As posted earlier. Wife and I celebrated our 50th by taking our whole (but small) family to Oregon. With our schedule we had to fly into Portland. We stayed a few days in an air bnb directly across from kennedy School. Cool place. (Google it up). We went up Mt Hood, the big waterfall, and dined at tge Timberline Inn ( should you choose google it) I was fascinated with the view. It’s history, and the construction as a WPA project. We dined with friends one night. Then on to Agate Beach. A few days of great fresh fishes to eat, dined with a young lady we helped raise, who owns a food cart, serving fish dishes with fish husband catches on his fishing troller. Visited historic lighthouse, stuff on the Beach and in the water, whale watching on a boat at Depot Bay, saw many whales. Then over the Mountain, into the Valley for vineyard visits and wine tasting. Even got to visit Oregon rednecks in the mix. I could not identify orchards we kept seeing, only to find the area is the third largest producer of hazel nuts in the world. More good food. Finally, back to Portland, turn in our rented 4-Runner, on the plane and back home.
I was impressed with all of the culture area to area, the seafood, the wine and cider. The cool shores and seas and bays, the mountains and valleys and geology, et .
We will go back, for sure. But will try to avoid Portland next time. Too big and too…, brad
Edited by - rinemb on 08/18/2022 04:38:59
Sounds real nice..
Brad, sounds like you packed in a lot of vacation in a short period of time. Glad you and your bride of 50 years and family had a wonderful experience!!! It doesn’t always go that way!!! I spend a lot of time on the water and fishing, but I just about peed myself the first time I saw a whale!!! Incredible critters aren’t they???
Good food, drink, wine, views, experiences , friends and family, all in short period of time……………… I call that a good vacation !!! Happy for you and thanks for sharing!!!
Portland was a favourite when I was younger. Even though its only a day's drive from here the weather seems a lot more like California. We use to stay at a tent and trailer park outside of Vancouver, Washington. which is across the Columbia river. [Yes there is more than one Vancouver.] Its a reasonably close drive to Seaside which has a big recreational park, as well as a splendid beach. If you live here and don't like airports or driving there is the Amtrak trip which takes about 8 hours as I remember.
During Our time on the coast it never got above 60*F. Saw the sun for a few minutes a couple of times. Saw ocean horizon once, with all the fog. I am not complaining, anything beat the 100*+ in Portland.
Though our time on the coast was mostly great, we did have a rather frightening experience…the girls (adults 30s-40 yo) decided to rent short body? boards and wet suites to hit the waves. No actual coastal seas and currents knowledge. I thought they were just going out far enough to drift in. Well, they wanted to avoid all the surfers, so they headed out in a gap between the surfers and the rough rocky point at Agate Beach. It was foggy, and I lost sight of them. They were getting pulled out to sea apparently. Wife freaking out! When I got nervous, I went into some rocks to take off my jeans and hide my wallet. Then I saw a flash the bright yellow board one of them had, against the jagged barnacle coated rocky point. Then I saw two more boards in the rocks.
They had been able to fight there way to the point and get on the rocky wall. My phone would not connect when I tried calling rescue folks. I headed into water, toward the rocky point. Finally I heard voices and saw the boards working around the rocks. They were frightened pretty well, their hands scraped up and bleeding from trying to hang on and keep moving.
They decided to check their gear in, and sit around the Inn’s large fire ring, drink a bottle (or two) of Oregon wine, and re-live/recount their experience inch by inch.
A story they will tell for years, eh!
I live in the eastern half of Oregon, which only has 4% of the state's population. If you like mountains, forests and range, and high sagebrush deserts, drive to Wallow County in the northern far eastern corner. The Wallowa mountains have peaks over 10, 000 ft. They form one side of the Snake River canyon (Hell's Canyon). Wallowa Lake is a very picturesque glacial moraine lake near the town of Joseph. You can swim, fish, hike, bike or just hang out at the state park. Eastern Oregon is pretty dang nice and there is a lot of it. But don't tell anyone.
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