The amazing Crater Lake, our last stop in Oregon.
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As our time in Oregon was nearly over we picked a road to take us South, to the border and on to Yosemite National Park. We had a couple of days to get there so we took our time and explored every stream, hike and waterfall we could. It was so beautiful and so much fun getting our last taste of Oregon, what a spectacular place.
We were told by a friend we met in Colorado that the outskirts of Portland offered many amazing natural sights, including some awesome waterfalls and beautiful hikes. So after a few days cafe hopping in the city, we were keen to get back to the wild. Jumping in our camper van we set off along the Historic Columbia River Highway.
This has to be one of the most stunning highways we have been on, you only have to drive a few hundred metres before pulling over to see the next amazing sight. There are many waterfalls shooting out from the mountain ranges, but the most breathtaking is Multnomah Falls. The 189m high waterfall drops in two major steps and if you follow the walk way up beside the falls, you can cross a bridge which makes for an amazing view.
The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America and the area has so many fun activities available such as white water rafting, hiking, camping and exploring. It is definitely one of the most magical days we have had so far, just an amazing part of the world and we feel so blessed to have explored it.
When we hired our van from Los Angeles, we had three weeks till we had to return for our flight out. Our goal was to make it to Portland in Oregon and we are so happy that we did. We had experienced the most amazing nature on this drive and sometimes when we hit a big city we struggle to go from the peacefulness of the outdoors to the hustle and bustle. But this was not the case with Portland. Portland has to be one of our favourite cities, a place we didn't want to leave and will most likely return to. It has such charisma, such style and the people are ridiculously friendly. It is well known for its coffee and we can say that that was a highlight. There are eclectic little cafes and roasters everywhere, our favourite was the School House Electric. We saw some great live music and had too many restaurants to choose from, each one more delicious than the next. The only down side to visiting this city during the winter is the weather, if you are there during this period be prepared for rain, lots and lots of rain. One local told us it would now rain for 5 months straight, although i think that may be a slight exaggeration. But it didn't dampen our sprits and it is all that rain that makes oregon one of the greenest most lush states. The landscapes just outside the city are breathtaking. Thank you Portland, for letting us get caught up in your magic.