Toketee Falls

First let me say that starting with today’s posts I will reverse the order in which I post pictures.  I assume most people go through the blog from the top down.  The most recent posts are at the top and that is the way I had been posting pictures, with the last picture I took that day at the top.  Well, as I write the commentary that order sometimes makes it awkward when referring to other posts.  So I’ve decided to post pictures so that as you scroll down you are seeing things in the same order as I did that day.  Wish I would have thought of that sooner.

I also want to point out that as you look at the blog you can left-click on a photo to enlarge it to full screen (at least that is how my laptop responds) and then right-click if you’d like to save it to your computer for future enjoyment.

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I left the house in Bend early this morning and headed about an hour and a half south on Route 97.  My first scenic road of the day, Route 230, then took me west, past the north entrance to Crater Lake, about 85 miles through Umpqua National Forest to the little town of Idlewyd, Oregon.  Along the way I stopped at several waterfalls and I liked this one the best.  It was a 3/4 mile hike up (and down) a VERY steep incline (twice, once in and once out) to reach the observation platform looking down on the Falls.  The Falls itself is at 2,329 feet elevation but the hike probably took me up to about 2,600 feet at the highest point on the path.  But it was SO worth it.  I’m a little bummed that the sunlight makes the trees in the foreground so bright.  It was an absolutely stunning view looking down at the falls.  It was a very small observation platform so there weren’t too many options for positioning myself for taking pictures once I got there.

After reaching Idlewyd I doubled back and took another series of scenic roads to reach the south entrance of Crater Lake National Park.