Elowah Falls Girls Hike

On Saturday night of our basketball tournament, one of my friends looked at me and said “I want to go hiking.” I asked her what she was doing the following Saturday. She said “nothing,” and our friends standing by us said “nothing,” as well. “Next Saturday it is,” I said. That night I went home, decided we’d go to Elowah Falls and made a Facebook Event. I invited a bunch of girls.

and then… we went hiking. It was great; I love when people I know meet other people I know. I don’t like disconnect in my life; I don’t like when people haven’t met important people in my life, and I don’t like when parts of my life feel separated from each other.

I kept commenting on how GREEN everything was. Like… yeah, I live in the EVERGREEN state but it was a little overcast and for some reason, the lack of color in the sky made the green stand out that much more.

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Elowah Falls // stephanieorefice.net(this is my favorite picture taken all day. I have no idea why.. maybe because Adriana looks super adventurey!)

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When we finally got to the Falls, I got as close as I could before I could no longer stand the water drops on my glasses. This is the only thing I hate about wearing glasses…

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I found this little slug. and I kept thinking “little slug, do you even realize that you are sliming along so close to something SO BEAUTIFUL?” and I wonder how often God thinks similar thoughts about me.

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We all sat around by the waterfall for awhile. Quite awhile. and it was perfect.

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After a bit, I decided to go crawling over rocks by myself. I found a nice little space that I easily could have lived in for the rest of my entire life. There was even a mossy rock I could have used as a bed.

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as I was getting ready to crawl back to my friends I stopped to take just ONE MORE picture of flowers, and the focus kept bouncing between the flowers and the raindrops on the petals. and I realized.. you can choose to focus on the raindrops or you can focus on the flowers. It was a deep moment.

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It was a day that I needed badly. I long to be outside and exploring all the time, and to do so with a bunch of great women was perfect. We all agreed it will happen again.. I’m so excited to keep this going.

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  • Looks like y’all had a good time. Hiking is so much fun, a great workout, and can be pretty therapeutic. Wearing glasses in the rain might be a pain, but makes for a great picture!

    • yes!! hiking is definitely so therapeutic; i think that’s why i’m all about it right now hahaha. 🙂

  • I’ve been around my parents’ area, to Seaside, to Portland this weekend and I thought it was crazy how green everything was! I mean, I grew up down here, but living in downtown Seattle you don’t see quite that much green on a daily basis.

    • RIGHT!? SO MUCH GREEEEEENNNN!!!!! i think it’s different like being IN it, too… as opposed to just seeing it off in the distance from within the city. <3

  • “little slug, do you even realize that you are sliming along so close to something SO BEAUTIFUL?” and I wonder how often God thinks similar thoughts about me.” I agree so much with this! Except, part of me hopes God doesn’t view me as a little slug… no matter how slug-like I am when compared to Someone so Great. Looks like a beautiful hike, definitely hiking weather around lately! Well, not today, but lately!

    • slugs aren’t so bad, though!
      the weather has been SO GREAT… i’m dying for a whole day on the trail.
      <3 <3 <3

  • Yeah.. so… I’m STOKED to be able to join in on these hikes!!! And like you, I tend to wander off by myself to enjoy some of the peace and quiet of the wilderness. 🙂

    • YAY ALLIE! i’m literally SO EXCITED for you to come hiking with us. <3

  • What a wonderful day you all had! Looks like a picture-perfect place to visit, and what better way to enjoy it than to be with some great people you care about. 🙂 God is GOOD to have provided it all!! 🙂

    • AMEN, cheryl!!! it was so nice to be able to just step away from the hustle of the everyday with friends and enjoy God’s creation. <3

  • i love how the smallest little things make you think such deep thoughts. like the slug & the focusing on raindrops/flowers. you got a deep mind! 🙂

    • aw thanks robyn <3
      it helps me keep my mind on Christ if i'm constantly looking for things to point me to him. 🙂

  • Merlinda Little

    Lovely place to hike!

    • absolutely!! i can’t wait to go back 🙂

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