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.