July 21, 2016
Hear the Waters
Due to a series of unfortunate circumstances, mosquitos, allergies, crowds, we went through Oregon much faster than planned. Because of the state’s diversity it is one of the most beautiful in the country. We swung by Crater Lake National Park and reminisced about our time there four years ago. Its hard to remember something that beautiful correctly. I felt like I was looking at it for the first time all over again. Our next stop was Umpqua National Forest to go waterfall hopping along rt 138. This is where we encountered swarms of mosquitos everywhere. After one night and a quick run up and down a trail to an amazing waterfall we couldn’t enjoy, we decided to move on.
Since we were now way ahead of schedule we took to slight detour to Newberry National Volcanic Monument. The Big Obsidian Flow was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. From there our next destination, the city of Bend, was just north. We loved our time in Bend, walking around the quaint downtown, eating good food, hanging out at the tea shop, camping at Skull Hallow, but it didn’t take long for my allergies to start acting up in the desert climate. We left after a few days, reluctantly.
We then headed toward the Columbia River Gorge where a wrong turn took us to the most awesome cherry picking farm, Idiot’s Grace. I love pick-your-own farms and this was our first time picking cherries. I was a bit giddy. We then enjoyed the gorge, but found the crowds unappealing. So we went west to enjoy the coast before heading into Washington. Oregon was a great example of just being in the right place at the wrong time, but we look forward to returning at the right time in the future.