Our arrival in Portland was timed so that we'd basically go straight to the hotel and go to sleep. The plan was to get up bright and early and be on the move. As it turned out, Roy had a bit of a cold (which was murder on his ears during landing), and he developed a bit of fever overnight, so we moved "early start" down the priority list below "not get so sick that we have to cancel the whole trip."
Fortunately, the fever broke in the wee hours of the morning, and we were good to go, anyway. Our first stop, based on recommendations from B&B hosts, was The Oregon Garden. Disappointingly, we left our Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center membership card at home, or admission would have been free, thanks to reciprocal privileges. Oh, well, we're sure the Gardens can use the income.
The Gardens themselves were not particularly outstanding in August. Outside the Garden, though is the Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House, which is kind of neat. We took a few pictures of it from the outside and moved on.
Our main objective for the day was Silver Falls State Park, and we were not disappointed with it. While the entire 10-falls loop is 10 miles long, the major falls are accessible by much shorter hikes.
The trail begins at Upper South Falls and walks you behind the falls, then continues to Lower South Falls. Shelly's feet were hurting pretty badly, so Roy trotted on ahead to see what Lower South had to offer. The path climbed a ways, and then went down quite a lot of stairs to the falls viewpoint.
After seeing both of the south falls, we went back to the car and drove to the north end of the park. From there, it was a short hike to Upper North and Lower North. Unfortunately, Shelly's feet would not take any more hiking after getting to Upper North, so Roy went to Lower North to get a few pictures.