After a few days of sweltering summer heat, I found myself craving a hike somewhere cool to celebrate my birthday. I longed to revisit the lush, mossy rainforests I had passed by on previous trips to and from the Oregon coast.

On one such trip, my partner and I had pulled off the Santiam Highway on the way back from Newport and walked a short distance through moss-covered trees, ferns and dense forests. It felt other-worldly.

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Janay Wright is a Features Reporter at The Bend Bulletin. She worked in the non-profit field for five years before her love of words drew her to journalism in 2021. She spends most of her time trying to keep up with her puppy, an Alaskan Husky mix.

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