This is a fabulous little hike with a beautiful waterfall. Perfect for a hot day, to play in the streams or the pool at the bottom of the waterfall. Location: Bridal Veil Falls is located along the I-84 heading east out of Portland, OR. Take exit 28 and take the Historic Columbia River Hwy to … More Bridal Veil Falls, Portland, OR
This is an amazing 1.4 mile trail along the inlet of a river leading out to the Oregon Coast. This is a tree-lined loop trail with lots of little trails leading down to the coast. Location: Whalen Island is located approximately 1 1/2 hours north west of Salem. Take OR-22 West out of West Salem … More Clay Myers Trail at Whalen Island, Cloverdale, OR
A beautiful large lake, with a nice flat trail. Lots of bugs, frogs and birds to look at!! Location: Ankeny Wildlife Refuge is located along Liberty Road, about 10 miles south of Salem, OR. Follow Liberty Road from Commercial Road and you’ll see it on your left side. There is a large sign on … More Ankeny Wildlife Refuge, South Salem, OR
Soda Creek Falls is the main attraction at Cascadia State Park and it’s not hard to see why. This might just be my most favorite hike and waterfall yet. There is the smaller hike there, called the Soda Springs Trail. Location: Soda Springs is located in the Cascadia State Park in Cascadia, OR. This is … More Soda Creek Falls, Cascadia, OR
Soda Springs is the little sister to the beautiful Soda Creek Falls, which will be my next blog post. It is a beautiful area to have a picnic, go camping or just spend the day hiking. We went just a couple of days ago and it was, of course, in the middle of winter and … More Soda Springs Trail, Cascadia, OR
It happens every winter… CABIN FEVER!!!! Without fail, it’s hit again but this year it seems to have hit a little earlier than most years. So on Sunday, there was not a cloud in the sky. It was gorgeous looking (you know, from the living room window) so I decided, basically on my own, that … More Lincoln City Beach, Lincoln City, OR
It’s a frozen winter wonderland outside in Salem and Portland Oregon. It’s so beautiful to look at from the comfort of a nice, warm home. It’s too dangerous to try and go anywhere as there is black ice everywhere. I ventured outside for about 5 minutes to take these pictures of the ice covered branches. … More Salem Ice-capades 2016!
It’s no secret that I HATE the cold weather. I love the snow, I think it is beautiful to look at, but I really don’t like being cold and I really don’t like not being able to go outside at the drop of a hat!! Needless to say, my kids have had a pretty boring … More Frozen Multnomah Falls!!
Luckiamute Landing is a great length, easy trail that leads to a spot on the Willamette River where it meets the Santiam River. Perfect trail to enjoy the magic of the Fall colors! Location: Luckiamute Landing is located about 22 miles southwest of Salem, OR in Jefferson which is close to Albany. From Downtown Salem, take … More Luckiamute Landing, Jefferson, OR
On our way to Luckiamute Landing National Park, we were so lucky to pass by a Pumpkin Seed Farm, in Jefferson, OR, with the tractors working. At first we had no idea what was going on. We saw these tractors going and we assumed they were just turning the un-used/un-purchased pumpkin into mulch, however that … More Pumpkin Seed Farms