Author: Adventurer and photographer, Mecca Ray-Rouse
Location: Undisclosed Location, Oregon
As the weather slowly creeps towards the crisp, cool fall days, we always get the itch to camp one last time. And while we all love looking at the stars through the mesh of a tent, we decided to car camp for a night at the trailhead to a stunning Oregon waterfall. Early fall is the best time to chase waterfalls: with the first few rainy days of the season, the falls are always full and flowing, but not too full where they knock you off your feet! Plus, there’s always a good chance you’ll have the place to yourself as the summer crowd has left.
We headed out early, the Honda CR-V winding its way through the forest service roads and tall trees. Old Pine by Ben Howard played as the sun warmed our cheeks through the windshield. When we got to the trailhead, we made some breakfast at the nearby picnic table. Can’t beat oats and some hot coffee! The hike to the falls was gorgeous: beautiful old-growth trees, the smell of pine and cedar, and the late September sunshine giving us the last warm rays of the year. As we came around the corner to the falls, the sound of gushing water filled our ears and our jaws instantly dropped as we took it all in. We spent the afternoon listening to the water, playing in the swirly mist, and exploring the pretty little oasis tucked deep in the forest.
I brought along new gear from my Nomadik kit to try out, here’s what I liked and why.
FixNZip Zipper Repair Kit: This helped me fix my favorite jacket since the zipper was broken.
- Easy to use, pack, and can fix pretty much any zipper issue you might have
- Allows for a quick and lasting fix on the go
Tactica Gear M250 Standard: This screwdriver multi-tool allowed me to easily fix the loose screw on my tripod in minutes!
- Compact, small and perfect to pack in your backpack or car
- Simple to use and gives you 12 different hex bits
GEAR AID Tenacious Tape Repair: I used this tape to easily patch up the tear in my sleeping bag to ensure a good night sleep.
- Perfect for on the trail emergencies
- Easy to use: simply cut, peel, and stick
*Reminder: you will need scissors, a knife, or some way to cut this to the size you need. I had my little knife and was able to easily cut a square that fit perfectly!
GEAR AID Ellipse Cord Locks: This helped me tighten my jacket after my dog had chewed off the cord lock! Easy to put on and fixed within seconds.
- Simple, easy, and fast to fix any loose cord.
- Lightweight and compact.
RX A.M. Oats: Can’t beat coffee and oats for a delicious morning breakfast
- Delicious and nutritious
- Single-serve cup for on-the-go convenience