Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Traveling with family in Oregon

Just returned from an amazing trip through central Oregon and the coast.  Here are some of the details for those interested in visiting these amazing locations.

Sun River, Oregon

A master designed community in the high desert in Oregon.  It is mostly large, custom home on large lots.  It has an extensive network of cycling paths to and from every part of the community.  Although you can get anywhere on a bike, the distances are quite long due to the sprawling lots that the houses sit on.  When at the resort be sure to visit the Observatory for star gazing, the pool with slide, the stables.  Also, be sure to pack an inflatable boat or inner tube as the Descutes river is a calm two hour float and can be shuttled as the rentals are expensive from the marina.

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Newberry National Monument

This state park is an amazing collection of volcanic sites.  We visited the following locations and highly recommend them.

Lava Butte great views of the surrounding area. Oregon 037
Lava River Cave Lava ran through this tunnel cave for years and hardened around the outside to make a mile long underground hike. Oregon 063
Lava Cast Forest

These are the remains of tree trucks that were surrounded by lava and then burned away.

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Bend, Oregon

Bend is a city that reminds me of Nelson, BC.  It is full of local businesses that cater to an active lifestyle.  Everything from yoga studios to bike shops to noodle houses (two visits there!) and coffee roasters to service our every need.

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Lincoln City, Oregon Coast

Surfing and skimboarding at Devil’s Punchbowl.  This stretch of beach is protected by an off-shore reef that keeps the waves to a 3-5 foot safe beginner’s size.  The cliff on one side acts as a wind barrier making this a great location to spend the day.  Visit the state park website.

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Surf lessons and rentals.  At the south end of Lincoln City is the Lincoln City Surf Shop.  The owner, Mike Jipp took me out for a lesson and I ended up renting a board and great wetsuit from him for only $40/day.  Also check out the awesome staff at Oregon Surf Shop they have fabulous gear at great prices.  Check out the deals I got.  A cool T-shirt $10, skimboards for the kids $20 and a wetsuit for the two year-old $34.  In Oregon there are no sales taxes!

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That me about to head out for a chilly, fun dip in the Pacific Ocean at Devil’s Punch Bowl.

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