Winter Term, after eleven lengthy and exhausting weeks, has finally come to an end. The ending of a successful quarter brings with it an adventure to keep my mind off of the grades my teachers will soon be inputting to determine my fate in their classes. Living in Oregon provides plentiful opportunities to enjoy nature. Sometimes, the activities my friends and I decide to pursue turn out to be really difficult to find. Some places have signs showing the actual directions you must follow in order to get wherever it is that you are going; other places point you in somewhat the right direction and then you have to figure out the rest.
Today, we decided to drive about an hour away from Eugene to McCredie Springs. I had researched the area last night and found there is a natural hot spring in the area. Though there was a catch; the directions only told us that the hot springs were located off of Highway 58, past Oakridge, somewhere between milepost 46 and 47. Knowing this, we decided to take the chance and try to find the hot springs ourselves. But first, before we started on our little road trip, we had to make a quick pit stop at the nearest Starbucks. I ordered a Venti Iced Cinnamon Soy Milk Macchiato, which actually kind of tasted like Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I was happily surprised.
And then we were off (for real this time)! We were having a great time singing and dancing to our favorite songs, and watching the beautiful landscape pass us by. If you have never been to Oregon, it is truly one of the most beautiful scenic areas I have ever been able to experience. We were getting closer to the area as we watched the mileposts numbers climb higher and higher. Once we got to number 46 we started to keep a closer eye on the road. We knew the hot springs were not far but for some reason, we could not figure out where it could possibly be! We drove on the pavement between milepost 46 and 47 probably about 6 or 7 times. We took some wrong turns, but we decided to make the most out of our trip. We found a railroad nearby (the one pictured above) and stopped for a quick photo-op. I brought my Panasonic Lumix model DMC-FZ200 Camera to capture our experiences.
After we were done with the railroad, we decided to follow the trail we were on, took a few more photos then headed back to find the hot springs with determination! We parked in a parking lot we had found and followed a trail down to a river. Once we got to the river we saw, across the river, people in bathing suits in the hot springs! They were right there this whole time! We yelled across to ask them how they had gotten there and they told us the way. We parked again, paraded through the forest for about 15 minutes, hoping we were going the right way when we finally found it! And let me tell you it was worth all of the obstacles that we had to overcome to get there (besides the naked people we had to look at).
Overall, you may have a plan in your head about what your day might look like, but things don’t always go the way you want them to. Though if this happens, you should not let it ruin your day. Make the most with what you have, and create an even bigger adventure out of it. Our plan was to go to the hot springs and then leave, as simple as that. In the end, we had enjoyed more of our surroundings then we had planned. Don’t complain, instead create an experience you won’t forget!
– Casi Lynn Jackson