Depending on which legend you’re inclined to believe $8 mountain got its name from the discovery of a gold nugget worth $8.  Or, you could go with the tale of the man who wore out an $8 pair of boots walking around the base of the mountain – as a bet.   Personally, I like the legend of the $8 boots.

$8 Mountain &  The Illinois River

Historically, $8 mountain was the setting of battle in the Rogue River Indian War, which I didn’t even know there was such a thing so look at me I learned something new on this little outing.

$8 Mountain. Apparently, I had a piece of fuzz on my camera lens, bah!

$8 Mountain (at least I think it is).  Apparently, I had a smudge on my camera lens, bah!

Wanting to find a trail for a hike along the river, we continued past $8 Mountain and followed the dirt road which ran alongside the Illinois River, this was our first siting of the river and it didn’t disappoint.

The Illinois River

The Illinois River

A Good Hike & Pretty Pictures

I’m not someone who will trek off into the wilderness for days at a time, sleep in a tent and pee in the woods, (I leave those adventures to our son) but I do absolutely love to be outside taking in mother nature at her finest.  I love a good hike, it rejuvenates the soul to take in such beautiful things.  It reminds me of what life is supposed to be all about – that corny old saying of, “stop and smell the roses.”

We found a trail marked Little Falls Loop so off we went!

We found a trail marked Little Falls Loop so off we went!

Making our way down to the water's edge.

Making our way down to the water’s edge.

Wildflowers were everywhere!

Wildflowers were everywhere!

A pretty spot above Little Falls, the water was like glass, so graceful!

A pretty spot above Little Falls, the water was like glass, so graceful!

Little Falls

Little Falls

Hiking alongside the river, above the falls.

Hiking alongside the river, above the falls.  STUPID smudge on the lens!

Seemingly growing out of the rocks.

Seemingly growing out of the rocks.

The delicate flower against the hardness of the soil and rock. A picture of contrast!

The delicate flower against the hardness of the soil and rock. A picture of contrast!

$8 Mountain and the Illinois River is the next post in our series featuring Southern Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

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