget the Hoover Dam and forget the Pyramids of Giza - without a doubt the biggest marvels in the world are those that humans had no hand in. It astounds me nearly every day how beautiful, powerful and wild nature is from crashing oceans to serene valleys. It gives me chills.
I was grateful today - which, by the way, is my first 4th July in the USA - that James' parents took us to a waterfall called Fall Creek Falls. The drive there was amazing for a start. You know postcards of places with clear rivers with rapids surrounded by mountains of tall evergreens? Well it was like that... except I was seeing it in real life.
Being in the car I couldn't get a great picture. In fact I think Kai (Marry and Ted's dog) had the best view chilling in the back of the pick-up, his ears flapping in the wind. Below is the best picture I could get of the scenery but really, it doesn't do it justice:
When we got to the bottom of the walk us females used the lovely public toilet. If there is one thing that every country has in common it is bad public restrooms. I remember when I visited the Great Wall of China that the toilets were terrible and dirty and smelly. Plus they didn't have western ones and I am ALL FOR embracing different cultures but seriously... I hate squatting to pee.
Back to the pretty visual images though! It took about 25 minutes walking to get up to the falls and boy, was it beautiful. Marry and I kept stumbling as we looked around marvelling at the wonders Mother Nature had put there. The river was running down creating little mini falls and rapids. And on either side there were tree lined banks.
Many, many trees had fallen across other trees and across the river. I wish that I could explain how the light caught the green mossy trunks with the glittering water below! I enjoyed that these trees were left as they fell, with humans intefering as little as possible in the natural environment. Of course the paths were cleared... mostly... Ted and I helped out a bit:
At the top we spent some time in the cool spray before continuing up. I can now say I have climbed to the top of a waterfall! It was so geargous. Higher up I could see the tree lined mountains on the other side of the valley. They reminded me of when I was skiing in Austria. But Oregon is much more beauiful!
I think I should end before I get carried away. But all in all the trip was really fun, and it was great to get out among the bugs and ferns and posion oak (although we avoided this). I also got to test out my new walking sandals which I bought yesterday for the specific reason of getting to properly explore Oregon's sites.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: WHAT NATURAL BEAUTY WOULD YOU LOVE TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE?
My answer: I would love to see Milford Sound which is in New Zealand. The water looks crisp and fresh and the fjords so lushcious. I just want to explore New Zealand! Any part will do!