Oregon High Desert

Trip Start Nov 04, 2012
Trip End Jan 02, 2013

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Probably the trickiest driving to end our hire car phase, overpasses, underpases, exits aagh! Arrived at Portland Airport to be welcomed by Jan who took us home to Oregon City. Beautiful houses, brilliantly colored Autumn leaves. Dinners including a great pizza restaurant and Gino's where we had our 1st taste of Wild Salmon. View from Pittock Mansion over Portland with a backdrop of snowcapped Mt Hood and Mt St Helens, the mountain that blew its top in 1980 and covered Portland with inches of ash. Visited a Reggae Bar where friends of Jan's were performing. Met some great people, Pat and Beverly, Mark and Karen, friends and rels of Jan's. The Americans we've met are all lovely people all more than willing to share their time with a couple of Aussies.
On the 3rd day we started our road-trip to Sunriver. Visited Multnomah Falls along the way. Awesome! Spent the night at an amazing resort in the High Desert - Kah-nee-ta, a Native American business. It was quite deserted with an enormous pool, so heated that the steam rose from it constantly. Shame it was too cold to get from there to our rooms.
Our 2nd road-trip night was at an even more amazing resort, Sunriver Lodge, with fireplaces in each room. Snow from a recent fall was clumped around. And when we'd walked to the village, it started to snow for the 1st time, along with rain, which had us holed up in the Inn enjoying a drink and hummus with jalapenos until we could brave the walk back.
Snack dinner in our rooms watching Jan's team - the Ducks lose to Stanford (Gridiron). Starting to understand the game, (Michael).
Checked out of the Lodge and visited Bob who drove us to Fort Rock, amazing rock formation jutting out of vast plains. Experienced our first good cover of dry (powder) snow, Brenda tried real hard to get "snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes". We also visited an historical village and some mountain lakes. Thanks Bob & Jan for all the sightseeing & hospitality. Loving the photo opportunities, cool (cold) mountain air and vastly different scenery.
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Sue on

You guys look so cold!

Diane Walters on

HI Brenda & Michael,
I love the Umpqua National Forest. You and Michael look amazing in the photos. the snow looks so beautiful, i have never seen snow, so it just looks so beautiful to me. Cant wait for you next blog.
Love Di xxxxx

Jess on

fabulous shots as usual. Looking forward to the slide show night on your return!

Sue on

Tried sending you a newsy birthday email but it wouldn`t send...so frustrating! Anyway, Happy Birthday!
I also sent an sms. Are you still using the USA phone number?

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