Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Day Tripping: Fall-ing for the Hood River Fruit Loop

Last week, Jack and I headed to Hood River for the first time. With fall colors awash throughout the area, it seemed the perfect time to sneak away for a few days and check out the area’s famous Fruit Loop. Located in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, the Hood...
Daytripping: Reel Fun at East Lake

Daytripping: Reel Fun at East Lake

I was looking for a bit of Oregon history; Jack was in search of Kokanee. We found both recently at East Lake. (What’s more, we invited a cadre of Jack’s family to join us on our five-day escape. Sweet!) Located about 45 minutes southeast of Bend, East Lake is one of...
Daytripping: Scott Lake’s Fabulous Fall Colors

Daytripping: Scott Lake’s Fabulous Fall Colors

It started as a simple Sunday drive — our annual trek along the Santiam Pass-McKenzie Pass Scenic Byway Loop to feast our eyes on some serious fall colors. The previous day we’d made the arduous trek from Tumalo to Camp Sherman (20 whole miles) and had set up our new...
Day Tripping: Clear Lake & Coldwater Cove Campground

Day Tripping: Clear Lake & Coldwater Cove Campground

It’s autumn in Central Oregon, and you know what that means: Time to hit the road. When it comes to spectacular fall colors, the region is an embarrassment of riches, boasting a wide variety of locales where Mother Nature really struts her stuff. Over the years, I’ve...
Day Tripping: Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

Day Tripping: Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest

During Easter Weekend, my sister-in-law, Denise, and I trekked to the Wooden She Tulip Fest in Woodburn. The festival, which runs from March 28-May 4, celebrates one of spring’s favorite bulbs — and what a celebration it is! More than 40 acres of fields...