Oregon Coast

We finally left San Diego on June 15th heading north to the Oregon Coast where we had booked into the Sea Perch RV Resort for two nights, located near Yachats, We explored the beaches near the Park, first drove to get a beautiful view of Heceta Beach at the viewpoint looking across to the Heceta Lighthouse. After enjoying a fabulous late lunch at the Yachats Brewing + Farmstore we drove to Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and took the short hike to see the Devil’s Churn, Thor’s Well and Spouting Horn. We were there near high tide around 5:00 and we watched the turbulent ocean waves crashing through small cracks in the rocky shore, spraying straight up into the air. The next day we drove north toward Newport and stopped at the Seal Rock State Recreation Site. We hiked down through the Seal Rock State Wayside, and saw views of large off-shore rock formations that provide habitat for seals. sea lions, and other marine life. The beach has interesting tide pools as well as excellent ocean views and a sandy beach which we walked the entire length, enjoying the ocean breeze and the beautiful views. As we drove back to Yachats we pulled off the road to see these huge amazing wood carvings. It is the Brian McEneny Woodcarving Gallery and has one of the largest displays of refined chainsaw sculpture and tables on the Oregon Coast. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Bend Oregon

Our next stop was at Bend Sisters Garden RV Resort near Sisters, Oregon. We drove to the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway past Mt Bachelor to Sparks Lake where we had great views of South Sister across the Lake. We also stopped at Devils Lake and walked around the lake, a beautiful shallow lake, with waters an exquisite turquoise color. Devils Lake provides access to the Three Sisters Wilderness where we started at the Devils Lake Trailhead, to hike up toward South Sister (10,358 ft) and Moraine Lake. The views of Moraine Lake from the snowfield was awesome , and then we hiked down to the Lake before heading back down the trail. We met three guys on their way down the mountain who had hiked to the summit, they were exhausted. It is a great hike and maybe the next time we will hike to the summit also. Our reward for this hike was a stop at Next Level Burger where we ate delicious vegan burgers. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Mt St Helens, Cape Disappointment and Mt Hood

We left Vancouver on October 1st, and headed south to Mount St Helen’s National Volcanic Monument for a few days. We stayed at Silver Cove RV Resort, Silverlake, Washington and drove up to visit Mount St Helen’s. Prior to to the 1980 eruption, Mount St Helen’s was the fifth-highest peak in Washington, at 9,677 ft, now the summit is 8,363 ft. The first recorded sighting of Mount St Helen’s was in 1792 by George Vancouver, and he named it for British diplomat, the 1st Baron St Helen. Mount St Helen’s notorious eruption in 1980 was the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the US. Killing 57 people, and 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railway, and 185 miles of highway were destroyed. We visited the beautiful Visitor Center and then went on the Harry’s Ridge Hike, 8.5 miles R/T. This trail is the best for getting a sense of the total devastation from the 1980 eruption, and we were blown away by the destruction, as the crater looked so close to us. Then the trail turned to head up to Harry’s Ridge, where we had a view of the crater and Spirit Lake, with logs from the eruption still floating on the lake. It was such a clear sunny day that we could see Mt Adams and Mt Hood in the distance from the top of the Ridge. We returned to the Visitor Center and waited until the full moon appeared in the horizon, great ending to a perfect day. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Trip to Florence and Yachats

While our RV is still being serviced we decided to drive out to the coast to visit Florence and Yachats. We drove into the Sand Dunes Frontier, the dunes lie along the coast, with the estuariies of three major river valleys connected by two long stretches of sand, about 40 miles of dunescape. We drove in as far as we could go, then climbed up the dunes to view the beaches. After leaving the Dunes we drove north to Yachats where we had lunch at the Green Salmon Coffee Shop, it caters to the new age and millennials, so we fit right in!!!!! We had been here before on our first trip north in the RV in 2014, and wanted to return again it was so good, especially with vegan options! Bob enjoyed their mocha, known as the best mocha on the Oregon coast. Then it was a long drive back to Junction City to pick up the RV. Continue reading

Sahalie and Koosah Falls

After leaving Seven Feathers RV Park we drove north to Eugene, to get our RV serviced in Junction City, at Guaranty RV Centers. We decided to stay near the RV Center so we booked in at Life Northwest RV and Lodging in Harrisburg which they had recommended the last time we were here. It was one of the worst Parks we have stayed in as we were parked on the driveway to the main building which we found out was a church because on Sunday morning the traffic was unbelievable. We took the RV into Guaranty and left in the jeep to enjoy the day sightseeing. We drove up to Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls which we had visited before but with the huge snowfall this winter the runoff was amazing. Both falls are located along the McKenzie River. Continue reading

