i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
i was especially delighted to go to a short training in lebanon because i knew i would have plenty of time left to bike somewhere interesting. hence: silver falls state park! you can't actually bike around the trail of ten falls, but they have a little 4-mile path in its forested region, and then you can wander on these things called feet to the closest fall, south falls. the full ten-fall trail is over 8 miles, so if i return, i will want to arrive a lot earlier. but the south falls is beautiful!
silver falls was created after the columbia river basalt lava floods as the softer layers of sandstone beneath the basalt sheet eroded over time. i especially love the cliffs behind the falls. in fact, the trail is built so you practically have to crawl under them to get to the other side.