So fellow travelers, Oregon has surprised me with its diversity of habitats and terrains. Within half a day’s drive from the quirky urban landscape of Portland we have explored
wild and deserted stretches of the Pacific Coast
dense forest covered hills
snow capped (even in summer) mountains
and on this year’s trip we spent three amazing, glorious days with the kids, exploring the natural wonders near Bend, including
breath taking Crater Lake a volcano with a caldera lake, the deepest in the United States
a mile long, lave tube cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument, which we discovered also has a huge lava field where NASA astronauts trained for their moon mission
the mysterious Painted Hills desert where temps hit 103 keeping photo treks short and close to the relief of our air conditioned rental car
and Smith Rock State, a mecca for outdoor rock climbing which draws climbers from all over the world. It has the benefit of year round access to over 1,500 routes.
On the way back to Portland, we stopped for a refreshing swim in Lake Billy Chinook
and as spectacular as it is to swim in the basin of a massive and ancient canyon
it was this view of my three adventurers on the trail ahead of me which I count as my favorite vista of the trip
Walk gently on the path my friends and may adventure find you ready.