Oregon Trip 2014

**Warning: TONS of pics in this post!**

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I, one of my best friends, and my family flew up to Oregon to see my dad's family. Going to Oregon is always a trip we look forward to, and have made several times. We flew out of Austin bright and early at six in the morning. Once we landed in San Francisco at eight (their time), we found out that our flight to Eugene had been cancelled and we had been re-booked on a flight out the next day. Since the point of us taking such an early flight was to get us to Eugene late morning so we would have the rest of the day to rest and hang out, flying in the next day was not going to cut it.  The best the customer service center could do is fly us up to Seattle and we would have a super early flight into Eugene the next morning. Since Seattle was a lot closer to where we needed to be, we got on the flight. When we landed, we discovered that mine and my husband's luggage didn't come with us! Everyone else's luggage made it onto the plane, but ours somehow got on a flight that was coming in TWO HOURS later. We were pissed to say the least. Just annoyed with the whole situation, we all decided to just rent a car and drive down to Oregon that evening. We would get in about 9 that night, but it was better than waiting another day to get there and waste our vacation. Once we got to my aunt's and uncle's house, we passed out. We had been up for 23 hours with hardly any food. Time changes really mess you up!

The next day, we got up and went to the Wildlife Safari that my aunt's mom volunteers at. We got a private tour of the whole place. I wish I had taken pictures but I was exhausted. The afternoon we headed up to Eugene to pick up my other brother from the airport and have dinner with my dad's brother and his family. We met my cousin's fiance and had a great meal with them all!

All the cousins!!
The next day, my brother Stephen, my husband, my friend, and I decided we wanted to do some hiking and bike riding. We decided to go to Diamond Lake. It was about an hour and a half away and had some great waterfalls along the way that you could hike to. We stopped at one waterfall on the way there, Susan Creek Falls. It was about a mile hike to get to it, so not very far.  We were the only people on the trail so it was wonderful! The greatest thing we realized about Oregon was how nice everything is kept. There wasn't any litter on the trail, no dog poop, no graffiti, it was amazing.



Hubby

Brother

Sister Friend

Isn't this place beautiful?!
Next stop, was Diamond Lake. It was a warm 54 degrees, rainy, and windy when we finally got there. It was amazing how much the weather can change with different altitudes. We ate brunch at the lodge, took some pictures, and got out of there!!



Since we had intended on staying at Diamond Lake longer, we decided to stop at another waterfall on our way back to my aunt and uncle's house. This water fall was called Watson Falls, and you definitely had to do some steep hiking to get to it, but it was so worth it! My brother is very adventurous and ended up going off the path and leading us to the bottom of the 272 feet waterfall, which just happens to be the 3rd tallest waterfall in Oregon. It was incredible. That is the only word I can think of to describe it!



My brother is 6'5 to give you some idea how big this was!

At the base of the waterfall!

The next day, the whole family headed to the Pacific Coast. We drove to Winchester Bay, OR, and had a great time! The water was freezing, but the beach was beautiful. It was a lot prettier than the beaches we have down here in Texas!




After all the adventure-ness, we laid low the next day. We went to a couple of wineries for some wine tasting, and an arts & crafts fair.




The next day we flew out, but not without our plane leaving 2 hrs late causing us to miss our connecting flight! Instead we had a *fun* overnight layover in San Francisco. At least we were able to go walk to some of the water by our hotel!



Well, that concludes the longest blog post ever! This was definitely a trip that I will never forget! Have any of you ever been to Oregon? Where did you go? Where should we go next?

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4 comments:

  1. So glad you came and visited our gorgeous state! I honestly love living here because there is so much beauty to see and so many things to do! Sorry your flights got all messed up, but I hope you enjoyed the trip anyways :)

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  2. Looks like a great trip! Except for the lost luggage and flight issues. The photos are gorgeous! I've never been to Oregon, but would love to visit there some day.

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  3. Hi Sarah! This looks like such a fun trip! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Blessings, Cecilia

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