Saturday, January 26, 2013

2002 Oregon/Montana/Yellowstone summer trip

This was a very different summer Oregon trip for us.  Dad entered a National Bowling Tournament in Billings, Montana, with my brother, and he asked us to ride along with him.  So we did---making DH, Ken, drive, of course.  It was fun seeing a totally different part of the USA.  We made it a touring trip, stopping at many places along the way.  Even some new places for us in Oregon!

Not new to us, but along the way is the Historic Columbia River Highway.  I-84 would have been quicker, but if I have the choice of a scenic drive, I'd much rather take it.  The Historic Columbia River Highway is an approximately 75 mile  scenic highway in Oregon built through the Columbia River Gorge between 1913 and 1922. It is the first planned scenic roadway in the United States.  There are many pull outs and viewpoints along the way. 
Here are just a few of them:
View of the Vista House from the  Portland Women's Forum State Park viewpoint.
Vista House is an observatory at Crown Point in Multnomah County.  It serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a viewpoint for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway.  It was completed in 1918.  When we were there, it was fenced off for restorations which ended up taking 5 years.

But we were still able to get a nice view from there of the Columbia River gorge.  This was looking east with Washington State on the other side of the Columbia River.

There are also lots of waterfalls near this highway.  We even stopped at a couple of them.

Monday, January 14, 2013

1995 Oregon (North coast and white water rafting out of Maupin)

This was another year of  new activities for us in Oregon.  We went to Oregon almost every year from 1975-2010 to visit with my parents,  so we didn't spend the whole time doing touristy things, but we would try to include some new adventure every now and then. 

We always spent a couple night on the coast, but we usually stayed around Lincoln City since it's close to our base of Dallas, Oregon.  This year we headed north.   We don't often go that direction because the road heads inland from the coast in many places.   A lot of the highway is through forests, but there are also lots of farmlands with some interesting animals in them.

The areas where we did see the ocean were beautiful.
Most of the ocean views were from high above ocean level.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

1997 Oregon summer vacation (yurt and Crater Lake)

This was the summer Tim graduated from high school and told us he didn't want to go.  I don't know if it was Oregon he was tired of or going on vacation with us, but we let him stay home.  So we let Angie ask a friend to come along.  She chose Shannon and she was a delight to have along.

We did our usual 2 night trip away from Dallas, but did it a little differently this time.  Instead of staying in a hotel, we stayed in a yurt.

I had tried to get one on the coast, but reservations for those were gone well before summer.  But I did get one in southern Oregon between Crater Lake and the coast.  It was much more comfortable then camping, but it isn't a resort!   It was cheaper then a hotel, but not much.  It was a unique experience, though.

There was a bunk bed for 4 and a double fouton.  It was clean and I liked that there are real floors in it unlike camping. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

1994 Oregon (mother-in-law with us)

This year we brought my mother-in-law with us for our 2 week stay at my Mom and Dad's.  She had never been to Oregon before, or anywhere on the west coast.  It was fun showing her the beautiful northwest.

One of the first places we took her to was the coast.  You can't come to Oregon and not see the coast!  Plus this is one of our traditions---a couple nights on the coast to break up our stay in Dallas, Oregon.

We don't often do much in Newport but sightsee and find a bite to eat, but this time we did drop the kids off at the Ripley's Believe it of Not and let them go through it.   They seemed to have a good time, although I'm not sure what they're doing here!

Since we were on the coast for a couple of days, we got to enjoy the sunsets, too.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2000-Oregon Vacation (Faith's 1st trip to Oregon)

This was the year we took Tim's girlfriend (and future wife) with us to "meet the family".  What we didn't know was it was a few short months before my Mom suddenly died in her sleep.  She was in a quadriplegic state for 32 years after a car accident.  Can't imagine living like that for so long, or taking care of her like my Dad did for so long----but I'm glad she did!  She was much loved!!!  Glad I took this last group picture of us!

One of the things we always did on our summer family visits to Oregon was head to the coast for a couple nights.   This gave Mom and DAd a little break from us and all the commotion for a couple days and we got to enjoy one of Oregon's treasures.  We usually ended up around Lincoln City---about 45 minutes away from our base of Dallas, Oregon, where my family lived. 

This year we stayed at Ocean Terrace Condos.  They aren't fancy, but the views are pretty spectacular.