Last week 3 backpacking buddies and I went on a 3-day backpack up the spectacular Eagle Creek canyon in Oregon. Hobbit country! Waterfalls, mosses, ferns, huge old-growth evergreens, streams, deep pools, cascades, water everywhere, churning, falling, spitting, spraying, misting, rushing, tumbling, roaring and making everything green! Usually I hike in the Washington Cascades or the Olympic mountains. This was a different kind of ecosystem, more like on the Olympic Peninsula. It’s about 5 hours from Seattle, but well worth the drive. We had a fabulous time.