EDIT: My free Photobucket trial is over and I have received the receipt from Photobucket. STILL I get an error message saying that the link and embed features are not available with my unlimited plan. SIGH. I sent a message to their service people. BUT, I think I have discovered a workaround for now. Fingers crossed that the photos stick!
My photo hosting woes continue! I have now paid for the premium unlimited version of Photobucket in hopes that it will work to allow my photos to show up in WordPress. The only problem is that it starts with a 7-day free trial and during the trial it won’t let me share photos to the blog. Whyyyy?! I already gave them my credit card number!
Anyway, after a week or so I will re-do all the photos on the last few posts and post about our hike yesterday.
Photos, part 2
Edit: I added the photos (again) in Chrome and they now show up in Chrome and Edge. Hopefully they will stay put!
I thought I had fixed the photos by finding a new photo hosting site, but now I see that they are showing up in Firefox but not in Chrome or Edge. Aaaack! It took a couple of hours yesterday to try to fix them and now I need to do it all over again 😬 Well, back to the drawing board. I had been working in Firefox, so I guess I’ll do the work in Chrome this time.
Oh, My Photos!
Arrgh, sorry, everyone, my photos seem to have disappeared from the last couple of posts. I’m pretty sure the problem is with my photo hosting, so I’m working on it.
Thought I’d share this nice photo of The Boy. What beautiful kiddos we have! 💗
We had a wedding! The Girl and her Fiancé were married on January 14th. We had the wedding at a house here in town that is set up and decorated to hold weddings, and had a bilingual ceremony in English and Spanish, since The Son-in-Law’s family speaks Spanish. It was a lovely ceremony and I would like to get a transcript of it, the minister did a great job. The bride and groom declared that they had a fun day. After the wedding everyone came to our house for cake and coffee and we had a nice visit. The lady who runs the wedding house took photos too so we had some family photos done for the first time in forever, and a photo of all three of our kids together for the first time in years. In fact, it was the first time they had all three BEEN together in years and years! We enjoyed meeting the Son-in-Law’s family, with the rather whirlwind courtship and wedding we hadn’t had the chance to meet them before. Here are some photos for you to enjoy!
It was a lovely wedding and the The Girl and The Son-in-Law enjoyed themselves, which was the most important thing. They now live in wedded bliss upstairs in what used to be just the The Girl’s space, so they can save up for a place of their own. The Son-in-Law fits in well at our house and we are happy to have him here.
Hooray, wedding!! 🥰
Hike – Sahalie and Koosah Falls
Yesterday we hiked the Waterfall Loop at Sahalie and Koosah Falls, near McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. You walk on the McKenzie River Trail for a couple of miles and then turn back to do the loop.
It was a beautiful day weather-wise, but so chilly in the morning that I had to start out in my puffy coat! Marnie’s car told us that it was 39 F while we were on our way to the falls.
We parked at the Sahalie Falls viewpoint parking lot. There is a convenient restroom there. Walking from the parking lot you shortly get to this Sahalie Falls viewpoint.
After Sahalie Falls, the trail follows the McKenzie River down to the Carmen Smith Reservoir.
There are quite a few stairs to go down on the way to Koosah Falls, if you do the loop in a clockwise direction.
It isn’t long until you get to the viewpoints for Koosah Falls.
The sound of the river and the waterfalls is loud but soothing during this hike.
Here the McKenzie River flows into the Carmen Smith Reservoir. The Reservoir is stocked with trout so is a good place for fishing and boating, but it is closed until sometime in 2023 to address sinkhole concerns. You go across the reservoir road bridge to get to the trail on the opposite side.
There is a convenient restroom available near the reservoir and right next to the trail that continues around the loop. We took a restroom and snack break before heading up the trail on the opposite side of the river.
Then we came at Koosah Falls from a different angle:
We followed the river back to Sahalie Falls:
We could see that some kids had gone down to the bottom of the falls. It is generally thought to be unsafe to do that. When they started slipping and pushing each other, we couldn’t watch lest one of them go in the water. Without a miracle it is doubtful one could survive a fall into the McKenzie River here, especially without a life jacket!
We eventually came back around to Sahalie Falls, where there is another viewpoint deck.
Unfortunately some people had carved or written words all over the railings of the upper viewpoint, which we didn’t consider kind, good, or loving no matter what their words say.
The view from the upper viewpoint was great and none of us had ever seen that view of Sahalie Falls before. None of us had hiked the Waterfall Loop before either, so that was new and fun to do. Kangaroo and I had hiked at Sahalie and Koosah Falls a few times, but had never gotten around to doing the Loop. We enjoyed our little hike and were glad to see things we hadn’t seen before! Kangaroo has expressed interest in backpacking the 25-mile-long McKenzie River Trail, and we did see some campsites available along the trail.
After our hike we decided to eat lunch on our way home and went to Takoda’s restaurant in Rainbow, after a stop at the Obsidian Grill to find that they weren’t serving lunch that day. Takoda’s is nice and I think we will stop there again. They had a big Jelly Belly jelly bean machine and since there were cream soda flavored Jelly Bellys I had to get some. They were delicious. I didn’t get a photo of the jelly beans or the little dwarf African froggies in biospheres that the restaurant had for sale. I’m sure those froggies would be a whole blog post in themselves!
We enjoyed our day and have planned a pretty hike in the same area for next week. There are several trailheads in the central Cascades that require permits, and I was able to get one for the trail we chose. Tune in next week to read about that hike!
Just keep walking!