On Friday, Paul and I went to Blue Pool, a place that's been on our Eugene bucket list for years. When we went to Sahalie Falls a few months ago, we were actually trying to go to Blue Pool, but didn't realize it would be an extra 10-12 miles on top of the hike we already did. The McKenzie River goes underground in lava tubes for a while, and then pops back up to create Blue Pool, and I'm not entirely sure why, but it's so blue. This place is pretty magical. We even found wild orchids, which are my Grammy's favorite flower, and she's not doing too good right now, so it made me happy to see them.
The hike was incredible. It took two hours to drive there, each way, and then about four hours round trip for the hike which includes the extra time spent climbing down the 60 foot cliff to get to the lake's edge, but the hike itself (until the cliff part) was easy and very flat. Paul and I might not be in Oregon next year, so we're soaking it up while we can.