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And So, The Journey Begins…

Happy Friday everyone!

Anyone else always breathe a sigh of relief when Friday rolls around at last?

I certainly look forward to the weekends, even as short as they are. It’s nice to have that brief respite before the real world calls you back in. Sometimes, you just need those little breathers to get you through the day and there’s usually something to look forward to when weekends are involved.

What do I look forward to over the those two glorious days? Well, now that the weather has started to clear up and the sun is peaking its toasty little head out more often, I set a goal for the summer. I want to see as many waterfalls in the Pacific Northwest as I possibly can, so the boy and I have been starting up this journey together. Last weekend, we hiked out to three different falls that were all relatively close to one another, and I wanted to share some of the better pictures that we managed to snag while on our ramblings.

We decided that we would start with the Madison Creek falls out near Port Angeles, since it was the smallest hike and it’s always good to start with baby steps, right? We weren’t disappointed. Although it was a very easy walk- it can’t really be deemed a hike since it was maaaaaybe a 5 minute walk if we were really slow and/or very distracted, and it was paved. But, it was on the list and we had to start somewhere. This horsetail fall wasn’t very large, but it was pretty in its own, quiet sort of way.

View of the falls from the viewing platform. Not a very big fall, but still rather pretty in its own way.

View of the falls from the viewing platform. Not a very big fall, but still rather pretty in its own way.

Another view of the falls from a different vantage point. The fall is roughly 50 feet tall.

Another view of the falls from a different vantage point. The fall is roughly 50 feet tall.

Once we had finished up with pictures and wandering around the Madison falls, we set out on our way to the next stop- Marymere falls. The hike out to these falls was a little longer and took us about 45 minutes to do a round trip. Not long, but a good warm up. No paved road for us on this one, we had the dirt beneath our feet as we traveled to see our next destination. When we reached it, we were rewarded by the cool spray of water on our faces as the breeze from the falls kicked up droplets and soaked the platform and steps leading up to it. Dropping 90 feet into the small plunge pool below, these falls were an impressive and beautiful sight and made the hike out all the more worth it.

The first river that we crossed over on our way out to the falls.

The first river that we crossed over on our way out to the falls.

The teeny little bridge that has to be crossed in order to make your way up to the falls. Very sturdy, but you don't want to lose anything over the edge!

The teeny little bridge that has to be crossed in order to make your way up to the falls. Very sturdy, but you don’t want to lose anything over the edge!

Finally, we reached the falls.

Marymere falls- 90 feet tall and beautiful to boot. Pictures don't quite do it justice.

Marymere falls- 90 feet tall and beautiful to boot. Pictures don’t quite do it justice.

Plunge pool for the falls.

Plunge pool for the falls.

At last, the day drawing to a close, we headed back to the car and made our way to our final stop of the day- the Sol Duc falls. These falls were easily the most impressive of the trio and the most dangerous. The hike out was what a hike should have been. Plenty of exposed roots and mismatched steps that you can stumble and trip on, small side rivers and streams, etc. The falls themselves were stunning and more than a little awe inspiring. So much water had flowed down into the river feeding the falls that the thunder of the water was deafening. The bridge and platforms suspended over and near the falls were drenched and I kept a tight hold on my camera as I took pictures. If you lose something over the edge there, you may as well kiss it goodbye because the chance of retrieval is nil.

Sol Duc falls from just before the bridge.

Sol Duc falls from just before the bridge.

For some reason, I really liked how this one looked, so I thought I would share :)

For some reason, I really liked how this one looked, so I thought I would share 🙂

Another view of the falls showing the bridge- taken from one of the other viewing areas.

Another view of the falls showing the bridge- taken from one of the other viewing areas.

View of the river before it disappears over the edge of the falls. Taken from the river edge below the viewing platforms.

View of the river before it disappears over the edge of the falls. Taken from the river edge below the viewing platforms.

We straggled back to the car finally and began our homeward journey. Both of us were starving at this point, although we didn’t realize it right away, but we had thought ahead and packed sandwiches to feast upon for when we had finally finished up. All in all, the journey to see the waterfalls was a thoroughly enjoyable one and we plan on seeing the rest of the waterfalls that are in our area before the summer reaches a close. I will be updating as we go along, so keep an eye out for more waterfall journeys! In the meantime, stick around for more dog posts and drop us a line whenever you have a moment.

Do you have any fun and exciting plans for the weekend that you’ve been looking forward to?

Happy Friday!

Anastasia, Blake, and Miss Xeva

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One response

  1. Those are very beautiful waterfalls. Well worth the hike I would say!

    May 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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