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Muir Creek Falls

Muir Creek Falls

After my first attempt ended in failure, I made it to Muir Creek Falls yesterday. No wonder there aren’t any photos or discussions of this place on the internet; the “easy” Muir Creek Trail is awful in its current condition. Parts of Muir Creek Trail are overgrown, parts have trees (many trees!) blocking the trail, and I completely lost the trail a few times.

After finally reaching the falls I decided not to go back the way I came. Instead I crossed the falls, via a fallen tree, to the other side. There is a house and barn on the other side. I became a bit freaked out, in part by an unrealized fear of some guy coming out of the house in the middle of nowhere and in part by the wild cows on the property. Instead of crossing through the property to get to road NF-2734 I opted to tough it out through the forest. Big mistake. I ran into more cows in the forest. Cows in the forest are scary. They never charged me, but they cursed me with their eyes, and I headed in the opposite direction. The forest terrain was very steep. I took a nasty fall at one point, did more bushwhacking than I would have liked, and ended up with blood trickling down hands, arms, and a leg.

I’m done visiting Muir Creek, but should you be so inclined, I have a few recommendations:
1) If taking Muir Creek Trail, be sure to have long pants on. Also, be sure you have the local map downloaded into your phone beforehand for offline use. GPS works out there, but there is no internet. Put the trail into your phone so you can find it when it disappears. Also, waterproof boots are a good idea as I ended up walking through 2-5″ of water several times.
2) Don’t try to get to Muir Creek from the east. The terrain is awful.
3) A possible easy route is via Road NF-2734. You’ll have to walk through the aforementioned property. I have no idea how often someone stays there or if they are friendly.

Lake of the Woods

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Lake of the Woods (June 2009)

Benham Falls

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Benham Falls (Sunriver, Oregon)

A nice walk or bike ride from Sunriver, Benham Falls is an atypical waterfall.

Happening today in Ashland

Women's Rugby in Prom Dresses with sprinklers on

No guarantee of sprinklers this year

Rogue River Gorge

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Rogue River Gorge (Union Creek, Oregon)

Fairy Ponds in Lithia Park

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Fairy Ponds in Ashland’s Lithia Park

Spring is a good time to photograph Ashland Creek in Lithia Park as the water levels tend to be higher, the rocks extra mossy, and you can even find an occasional spot with flowers.

Fall seems to have arrived

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A Japanese Maple in the rain

Along with cooler temps, we have now had a bit of rain and fog in Ashland. It feels like summer’s over. I bet we still have a few more summer-like days ahead though.

Summer is winding down

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Lake of the Woods
Southern Oregon

Temperatures are dropping, especially at night. Let’s not forget just how much fun was had in summer as we head into a hopefully equally exciting fall season.

Back to school

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end of summer

Not for me, but for my kids, today they go back to school after a summer break that included good times like the above. My summer break continues for another few weeks.

Smooth and Shiny

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Storm leaves Ashland Creek running through Lithia Park with tons of water to process. This spoon was found in this location in the gazebo along the creek near the band shell.

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