After two months of hunkering down at my art desk, I relished the idea of getting out of town and retreating to Oregon's natural wonders. I needed a boost of inspiration, and the beautiful mountainous landscape is always the perfect remedy.
|Toketee Falls and North Umpqua River|
On our way to southern Oregon, we decided to take a scenic route known for its picturesque waterfalls. We stopped at a few sites, including Toketee Falls shown above. In the Chinook Indian language, "toketee" means graceful or pretty- an appropriate name indeed.
|Skull Cave at Lava Beds National Monument|
There was one day my husband allotted as a "surprise." When we crossed the Oregon-California border, the girls and I became increasingly curious about our adventure to come. About 15 minutes from our destination, my husband revealed that we were going spelunking! I love the fact that the girls squealed in excitement when they found out that we were going to explore caves.
It was a first for all of us, and the day trip will go down as one of our favorite family adventures. We hiked, climbed, and even crawled through rocky crevices.
|pictographs in Symbol Bridge Cave|
One of my highlights was seeing these pictographs in a cave. These ancient markings were made by Native Americans who were most likely on spiritual quests when venturing to this cave. It's amazing to me that markings made by man hundreds -or possibly thousands- of years ago are not too different from illustrated designs today. Can you see the dotted pattern along the edge of the rock in the left photo? Reminds me of something I would do . . . a compelling experience for sure.