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My Trip to Northwest Coast

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Mt. Hood, Oregon

Mt. Hood, Oregon

Trip To Portland, Oregon

I was working as an RN in a cardiac rehabilitation program when my boss asked me if I would like to attend a conference in Portland, Oregon.

Would I? I was thrilled as I had never been to the northwestern area.

If you haven’t had an Oregon and Northern California vacation, pack your suitcases to begin a wonderful vacation. I took vacation time in addition to the seminar, plus my husband came with me.

As for Portland, I found the people friendly, lodging in Oregon hotels or motels is no problem, and the salmon is delicious. I did a lot of walking in the city, which was relatively safe at that time. I do not know if it is still as safe.

Considering Portland is the rainiest city in the USA, I never saw a drop!

View In Oregon on Back Road

View In Oregon on Back Road

Back Roads

We decided to take back roads so we could see the countryside. We skirted around Mt.Hood loving its beauty. We stopped at an orchard.

We bought lots of apples and pears, and I think I must have eaten my weight in fruit those next couple of weeks. These were ripe and just picked.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

We visited Crater Lake National Park. It is 6 miles wide and it evolved from a collapsed caldera of a volcano inside Mount Mazama.

It is the most gorgeous blue you can imagine and the scenery is gorgeous. The lake was formed when the mountain collapsed from an eruption 7,700 years ago. The lake is 1,949’ deep. There is a museum, gift shop and a café, plus they show a film twice daily.

Next, we stopped at Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls

California National Monument Lava Beds

We stopped at the California National Monument Lava Beds, which were established as a national monument in 1925. It is located in Siskiyou and Modoc Counties in California. The Lava Beds went on for miles, with black lava rock as far as the eye could see.

There are 25 lava tube caves available for tourists. We viewed the rugged landscape, which has cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones, lava tube caves and pit craters. It was interesting, but we soon headed south.

California National Monument Lava Beds

California National Monument Lava Beds

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CA Redwood and Sequoia Trees

The next morning we headed to the Redwood National Park area in northern California. Almost 50% of all the redwood trees live on the rugged northern California coast.

You feel absolutely insignificant as you look up and around you at these magnificent redwoods and sequoia trees.

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Yes, We Drove Through

Yes, We Drove Through

Redwood Trees

The next morning we decided to head toward the Redwood National Park area in northern California. Almost 50% of all the redwood trees live on the rugged northern California coast. There are Dawn Redwoods, Coastal Redwoods, and Sequoia trees along the coast.

They grow to be 300’ and slightly taller. That is 30 stories high! And to think, these trees have been alive for 1400 years.

Apparently, the trees are distasteful to tree pests, such as termites and carpenter ants, which is why it was used as the first layer of boards in a wall because the pests won’t burrow into this wood. Redwood is also very resistant to water, so it won’t rot. If there are rising ground levels of water brought on by floods, the redwoods simply grow a new lateral root system.

You feel absolutely insignificant as you look up and at these magnificent redwoods and sequoia trees. I couldn't really see the tops of the trees, and when I was in the middle of the forest where it is so very quiet, I could sense the presence of God.

Surely something this unique could not have just grown by happenstance. It is an awesome experience that I will always treasure. It was by far one of the most special places I have ever seen.

It is particularly nice to see the redwood further north where there are few people. I have been to Muir Woods by San Francisco, and it is lovely, but you are on a path with many people and the effect on me was different. Thank goodness it is now against the law to cut down these magnificent trees, although it is obvious why people found them so perfect.

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

After the experience with the redwoods, we drove up the coastal road heading back north and spent some time on the beautiful beach walking by their huge boulders.

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

Sea Lion Cave

The last activity was to visit a sea lion cave in Florence, Oregon. This is the largest Sea Lion Cave in the world.

When you arrive you pay a small fee, and then take an elevator to the cave floor. There is a large glass to stand behind to observe the sea lions frolic and play. They swam in and out of the cave at will, but the thing I didn’t realize was the noise level. They were loud!

Time to Return To Portland

Finally, our vacation together had come to an end as we drove back to Portland. My husband flew home the next morning, and I started attending my seminar.

However, I still had another whole week of meeting new people, and seeing the sights of Portland, and I had a great time.

World's Largest Sea Lion Cave in Oregon

© 2022 Pamela Oglesby

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