Oregon Posts

Savoring Space in Bend, Oregon

The first time we visited Bend, in Summer, 2018, smoke from nearby wildfires blanketed the region through most of our visit. This time, wildfire smoke drove us to Bend when we canceled our Fall travel plans and found ourselves with nowhere to go.

Crater Lake, Waldo Lake, and Friends!

7,700 years ago, Mount Mazama, one of several volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest, erupted violently and with enough destructive force that the 12,000 foot tall mountain collapsed in on itself.

Oregon: Up In Smoke

Soon after we crossed the border from Washington into Oregon, we watched as our plans, as well as our sense of security, went up in smoke.

Oktoberfest and the Oregon Coast

Upon escaping the Portland traffic vortex, we headed first for a quick two night stop in a tiny town that does Oktoberfest right, before heading for the coast, where we combined some sightseeing, hiking, and the devouring of cheese.

The Calm After The Storm

I want to thank everyone who reached out to me after my last post, both directly and by leaving comments on this blog.

The Good, the Bad, and the Costly in Portland

We thought we were going to love Portland. And we did. But we also didn't. There were days we were enamored with our surroundings and others, well, we just weren't feeling it.

New Cities, New Towns, and New Friends: Boise, Bend, and Xscapers

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who appreciate the magic that is ketchup, and those who are wrong.