I love the outdoors. Any opportunity I have to get out into nature I take. Whether it be hiking, camping, running, kayaking, tubing, skating, surfing, snowboarding, etc. etc. There are very few outdoor activities that I do not enjoy, and very few that I will not try at least once.
I love the Pacific Northwest, mostly because it is one of the few places in the U.S. where you can literally do just about any outdoor activity you choose on any given day!
For instance, I had a good friend of mine in town last weekend and being the laid back, go with the flow guys we are, I asked him what he wanted to do the first morning when we were making breakfast. He told me he was down for anything. I chuckled a bit and said “Could you be more specific?”. He laughed back and asked why. I told him that we could LITERALLY do anything we wanted to do here…surf, skate, bike, hike, hang-glide, do some white water rafting, some kayaking, tubing, snowboarding, go to the beach and play volleyball, go fishing, so on and so forth. Or we could explore the city, which offers up a whole other plethora of options.
He started to get the picture really quick so he suggested starting in the mountains and slowly make our way back to the city. So we decided to head out to Wallace Falls and see where we ended up by the end of the day.
He didn’t need contacts or lasik eye surgery to see how great a place to start our day the falls were! They are truly magnificent to behold! We took our time meandering up the mountain to reach all the lookout points. That isn’t to say we didn’t work up a sweat. It’s an intense hike. A groomed hike, but intense nonetheless. Each lookout point on the hike (there are 3 of them) gave us a bottom, middle, and top view of the falls. The middle view is the best I think, because you can actually climb down to the falls and jump in the pools of water that collect at the bottom. You can also see portions of falls below the midpoint and can see the top of the falls from this same position.
Absolutely stunning view!
We ended up only going as far as the midpoint and instead of going to the top, we went further down the river and found an awesome water hole with huge boulders protruding from the water and plenty of open swimming areas. There were some rapids that ran parallel to us and that was awesome to see as well.