|White River Falls|
We took a little side trip to White River state park today while returning the grand kids to their mom. We agreed to meet in the middle as they live on the west side. It couldn't have been a more perfect day.
This little gem is 34.1 miles traveling south from The Dalles. We took the opportunity to eat a picnic lunch at the top and then hiked down to the old powerhouse that sits at the bottom. There are signs everywhere to not enter the decrepit building, which we obeyed.
I've been here a couple of times but usually when it is so hot that it feels like I'll suffer a heart attack while climbing back up to the parking lot. Today, I felt cold starting the hike and was glad for cooler temps when walking uphill. I'm old and 30 lbs. overweight and feelin' it. Truth.
The trail, to our surprise, goes further than we've walked before. We found another smaller waterfall at the end of the trail. There were two fishermen when we arrived but they were just leaving so we had this place all to ourselves. Such a treat!
We've had the grandkids since Tuesday and this was our chance to spend just a little more time with them before they get back to their busy school lives. Having them with us this week was a grandma's dream. This hike was like the cherry on top of a delicious hot-fudge-sundae kind of visit.
Do you have special places you like to visit in the middle of nowhere?