Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sahalie Falls and More

It's 0745, and we are at the Lane County Vet Services office. We were told we'd be first in line for a walk-in appointment if we did so - the only kind Veteran Service Organizations (VSO) seem to give. We weren't told that though we'd be first in line, appointments wouldn't BEGIN until 0900. ::snort::

Whitney was worth the wait. We received clarity on our unusual situation, advice for moving forward and encouragement from knowing someone in the system CARED about our claim and would work with us until it is settled. 

We had planned to be in Springfield by 1000 ready to begin today's adventure. It was 1030 when we left the office. Arielle wasn't able to come up with us - she had to work. Go figure. 

The rest of us packed a lunch and headed up Hwy 126 for the Willamette National Forest - Sahalie Falls to be exact. I kept having to correct myself as I thought of them as "Sahady's Falls" and though Father Mark would love these falls, I doubt they were named for him. ::wink:: We also drew a complete blank on locating the falls on either our fancy GPS or on my smart phone.  Hmmm, we will need to start adding these sort of points of interest and sending them into Rand McNally.

 Our first sight of the falls

Dad, Mom, Larissa, Jared
 BreZaak and their neighbors, the K's met us at the falls
Will and girls - cute girls but I won't post face shots as I forgot to get permission
 My man and I at the falls

Mom, Michael, Me, Dad
 Some of the gang
Stacia, me, Michale, Alex, Nolan, Jared, Larissa
 Bella's first hike
Izaak, Bella, Bre
 Stacia loved her new-found height

From above - needed a wider lens

THIS is a moment sure to live in family stories. Nolan is calling Mom's phone - her phone is somewhere in the falls...  Apparently, it "accidentally" was dropped over the edge.

Somewhere down here - no luck finding it

Odd hikers one meets

Michael and Jared

JaRissa - such a sweet young couple

Michael and Mom 

Snack stop - for the love of God - lighten my back pack! LOL 
 We planned to look for a park, river, or lake to visit on the way home. Half of our group found one - the other half didn't....but that's o.k.  There is a driving tour of covered bridges I've been wanting to do. We happened upon two of the bridges and Michael stopped so we could get photos. Love that man!
Belknap Covered Bridge

Goodpasture Island Bridge

JaRissa and Lassie catch a few zzzzs on the way back to town

We may have stopped at a traditional DQ spot on main street with Mom, Dad and Lorri - ah the memories.  We came back to our new campsite and settled in for a bit of Bocce. Nolan won. 

Perhaps not a very inspiring view, but the game was a lot of fun.

Stacia had been asking for "Mafia" since Saturday. We humored her and made some fun memories in The Caboose.