Oregon is beautiful! The friend that I have been staying with here in Eugene, Oregon was so excited to take us out of the city and into the nature of Oregon. We headed east on Highway-126 towards the Willamette National forest for an experience of a life-time.
The drive was absolutely divine. I was astonished with the greenery and the surrounding mountains.
When we arrived at the Hot Springs I was full of anticipation for the coming venture. I have heard many stories of naked, old hippies, so naturally, I was interested in what was to come.
Since clothing is optional I wasn’t able to take many photos. This one I was able to get from the bottom area of the hot springs. Above this spring there are five others, each one getting hotter as moving further up the mountain. The top spring was at 104 degrees while we were there. The water falls from a small natural inlet that you can actually crawl into. It is extremely warm in this small cave area and smells strongly of sulfur.
Not only was the nature of the hot springs great, the people were also very enthralling. There are many people just enjoying the natural beauty in their own natural beauty. I really do enjoy the atmosphere the nakedness creates. It allows for people to be comfortable in their own skin whereas society consistently puts pressures on people to have their body’s look a certain way. In my opinion, the hot springs create an equality through the beauty of the human body. (although I should note that I was not bold enough to participate in the nakedness)
After soaking in the hot springs we adventuring down to a small stream looking for Angle Falls. Apparently, we followed the wrong path, so we ended up not finding the falls. Next time I make it out to Oregon, I will make sure to find these mystery falls.
While chatting in the hot springs, a hot springs regular suggested that we check out the restaurant Takoda’s , which ended up being a great idea. It is a pretty big lodge-styled restaurant about 2 miles east past the entrance to the national forest on Highway-126. There was an enormous selection of burgers and had pretty much anything else you would want.
After combating my dehydration (from the hot springs) by guzzling about 3 full glasses of water, I went for the black bean burger with cheese, avocado, a secret house sauce, and a heaping pile of fries. It was perfect after a long day of adventuring.
If you ever have the chance, I highly recommend a trip out to the Terwilliger hot-springs in the Williamette National Forest. It really was great, and it is a great place to meet a lot of very fascinating people.