Tamolitch to Sahalie Falls

June 15, 2009

The cloudy day in the Valley turned to a beautiful day in the Cascades. A dozen hikers joined me for this wonderfully scenic hike. We started at Trail Bridge and had the trail to ourselves, except for several groups of considerate bikers. The flowers, ferns and butterflies were great. The Blue Pool at Tamolitch was the most beautiful I have ever seen it. The pale blue was like Colleen Millimanís eyes. We were mesmerized for an hour.

After sharing lunch with chipmuncks and a blur tailed skink, we continued through the forest along the dry section of the McKenzie (where it goes underground). I had forgotten this marvelous section of old growth . . . many Douglas firs, hemlocks and cedars over six feet in diameter. Somewhere in the forest there is a new swamp of honey bees. At Carman reservoir we were greeted by the rush of the river and voices of throngs of fishermen.

The third stage of the hike was along the south bank of the McKenzie beside Koosah Falls up to Sahalie. The laughing and rushing water is always spectacular. At Sahalie our car was still there to shuttle drivers back to Trail Bridge. Enjoying this wonderful outing were non-members Connie Pierce, Leslie Grayner, Bill Mallonee, Ron Allen, Silvia and Andrea Breeden. Members were Bill Buskirk, Joanne Ledet, Charlene Pierce, Ellen Sather, Susan Sanazaro, Daniele Delaby and Leader Jim Pierce. My thanks to Joanne and Ron for driving.

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