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Exactly a year ago today, I set off on my journey to Oregon. I loaded up my little Subaru and headed for the coast. It was both exciting and incredibly hard. I had to leave Pat behind while he finished up work and things with the house. At that moment we didn't know when exactly we'd see each other again.
I cried so hard from Pocatello, Idaho to Burns, Oregon that my chest hurt for days. But I'm so glad that I did it. Now that Pat and the pups are here and we're moved into our new house and a whole year has gone by since I set off on my own, we are so happy.
Since we moved here we've spent more time at the beach than we probably have in our whole lives. We've started to learn how to sail and to surf, and we rejoice when there are still flowers blooming in December. Oregon is an absolutely amazing place.
So, in honor of Oregon and our 1 year anniversary of beginning this new adventure I wanted to introduce you to The 7 Wonders of Oregon. Travel Oregon has put this list of wonders together and if you visit their site, you can find additional details on what to see and do while you're here.
You're going to want to bookmark this and start planning your trip. Oregon as a whole is amazing, so to be one of the top 7, means it's extra special. Which one will you see first? Need some help, here's an suggested route:
1. Mt. Hood
I remember when I first saw Mt. Hood. I was driving to Portland and it seemed like it just exploded out of the green valley in all it's snowy Majesty. I remember thinking "where the eff did that come from?!"Mt. Hood is home to 6 six areas, beautiful alpine lakes, and gorgeous hikes and camping.
2. The Oregon Coast
So, I'm a little biased, but I think the Oregon Coast is the best of the 7 wonders, but I'll let you be the judge of that. If you want a constant reminder of how awesome the coast is, be sure to follow us on Instagram. I can't get enough of sharing this beautiful place.
The picture above was taken at the beach down the road from our house. We feel so lucky every time we're there. On the coast you can go crab fishing, surfing, hiking, camping, see whales and dolphins, and sea lions. All the beaches in Oregon are public which is incredible! You can sand board, ride dune buggies...really your imagination is all that is limiting you from having an incredible time on the coast.
3. The Columbia River Gorge
This is one we haven't visited yet, but is high on our list to see next. I have to see this waterfall! It's just a short drive from Portland and not only hosts beautiful scenery but also great wine. So, go for a hike, and then go for a drink afterwards. It sounds like a pretty great idea to me.
4. Smith Rock
Smith Rock is a rock climber's paradise. It boasts 300 days of sunshine and endless options for adventure. Not sure that you want to be hanging from a rope from a cliff? Well there's also plenty of options for hikes, paddle boarding and mountain biking and caving. You can also visit Newberry Crater National Volcanic Monument, where astronauts trained to walk on the moon.
5. The Painted Hills
This place doesn't even look real. It looks like the surface of a far off planet. You can visit and dig for fossils and visit ghost towns and imagine what the world was like millions of years ago. There are few places like this in the world.
6. The Wallowas
Take a gondola ride up 3,700 feet from Wallowa Lake Village to the peak of Mt. Howard and see this amazing place from the top of the world. This land has changed very little since pioneers crossed it by wagon. Relive your childhood Oregon Trail dreams and see it for yourself...don't forget an extra oxen!
7. Crater Lake
Last but not least, we have Crater Lake. Crater Lake is surrounded by nearly 2,000 ft cliffs and is the deepest lake in America and one of the deepest in the world. Famous for it's deep blue color and beauty, this is definitely a place you need to see. In addition to towering cliffs, Crater Lake is also surrounded by delicious wine, cheese, and chocolate makers. How can it get better than that?
If I haven't convinced you yet, check out this video from Travel Oregon!
How many of the 7 Wonders of Oregon have you seen? Seen them all? What's your favorite? Haven't seen any? Well hop in the car and get going! Let us know in the comments which wonders you're checking off the list!
I'm going to be on the road a lot myself this week, so I might be a little MIA. But, I'll be back next week with more.
What are your travel plans this summer? Wherever you're going, don't forget to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz