Hike with my Northern Irish friend, who I'd a consider a 'Libertarian,' & I.
Let's meet at the Upper North Falls parking lot @ 11:30am: you will need a NW Forest Pass or $3 to park & use the trails. I'd offer to carpool but I'm taking my Northern Irish friend, Andrew, from Belfast (Software Engineer @ BBC) sight-seeing the whole weekend & we have to drive to a lodge afterwards.
Directions: Drive to Silverton, OR. In Silverton turn right (south) onto Highway 214, following signs pointing to Silver Falls State Park, and drive another 14 miles to the North Falls parking lot (HARD RIGHT) and trailhead. (About 1.5 hour drive from PDX & 1 hour from Salem).