USA - Pacific Northwest
-JUNE 2012-

ALL PHOTOS © RUUD LEEUW

 

 

In June we flew with Delta Airlines to Portland,OR (PDX). From the outset we were interested in visiting locations or doing things which on previous travels did not work out too well.
In the 1990s we had travelled through Oregon and it we had rained most of the time, a visit to Crater Lake left much to be desired.
This trip things worked out quite well, because the sun was out and conditions were perfect most days.

 

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When we checked in with the Quality Inn & Suites I found I had left my phone's battery charger at home, so we
had a good excuse to inquire for the nearest shopping mall and within walking distance was the sizable Lloyd Center.

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The battery charger for my Nokia phone was quickly acquired and we were soon drawn to the Barnes & Noble bookstore; the latest edition of the Rand McNally Road Atlas was bought, in support of our gps, as well as
several books (including a very nice edition of Paul Theroux' 'Tao of Travel'!).

Off to a good start.

 

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Since we had travelled in the northeast of the USA in 2011, we had a good comparision on motel prices and services
in the northeast. We found Oregon compared favourably with our experiences last year. The Quality Inn provided us with an excellent room and the complimentary breakfast, including hot waffles, provided for a good start of the day.
When abroad it is comforting to quickly find a comfortable routine, esspecially at the start of the day.

 

 

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We drove east along the Columbia River to Hood River.
And we had the a breathtaking view on Mt.Hood most of the day, majestically dominating the horizon.

WAAAM Hood River
We visited the Western Antique Aviation and Automobile Museum in Hood River. See MY WAAAM REPORT.

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The Twin Peaks restaurant sits the end of the runway of Hood River airfield; we had about 20 minutes to devour some hamburgers because they were closing at 2 pm. But true to the term 'fast food' we made it and it was a good one too.
It was one of the few hamburgers we'd be eating as we try to avoid junk food, but one is allowed to lift the embargo every now and then I think.

 

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Creativity such as this makes me hit the brakes and do a 180: simply have to get it on camera!

 

 

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Travelling south, on Route 197, we entered a desert-type country. Beautifull in all its ruggedness.
That place looks like an oasis. Loving every mile I drive on these roads!

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We were heading for Shaniko and when we arrived and pulled up to park the car, I was treated to this ol' timer getting in his ol' timer car…

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Shaniko is a city located in Wasco County,OR on U.S. Route 97 and about 8 miles (13 km) north of Antelope, another ghost town on our list.

As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 26: a virtual ghost town whose preservation is being spearheaded by investments from Robert B. Pamplin, Jr., a businessman and owner of the Portland Tribune and Columbia Empire Farms.

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One of the early settlers was August Scherneckau, who came to the area after the Civil War in 1874. The town was called Cross Hollows, but Scherneckau became Postmaster here and the name changed to a simpler version: Shaniko.

Cattle ranches produced, among other things, a lot of wool. Due to the layout of the railway system, Shaniko developed into the 'Wool capital of the World' in 1900.

A change in the railway system saw traffic decline and the town grew smaller and smaller.

A mid-1960s flood in Hay Canyon near Grass Valley destroyed part of the Columbia Southern line and led to its abandonment.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaniko

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So much detail in this house... No doubt many tales live under that roof.

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The ghostly deserted streets of Shaniko,OR.

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Sarsaparilla, a drink songs are made of but I have yet to try it. The bar was closed..

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How long ago, you think, the wedding bells have rolled onto the Oregon prairie, fading between the desert hills?

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Things falling down.

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Stuff for sale but I must admit I bought my souvenirs elsewhere in Shaniko, including a very nice leather belt.

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Modest dwelling, but graced with a garden.

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There were two structures in Antellope (10 minutes south of Shaniko) that dated back to early 1900s,
but I rather preferred the weathered-look of this garage.

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This rocky outcrop showed volcanic material; the activity must date back several centuries I think.

 

 

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The road goes on forever…

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Entering Crater Lake National Park; at the lodge we found ourselves extremely lucky: the northern entrance
we'd passed had only opened that very day! It saved us quite a drive.

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Clouds drifted in and I had a déja vu of rain and snow, but the clearings increased and the sun came out as a winner.

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The unique view : the name Crater Lake is quickly explained this way!

The park encompasses the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests.
Established in 1902, Crater Lake National Park is the 5th oldest national park in the United States and the only one in the state of Oregon.

