As we set out to travel Oregon we found beautiful Oregon beaches, mountain vistas, deep forests, waterfalls and many more wonderful sights. We spent six fantastic weeks in this beautiful state, staying the first two weeks in Portland, then a month near Eugene.
From our base camp at the Jantzen RV Park on Hayden Island on Portland’s north side, we made several side trips. First to Astoria and the north Oregon coast, with it’s high overlooks along the magnificent Pacific coastline.
Columbia River Gorge
Then to the Columbia River Gorge where we spent several days winding along both sides of the Columbia river. We watched the many wind surfers on the lake where it’s always windy. Then another Ocean side trip took us to Tillamook where we visited the cheese factory and several other sights. We also made a barn quilt tour where Jo was able to photograph many old barns with quilt blocks painted on the ends.
Then it was on to Eugene (Oregon Ducks country) where we spent a very nice month at Dexter Shores RV Park. We were able to watch the University of Oregon rowing teams practicing on the lake next to our RV park.
The RV park was less than a quarter mile from a very nice (difficult) disc golf course, which I frequented at every possible chance.
We took another side trip to look at the Oregon Beaches near Florence, where we encountered the phenomenon of coastal fog where everything within a quarter mile from the beach, including the beach, is socked in.
Travel Oregon – Crater Lake
Then it was south to Crater Lake where we spent a fascinating time looking at the crater from as many perspectives as we could fit in. The beautiful lake with it’s amazing blue colors was spellbinding.
We finished our month by spending several day trips touring the beautiful Willamette Valley, up and down winding mountain roads to Sisters. Incredible mountain streams, lakes, and of course tall snow capped mountains were a feast for the eyes all along the way. Our drives were also during the fall color change and we saw lots and lots of pretty fall leaf color.
We then traveled south over the Siskiyou summit before entering California. Our motorhome seemed to feel right at home climbing the long pull uphill, then descending the steep grades going down into California.
We were blessed to be able to travel Oregon and see it’s amazing country- sides and it’s nice cities and even nicer people. We even stayed next door to the Dexter Lake Club which was chosen by the producers of the movie Animal House. We saw the bar where many of the “road trip” scenes were filmed and parked just outside was the Deathmobile from the movie.