Random Thoughts – PINTEREST! Nature Scavenger Hunt


Pinterest Nature Scavenger Hunt

So, I’m super obsessed, okay maybe not super but pretty duper excited about Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, I can invite you in, just leave a comment and your email and you will join the club of the obsessed. It’s just a great way to organize stuff found on the web on to these “boards” that you create. You get to look at everyone else’s pins and then re-pin, like, or comment on it. I can spend HOURS on this pinning. LOL.  Just click on the Pinterest picture below. (if it doesn’t work, go here: http://pinterest.com/hikerjenn/)


This one I found pretty exciting. My teenagers may not think so but for Scott’s boys, I think this would be a GREAT activity for small kids on a nature walk or hike or camping. We went on that hike in Mt. Hood during our camping trip and the boys got a little bored just walking. You get a lot of whining or feet hurting or complaints but if you keep them engaged and occupied, it makes for a great hike and I bet they would think it’s fun! (Along with bringing big water guns and playing hide and seek in the woods — ohhhh that would make for another blog entry!) The above picture was taken from a pin I got from Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/pin/121456521171099575/). Normally, when you click on the picture it will take you straight to the website it was taken from and then tell you more about the picture, idea, craft, what ever… this one, nope. It lead me to some thing called the Taylor House. Hmmmm. Weird. (It’s late and have to get to bed – I have a regular job and shouldn’t really be doing this — Gosh darn it!) Anyways, back on the subject. To get smaller kids out for the summer HIKING (my favorite word of the day, evening, century, millennium…Geez, Jenn get with it), I would create a small scavenger hunt for them. Instead of “just hiking in the woods”, they can keep an eye out for “stuff” found on the trail. OR give them a small disposable camera and have a list of what pictures they need to take. Cross your fingers – I will experiment on my little nieces, nephews, friend’s kids and see if it is a great activity! I will do a follow up to this maybe after summer and post pictures of the experience…. OOOOHHHHH sooo excited. Oh now I’ve done it! My mind is gonna start racing and won’t be able to get up for my 6 a.m. wake up call!

Leave a comment and let me know if you do something similar with your outdoor activities?

(It’s really late because even the misspelled words and grammatical errors – they all look right!!!)


Opal Creek Wilderness – No Hike Hike! Sullivan Falls


Sullivan Falls

June 23, 2012

Info: (http://www.portlandhikersfieldguide.org/wiki/Sullivan_Creek_Falls)

There are no trailheads here nor any trails within two miles of this falls, but what makes Sullivan Creek Falls a worthy destination is its proximity to a road. The falls is literally next to FR2207, the road that connects the Little North Fork of the Santiam canyon with Detroit. There is a small parking area on the other side of the road from the falls with a messageboard, both of which are new additions since the Opal Creek Area gained wilderness status. There is room for 4-5 cars.

The falls is a fantastic place to visit if you are in the area, as it requires no effort beyond a bit of driving, and the reward is a chance to relax at a gorgeous 100+ foot waterfall. You can find the falls by driving to the upper trailhead of the Little North Fork of the Santiam trail on FR2207 and continuing up the road for two miles until you see the falls by the side of the road.


  • On I-5 exit onto Hwy 22 and head east towards Stayton
  • In 22 miles – at second yellow light just east of Mehama – turn left onto North Fork Road SE
  • After 15.1 miles road turns to gravel. Another 1.2 miles you will reach a fork in the road.
  • Bear right at the fork where the sign says “Three Pools”. This will be Forest Road 2207.
  • 3.8 miles from the fork will be a wide spot off to the left of the road for parking.
  • Sullivan Creek Falls is on the right side of the road.
  • No facilities.

Jenn’s View: I was actually looking for the Three Pools. I wanted to see if there really are 3 pools. Why not? Couldn’t find it. So, instead of forking to the left like I normally do towards Henline Falls, I went right towards Three Pools. Found another fork in the road and decided to take the path to the left. It had more gravel and just thought it would lead to Three Pools. Hmmm, I found a creepy old house. It reminded me of that movie The Cabin in the Woods. It freaked me out. There is literally no other homes or cabins in the area. You are just driving along and bam, here you go. Here is the picture:

Cabin in the Woods in Opal Creek Wilderness

LOL, well it’s freakier in person. Well, I never saw any Three Pools or any place that I would consider a “pool” of water so I decided after my odometer hits 20 miles, I will turn around. About 20.7 miles (from Hwy 22), I hit Sullivan Falls. I would have used this as the featured image but stupid people decide to graffiti the boards that it’s not pretty.

Sullivan FallsI met a family while I was there. They had a sticker on the back of their car stating “Chuck’s Trading Post”, I think. They were telling me that it is pretty nice during warm weather to play in the water. It’s called a NO HIKE hike because you drive to it and get out of your car and voila, you are there. No hiking whatsoever. BUT, Shadowlynn and I found a little trail up so we got to do a little scramble. It was to the point where I got stuck. I know that there is a way to get to the very top to at least get a picture of the top tier of the waterfall.

If you can see in the pictures below, there are two tiers… One at the top, flows and then another tier that you can see. There is a small waterfall slide right next to it. More like a run off. It’s real pretty.It’s hard to see the top tier but you can when you get real closeSullivan Falls

Concept Camping on the Oregon Hikes Facebook page (LIKE THE PAGE IF YOU HAVEN’T DONE SO, DO SO ALREADY!)shows this waterfall in the wintertime.

Opal Creek Wilderness Sullivan Falls

Picture taken by a friend on our Oregon Hikes Facebook Page – Compact Camping Concepts

I sat in the car for a little bit while it started pouring but I asked the universe to make it sunny and to stop raining so I can take pictures. It finally let up and the sun did shine. It was so nice.  Thank you UNIVERSE!

Sullivan Falls Park Sullivan Falls

We found a little path off to the right of the falls. It looks like it can get me to the second tier. Grabbed my gloves and started climbing up.

Sullivan Falls

Looking down at the pool, we ended up at the little slide fall or right next to it.

Sullivan Falls Sullivan Falls Sullivan Falls

Shadowlynn was watching the family down below so it was a perfect time to get a great shot of her.

Sullivan Falls

I tried to go further up but got stuck. The forest is pretty dense and couldn’t see that it would go up to the direction that I needed. Besides, I would want Scott to go with me 🙂

Sullivan Falls Sullivan Falls

My recommendation, if you want to play in the water, enjoy the waterfall…this is a great place. The family that was parked right next to me, they took out some chairs, had a snack/meal and played in the water more. If you are passing by, great place to take pictures. Otherwise, it’s just one of those drive by waterfalls 🙂 Go check out the other No Hike Hikes I did the same day

SALMON FALLS PARK: https://oregonhike.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/opal-creek-wilderness-elkhorn-falls-7/

NORTH FALLS PARK: https://oregonhike.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/opal-creek-wilderness-no-hike-hikes-north-fork-park/

Opal Creek Wilderness – No Hike Hikes! North Fork Park


North Fork Park

JUNE 23, 2012

Info: http://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Parks/descriptions/northfork.htm. The first park land purchased by Marion County was for North Fork Park. 8.52 acres of the park are leased from BLM. The warm water of the Little North Fork of the Santiam River, a swimming hole, sandy beach, and one-half hour drive from the Salem urban area combine to make North Fork Park one of the most popular Marion County park areas. On warm Sunday afternoons, the parking area is full and cars are parked along the shoulder of the road for a considerable distance. Work relief crews helped develop the park’s trail system.


Facilities at a Glance

  • 11.98 Acres
  • Picnic Tables
  • Fishing
  • Fire Pits
  • Water Activities
  • Hiking Trails
  • ADA Accessible:
    Restroom and trail


8:00 a.m. to Sunset


Twenty-eight miles from Salem, Santiam Highway, one mile above Mehama, turn left at bridge, three miles up North Fork Road.

Jenn’s View: The park is located on the right. If you reset your odometer after turning from Hwy 22, you should reach the park within 2 miles.   I call this a no hike hike cuz it really is no hiking. You walk a few feet and voila, you are there. This particular park had a small trail that loops around and can access the North Santiam River in many places. Great place to fish and have a picnic. I did the loop and I will say I did get wet. It was raining on and off throughout the day. I was pretty lucky though and hit the no hikes when it wasn’t raining.

There is a bathroom in the parking lot. Most areas don’t have a bathroom so if you need to go, go.

North Fork Park

There is a sign that shows the loop and gives warning information about Anglers. I know anglers are fishers.  LOL. So I didn’t pay too much attention to what it states on the sign. he he.  Problem has something to do with having your license to fish.

North Fork Park North Fork Park

The path practically goes to the river. Great place to set the raft, kayak, canoe or just have a picnic and play in the water. The calm area didn’t seem too deep but I could be wrong. The rapids are pretty swift so be careful! Great place for kids and dogs.

North Fork Park Opal Creek Wilderness North Fork Park

Opal Creek Wilderness North Fork Park

Shadowlynn and I did the loop and it was pretty wet. My pants are great. Even though it got wet, it dries pretty quickly. It dried before I reached the next hike…Salmon Falls.

North Fork Park The loop had little steps and it was a pretty obvious path around. There were quite a few forks in the road but it was obvious that most of the paths lead to another part of the river

North Fork Park North Fork Park

Can’t wait for warmer weather so I can take the kids here for a picnic. Then we can continue finding more hikes out in this area!  Go check out the other NO HIKES hikes!

SALMON FALLS PARK: https://oregonhike.wordpress.com/2011/04/17/opal-creek-wilderness-elkhorn-falls-7/

SULLIVAN FALLS: https://oregonhike.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/opal-creek-wilderness-no-hike-hike-sullivan-falls/

Mount Hood National Forest – Timothy Lake / Little Crater Lake



June 16-17, 2012

Info: Timothy Lake —  http://www.great-oregon-vacations.com/camping-in-mt-hood-national-forest.html. To me this is the ultimate in camping in the Mt. Hood National Forest area. There are four campgrounds at Timothy Lake with a total of over 200 spaces. Hoodview Campground and Gone Creek Campground are the most scenic with a spectacular view of Mt. Hood. Oakfork and Pine Pointare excellent but the view is not quite as good. The lake is man-made and a good size for boating, fishing, canoeing and windsurfing. We used to sail there and because we always went on a Monday, we were often the only boat on the lake. It is also a good lake for crawdad (crayfish) fishing. The lake is restocked three times a year. There is a hiking trail around the lake. All of the high mountain lakes in this area are good for mushroom hunting in the fall after the first heavy rain. The lake is inaccessable during the winter months because of heavy snow but it is generally open by Memorial Day.

All sites have picnic tables and fire rings. Water and pit type toilets are provided. Firewood is available for a charge.

Warning: Because the lake is man-made, there are tree stumps hidden under the water around the edge of the lake. Lower your boat speed when close to shore.

Little Crater Lake: — http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGW078-016 . Little it is: a jewel of a pond, its color an iridescent blue-green. The paved path to the lake leads through a moist meadow blooming all summer with a succession of wildflowers; the tall stalks of white-blossomed hellebore held sway on our last visit. From Little Crater Lake it’s just a few more minutes to Crater Creek, perfect for dipping toes on a hot day. At this point you’re on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), with plenty of options to extend the day’s hike.

Directions: to Timothy Lake campground: http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Hoodview_Or/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71653&topTabIndex=CampingSpot

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
45.10944, -121.79306
45°6’34″N, 121°47’35″W

From Sandy, Oregon, travel east on Highway 26 for approximately 40 miles to Skyline Road/Road 42. Turn right and continue south for about 9 miles. Turn right on Forest Service Road 57 and travel west for 2 miles. Turn right at the Hood View Campground entrance sign.

Jenn’s View: We camped at Timothy Lake at the Oak Fork Campground in Mount Hood National Forest. Camping with Jodi Williams and family, Jennifer Rasmussen and family, Clark Brown, Jennifer and Eric and family, and of course, Scott Wenger and boys. It’s always a blast camping with my friends – they have some NICE stuff so it makes it super comfy and they cook like no other! Thanks Jodi and Jennifer for cooking such awesome meals. I think I gained 20 plus pounds!! And drank all weekend. Didn’t get a chance to go on the kayaks though. Just ran out of time. Ohhhh poop! The weather was absolutely beautiful. Friday night was super cold but Saturday night was actually nice. Sunny and in the 70’s.

We had a carpenter ant invasion Saturday. Clark recorded it Saturday night. Once I see it on you tube, I will upload it on here. it’s the funniest and scariest stuff!

