Oregon and Northern California 2002

Oregon - Rivers, Mountains and Rugged Coasts

Fall 2002 found us exploring the Pacific Coastal region from Portland to Sacramento. We arrived after so many summer wild fires to exceptionally blue skies and clear weather, making this trip especially memorable. We picked up the trail of Lewis and Clark along the Columbia, marveled at their journey, and how they spent the oh-so-moist winter in Fort Clatsop.

The highlight of the vacation was our full day at Crater Lake National Park. We leisurely drove the 60 mile loop around the lake, stopping for hikes, lounging over a picnic lunch with the outstanding vistas, followed by a hike down to the water's edge, and finished with dinner in the elegant historic restaurant. It was the perfect day to photograph and enjoy being out of doors in a jewel of a National Park.

buildingSunrise Oregon Pacific Coast
Subtle pastel sunrise in the mist set the tone for the day on the Oregon Pacific Coast. This area near Bandon was our favorite with the large oversize rock outcrops, a wide sandy beach area, and a cute little bungalow near by to sleep with the sound of the lapping waves. Each coastal area had its own personality from the Sand Dunes to the seaside towns. Our last view of the ocean was near Crescent City with the huge redwoods, where the symbiotic relationship of the mist and the giant trees was startling and unexpected.
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Japanese Gardens - Portland

Pam - Multnomah Falls

Henry - Columbia River Gorge

Oregon Coast

Pam - Oregon Coast

Oregon Dunes National Rec Area

Carter Lake NP

Carter Lake NP

Carter Lake NP

Carter Lake NP

Carter Lake NP

Carter Lake NP

Pam - Carter Lake NP

Henry & Pam - Carter Lake NP

Pam - Carter Lake NP

Northern California


Itinerary Highlights.

Fun things to do.

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
15 - September 16 17 18 19 20 21


Art Museum

Japanese Garden


LaQuinta NW Portland

Fort Vancouver NHS

Econo Lodge

Columbia River Gorge

Stevenson, WA

Econo Lodge

Mount St. Helens NVM

Castle Rock, WA

Ramada Longview


Fort Clatsop NM

Fort Stevens St. Park

Cannon Beach, OR

Tillamook Air Museum


Newport, OR

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Oregon Dunes N Rec Area


Table Rock Motel, Bandon, OR

Crater Lake NP

Mazama Village Inn

Cater Lake NP


Crater Lake NP

Mazama Village Inn

Lava Beds NM (CA)

Klamath Falls, OR

Oregon Caves NM

Crescent City, CA

Redwoods NP

Prairie Creek-Visitor Center

Eureka, CA


Avenue of the Giants

Redding, CA

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Shasta Dam

Lassen NP

Loomis Museum, Lassen

Red Bluff, CA

St. Helena

Glenn Ellen Winery

Jack London State Park

Winery Tours

Napa Valley, CA

Tour Sacramento

Sacramento, CA



Rental Car Drop-off

9:30 am Airport

Denver, CO

Happy Travels,

Pam and Henry