Outdoors in Oregon

12 Dec

I’m glad (well kind of glad) I ended up way behind in my travel posts. It’s nice to reminisce about summer now that every day is spent covered under an avalanche of blankets. Let’s take a trip back to the great state of Oregon. As my parents and sister say, it’s one of the best kept secrets in the U.S., and I’d honestly have to agree. It truly is a beautiful place to visit.

spencer butte trees | www.the-wild-child.com

This past summer, me and my cousin spent five days in Eugene with my sister. We had an absolute blast together trying new restaurants, checking out breweries and laughing a lot. One of our favorite days though was spent outside enjoying all that nature has to offer.

Spencer Butte difficult route| www.the-wild-child.com

Hiking in #Oregon | www.the-wild-child.com

Spencer Butte #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

spencer butte summit  | www.the-wild-child.com

We started our morning with a hike up Spencer Butte, a small “mountain” near Eugene. Just for fun, and because we had no place to be, we opted for the difficult route. The hike wasn’t too bad, about a 2,000 foot climb to the summit, and the views were worth it. Even on a cloudy day you could see for miles. We rested at the top, took some hiking selfies and discussed plans for the day.

spencer butte landscape | www.the-wild-child.com

hiking selfies  | www.the-wild-child.com

Hiking Trail #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

Forest in #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

On the way down it was decided we’d grab lunch, change our clothes and head for the coast. The Pacific Ocean is about an hour from Eugene and we had a great day for driving – mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

Florence #Oregon  | www.the-wild-child.com

Sandy Path | www.the-wild-child.com

Upon arrival we were greeted by a wall of sand. But once we made it over, the views were anything short of spectacular.

It was my cousin’s first time seeing the Pacific Ocean, and we loved watching her take it all in. We spent a while walking along the beach, breathing in the salty air and collecting sand dollars. There’s something wonderful about the ocean. It makes all the worries in my life seem so small.

Pacific Ocean #Oregon | www.the-wild-child.com

sisters | www.the-wild-child.com

Pacific Ocean #Oregon#Oregon Sand Dunes | www.the-wild-child.com

Cousins  | www.the-wild-child.com

Our parents had visited a few months before and recommended we check out the sand dunes during our trip so we made our way to Sandland Adventures. We arrived just as a new tour was about to start so we quickly bought our tickets and climbed onto the giant dune buggy.

Dune Buggy in #Oregon | www.the-wild-child.com

Sand Dunes | www.the-wild-child.com

Yes, it was super cheesy at times, but also the best way to explore the dunes and learn some fun facts. For example, the Oregon sand dunes are the largest expanse of coastal sand dunes in North America and have been constantly shifting and changing for centuries. Now you know. The company also offers a faster tour where you speed through the dunes, but you get sand thrown all over you and miss out on the history lesson.

Dune Buggy  | www.the-wild-child.com

#Oregon Sand Dunes | www.the-wild-child.com

After the tour was over, we were beat. It was time to head home, clean up and gorge ourselves on bar food and microbrews. When it was time to leave Eugene, we all agreed on another trip next summer. But my gypsy sister is moving again… this time to LA! California better be ready for us next year! As for Oregon, I’ll definitely be back because it’s just too good not to visit again.

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4 Responses to “Outdoors in Oregon”

  1. Pat 12/12/2014 at 10:07 am #

    AWESOME!!! BEAUTIFUL! I truly enjoy reading about your adventures…..love you.

  2. Uncle Bob 12/16/2014 at 2:00 am #

    Enjoyed your trip to the Oregon coast. It is one of my favorite places to visit. I attended several writing clases in Coos Bay a few years ago and still in contact with friends there. It’s been a while since I’ve been up that way, but think it is on my “Buket List” to get back up that way again. Glad you had a good timel I always enjoy the trip up the coast. Once we flew to Seattle (had a rental car waiting) Drove around the Olympic Pennisula (took in the Rain forest – Awsome!) then took the ferry to Canada and visited the Buchardt Gardens – spent the night there and drove back to Seattle and flew home. Great trip. We love the Pacific Coast. Even think about moving there, but probably stay put for the conveniences in the Bay Area. I love the area up there though. Glad you had fun. Thanks for sharing your trip (Glad Kelly went with you too) Love you – Uncle Bob

    • The Wild Child 12/16/2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Hopefully you’ll make it back to Oregon! It really is a beautiful state.

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