Last month we met friends down in Bend and did some hiking and exploring with them. On our last day we hiked up to Green Lakes, off the Cascade Lakes Highway, and traveled along Fall Creek, skirting Broken Top Mountain the entire way. It was the most delightful walk I have taken in a very long time. Not alot of elevation gain, and a stroll beside beautiful Fall Creek the entire way. I loved how the scenery along the path changed over the 4 miles of the hike, beginning with waterfalls, the heavily forested banks draped with very old mountain hemlocks, and giving way 1,000 feet up to a harsher landscape of willows that lined the creek and a moraine, weird and other-worldly with huge obsidian boulders beneath the Middle Sister. Finally we reached the Green Lakes and a panoramic view unobscured by dense forest. I heard a kingfisher in the creek just below, and there were scores of warblers flitting in the willows. Perhaps most fascinating was that no one view stood out as a calendar-worthy still image--nothing that I would neccessarily paint or make into art--what really struck me was the feeling we had of discovery with each turn, that this was more of a movie, and a very slow one, with alot of time for daydreaming, conversation, and mental turns down creative byways.