trillium lake

Here are the last (but certainly not the least) of our photos from early June. After we'd visited Timberline, we drove 10 minutes east down US-26 and ended up at Trillium Lake. It's a state park that we'd heard has perfect views of Mt. Hood - and we weren't disappointed! We had a delicious picnic in the woods, did a 2-mile hike around the lake, and couldn't get over the huge mountain in front of us. We saw bald eagles and river otters and huge Doug firs all around. And were less than an hour and a half from our apartment!

a trip to timberline!

So - I guess we should post the rest of the images from our June trip before it's not even summer anymore! After our

drive out to the coast

, we went the same distance east and climbed up into the mountains - until we got to the biggest one, Mt Hood! First, we stopped at a short trail that followed part of the Oregon Trail. The rocky area you see above is the place where wagons were lowered down on ropes. We were lucky to visit during the beginning of the rhododendrons blooming, they were everywhere and it was so pretty.

Next stop was Timberline Lodge, a place we'd wanted to visit since before we even moved here. Built in the 1930s by the WPA, with locally sourced stone and lumber. We walked through the building and couldn't stop marvelling at the craftsmanship throughout. Even the littlest details had lots of care put into them - there was just a special feel about it. When you step out onto the front balcony, you really do feel like you're on top of the whole world - everything is spread out before you and you can see the mountains and forest for miles and miles. It definitely won't be our only visit!

oregon coast


seeing the three capes

the day before, we set out south in the morning on Highway 101. We stopped at all of our favorite places that Jennie's mom had never seen - Cape Foulweather (where we saw only


weather), Boiler Bay, Devil's Punch Bowl, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport...even though the forecast was for overcast skies, we had sunny weather most of our trip down. We had delicious oysters in Newport, saw sea lions and seals and bald eagles, and drove back through pretty Willamette Valley wine country. A perfect end to our short coast trip!

three capes drive

The second day of our Oregon vacation, we drove out to see the ocean - through the sunny coast range and Tillamook with all its cows and came to the Three Capes Scenic Loop. We tried to do this drive a year ago, but the road was closed so we only saw one of the capes. This time, all three were open! The drive was gorgeous and freshly paved (except for a few huge potholes which Matt expertly avoided) - most of it was right along the coast, looking over small beachside towns. We stopped at Cape Meares and then Cape Lookout, which we instantly decided needs to be a future camping trip. The last one, Cape Kiwanda, was where we ended our day - with fish fresh from the ocean, beer brewed on the spot, and sand beneath our feet!

hiking : eagle creek (& the japanese garden)

Last week, we got to do one of our favorite things - show off our little part of the world to visitors! This time, it was Jennie's mom, and we did all kinds of Oregon-y things that we haven't done in a long time. Mostly, it was just nice to be outside in the perfect early summer weather. Everyone who lives here says it, but it's true - you really can't get a more perfect summer than here.

Eagle Creek Trail

Punchbowl Falls

We hiked Eagle Creek in the morning, after hearing so much about it. We didn't have the energy for the entire 12 mile hike, so we did the first four and turned around at Punchbowl Falls, which was a perfect spot to rest with our feet dangling in the icy creek. There were some exciting cliffs and great views, but nothing too vertigo-inducing!

from Panorama Point

After our hike, we stopped in at Full Sail to refuel on yummy food and beer - and then went up to Panorama Point to see if it was a good view (last time we went, it was completely cloudy). If only we lived in Hood River and could stop by here every day! I think no matter how long we live here, we'll never get over seeing Mt. Hood.

When we got back to Portland, we stopped by the Japanese Garden to see the current Noguchi exhibit. It and the garden were spectacular - because of the late time of day, there were hardly any other visitors. A perfect start to our stay-cation!