Welcome To Oregon

Oregon is a beautiful place if you’ve never been there. There is such a difference between the east and the west side of the state but both have such beauty to offer.oregon

The best part of traveling with a toddler has to be their excitement for everything. But if you have ever had a toddler, this excitement tends to be there whether you’re traveling or not. I loved taking Aurora to see the water. She absolutely loves the water and I wish it was warm enough for me to just let her run into it. She loves to splash and feel the sand and pebbles between her fingers and toes.

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One wonderful thing about driving a different route though is seeing different stuff! This route took us through some incredible wildlife. I was able to see various elk herds but nothing like at Dean Creek. The feeling I am about to describe might be one you are familiar with. You’re driving along. There’s nothing to see. The landscape has the same dull monotony of the past 50 miles. But then, suddenly, you see a deer/sheep/elk/moose sign. You immediately perk up with the anticipation of seeing some wildlife. One mile gone. Two miles gone. Ten miles gone. You sink back into your seat and blankly stare out the window. Oh the wildlife signs….how deceiving you are…..

But not here! Not at Deans Creek! Here they notify you with an elk sign, and off to the side, what might you see? An elk! Really! A bunch of elk! I was so ecstatic you cannot imagine. Jay immediately pulled over and I jumped out with the camera. These where some photogenic bulls who were more than happy to show me their good side!

Oregon Elk IMG_3827 (1024x683)The interior route in Oregon is not one we did during our last trip through Oregon. It was a beautiful route and a great one to do with our little one. Now on to the coast!

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Oregon Interior

After a quick escape from dusty Nevada we entered Oregon. Oregon is beautiful and we had great weather.

Since we had already set the tent up in daylight, and it wasn’t difficult at all, we figured we’d push along as far into Oregon as we could before we set up camp. It started to get much later than we would like and had to set the tent up in the dark. Something about Oregon, especially the Oregon coast, is that there are not many places that allow dispersed camping. And since this time around we have a baby along with us, we decided it was best to not call any undue attention to ourselves.

We ended up finding a campground in Klamath Falls National Forest and set up camp. It was a beautiful spot that had a river and we ended up sleeping really well.

Oregon CampingAnd then of course the little one had a great time too!

Toddler Love

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I’ve Been Everywhere

“I was toting my pack along the long dusty Winnemucka road
When along came a semi with a high canvas covered load
If your goin’ to Winnemucka, Mack with me you can ride
And so I climbed into the cab and then I settled down inside
He asked me if I’d seen a road with so much dust and sand
And I said, ‘Listen! I’ve traveled every road in this here land!’

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
Crossed the deserts bare, man
I’ve breathed the mountain air, man
Travel, I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere”
-Johnny Cash

Winnemucka is really covered with dust and sand and I sure do feel like I’ve been everywhere! But no, there are still many roads I have not seen and plenty of mountains I haven’t climbed but I have been to many more places than most! Since part of this trip was dedicated to our dog Tawny, we planned to go back to the Oregon coast to spread her ashes. This lead us down many familiar roads that we had already traveled.

Winnemucca

We had done this trip before but from the other direction. Back in August of 2012 we drove from Oregon to New Mexico for my brothers wedding. Driving through the rest of Nevada was not very exciting. We saw some pronghorn antelope but the view changed from dusty mountains to barren flat land to lush crop land. How quickly the view can change. We soon entered Oregon and the trees started to appear.

And this is where the real fun begins!

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