19 June 2014 The Japanese Garden is a bit out of the city centre and so public transport or a car is needed to get there. As it was summer we took the MAX to Oregon Zoo and then caught a shuttle bus up to the gardens. Out of season I think the transport changes… Continue reading Portland Japanese and Rose Garden
18 June 2014 The Three Sisters Mountains, Mount Hood, clear rivers, dense forests…I love this sort of scenery. There is something really special about seeing snow capped mountains and in Oregon there is certainly no shortage of them. Given that this was a day where we didn’t have anything specific to go and… Continue reading Bend to Portland
17 June 2014 Our interest in volcanoes and volcanic features was sparked during our trip to Hawaii in 2013. There is something so fascinating to me that all these different structures and textures can all be created by the Earth cracking or bursting open. Exploring the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which covers a huge area… Continue reading Newberry National Volcanic Monument
16-17 June 2014 I first heard of Crater Lake National Park when I was reading ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed. She was walking the Pacific Crest Trail on her own and the trail runs past the lake. It sounded pretty amazing from her description, so I googled it and started reading up about it. With Allistar… Continue reading Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
19 June 2014 Persuading Allistar that Washington and Oregon would be a great roadtrip location really came down to the selling point that Portland has soooo many micro breweries and despite us only staying in Portland a couple of nights, he seemed to really enjoy the tasting trays that the brewery pubs sold. A small… Continue reading Portland brewery tours
14-15 June 2014 As we pulled into a petrol station we saw people staring up at the sky, it was a bit like a sci-fi movie and I think we part expected to see a UFO. Instead we saw a Sun dog, something we had never seen or even heard of before. We bought… Continue reading Sun dog and wrong turn to a site we didn’t see!
13 June 2014 I don’t know the correct way of pronouncing Umpqua, but I can’t help but think of the rhyme ‘umpa, umpa, stick it up your jumper’…random I know!!! The Umpqua River Lighthouse was interesting for two reasons…1) it is a river, rather than sea lighthouse and 2) there are red lenses, not just… Continue reading Umpqua River Lighthouse
11 June 2014 We thought we would stop at Seal Rock to have a walk along the beach and look at the alien sea life we found!!!
10-12 June 2014 We checked out after a lovely evening at Schooners Cove in Cannon Beach. Cannon Beach is a lovely town to browse the galleries, jewellers and gift shops. We spent the morning wandering around and saw some lovely art and jewellery made from sea glass. A stop for a photo of Oswald West… Continue reading Cannon Beach to Yachats
9-10 June 2014 A second visit to Quinault Mercantile for another Yogi Bearie Crunch was the perfect start to our day. On our way south down the Pacific Coast Highway 101 we stopped for a quick wander around Raymond and Willapa lovely area with dozens of sculptures along the sides of the road, in every… Continue reading Lake Quinault to Cannon Beach