I’ve been so busy since the birth of my new grand-daughter and my focus has been far away from both travel and blogs.
Over the past months l have traveled. I went to Portland, OR. It was frugal because we stayed with family. There are two important rules when staying with family while traveling, don’t stay too long and always rent a car.
The trip was too short for my liking we only stayed for a week. It was gloomy almost every day and we experienced a rare Portland snow. The city had many choices for food and brew and we enjoyed both.
The city of Portland was much like many other cities and really not the kind of vacation adventure I enjoy. The highlight of our trip was family and we spent as much time as possible with them as Mount Hood stood in the distance on constant vigil.
We had the best time when exploring rural Oregon. Now that’s an adventure. We explored along the Columbia River and found ethereal forests draped in green fern and moss. Waterfalls gushed from mountain crevasses filling our ears with a deafening roar and anointed us with an enlivening mist. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/waterfalls-nearest-portland-oregon-64056.html
We also drove through a mountain pass and took a ride down the coast. Rough waters carved the coast line, crashing waves and tempting tidal pools abound.
The following photographs of the Oregon coast are courtesy of seantaylorphotography.com
There was also a treacherous ride in a snow storm through the pass on our return to Portland, driving a rented Crown Victoria. I can’t believe they don’t use road salt in Oregon. Their cars don’t rust, but if there is snow and ice you just might better not go out.
Some day we’ll return for and explore more of what the real Oregon has to offer.