The caldera rim ranges in elevation from 7,000 to 8,000 feet (2,100 to 2,400 m). We climbed from 22-24 C temperature to 14 C degrees (with a wind blowing) on the rim. Chilly, to say the least!
But we weren't complaining, this was so much better than in 1997.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crater_Lake_National_Park

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Crater Lake,OR

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It is hard to imagine another place on this earth that would present such a jewel lake, so blue in color and contrast; and these sheer surrounding cliffs, almost 2.000 high... The most amazing view!

http://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm

 

 

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Applebee's quickly became our favourite restaurant. Not only because of the good food and pleasant service,
but simply because we value a drink with our dinner after a full day of travelling.
We used our gps to trace the nearest location.

USA 2012 Crater Lake NP
Black Butte Porter (Deschutes Breweries) is a real nice, solid drink; taste is toasted malt,
hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. Lovely!

USA 2012 Crater Lake NP
We stayed mostly in the Comfort Inn (& Suites), Quality Inn and occasionally days Inn or Econo Lodge.
Most stays were pleasant and very good value. Alaska, we would find, was much more expensive, sometimes
double the price. And no complimentary breakfast in most cases!

 

 

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The big trees.. A visit to Silver Falls State Park provided the opportunity for a good hike. Get out that car and move.

 

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The trail follows the river and partly winds through 'enchanted woods'. This is the Maple Ridge Trail

USA 2012 Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park, 24 miles east of Salem,OR. Its claim to fame is the 'Trail of Ten Falls'. We took the abbreviated version and did two (the Lower South Falls).. The entire trails is a wopping 14 kms.

Four of the ten falls have an amphitheater-like surrounding that allows the trail to pass behind the flow of the falls; both the falls we visited (and nearest to the parking lot) offered that opportunity.
http://www.salemoregon.com/silverfallsstatepark/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Falls_State_Park

 

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MAP

 

USA 2012 Silver Falls State Park
Parts of these trails were a good test on the legs..

 

 

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Living from the suitcase. A room at the Days Inn (Salem,OR).

Hotel Coupons
These booklets with coupons, which can be found at restaurants, offer excellent accommodation deals;
prices, services and location can be easily compared. We invariably almost never book beforehand.

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The Days Inn at Salem provided the nicest breakfast room: a separate building with plenty of space and
a hot breakfast with sausages and waffles. WiFi was covered here too, and by this time I was providing
my Facebook friends with an almost daily update, so coffee and the laptop finished breakfast.

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We went to the Woodburn Outlest Stores and did some shopping; but it lacks the relaxed atmosphere we
appreciate in Europe, to take a break and sit down for coffee and something to satisfy the sweet tooth.
So we did the next best thing: we drove to a nearby Starbucks for coffee.

McMinnville aviation museum
Much of the afternoon was dedicated to Evergreen's Aviation & Space Museum at McMinnville. MY REPORT.

 

 

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Fort Vancouver, across the Colombia River, in Washington state.

The Vancouver National Historic Reserve Historic District includes a variety of buildings (reconstructions) erected by the Hudson's Bay Company, U.S. Army and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver,WA.
I also visited the nearby PEARSON FIELD aviation museum.

 

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We decided to follow Route 101 along the coast.

We stopped for lunch in this 'River View Restaurant & Lounge'. This was in Cathlamet,WA (on Ocean Beach Highway).

Below: same place, inside.

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USA 2012 Washington
Keep on driving, keep on shooting…

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What a strange contraption! I guess this floated down the river, but for what?!

Axel provided the following explanation:
"..came across your 'Steam Donkey' pic. I am not sure if it floats – bit it sure can pull itself into position in remote areas.
Just a week ago I was on Vancouver island and there are quite a few of them.
Until the mid 1950s they were in use for logging. Basicly these things are very powerful winches, to pull trees. This means if someone made a good wooden scaffolding it could also be used as a crane.
I was told that there are still plenty of these steam engines lying around in the forests of British Columbia. One of those I saw in Campbell River or Port Mc Neill, it had also been made in Washington state."
(aug.2012)

 

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Evidence of logging, not a pretty sight!

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Still a big industry in these parts.

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Good thing they plant trees again, but still a nasty for the next few years.

 

 

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Sea-Tac airport was a crowded place, too many people, noise, stress. But it is the airport to fly to Alaska to.

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Our ride to Anchorage is seen arriving at the gate.
Alaska Airlines has always provided good service to us, bags arrived and no delays to speak of (knock on wood!).

Our 4th visit to Alaska was about to start.

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Going airborne from Sea-Tac I noticed these rivers or coastlines, resembling marble structures to me
and a quick picture came out pretty good.

 

 

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Approaching Anchorage.
During the flight the cloud cover had been complete, but the descend provided some nice views.

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Anchorage is fast approaching and we were soon to land on Ted Stevens Int'l Airport.
The 2nd part of the trip was about to start.

 

ALASKA 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Created: 27aug12 - Updated: 6 November, 2012