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Adventures on the Oregon Coast

Adventure, TravelGina HousemanComment

My latest adventure was having the best time on a lush Oregon coast adventure! We stayed in a friend's amazing cabin in Arch Cove, Oregon, equipped with wood fire burning sauna, fire pit, and backyard. B and I roasted oysters and drank wine next to a burning fire while the sun set all to the soundtrack of crashing waves from the beach across the street. It was so relaxing to spend time outside and rest in an Adirondack chair with my favorite travel companion.

In the morning we headed out to hike the South Neah-Kah-Nie trail. The trail was filled with misty forest, orange newts, and more sounds of the ocean.

After the South Neah-Kah-Nie Hike we followed the advise of a fellow hiker and went in search of the crashing waves of Devil's Cauldron. It took a lot of searching and looking for the right turn off, but that just meant more hiking and taking in the lush scenery. Just look at this trail flora! Eventually we found the overlooking cliffs that simply cannot be captured accurately in a photograph. Later we found out the site is the scene of people's death, from being blown off the cliff. Eek! I'm glad we survived and made it back to the cabin where we shoved off to the next part of our adventure.

After saying goodbye to the coast we drove a quick 1.5 hrs to spend a few nights in Portland exploring the city. We visited the famous Powell bookstore and found the perfect rare book for a wedding gift, toured the food truck villages, drank Stumptown coffee, and admired the quirky style of the original Ace Hotel. I loved seeing friend's backyards with amazing Rhododendron growing naturally, next to bicycle parking, of course!

Our final leg of our Oregon adventure was heading up to Mt. Hood for some skiing and snowboarding, at the awe-inspiring Timberline Lodge. It's so fun to drive up and watch the scenery change from wet and green to snow-covered trees. At the top the mountain the wind is so cold it whipped right through the light spring clothing we were wearing. It's forever winter on top of Mt. Hood! Which means year round skiing! The runs were great and the lodge even more impressive. The Timberline Lodge has survived a very long time and it's rich history includes a closing, due to mismanagement, and reopening, from a passionate business man who loved the place, as well as being the opening scene and exterior shots of Stanely Kuberick's film, The Shining. I love the coziness of the rooms.

All in all, I loved all the Oregon landscapes! Even the city of Portland is so green and leafy and blooming! I'd go back for another adventure in a heart beat!