Our campfire

Did I mention the food? Oh yummy! Jennifer and Dave brought their dutch oven and on Saturday night they cooked BBQ ribs in it. Then for father’s day they cooked bacon, potatoes, garlic, and seasoning. YUMMERS!!!! They had this kitchen set up that was amaze-balls! They sure do camp!

We sat at the dock for a little bit watching Clark try to fish from the docks. Saturday morning, Clark and one of Jennifer R’s son caught 8 trouts! I would have taken alot of pictures but my STUPID ARSE TMOBILE HTC HD7 sucks! The battery gets drained so fast and Makaila took my car charger and left it in one of her friends car. Idiot!

Picture of Jodi’s son Payden. Watz up with the flat bill and the stickers left on the hat? Sheez, I’m old cuz I think it looks silly but thats the “IN STYLE”

Payden Williams

Picture of Timothy Lake at dusk. It was quite calm but the mosquitoes. Oh dear lord the mosquitoes. I think I had 10 layers of different bug sprays but they seem to have long suckers because they went through my wool socks!

timothy Lake

Remember this is all taken from my camera phone. Not the best quality picture and try to Photoshop the best I could to lighten and brighten the pictures. Sorry guys – eventually, I will afford a nice camera.

Saturday day Timothy Lake was like a mirror. It was so calm and so a bunch of them went kayaking. Scott and boys decided to hike to Little Crater Lake. Base on the map that Ranger Joe (not sure what the camp patrol person’s name was but we will just call him that – he’s not even a ranger!) gave us, it looked like it was 2-3 miles one way and I heard it was real easy to do. Since Friday night was super cold, I didn’t get a very good night’s sleep so my body was screaming for rest. But who can sleep with people screaming, yelling from the docks, boat motors, etc. Scott had to leave for Washougal, WA to get to his parent’s house for Father’s Day but we wanted to get a hike in. So we took the Pacific Crest Trail to Little Crater Lake.

Pacific Crest Trail Pacific Crest Trail

On our way there, we heard rushing waters. I thought it was a waterfall and it sorta was.

So our calculations were off in regards to length. When we crossed the bridge, followed North (love my little compass I have on my backpack), we came to another sign that states 4 miles. So round trip it was gonna be over 8 miles…OHHHH MY. That might be a little too long for a 5 (almost 6) year old boy. The one that complained a bit was the 11 year old boy. 🙂 He was a trooper, we almost made it. We were a little less than 2 miles away before we turned around.

Timothy Lake to Little Crater Lake Pacific Crest Scenic Trail

We turned around little less than 2 miles to go. On Sunday, a bunch of us drove there. As Clark states, “This is THE shortest hike I have ever done”. To get there, it’s only 250 yards! Here are pictures that I took as well as Jennifer Rasmussen.

Little Crater Lake

Taken by Jennifer Rasmussen

Little Crater Path Lttle Crater lake

Taken by Jennifer Rasmussen

Read about how this Little Crater Lake was formed. It’s an Artesian spring and was formed by an earthquake or a shift or something like that. he he

Mount Hood National Forest Little Crater Lake

There are quite a few trails in Mount Hood and I absolutely miss it! I use to do so much camping/hiking in the area and haven’t been back but I will. Hoping to do more scrambles in the area! Clark promises to take me on some of the geo caching which are like my scrambles!

Random Thoughts – My thoughts on an ad in my FITNESS Magazine.

So last night I was talking to Scott (every night around 9 pm or 10pm – we talk), I was pursuing my latest FITNESS magazine and came across an ad and I was almost pissed off. LOL Here is the picture that I saw:

Who the heck works out in a wet suit in the middle of the desert?!?! and that stupid looking wet suit is $100! It’s a Roxy K-Meador 2MM Cross Back Short John wet suit. It even has a LOOOOONG drawn out name for it…Ohhh geez – maybe the length of the name is why it is $100. What got me… the sunglasses!!! It’s $600 AND it’s not really meant to work out in! Maybe walking down Beverly Hills but holy cow – in the middle of a desert in a wet suit??? AHHHH shoot. Dita Raygun sunglasses – never heard of it probably cuz I would NEVER buy $600 pair of sunglasses myself — well I can’t afford that. If you own these sunglasses – please please please tell me what you use them for. Seriously! Please tell me you don’t work out in these sunglasses. Maybe Dita Raygun should send me one and I can give them a better review and let them know what I TRULY think. Or even the wet suit. I will wear it on my next hike, in Central Oregon… Roxy, I wear a size 4 but since it is a wet suit and looks a bit tight – make it a size 6 or even an 8!

