Oregon Trail, Part 2 – Fancy Nomad Style

Last week I shared some highlights from my recent trip to Oregon. Though I was able to cover several of the heavy hitters along the 101, I wanted to make sure the Portland-area got some love too.

Portland is a fantastic city with a lot to offer (quirky people, great restaurants, fun shops, excellent coffee), however, I find the best part to be its close proximity to some of Mother Earth’s greatest work.

Mount Hood

Just as fabulous in summer as in winter, Mount Hood is definitely worth the drive from Portland. The Mount Hood National Forest area has a network of hiking trails that offer options for a range of hiking abilities and distances. We opted to drive to the Timberline Lodge, which is near the top of Mount Hood, and then hike up the mountain from there.

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Could not get enough of that big blue sky

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High altitude lovin’ from momma

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There was still snow on the ground, and even a few skiiers!

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#notanlines

Vista House at Crown Point & Multnomah Falls

If you’re in the Portland area and are interested in getting outdoors, but are limited on time or do not feel up to being too active, these are two great options.

Easily accessible by road, the Vista House at Crown Point sits atop a cliff and overlooks the Columbia River Gorge.

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*Vis(ta) will do*

Then just a short drive away from the Vista House, one can find Multnomah Falls. These falls are 611 feet tall, and just a 5-10 minute walk away from the designated Multnomah Falls parking lot.

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Look at how tiny they are!

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Slipped and skidded my way around the base of the waterfall to get a few from the other side of the falls

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611-feet tall!

That wraps up my trip to Oregon, thank you so much for reading!

I’m looking forward to some upcoming trips in the next two months, including:

  • Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire
  • Ibiza, Spain
  • Las Vegas, Nevada

If there is anywhere I need to check out in any of these places, please let me know!

♥ Kathryn

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