back to the wilderness

When making the decision to move back to the States, one of influencing factors was the beautiful nature of Oregon. I have traveled to many countries, but am still astounded by the beauty of my homestate. There is an amazing variety here: mountains, forests, beaches, deserts, peaceful lakes, roaring rivers, and waterfalls. Marcus and I have been taking full advantage of our proximity to nature since our arrival three weeks ago.

Little North Santiam
In our first week here, we went on a hike with my sister Alyssa and our dog Tauri to the Little North Fork, along the winding Santiam River and through the thick forest. It’s an easy hike with clear pools and waterfalls.

Shellburg Falls
On the first weekend, we hiked with my parents and Tauri around Shellburg Falls. It’s an easy 2.8 mile hike past two impressive waterfalls.

Maxwell Butte Snow Park in the Willamette National Forest
On the second weekend, Marcus and I drove to the Cascade Mountain Range to go snowshoeing at Maxwell Butte in the Willamette National Forest. It was our first time snowshoeing and it took some time to get used to walking a bit off kilter. Next time I will definitely start with fewer layers – you get warm fast! – and go on a day with a denser snowpack.

Hoyt Arboretum
After brunch with friends last Sunday, we met Alyssa and went to Hoyt Arboretum, a forested area in Portland’s Washington Park. I have always loved the Wildwood Trail, but this time we also explored the Magnolia Trail, lined with the namesake trees, which were about ready to bloom. Definitely a reason to return in the coming weeks.

Oregon Coast: Pacific City and Neskowin
On Monday, Marcus and I went to the Oregon Coast with Tauri. Our destination was Haystack Rock at Pacific City. We were greeted with blue skies and warm winds. We hiked down the beach, Tauri and Marcus running through the waves, and had a picnic in a remote dune area. We returned and treated ourselves to a pint on the terrace of the Pelican Pub & Brewery. Then we headed to Neskowin, a quiet beach area with a view on Proposal Rock.

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5 responses to “back to the wilderness

  1. Thomas Headley III

    Candy and I are so happy that you two are in Oregon. We will happily share in your enthusiastic exploration of the Northwest’s natural wonders. See you in Central Oregon soon!

    • Thanks Tom! We’re working up our stamina and can hopefully conquer some of the mountains in Central Oregon soon.

  2. Oregon a treasure kept alive with vigilant personal and community stewardship. A toast to ourselves and the generations.
    Thanks

  3. Such beautiful images. We’ve only spent a couple of days in Oregon and didn’t get to the coast – I so hope to have more time exploring this area in future USA travels. (Hoping my sister-in-law will marry the nice American guy she’s dating over there so that we can visit for another USA family wedding!)

    • Thank you! I feel so lucky to be among such nature, although I don’t think it will ever stop me from wanting to see all that’s out there in the world. I’ll cross my fingers for your sister-in-law 🙂

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