One of the biggest hurts of lockdown for me is that I miss my friend and coworker Kristin. So. Much. After eight weeks of not seeing her every day, she came over to my house for a physically distant hangout in the backyard. We were talking about her weekend plans, which included camping in the coast range and perhaps getting in the river, and when she shared all her tips for places to go, I took mental notes. So just a coupe days later, Nat and I drove to a campground in Clatsop State Forest, followed a country road into Tillamook State Forest, and marveled at the gorgeous confluence of the Nehalem and Salmonberry rivers. I had always wanted to see the Salmonberry Trail, a planned “rails-to-trails” trail along the Salmonberry River. The railroad was washed out by a storm in 2007, so the “trail” is not safe or legal for public access. Nat and I walked just a bit of it and were completely enamored. Well, I was, anyway. I think about this magical place all the time now.