Now, looking at the ad a bit more carefully, I was laughing at the fact that she is wearing WEDGE shoes! hahahahaha. WTF? Now, I have NOOOO problem wearing heels. I have some red, hooker, 5+ inch heels that I love wearing when and IF I go clubbing (which is very rare). These wedges are by H&M. Love shopping there – now that is something I can afford BUT still would NEVER NEVER wear them hiking and climbing up on the rocks.

What is the tape for?  I love the color and matches her outfit but seriously it would make some serious ugly tan lines if she kept those on while she is working out. And for tape, it’s $20!!!

OKAY besides the stupid bracelets and necklace that she is sporting – one thing I did like was the watch. Freestyle Shark X 2.0 watch for $95. Pretty neat-o but I would need to have one with a GPS to track my running, hiking, etc. My stupid HTC HD7 doesn’t work. I hate that phone cuz NONE of my running GPS apps work after I update. LOL.

Alright, I’m done ranting about this. I bet ya’ll done reading about it…Until next time! Happy Hiking!!!

Don’t forget to comment if you have ANY of these items and what you use them for!

Random Thoughts

Well figured this is MY BLOG, thought I would just randomly write something to say SOMETHING. I am so trying to motivate to finish the last hike I did by myself, what 2 months ago! EEEEK, I hate that I’m a procrastinator – WAIT, I take that back— I have soooo much to do and time goes by way too fast. Here is me “procrastinating”.

Jennifer Piol


I know … scary but I don’t care – obviously!  Otherwise, I would have taken a shower, make up, hair done….hahahahaha….

So, my daughter needs a car. That is probably why I’m not out hiking or in Central Oregon with Scott. I would rather be there than here doing nothing. I’m sad but do really need to get my butt moving in on my blog, Facebook, and HOMEWORK. What was I thinking going back to school. Well, I’m the kinda person that craves to be busy but stupid enough to “over do it”. Ya know what I’m sayin’? he he It’s funny…Mean Girls 2 is playing in the background and so happy I opted to buy a laptop instead of a desktop when my stupid computer got a virus.

You know what just went through my head? The first episode of Real World or was it the second? The Filipino girl that was aired. She was sooo funny. A long ass time ago, she created her own site – her own blog! I looked forward to what she had to say cuz she had some funny stuff on there. Do you believe having a blog was that old?!?!?! I’m old – almost 39!!! and discovering a blog – I’m old. I feel like my dad – “Jee-nee-PER, how do you do this??” Trying my best impression to talk like my dad playing with his iPhone.

OHHHHH SHIT! I left my shoes soaking in bleach water for too long! I need to go check on it. Hopefully it didn’t eat the glue off the shoe! DAMMMMMMITTTT!

I think I’m OK. Now it’s in the washer to wash off the bleach. It did take some of the NIKE symbol off. he he.  That’s OK, I’ll “ghetto-ize” it by taking a sharpie and coloring that in. Here are my shoes.

There are also a pair of KEDS or is it Converse? with the NIKE shoes. My girls are rough are their shoes and don’t care that white shoes should be white. Oh well. It’s their shoes. OKAY, wondering why I put the shoes in bleach. Look below:

THIS IS MO…He’s a jerk and pisses IN my shoes! His name is FAT MO because he’s soooooo FAT! Original name huh? Yeah NOT. Any hoo, I was talking about that Real World earlier…I was looking through the internet to find a pic of Ms. Filipina girl and found pictures of the first season 1, New York, 1992 – ONE YEAR AFTER I graduated from High School! Do the math – 1992-1 = 1991 : GO SPARTANS!

For all disclosure purposes, this picture was taken from here: http://tvjunkiesunite.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/yaua1jucx0zl7m4.jpg

I can’t find her…Bummer. I’ll look some more when I have more time — hahahahahaha maybe next year?  Well, it looks like me and my friend Kimberly are gonna grab a bottle of wine and enjoy the rest of the night. Of course, I didn’t get anything else done around here. LOL