Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
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We came to Oregon from Vancouver on Wednesday the 4th, had a day exploring Portland and then were collected by Joel and Meg Webb, Jason's brother and sister-in -law with their little lad Anderson. They gave us an excellent day touring the sites of northern Oregon including the spectacular Columbia River gorge and then delivered us to Corvallis where Jim and Aymee live, via their home in Salem and Aymee's mum (sorry 'mom') Linda. JIm cooked us a great barbecue (Aymee and kids had already left for Black Butte) and we stayed the night at the Kuhlman home. Jim and Aymee have a lovely, spacious, two storeyed home in a new area of Corvallis, next to a wide reserve on the banks of the Willamette River - a wonderful place for a young family. The next day (Saturday) we went with Jim to Black Butte, about 2 hours east of Corvallis.
The area is very similar in some ways to the NZ volcanic plateau with the mountains, lakes and rivers, except that the whole area is tree covered. We have explored the area a little. We drove about an hour further east and visited an ancient volcanic area. Two beautiful lakes had formed in the craters and we drove to one of the peaks. We clamberd up a spectacular lava flow, the bow wave of which was a mountain of fractured obsidian, a huge source of stone age tools for the whole west coast area
Today Jeanette and I have gone on a long bike ride and we have stopped at this llakeside spot (with swimming pool, cafe etc and free internet to do our blog. On Saturday we leave for London. That will be exciting but we will be a little sorry tro leave this great holiday spot and the Kuhlmans' hospitality.