One of my favorite places to chill is Belknap hot springs in Oregon’s Cascade Mtns, a little over an hour NE of Eugene. This picture is the Secret Garden which is an amazingly beautiful developed garden deep in the forests there.
The hot springs are developed swimming pools with water nice and hot. There are cabins to rent, RV spaces, and lodge rooms. Hiking trails abound right from the springs. The beautiful McKenzie river is great shooting and nearby attractions like Proxy Falls is a favorite for photogs.
Best time to go: October (IMO) when it is cold and rainy. Makes those hot springs feel wonderful after a hike.
I used a Canon 70D with 16-35mm zoom lens and a Induro tripod.
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