It’s amazing how, even though we’re extremely excited to be on the other side of the country, seeing something new every hour, we become disenchanted when we do a little too much a little too often. On the last few days of our trip in Oregon, we got the “Let’s just stay in our hotel room and order takeout” syndrome. Travel fatigue.
Just a quick note to say that we’re back home for a bit! While we’re hitting our own pillows at night, we’ll still be dreaming and writing about travel.
Stay tuned for another wrap up post about Portland (we still saw so much)!
Once upon a time, John and Mandy filled out the 20 minute quiz on Find Your Spot. The website asks tons of questions to give you a list of cities in the US that match your weather, political, financial, and cultural preferences. One of twenty-four results on our list was Eugene, Oregon.
After spending a couple of days in Portland, then Seattle, we headed down to Eugene to visit for the first time. There is a big difference between those two large cities and Eugene, for sure. Even after spending 4 days there, we can’t say we could point out the city center of Eugene on a map. There aren’t many towering buildings and there isn’t much traffic to speak of. The traffic is especially unnoticeable after dealing with Portland for a few days.
So, if you can’t tell from our last posts, Oregon is super pretty.
Like, super-duper pretty.
The last time that Mandy and I were on the Pacific Coast, we had really wanted to check out Crater Lake but because of the season, most of the roads were closed down and covered in snow. We decided to hang a little closer to where we were staying, which at that point was San Fransisco, and do some sight-seeing there.
The Over the River and Through the Woods Scenic Byway starts about 25-30 minutes north of Eugene, Oregon. Take I-5 up and then get yourself onto Highway 228 and just drive east.
The byway takes you through farmlands, over rivers and through woods – imagine that! Our trip on this byway happened to be on an overcast and rainy day, which surprisingly didn’t ruin anything.
I apologize in advance, but this post is a bit of a cop out. We’ve been running around so much, from Portland to Seattle to Portland to Eugene, that we haven’t had much time for sitting down to write a blog post. I guess it’s a good problem to have when you’re traveling but no so good for this blog and its readers.
These are the photos I’ve been taking with my DSLR. If you’ve been keeping up with my Instagram, some of these may look a bit familiar but the photos taken on a DSLR always have a different quality than those taken on an iPhone, so I thought I’d share them anyway.
Rocky Butte Sunrise Overlooking Portland, Oregon
Mount St. Helens Visitor Center in Washington
Tumwater Historical Park in Washington
Highway 101 from Highway 26 to 20 in Oregon
For more pictures from the last few days, be sure to check out my Instagram account! 🙂
Mandy and I are suckers for mountain cities. Portland delivers in a spectacular way. We spent the early morning grabbing some local coffee at Black Rock Coffee and watching the sunrise at the top of Rocky Butte Park.
Rocky Butte is an extinct volcanic cinder cone and a fantastic place in Portland to watch the sunrise. The view of Mt. Hood from the top is absolutely extraordinary and seeing the city unfold below you is an awesome experience.
After Rocky Butte, we naturally decided to check out downtown Portland and see everything that we could while we had the time.
For the past few years, I’ve been hearing a familiar adage about Portland, OR. Specifically, the idea that it’s where young people go to retire.
Mandy and I fell in love with the West Coast of the US during our trip to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. We had made plenty of trips up the East, through Savannah, Myrtle Beach, The Outer Banks, Pittsburgh, but we had never gone west. It was on a whim that we decided that it would be fun to going to go camping at the Grand Canyon, so we did. We filled up the trusty Yaris with supplies and set off on a 36 car trip through the US. Like any trip to a new place, it was mesmerizing. After living on the East for almost our entire lives, we began realizing there was a whole lot of the country that we had never seen before. Roads to be driven, sights to be seen, little diners to eat at. It was incredible. Without any real pre-planning, the trip went off without a hitch. Since then, like a couple of addicts, we’ve been reaching for a road trip to hit that same sort of spot. We honeymooned in California, even went back a second time for some sight-seeing, but seeing as California takes up most of the Western coast of the States, we’ve been trying to think of other fun places to visit or potentially move to.
After taking some online surveys (I know, don’t judge), Eugene, OR kept coming up as a place that fit us politically, financially, etc. Before that, we had always heard that same adage above, that it’s a college-y town with a hippie vibe and a cultural renaissance, so we thought to ourselves, why not take a trip? So we did.
Well, are going to. We’ve never been to Oregon, except for like, an hour on a road trip through California, but our next trip is going to take us through Oregon, with a side trip into Seattle, and then back to Oregon again. We’re gonna’ be sort of winging it, with a minimal amount of pre-planning and kind of throwing ourselves to the wind with the rest.
Who knows? Maybe we’ll end up retiring there.