Tamolitch Dry Falls

August 30, 2008

Though the weather forecast called for clouds, cool temperatures and a chance of showers, Saturday turned out to be a fine day for a hike on the upper McKenzie. The easy hike to Tamolitch Dry Falls is a good choice for children or others seeking a very pleasant, but not too demanding, walk through old growth woods with a fine destination/lunch spot.

This “family hike” was planned with the encouragement of the Youth Committee as we hope to attract more participation from children and young people. I invited my daughter, son-in-law and grandson to come along for their first Obsidian outing. We were joined by member Lamonte Smith and his daughter and granddaughter.

We had a fine day. Tamolitch Dry Falls is a truly satisfying hike. The trail by the river and up through the old moss covered lava is very pretty and pool where the McKenzie springs up from under ground is absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed sharing the hike with my family and getting to know “Smitty” and his. We took our time on the trail, letting our youngest hiker (Eli, age 5) set the pace for most of the walk to the pool. That gave us ample time for photos and conversation. We enjoyed our lunch on the overlook above the pool with numerous other hikers and mountain bikers. After lunch some of us scrambled down the canyon to stand at the water’s edge, where we spotted trout and watched the flowing strands of lichen undulate in the clear cold water. Tanya is not a member, but I thought she showed some of the true Obsidian spirit when she jumped from the rocks into the pool. BRRRR! She didn’t stay in long, but I was impressed!

After spending our time at the spring we hiked back to the cars. There was a bit more traffic on this popular section of trail in the afternoon, including a number of mountain bikers. I enjoyed watching their skill as some of them negotiated some of the rougher sections of the trail.

Thanks to my family and to Smitty and his for joining me on the walk. It was a nice group and a very pleasant day. A good chance to form new friendships and enjoy the company of young people as they explore the beauty and fun of being in the great outdoors.

Hikers were members: Doug Nelson (leader) and Lamonte Smith; and nonmembers: Jasmine Leany, Tanya Smith, Elijah Westing, Geoff Westing and Julia Westing.

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