Oregon is a wonderful state! We’ve known this since our first trip here six years ago when we flew out to Portland and then drove through the Willamette Valley (Oregon wine country) over to the coast to Yachats to attend girlfriend Chris’s wedding. Incidentally, that was our first vacation together [August 2009; we had been dating for four months] — clearly we did pretty well traveling as a couple… just look at us now!
And now on this, our Out There trip, we wanted to spend more time here, and so we did — nearly two more weeks. First we visited the gorgeous Crater Lake National Park (see Crater Lake NP post) and enjoyed some really great camping time in Prospect. Then we went over to the coast to enjoy more of what nature has to offer over there. Then it was up to the Columbia River east of Portland (Mt. Hood area) to visit the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area for some hiking. Finally, we trekked back to the coast for one more night before crossing over into Washington this past Wednesday.
Below are a few photos from our fabulous two weeks in Oregon:
Vista House – an observatory at Crown Point. Opened in 1918, it is now a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway.
Regrettably, a few days ago it was time to leave this great state, but we will definitely return. We plan to come up to the Bend area to visit some friends we weren’t able to connect with this time around, and we also want to experience Crater Lake in the wintertime. So for now we’ll say au revoir to Oregon, which translates literally to ‘until we meet again’….