I love day trips and in Oregon there is a lot to see all around us. Last time we went to the mountain for a snowball fight in July. Yesterday we decided to go to Silver Creek Falls which is about 45 minutes outside of the state capital, Salem, where we live. At Silver Creek Falls you can picnic and barbecue and there is hiking, swimming, and 15 waterfalls (and more). Most of the falls can be seen very close-up.
We also ventured to the South Falls which I believe is the largest waterfall there. You can hike down behind the waterfall which is an amazing experience.
Pictured below you can see the North Falls where you actually enter at the base of the waterfall and can swim in the water. Now this is Oregon, so the water is VERY cold - even in August!
So after hiking to these two falls and back in 90 degree weather, we cooled off with a swim in the river at this state park...well, we waded in freezing cold water.