Oregon by Greyhound • Return to Majestic Falls


The Adventure Majestic Falls

Location LAT 44.44073 N LON 122.59118 W
Date August 15, 2009
Weather 71°, Partly cloudy

Distance 51.9 miles


Following the path next to McDowell Creek, we passed by Crystal Falls, a small waterfall empting into a pool.


Once again, Crystal stepped into the path to urge me along. Almost as if to say, “Mom, we walk 20 feet only to stop for 20 minutes. Enough with the pictures.”


The developed trail system always impresses me. Crystal navigated the stairs much better than Adam.


McDowell Creek


Majestic Falls


Majestic Falls two months earlier.


At the base of the falls.


Mid-fall


And Crystal’s glamour pose


Mom! Enough with the pictures.


Oh please udder mudder. Make her stop.


The top of Majestic Falls.

Oregon by Greyhound • Return to Royal Terrace Falls


The Adventure Royal Terrace Falls

Location LAT 44.44073 N LON 122.59118 W
Date August 15, 2009
Weather 71°, Partly cloudy

Distance 51.9 miles


As we rounded the corner to Royal Terrace Falls, we were amazed at the difference two months of summer made.


This was Royal Terrace Falls on June 7.


The drizzle of water exposed much of the rock below.



Fall Creek barely flows below the falls.


Crystal had grown tired of waiting and was ready to hit the trail.


As we moved on, a footbridge crossed over McD0well Creek. Two more falls waited for us upstream.

Oregon by Greyhound • Butte Creek Falls


The Adventure Upper Butte Creek Falls

Location LAT 44.92389 N LON 122.51222 W
Date May 16, 2009
Weather 94°, Sunny

Distance 33 miles


Moving on down the path from Upper Butte Creek Falls, Butte Creek Falls was great.


Lagging behind on the trail as usual, Minnie and Karen had pulled up a rock out on the ledge to wait for me.


So I hopped into the scene with them. Rare footage indeedy.


Butte Creek Falls topples over 85 feet into a pool before it continues on to Lower Butte Creek Falls.


The view of the falls is 150 ft. above the base on a rocky ledge.


Once again, Minnie and Karen wait patiently as I grab just one more quick shot of the falls.



A wonderful fallen log on the way back to the trail head.

Oregon by Greyhound • Back to Upper Butte Creek Falls


The Adventure Upper Butte Creek Falls

Location LAT 44.92389 N LON 122.51222 W
Date May 16, 2009
Weather 94°, Sunny

Distance 33 miles


Last time we were at Upper Butte Creek Falls, we didn’t make it to the second falls just below the falls. Minnie led the way this time.


The red color on the berries of this plant were beautiful, but thorns on the stalk, upper and under sides of the leaf were enough to keep from looking closer.


We were quite surprised when we rounded the corner to the falls.


We went from a thunderous wall of water dumping over the ledge,


to a trickle dropping 22 ft. to the pool below.


It was now possible to walk behind the falls and look out.


Despite the heat, it was a really beautiful day.

Oregon by Greyhound • Yaquina Head


The Adventure Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Location LAT 44°40?36.4? N LON 124°04?45.9? W
Date July 25, 2009
Weather 61°, foggy

Distance 92.3 miles


The plan was to catch the sunset at the lighthouse. The drive to the coast was beautiful, at least until we hit the Newport city limits.


At that point, we knew the only yellow we were going to catch were the yellow evening primrose that lined the road going out to the lighthouse. They were far enough inland, that we still had hopes of seeing something. Anything.


This is the lighthouse from the parking lot, maybe 100 feet and an hour away from sunset.


It was windy and cold and Buddy was pretty sure he would be warmer inside.


Sorry Budman, you’ll have to stick this one out with us in the wind and the fog.


Ocean visability was nearly impossible except straight down from the cliff.



The seagulls didn’t seem to have a problem navigating in the fog.


Looking at the backside of the lighthouse.



And they expect ships to see that itty bitty light in the fog. Right.

