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Russian River National Forest
Hike to Russian River Falls
June 4-7 , 2003

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Russian River became even more special once I met the campground hosts. When I got to talking with Carol, I asked if she thought it was safe for a woman to hike the trail down to the river by herself. She said that she had done it, but that she honestly wouldn't recommend it. Even though it's early in the season and the salmon aren't yet running the river to entice the bears down the mountain, it's just a matter of days before it starts, so she wouldn't be surprised to see a bear on the trail at any time. So I said the trail I saw looked enticing, but I didn't think I wanted to hike it by myself. She said, "Well let me see if I can take off for a few hours and I'll go with you. We'll go as far as you want to and turn around anytime." What an angel! She knew the trails like the back of her hand, and besides being more comfortable walking with her, she was a blast to talk to and we discovered many things in common.

So Carol and I hiked to Russian River Falls. It's easy with two people to do the recommended things when hiking in bear country - make noise in the walking, talk loudly, etc. Although we kept stopping and looking around, we never did see any wildlife other than birds. The trail started out pretty tame and civilized...
The falls and its surroundings were awesome and it was so nice to have a guided tour with a new friend.
On the way back from the falls, she took us down a more primitive trail that finally reached a point past which she didn't think we should proceed. I really don't know how far we hiked, but we were gone about 4 hours and it turned out to be an amazing day - one of my very favorites so far.
Onward to: Homer Spit
 
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