Chocolate, Kamut, and Cheese – Culinary Treats around Portland, Oregon

Spending more than a month in Portland afforded us the opportunity to spend time with our daughter, get some things repaired on the Bighorn and the Silver Fox, and explore more of Portland and the surrounding area. Although we had been in Portland last year, there are many things to see and do. In addition … Continue reading Chocolate, Kamut, and Cheese – Culinary Treats around Portland, Oregon

Champeog (Sham-POO-ee) State Heritage Park – Oregon

We have been staying this week in a historical park south of Portland, Oregon.  The Champeog State Heritage Area, along the Willamette River, is best known for being the location of the first provincial government in the Oregon territory.  Unfortunately because of a devastating flood in 1861 it is now a ghost town. The early … Continue reading Champeog (Sham-POO-ee) State Heritage Park – Oregon

Silver Falls State Park – Oregon

On Wednesday, Celia and I traveled to Silver Falls State Park, the largest of the Oregon state parks.  It is famous for the Trail of Ten Falls hike and has many other things to offer. The park is about 25 miles east of Salem, Oregon and sees over a million visitors a year.  The park … Continue reading Silver Falls State Park – Oregon

Totality – Salem, Oregon

We decided to leave a day early from Crescent City, CA, our base for visiting the Redwoods National Park, because of the traffic potential of so many people in the region headed to the eclipse's “zone of totality.” We were lucky in that we were only about five hours away from the area where the … Continue reading Totality – Salem, Oregon

The Jewel of the Cascades

Crater Lake is a geological wonder.  While Crater Lake National Park was established in 1902, the lake itself was formed 7,700 years ago when Mt. Mazama erupted.  The eruption was 100 times stronger than that of Mount St. Helens in 1980.  It spread ash as far north as Canada and as far east as Nebraska. … Continue reading The Jewel of the Cascades