Crater Lake

We are staying at Seven Feathers RV Park in Canyonville, Oregon for a few days and well worth it as this is a beautiful Park. We have never been to Crater Lake National Park, as it is only a two hour drive from here we decided to take the opportunity to explore Crater Lake in the snow. Crater Lake, “Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano”, surrounded by almost 2,000 ft high cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake, 1,943 feet, in the USA and the most pristine, clear, blue color on earth. It is awe inspiring at first sight. It was a brilliant blue bird day and the stillness of the lake reflected the entire shoreline wherever your eyes looked from lake to sky almost the same color blue. Continue reading

Green Lakes Hike

Today the weather improved and we wanted to do a nice long hike. We drove south to Bend and took the Cascades Lakes HWY 26 miles past Mt Bachelor to the trailhead for the Green Lakes Trail, an 8.4 mile round trip hike. We started up the trail around 11:30 am, it was a gradual climb, a 1,100 feet elevation gain, through beautiful large firs, cedars and hemlocks alongside a rushing waterfall-laden creek. After two miles on the path up Fall Creek we crossed over two single-log bridges with no railing to hold onto for support. No fear, we both made it across safely. Then we came to a strangely idyllic canyon walled by an enormous lava flow, and the higher up the trail we went we found snow, not too deep that we couldn’t get through it or around it. We finally reached the snow covered alpine basin of the Green Lakes, still mostly frozen, with spectacular views of the South Sister and Broken Top Mountains at opposite ends of the lake. Continue reading

Painted Hills State Park, Oregon

T’S MY BIRTHDAY!! The day started with presents, cards and phone calls with my kids. So grateful for my wonderful family! Then it was off to Painted Hills State Park which is a 2 hour drive from our Park. The guide book said “GO……this is an Oregon must see!” First we walked up the Painted Hills Overlook Trail for wonderful views of the colorful hills, the yellows, golds, reds and the fabulous black streaking stood out in the changing light of the day. Then to the Painted Cove Nature Trail with a board walk amongst the red, orange, yellow and lavender hills. Yes, the lavender-gray layer is ” highly weathered remains of a rhyolite lava flow”, and is about 40 million years old. The only problem is that nothing grows on these hills, they are inhospitable to plants, but the colors are so brilliant that it makes up for the lack of trees and plants. However, we did see many beautiful wild flowers on the walks to the hills. Our last stop was a walk around the Red Hill and an intimate view of a vibrantly painted hill. Continue reading

Tam Mac Arthur Trail and Tumalo Falls, Oregon

We drove to Sisters this morning to hike the Tam McArthur Rim Trail located just outside of the town off of Elm Street in The Sisters Wilderness. The Trail started from Three Creek Lake at 6,550 feet elevation, it was a winding switch back single track trail to begin but the views were well worth the hike the higher we went. However, the snow was still present on the trail and we struggled to keep going. The Rim is at 8,000 feet and usually the snow does not melt until Aug so we were a little early and were not going to make it to the top. The views of Three Creek Lake, Mt Jefferson and Broken Top were beautiful as the weather was crystal clear. After enjoying the views we headed back to the Jeep and went to see Tumalo Falls, near Bend. Continue reading

Sahalie Falls, Oregon

It’s a beautiful sunny day for a drive, we wanted to go over the McKenzie Pass on Rte 242, but the road was still closed. So we decided to go off the paved roads and take FS 1028 to the Skylight Cave. After some searching we finally found it only to realize that we need lights and warmer clothes to go down inside. We were in the middle of nowhere, so we were surprised when the Sheriff pulled up and got out of his truck to come over to question us. We had done nothing wrong but he was not very friendly at first, we kept talking and he gradually softened and told us about some 4-wheel drive roads that we could drive to. We drove over the Old Santiam Wagon Road, a red cinder roads through mostly burnt out forest until we came upon a sign pointing to the Pacific Crest Trail, could it be on our Bucket List! Had to take a photo and then headed on our way to Big Lake, where Bob captured a fantastic reflection of Mt Washington in the distance. Continue reading