Road Trip 2010 Day 9: Proxy Falls, Sahalie Falls, Koosah Falls, Springfield

by Kara on August 6, 2010

Lower Proxy Falls, copyright Kara Sjoblom-Bay

After a quick continental breakfast this morning, we got on the road again. We took the 242 to do the Proxy Falls hike. The hike was pretty easy, except for the little bit down to the bottom of the lower falls, which was steep and required crawling under a fallen log. The falls, though, were gorgeous and way bigger than we expected. Upper Proxy Falls was harder to see and not nearly as impressive as the lower falls.

We got back on the 242 and headed back to Sisters, then took off to the east, this time on the 20/126. I did fine driving back to Sisters on the 242, but got really sleepy driving on the less curvy 126. I don’t seem to be doing my share of the driving on this trip, because I just can’t stay awake while I am driving. Our first stop on the 126 was Sahalie Falls, which just had a tiny trail down to the viewing area for the falls. I still found Lower Proxy to be more impressive, but they are all pretty impressive.

Koosah Falls, copyright Kara Sjoblom-Bay

Just half a mile down the road from Sahalie was the parking lot for Koosah Falls, which was another beautiful spot. There is something so restive about sitting in front of a waterfall and listening to the rushing water. It’s a great way to relax between long tiring drives. At least in western Oregon, everything is closer together, so we shouldn’t have such marathon drives.

We went to the Koosah Falls campground and found a picnic table so we could have some lunch. Just sandwiches today because we didn’t feel like cooking anything.

After that, we drove to Springfield to my cousin Terry’s house. His wife’s mother and brother were visiting too, so it was a lot of fun. They made a wonderful dinner of grilled chicken, steak, baked beans, cucumber salad, pasta salad, bread and fresh watermelon. And brownies for desert. Yum!

Bicycle jumping mounds in Springfield, Oregeon, copyright Kara Sjoblom-Bay

After dinner, Terry and Stephen and I took a really nice walk with his two dogs. His dogs, Stanley and Frances, are great they are well-behaved and have a great time running around and playing and swimming. Stephen and I are sleeping in their trailer tonight, which is great because Stephen wanted to check it out and see how he liked it. He would really like to get some sort of trailer or RV when we retire. Terry had the water and power hooked up, so it was really nice.

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