We hit the Columbia River Gorge at the perfect time. The weather was wonderful, the trees and plants all green, and wildflowers blooming everywhere you looked! Just wow. (Side note: It is also very windy in the Gorge!) We saw arrowleaf balsamroots, lupines, lilacs, bachelor buttons, larkspur, camas, penstemons, wooly
We had a sort of homecoming when we came back east to camp in Bend; a few weeks back we had camped about an hour south of Bend in Crescent. And while Bend traffic was not so wonderful, the sites and trails we biked and hiked most certainly were. This
This stop took us back inland from the Oregon Coast… camping just outside Salem, Oregon, located in the soil-rich Willamette Valley — located between the Coast Mountain range and the Cascades. While we had originally planned to dive deeply into this region known for Pinot Noirs, we found ourselves drawn
This journey began in southern Oregon, from which we went west toward the Oregon Coast, traveling back into California along US-199, the northern portion of the Redwood Highway, and the only highway that passes through the Siskiyou Mountains. Amusingly, we hit a snowstorm in the Smith River National Recreation Area
This stop on our adventure was partly an interim breather — between Crater Lake and the Oregon Coast, along the often spectacular Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway — but also a chance to explore the amazingly beautiful Rogue River Valley, as well as a relatively unknown (to us at least) wine region.
Ah, the Pacific Northwest in all its glory… that was the theme of this, our 20th stop, on this 2-year+ journey across the continental United States. It also was the continuation of our journey along the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway… including a stop at National Park #10 on our list: