Our Oregon Trail…

Corbett, Oregon is a small town located along Historic Route 30 on Crown Point, along the Columbia River Gorge.  We decided to make this a week destination because there is so much to see and do in this lovely area.  Not too far is Multnomah Falls which consists of the upper falls that plunges 542 feet, and the lower falls 69 feet making it the highest waterfall in the state of Oregon.  The bridge is named for Simon Benson, a Portland businessman who owned the falls in the early 1900’s.  Benson gave Multnomah Falls to the City of Portland, which later transferred ownership to the US Forest Service. According to Native American lore, Multnomah Falls was the site in which a tribal princess threw herself onto the rocks below to save her tribe from a terrible illness.  The falls was featured in one of our favorite movies “The Shack.”

Multnomah Falls (1)

There were a lot of 4th of July activities to attend, we headed to the Timber Festival near Estacada for an afternoon of log sawing, log rolling, ax throwing and horse pulling competitions.

It is very apparent that lavender and various flowers seem to love the soil and climate in Oregon.  Hope Lavender Farms was open for pick your own lavender, lavender products and a sip of lavender infused lemonade.

DSC_0110Fireworks in our backyard rounded off the evening.

Friday was a drive to the coastline of Oregon.  The town of Astoria is located right on the Columbia River and is a main corridor to the Pacific Ocean.  It is rich in history as part of the Lewis and Clark Trail.  The Columbia River Maritime Museum, Flavel House Museum, Astoria-Megler Bridge are just a few sights to see in this tiny town.

Along the Pacific coast there were many opportunities to pull off and enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean.  Another great town was Seaside, it reminded us of the beaches on the East coast with boardwalk activities.  The towns main street was filled with shops, games, bumper cars, shark riding and of course delicious food.  Seaside is the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail.


About an hour further south is the town of Tillamook, home of the Tillamook Creamery!  It is a farmer-owned co-op since 1909.  Their goal is to bring together farmers and food lovers through better made dairy.  “Dairy Done Right”, our kind of place!  If you come to Oregon be sure to check this little gem out! There is a very informative self-guided tour of their factory making cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.  The exhibits for children are so much fun!  And of course, sampling of cheese and ice cream is a must!  Check out their website for more information Tillamook Creamery website

We loved this visit!

Tillamook Creamery


Kids can actually put the machine on the cow utters
Bottles on the side of the crate let kids bottle feed the calf
Self-guided tour of factory


Our last day we spent checking out many of the waterfalls and vistas located along the Historic Columbia River Highway.  Samuel Lancaster was Assistant Highway Engineer for Multnomah County in 1913 and supervised the Columbia River Highway project.  His proposal to construct a building on the summit of Crown Point was another example of his desire to have travelers experience the wonders of the Gorge.  The Vista House was designed as a rest stop observatory for travelers on the Columbia River Highway.

In the 1900’s advocates for a scenic highway recognized that the beauty of the gorge should be preserved for future generations.  Upon completion of the Historic Columbia River Highway in 1915, many generous landowners donated property to create scenic retreats along the route.  The route is dotted with several waterfalls, state parks and beautiful vistas.

Oregon is a beautiful state.  Cherries, hazelnuts, lavender farms, great produce markets, lush green forests, beautiful vistas, rocky coastline and friendly people.  Just a few of our favorite things.

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