We took a recent vacation to Oregon. I had a work meeting scheduled for a few days near Portland, and decided it was a perfect opportunity to fit in a vacation.
We started by driving to Silverton, Oregon for the weekend. It wasn’t too far from where my meeting was to be held, and looked like a fun place to explore for a few days. The draw for me was both it’s close proximity to a very neat looking state park called Silver Falls State Park and a great deal for lodging located adjacent to the Oregon Gardens. The state park lived up to my expectations. We biked one day, and hiked the next day on the Trail of Ten Falls. The 8 mile loop led us to ten waterfalls, with some of the trail even leading behind the waterfalls. Here’s a shot of me on the trail ready to get wet!
Our camera was filled with waterfall shots that day.
Silverton itself was a cute little town. I was especially entranced with the mural telling the story about Bobbie, the Wonder Dog. Truly a heartwarming tale of a dog making an incredible journey to find his way home. It got Dave thinking about the governor of Oregon’s dog, Hershey, and wishing that we’d happen to see him on our trip.
Hershey didn’t happen to be where we were, but we still enjoyed ourselves.
After our weekend of exploring the Silverton area, we headed to Dundee, Oregon, where my meeting was going to be held. It didn’t take long to reach the Inn at Red Hills. I’d looked at the web site before hand, and was kind of surprised to find the Inn on a busy highway, with an asphalt parking lot behind it, not the beautiful looking vinyards featured on their web page. Still, the room was luxurious and very pleasant. Not a place I’d stay on my own but if work is paying, I’ll gladly enjoy it.
After a few days of meetings, we then headed for the oregon coast for several days along the ocean at a state park staying in a yurt. Blue skies, sunshine, surf, sand beaches. Life is good.
Eventually we headed back home. The May issue of Sunset magazine arrived shortly after we got back. I started paging through it, eager to find new foods to try and destinations to visit. How very surprised I was to find a featured day trip to Silverton, Oregon. Wow. Sunset magazine recommended a visit to Silver Falls State Park, with a hike where we hiked, and also suggested staying at the Oregon Garden Resort, where we stayed. OK. Been there. Done that. I turned the page and was amazed to find them discussing Oregon’s Willamette Valley, with a suggestion for eating at the Inn at Red Hills in Dundee. Hmm. Weren’t we just there also?
Fun, but almost spooky to have Sunset magazine be shadowing me on our recent vacation. Stay tuned.