Another hotel room, another new bed, another restless night. You’d think you get used to life on the road, but I think it ebbs and flows. I try to stay positive, enjoy every moment, good or bad- but I am human and I get lonely sometimes. All of my loved ones have been checking in, and that helps me quite a bit, but I find that its in the quite moments I can start to overthink sometimes. It passes, I am good, but it’s pointful to note it because this blog has become my living journal and photo album of my trip. With that being said, I needed a mental health morning. I was getting up slower than usual, very sore, so I tried to just take it easy. Still got my routine in, happy that I did, and finally out the door around 9:30 a.m.
Located in the Willamette National Forest here in Oregon, lies several beautiful waterfalls. I headed to the easiest to find, which was Sahalie Falls, about 30 miles outside of Sisters. The drive was spectacular among woods and Mountains. The drive takes you past Mt. Washington, with a great overlook to stop and take it all in.
Sahalie Falls is free to visit, but has limited parking. It is an easy walk on paved sidewalk to view it, and you can view it from afar or hike to the bottom or top. Great for families and any age, and the sight takes your breath away. HIGHLY recommend this if you are in the area!
After the Falls I drove back in to town, found free parking, and started to just walk. Only 66 degrees out when I started, it was just a beautiful day to shop their fun Main Street. I LOVE when a town makes their garbage cans something special, the streetlights too! Looking for stickers, found some amazing finds at an Antique Store, and then saw these beautiful pieces or iron work outside between the stores. As I approached what looked like Cinderella’s Carriage, a family was there getting a group shot. Because I am on this kindness quest, I offered to take their entire family pic. (What MANY of us have been conditioned to do when in Disney World all the time). We got to talking, they live in Bend (my weekend plans), and it was such a nice interaction with strangers now friends. Walter was not a long, but he would have loved to have met them. They gave me great advice on my weekend plans, where to park this weekend, and what to see. I AM EXCITED!! I took pics with the family and told them to check out the blog tonight- so hello new friends!! Thank you for being so kind to me, it meant a lot!
With such a lovely boost to my day, I felt like I was walking on cloud 9. I felt amazing to meet more new friends, and the sun shining felt so good on my skin. After getting the area done, I wanted to grab a burger at “Sno Cap Drive In” which just SCREAMED Route 66 to me! A popular foodie destination, I ordered a Mushroom and Swiss with onion rings, and found a table to grab some shade while I waited for my food. A couple walked up and asked if they could share my table for the shade, and I said “Of course!” Well, ya’ll should know me that I don’t sit in silence. So we of course talked, and I got to know them…so hello to Jerry and Margie who not only were VERY kind to me, but also prayed over me and my travels (and fixing my ac). GREAT interaction, strangers now friends, it made my lunch so much better and I thank them for their kindness in talking to me and making me feel welcome in their space and lives.
SIDE NOTE: I found out that they ONLY do FULL SERVICE Gas Stations here and in New Jersey. Apparently it’s State Law that you are NOT allowed to get your own gas. On the way here yesterday, I had stopped at a 76 Station and the guy walked up and just started opening up my gas cap. I got out and said “Woh woh, I can get my own gas thank you.” Now, he didn’t say anything about why he was there, and I didn’t feel comfortable with him touching my car. I paid at the pump like I normally do and got the heck away from that station. WELL come to find out after talking with new friends who live here in Oregon, that it is STATE LAW that you CANNOT fill your own gas here. WHO KNEW??!? We laughed about it as I told them my story from yesterday, so embarassing. LOL And now you know, and knowing is half the battle!!
Headed back to the Hotel, took a nap, heated up my leftovers from cooking last night, and now writing this. Have to pack up tonight to head to Bend tomorrow….perhaps Ill need to rent a video somewhere there…..stay tuned!
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