We live in Oregon, so it’s hard to see ourselves as tourists. The summer of 2010 we decided to see our state through the eyes of a traveler. Enjoy!
The wreck of the Peter Iredale
Peter Iredale at Sunset
Oregon is home to many waterfalls. This was a small one we crossed while hiking Humbug Mountain.
A view of the coastline from Humbug Mountain. This was coming down the right side of the mountain.
Located in Cape Blanco State Park, this lighthouse is one of Oregon’s most southern lights. It is one of eleven lighthouses that exist along the Oregon coast.
View of the beach at Cape Blanco from the ridge where the lighthouse stands.
This is Hughes House located in Cape Blanco park. Free tours available.
Oregon has many beautiful lakes. This particular lake is Devil’s Lake in Lincoln City, Oregon. I love the way the sunsets between the trees.
Even the southern coasts of Oregon are beautiful. This is Harris Beach outside of Brookings, Oregon
There is nothing like watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean at night.
A MUST visit: Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook, Oregon. Tour of the cheese production. Sample Oregon-made cheese. Order the best ice cream on the planet!
After we explored the Oregon Coast we headed for Central Oregon. Here’s my beloved Mt. Hood at sunset.
And here it is during the day. On a clear day, we can see Mt Hood from Hwy 8 that runs from Beaverton to Hillsboro.
Oregon has many creeks and streams. This particular stream is located in the Mt Hood forest area.
If you want a place to enjoy the splendor of Mt. Hood, stay at Lost Lake Campground. It’s relaxing, they do not allow motors on the lake!
In Eastern Oregon a stop at Pendleton Woolen Mills for a tour is on every tourist’s list. We unfortunately missed the last tour of the day. Another famous event in Pendleton is the yearly Round-Up, a rodeo held the first week of September.
The Painted Hills are worth the drive into the nowhere land of Eastern Oregon. Just a warning: the gas stations are few and far between!
Pictures DO NOT do this justice. The sight is truly amazing. I just stood there for a half hour pondering.
Smith Rock outside Madras, Oregon in Central Oregon. It’s VERY Hot in the summer.
Southern Oregon has some of the most beautiful rivers and scenery you will find.
There is nothing like Crater Lake. Deep, Blue, Brilliantly amazing. Snow on the ground in July. Awesome.
It never fails, spring appears and the snow falls. Ah the joys of Oregon weather.
Of course, when driving don’t be surprised to see George along the roadside. He likes bugs. And we have lots of bugs.
One of the best things about living in Oregon: fresh fruits and vegetables from farmer’s roadside stands.
Don’t forget the huge variety of wild flowers that are abundant throughout the state parks, byways and yards.
My favorite wonder from our trip: Baby Ducklings. There is nothing like new life to make you appreciate your own.
I hope you enjoyed this photo trip through Oregon. Come and see us sometime!