Wednesday, 21 October 2015

{Guestpost} Travelling Oregon by Tanis Robert Justice

Most people don’t get to travel the way they want. More often than not we’re forced to take “staycations” rather than an extended vacation or holiday away. I’m fortunate enough to live in Oregon. Even our staycations are spent on a scenic hike or at the coast. If you have never thought of visiting the Oregon coast let me give you three reasons why you might want to reconsider.

Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon. It’s popular among all outdoor enthusiasts. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a quick walk through the lush green meadows, or a more challenging hike to the high mountain lakes; Mt. Hood gives any hiker a place to stretch their legs. From the flowers in the spring, to the deep snow in the winter there isn’t a season that the outdoor enthusiast can’t feel at one with nature.

Mt Hood 2

The Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River Gorge starts just outside of Portland passing through a rain forest, desert, and alpine meadows. It is the largest national scenic area in the United States. It has a plethora of adventures waiting to be had. If the outdoors isn’t your thing then you can find dozens of art centers, small museums, wineries, and other recreational opportunities accompanied by the breathtaking views. As you follow almost parallel along the rails you might find yourself drifting into a not so distant past winding down these same highways only accessible mainly by train. You’ll follow the path of Lewis and Clark as you marvel at the dozens of waterfalls and sites like The Vista House.

Falls

The Oregon Coast

I’d like to introduce you to the Oregon Coast or as we call it here in Oregon, The Coast. Just like the Columbia River Gorge the Oregon Coast is filled with art centers, small museums, wineries, and other recreational opportunities. There are countless areas set aside for various ocean bound activities such as flying kites, skimboarding, and even surfing. With the tall sea grass and foamy ocean waves crashing to shore it paint a picture of a very simple and happy life. Watching the waves will encourage you to let go of all the troubles that stress you and just soak in the glorious vibes that excite all of your senses. As much as I love the ocean and museums I really love the food. I love my trips down the coast because of there are so many places that challenge your perception of your favorite foods. It doesn’t matter if you’re a meat and potatoes guy or a hard core vegan The Coast has something for you.

canonbeach

The fact of the matter is whether you’re looking for a daytrip, a weekend getaway, or a few weeks without seeing anyone Oregon has it all. I’ve only touched on a few places that make up the reasons why The Pacific Northwest is such a wonderful place to visit. Don’t take my word for it. Come visit.

(All photos and written text is the property of Tanis Robert Justice. You may not use or reprint them without expressed written permission. For information please visit www.tanisjustice.com)




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