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Author Archives: daeschek

Portland Japanese Gardens

The Japanese Gardens of Portland are some of the best gardens you can visit in Oregon. The gardens offer a peaceful experience and many trails to explore for an hour or two. The trails are all very easy and accessible, with no serious inclines. There are five different styles of garden to explore, including an … Continue reading »

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Crazy plants at the Oregon Garden

The Oregon Garden is a botanical garden in Silverton, OR, about 14 miles East of Salem.The garden covers 80 acres and includes an amazing variety of flowers, trees, vegetables, and more. The Garden is a popular location for weddings, includes a lodge and restaurant, and also a Frank Llyod Wright Home, which is open for tours. … Continue reading »

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Go to Silver Falls!

Silver Falls State Park is a great hike, 25 miles East of Salem,  that is both family-friendly and challenging for serious hikers. The park has over 20 miles of trails, including those for hiking, biking, pets, and horseback-riding. We went to Silver Falls in the fall, on a fairly cold day. Nevertheless, it was a … Continue reading »

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Deschutes River at Eagle Crest

Another great trail to check out in Eastern Oregon is the Deschutes River Trail! There are many trails called this, but the one we visited is called the Deschutes River Trail at Eagle Crest and is a perfect short hike that closely follows the river’s path through the Eagle Crest Resort. This trail is open … Continue reading »

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Eastbank Esplanade

A  really fun and easy “hike” to do when in the downtown Portland area is the Eastbank Esplanade. The Eastbank Esplanade is a pedestrian and bicycle path along the East side of the Willamette river, directly across from downtown Portland. The pathway spans from the Hawthorne Bridge north to the Steel Bridge, passing the Morrison … Continue reading »

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Powell Butte

Powell Butte is a large nature park in outer Southeast Portland, off Powell St. This park contains over nine miles of trails, both through meadows and forest. Read full information page

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Smith Rock

The first hike I want to talk about is probably my favorite hike in Oregon so far – Smith Rock! Smith Rock State Park is a gorgeous hiking, camping, and rock climbing area in Eastern Oregon, closest to the city of Redmond. When we took our trip to Smith Rock, it was early March and … Continue reading »

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