Oregon by Greyhound • Chitwood Covered Bridge

The Adventure Chitwood Covered Bridge

Location LAT 44° 39′ 15.2″ N LON 123° 49′ 03.9″ W
Date July 125, 2009
Weather 79°, sunny

Distance 73.3 miles

In the early 1900s, the small logging community of Chitwood was a bustling town. The sign on the bridge was removed from the old railroad station.
Buddy was most happy to get out of the car to pee on a tree and cross the bridge.
Yes Bud, those are the railroad tracks.
Steam locomotives stopped in Chitwood for water and coal as they traveled between Yaquina and Corvallis. The tracks are still in use, but the trains no longer stop in Chitwood.
The original bridge was built in 1926 and rehabilitated in 1983.
The 96′, single-lane bridge spans the Yaquina River.
Chitwood bridge is the home to a million sparrows. They enjoyed swooping in and out of the covered bridge during our brief stop.

Oregon by Greyhound • Chitwood Covered Bridge

The Adventure Chitwood Covered Bridge

Location LAT 44° 39′ 15.2″ N LON 123° 49′ 03.9″ W
Date July 125, 2009
Weather 79°, sunny

Distance 73.3 miles

In the early 1900s, the small logging community of Chitwood was a bustling town. The sign on the bridge was removed from the old railroad station.
Buddy was most happy to get out of the car to pee on a tree and cross the bridge.
Yes Bud, those are the railroad tracks.
Steam locomotives stopped in Chitwood for water and coal as they traveled between Yaquina and Corvallis. The tracks are still in use, but the trains no longer stop in Chitwood.
The original bridge was built in 1926 and rehabilitated in 1983.
The 96′, single-lane bridge spans the Yaquina River.
Chitwood bridge is the home to a million sparrows. They enjoyed swooping in and out of the covered bridge during our brief stop.

Oregon by Greyhound • Drift Creek Falls


The Adventure Drift Creek Falls

Location LAT 44.93338 N LON 123.85062 W
Date July 18, 2009
Weather 63°, sunny

Distance 65.9 miles


Ready for the 1.5 mile hike into Drift Creek Falls.


Drift Creek Falls is a very pretty waterfall, but it’s real claim to fame is the suspension bridge built by the National Forest Service in 1997.


The 240′ bridge spans over 100 feet above Drift Creek. Very safe for a greyhound to cross, but a little eerie when it moves.


View of Drift Creek Falls from the bridge.


Karen playing at the water’s edge.


Base of the falls.


The falls plunges 66 feet over the gorge wall with a view of the bridge crossing above.


An old growth log covered in moss.


Drift Creek Falls is about 10 miles inland from the coast. Can’t be that close to the coast without a quick trip to the beach.

We made a quick stop at Boiler Bay.


Looking north from Boiler Bay.


Completely enchanted by the ocean, I was thrilled when a whale appeared for a very brief moment before disappearing again. Apparently there was a pair that had been playing in the bay. I only saw one, and he wasn’t around for very long.

Oregon by Greyhound • Drift Creek Covered Bridge


The Adventure Drift Creek Covered Bridge

Location LAT 44°59’35.1″ N LON 123°53’11.2″ W
Date July 18, 2009
Weather 63°, sunny

Distance 53.1 miles


At long last, Crystal steered us towards another covered bridge. Drift Creek covered bridge spans, oddly enough, Bear Creek.


The 66 foot bridge didn’t start out there though. Originally, it was built south of Lincoln City 1.5 miles from the coast. Until the mid-sixties when it was bypassed, the bridge serviced the main north-south traffic. By 1988, it had to be closed to pedestrian traffic due to it’s deteriorating condition.


Slated for demolition, a local family rallied support and took position of the dismantled timbers and moved the timbers to their property 8 miles north to cover a concrete bridge that accesses their property. They have graciously donated the public easement back to the county for the public to enjoy.


Bear Creek


The original bridge was built in 1914, destroyed by a flood and rebuilt in 1933, and dismantled and moved in 1997.