We headed out early in the morning on Friday. Heading south on I-5 we said good morning to the Space Needle.
A few hours and a car nap later we arrive in Oregon. I wanted to make a pit stop in Portland…for vegan donuts.
I waited in line at Voodoo Donuts while Eric wandered off to take some photos.
Voodoo was hoppin’!
I walked out with three donuts…a raised chocolate, oreo with peanut butter and a sprinkled donut! These were good! There’s no doubt about that, but I do like Mighty O better. Sorry Portland. We have 100% vegan and organic donuts. These donuts also seemed much more like junk food to me than Mighty O. And yes I do realize I’m talking about donuts, but there was just a ton of stuff on top of the donuts. Donut problems.
After leaving Portland, we traveled on old Route 30 along the Columbia River. Along the way we spotted the Multnomah Falls. There actually wasn’t that much water falling, but the height of the falls made it rather impressive.
Old Route 30 and an old tunnel.
Oregon is lush!
There were a few scenic overlooks along the way. This was overlooking the Columbia River.
The wildflowers are blooming all over the Pacific Northwest!
This was another wonderful scenic overlook on old Route 30.
We were camping in John Day, Oregon for the weekend. Central Oregon has plenty of ghost towns and towns that are one inhabitant away from being a ghost town.
Shaniko, Oregon is one of those towns. It’s wonderful and quirky and sad that more people don’t visit this town! Shaniko is really trying to make it! Somehow it’s surviving.
The town was not hoppin’. Most of the stores were closed. There’s an hotel for sale if you’re interested!
I had to use the little cowgirl’s room.
I also had to stick my hand in the toilet to flush it.
This is my favorite store in Shaniko! They always have a yard sale. One of the signs out fronts says “We be open 7am.”
One of the things we wanted to see this weekend were the John Day Fossil Beds. There are a few locations for the beds. This was one we passed along the way. There are some great hiking trails here that we would love to explore one day when we make it back there!
Roama was of course along for the ride.
There are also painted hills in this part of Oregon! They are gorgeous!
The weather was so so for this part of the trip, but the sun made an appearance so we could take some photos!
We didn’t make it to camp until around 8pm! Did you know that six years ago on Memorial Day weekend was the first time that Eric and I went camping? Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of our weekend trip!