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Horseshoe Bend

36°52' 46" N 111°30' 45" W Horseshoe Bend

Nov 21, 2014  –  by Maeva

Oddly enough, we hadn’t even planned on making a stop there. But after hearing a bunch of people mention Horseshoe Bend that morning at Antelope Canyon, we thought we ought to go take a look! And thank god we did!

The best word to describe it? IMPRESSIVE! We walked for a mile to discover the gigantic rock in the middle of the canyon surrounded by a halo of turquoise water. All the more impressive was just the steepness of the cliffs we stood on. Nature once again reminded us how little we are and capturing the scene from such heights and posing so close to the edge was a little stressful… But absolutely thrilling!

Maeva on a cliff on top of Horseshoe Bend
Maeva on a cliff on top of Horseshoe Bend
Our feet dangling above Horseshoe Bend
Our feet dangling above Horseshoe Bend
Maeva sitting above Horseshoe Bend
Maeva sitting above Horseshoe Bend
Steph crawling above Horseshoe Bend
Steph crawling above Horseshoe Bend
Maeva and Steph in Horseshoe Bend
Maeva and Steph in Horseshoe Bend

 

 

Hippie Heaven

43°17' 42" N 122°21' 57" W Umpqua Hot Springs

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

We decided to quickly go to the Umpqua Hot Springs in order to get to Crater Lake while it was still sunny. Well, that didn’t quite work out. We ended up staying over 2 hours there, because well it was a-w-e-s-o-m-e. We had both been to the Hot Springs in Banff a while ago, and I suppose we were expecting something similar: a big swimming pool and an entry fee. So imagine our surprise and awe, when we started the 15 minute hike up the forest to arrive in the most beautiful, natural and free Hot Springs. A few basins dispersed through the rocks overlooking the Umpqua River – pretty much our version of heaven. But hippie heaven, mixing the chill, the peace, the love and the nakedness (or at least the toplessness.)

It was the ultimate relaxing and worry-free experience. The source of the springs was all the way at the top and every basin filled the next one, like a drop down fountain, bringing the temperature a little lower every time. So we switched from one small pool to another to test the different water temperatures, with a beautiful view and in a beautiful setting. What more could we possibly want? Now, THAT really made us feel on vacation! Needless to say, we reaaally didn’t want to leave and stayed as long as we could. We’re officially on the hunt for Natural Hot Springs now!

View of the Umpqua Hot Springs from the top
View of the Umpqua Hot Springs from the top
Steph in the Umpqua Hot Springs
Steph in the Umpqua Hot Springs
Steph and Maeva in the Umpqua Hot Springs
Steph and Maeva in the Umpqua Hot Springs

Toketee Falls

43°15' 49" N 122°26' 2" W Toketee Falls

Oct 7, 2014  –  by Maeva

It was time again to leave the coast to do the Crater Lake loop. After a quick night stop in Roseburg and a free coffee from McDonald’s, we were on our way to the mountains and rivers on the road to Crater Lake. After a drive through the forest and along the Umpqua River, we found ourselves at the Toketee Falls. A small trail brought us to the viewpoint to admire the two tiered waterfall: 40ft into the first bowl than 80ft down to the river. As we were chatting, a twenty-something boy asked “Do you guys speak English?” and our positive answer was well worth it. He told us about a “hidden” trail that enables you to go all the way down to the river for a way more majestic view of the waterfall. You had to go over the fence (rebels!) and through a few steep rocks but he sure was right, let the images speak for themselves:

Toketee Falls view from the top
Toketee Falls view from the top
Steph on the Toketee Falls trail
Steph on the Toketee Falls trail
Toketee Falls view from the bottom
Toketee Falls view from the bottom