Kentucky Falls/Sweet Creek Falls

April 16, 2006

We shifted into reverse and began exploring Plan B after encountering snow covered roads only a couple of miles after leaving highway 126 on our way to Kentucky Falls. The decision was made quickly to try the low elevation trails of Sweet Creek. The torrents of water and continuous cascades and falls in the Sweet Creek area delighted those exploring it for the first time. The weather was a mix of misting rain, bright overcast and plain old Oregon spring sunshine. Trillium, lily, orchid, spring beauty, wood sorrel, wood violets, bleeding heart, red current, salmon berry and fairy bells broke up the continuous carpet of spring green along our trail. The alder trees were just pushing out the first bit of leaf, which allowed us to walk in sunshine for the last mile of the day. Salamanders, slugs and a couple of water ouzels enlivened the walk. We couldn’t resist the pull of Alpha-Bit when we got back to Hwy 126, and turned in for a warming mug of tea, pie and even a root beer float. The tremendous good sports who hiked with me were:

Members: LaRee Beckley, Daphne James, Tina Rain and Barb Revere. Nonmember: Mary Peel.

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