Posts Tagged With: Oregon

Heading South




We have spent the past two days heading south. Late Saturday morning we left Newport and headed down the Oregon coast. Highway 101 is a beautifully scenic drive. The picturesque views of the ocean are excellent. There are numerous state parks all along the coast. They are lovely and right on the ocean providing terrific views of the Pacific, hiking, and camping. Well done, Oregon! Well done!















We stopped at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area along the way.











We visited the Coquille River Lighthouse and spent some time at Bullards Beach.




















Saturday night camped at the lovely Bullards Beach State Park. The campsites were spacious and afforded a rare amount of privacy. The beach was only a short walk away.


Unlike yesterday’s beautiful sunshine, today was rather blustery. It was rainy, dreary, and gray. And though I was missing the sun, I must say that the mist and fog added to the charms of Oregon and California’s rugged coastlines.












We are staying along the Klamath River tonight.










Tomorrow I will write about our Redwood Forest adventures. BIG TREES = BIG ADVENTURE

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Mount Hood and the Historic Timberline Lodge

After a less than exciting morning of washing laundry and grocery shopping, we headed up to Mount Hood and Timberline Lodge.  I don’t think I have ever visited Oregon without visiting the lodge. We hadn’t scheduled time for it, but we delayed our move to the coast an extra day because I had to go. It’s tradition. The kids are all old enough now to appreciate its history and craftsmanship, which was great.  We all really enjoyed our time there. It was a lovely drive through the Mount Hood National Forest. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy and most of the mountain was not visible.

National Historic Landmark, Timberline Lodge was constructed during the Great Depression of the 1930’s by craftspeople working under the Federal Works Projects Administration. This stately Cascadian building was constructed of stone and large timbers and has been thoughtfully maintained. Publicly owned, and privately operated, Timberline Lodge is open to the public as a hotel, restaurant, and ski resort. Nearly two million visitors from all over the globe enjoy the lodge’s warm hospitality each year. Forest Service interpretive staff provide tours of the lodge. –

Learn more about the lodge’s interesting history here.

Cloud covered Mount Hood

Cloud covered Mount Hood


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We spent a terrific weekend in Portland with our wonderful family!  Spending time with relatives who live on the opposite side of the country is definitely a perk to this cross country adventure. Friday evening we went to my cousin’s birthday party. We had so much fun and we were happy to get to celebrate a milestone birthday with him.

Saturday we went to the Oregon Zoo with my Aunt and Uncle. It was a fantastic day!























We packed a lot into Sunday – breakfast in Estacada (Yum!), downtown Portland with Powell’s Books, lunch at Canteen (delicious!), shopping at Fry’s (What could say Father’s Day better than a trip to Fry’s?!), a trip to the airport (Likewise, what could be more fun for Father’s Day than airplanes, races cars, and manly tools?), and a fun dinner out!  It was definitely a fun Father’s Day and Nick had a great time!


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Columbia River Gorge

We have enjoyed a wonderful week in the Columbia River Gorge!  After reading this review, we decided to camp in Memaloose State Park. It is a lovely park with an amazing view of the river!  Memaloose is situated between the little towns of Hood River and The Dalles, which has been a lot of fun.  Today we are moving on toward Mt. Hood for new adventures!


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Multnomah Falls and Other Adventures

I love Oregon! It is one of my two favorite states (North Carolina is the other). It is so green and lush. Oregon is home to a gorgeous coastline, beautiful mountains, the Columbia River Gorge, and interesting desert-type areas in the east. It is all amazing and beautiful!

In addition to all of these fantastic wonders, I have some beloved family here in the Portland area. We have been having a wonderful time with my Uncle, Aunt, and cousin. This is our fist time back since we lived out here (2001-2002), and we are making the most of our visit. Friday night was dinner with family – delicious food and great conversation. Then yesterday, we visited the lovely and amazing Multnomah Falls with my aunt and cousin, followed by lunch in Hood River. It was a beautiful day and we had a wonderful time!

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Late in the afternoon, Nick and I went for a hike at the Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead to the Twin Tunnels. The view of the Columbia River was quite lovely!


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