Just a little over an hour away from Portland is a gorgeous little State Park that I'd never heard of until last year. I'm glad Silver Falls is finally on my radar. Boasting multiple waterfalls (4 of which you can hike behind), camping, cabins, and a lodge that was built in the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the park is an utterly satisfying day trip.
Above all, Silver Falls has trees.
And if you happen to pay attention to developments in natural health research, you may already know that these things are like the easiest multivitamin you'll ever take. Not only does "forest bathing" (know in Japan as Shinrin-Yoku) feel good, it has also been shown to lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels. Even more exciting, spending time mindfully walking through forests can increase the activity of natural killer cells, which play an integral role in your immune system's defense against illness and cancer.
Even if you don't have a forest handy, spending time in your garden or a park can also provide benefits.
So, take advantage of the warmer weather and get outside! Your mind a body will thank you :)