We left Portland early because we wanted to get to Silver Falls State Park. The weather forecast indicated it would start raining at 2:00. We drove through more beautiful countryside. We arrived at the park at 11:30, had a quick lunch and hit the trail for a 3-mile hike.

If I haven’t mentioned it before, the Oregon state parks are wonderful. They are clean and well maintained. The trails are well marked and wide. We meandered down a trail along a creek to the first of many falls. A local was sitting looking up at the waterfall that was dripping down the rocks. He said it was much more impressive in the spring.

The next waterfall was Middle North with a height of 106 feet and it was gushing. The trail went behind the falls and to a shallow cave. It was beautiful!

We saw 6 of the 10 waterfalls along the trail. We were about 100 feet from the trailhead when it started raining. It was exactly 2:00. Weather technology is getting pretty accurate.


Steve the Dinosaur enjoyed the hike

We spent the rest of the day in the RV reading and listening to the rain. A week before our trip, I bought an Instant Pot 10-in-1 pressure cooker. Before the trip, I used it to make some stew and chili to freeze for meals on the road. Shawn suggested I also bring it along on the trip since we would have electricity at most sites. We’ve used it to defrost the frozen meals in 20 minutes and make steel cut oats for breakfast. It’s a handy appliance to have around.

We were planning to stay in the park for two nights, but the forecast of more rain had us changing our mind. This is also the first place that we stayed that didn’t have cellular service, so we were feeling a bit disconnected.

The view of our campsite from within the coziness of our RV

Daily Ratings & Stats

Silver Falls State Park – 5 stars
Steps hiked – 8,381
Photos of food – zero