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pmkkdx
07-13-2012, 10:46 AM
The wife and I (along with ~23 others) will be going to northern Oregon (Clatskanie area) in early August on a mission trip (construction, VBS, Drama production) with our church. Some from the group (us included) will be going offshore fishing on the last day the entire group is still there. The wife & I are adding another 4-5 more days on the tail end for some sightseeing / vacation. I haven't ever been to Oregon...

Any suggestions on what we should not miss or what we should see or do while up in the Pacific NW would be greatly appreciated!!!

BrooksfamX2
07-13-2012, 11:17 AM
Multnoma Falls in the Columbia Gorge
http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls

Mount Hood
http://www.mthoodterritory.com/

Mt Saint Helens - Washington
http://www.mshinstitute.org/

The Evergreen Air Museum is cool. It has the Spruce Goose
http://www.evergreenmuseum.org/

Seaside or Astoria are nice Oregon coatal towns....
http://www.cityofseaside.us/
http://www.oldoregon.com/

sand2snow22
07-13-2012, 11:48 AM
Brooks hit a bunch of good stuff. You are so close to the beach you should def. go! Manzanita is my favorite beach town. Go to Short Sands to watch surfers or rent a board/wetsuit and surf yourself! Downtown Portland Farmers market on Saturday is cool. Portland riverfront is nice, path goes all the way around to the Eastside as well. One big loop! I will be in Idaho when you are here...

pmkkdx
07-13-2012, 02:47 PM
thanks! I will definately check into those listed ... We fly in and out of Portland but will have a car for the 4-5 days we are venturing out ... always welcome other ideas or suggestions.

also, if I recall, I can not fuel my vehicle in OR, has to be an attendent ... is that still the case? any other rules I need to be aware of?

BrooksfamX2
07-13-2012, 03:03 PM
thanks! ..........
also, if I recall, I can not fuel my vehicle in OR, has to be an attendent ... is that still the case? any other rules I need to be aware of?

Yep, no need to get out of your car and get smelly hands, they do it for you, and it doesnt cost more............:rolleyes:

silverblueBP
07-13-2012, 04:56 PM
Go over to the Bend, Redmond area for some great hiking. Watch the crazies scale "Monkey Face" It's dry as a bone on the east side of the Cascades. I lived in Bend for 2 years back in 04-06. Lots of cool things to do in that area.

Cobra Rob
07-13-2012, 05:07 PM
Yep, no need to get out of your car and get smelly hands, they do it for you, and it doesnt cost more............:rolleyes:

Yeah right... that's why our gas just happens to be signifigantly higher priced lol..

mbeach
07-13-2012, 05:28 PM
my former boss played football for oregon in the 60's. told me that the movie animal house was filmed in eugene and the "animal house" from the movie is there. if not too far out of the way, would check it out. heard eugene is a neat college town.

silverblueBP
07-13-2012, 05:41 PM
Yeah right... that's why our gas just happens to be signifigantly higher priced lol..


The extra cost just goes for the doggy biscuits they give to the pets :rolleyes:

deminimis
07-13-2012, 06:22 PM
The Gorge, plain and simple. Being a native of The Hill Country myself, if you make it to the east side of The Gorge, I might even give you guys a tow!!

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-wVbLwF15TeE/TGrjRO9AQTI/AAAAAAAAAI4/_19IBTHI0-I/s640/downloadfile-8.jpeg


PS: The River Gods demanded a sacrifice last year (my hat).

pmkkdx
07-16-2012, 02:14 PM
thanks for the inputs! I bet the water up there is considerably colder than the highland lakes of the Texas hill country!!!

deminimis
07-16-2012, 02:38 PM
Oh yea, but its a wet cold. Actually the river we dredge is not bad at all. If, however, we venture into the Columbia, it's considerably cooler (perhaps as much as 10 degrees cooler). The biggest problem here is the wind. It is the windsurfing capital of the world for a reason. On the light wind days, it can't be beat. On days it nukes, the honeydo list gets all the attention. Again, drop me a note when you make it to the east end of The Gorge.

pmkkdx
07-18-2012, 10:45 AM
oh yeah ... my wife reminded me to ask if there are any restaurants / joints that are must hit while in the area too??? I will probably go look on the Food Network Diners, Dives & Drive-ins...

russlars
07-18-2012, 10:54 AM
Yeah right... that's why our gas just happens to be signifigantly higher priced lol..
Yeah and if you don't mind waiting forever for the one and only attendant in a 12 pump station trying to get everyone fueled up when you could easily be filled up and gone by doing it yourself!

deminimis
07-18-2012, 11:34 AM
oh yeah ... my wife reminded me to ask if there are any restaurants / joints that are must hit while in the area too??? I will probably go look on the Food Network Diners, Dives & Drive-ins...

Salvador Molly's in Portland was the scene of a Food Challenge (you know, that guy on the Travel Channel dealio). Apparently they have these "Great Balls of Fire" made with ghost peppers. I understand the other food it top notch too (I haven't made it there yet, but the wife has and loved it). In Bingen, WA (also in Portland) is Killer Burger. Also on my list to hit soon (again, wife has been there and there reports are it's outstanding). I always liked Fong Chong's in old town (Din Sum). I read a while back he died, but I believe the restaurant is run by his kid(s) (kid also has House of Louis across the street). Got to give Dim Sum a try if you haven't.

Goose Hollow Inn (Portland) is the colorful former Portland Mayor's place. Yea, he's actually the "Expose Yourself to Art" guy:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_g7IQUpT7Nr8/TDPWjccAlEI/AAAAAAAABbU/13nDlNt_s5c/s1600/Expose-Yourself-to-Art-Posters.jpg


Best Rueben I've ever had, and i've had a few.

http://www.salvadormollys.com/

http://killerburger.biz/

https://plus.google.com/118289386567750394979/about?gl=us&hl=en

http://www.goosehollowinn.com/

In the very unlikely event that you make it all the way out to the little town of Moro, OR, this place is fantastic:

http://morocafebakery.com/

Great burgers, great cinnamon rolls, great everything.

pmkkdx
07-18-2012, 01:10 PM
thanks again!!! I will pass along to my social events coordinator (wife :cool:) to come up with some form of a plan / schedule of where to go and what to see ... this thing called work has me fully consumed lately.

BrooksfamX2
07-18-2012, 01:36 PM
Yeah and if you don't mind waiting forever for the one and only attendant in a 12 pump station trying to get everyone fueled up when you could easily be filled up and gone by doing it yourself!

You should change stations if this is what you need to do.......

BrooksfamX2
07-18-2012, 01:38 PM
Oh ya....gotta go to the world famous VooDoo Doughnut!

http://voodoodoughnut.com/about.php

russlars
07-18-2012, 01:46 PM
You should change stations if this is what you need to do.......
Don't live in Oregon, just travel through it a lot and unfortunately the scenario I mentioned above seems to happen frequently. I've been so frustrated sitting there waiting for service that I take matters into my own hands and pump my own gas! That's about the time the attendant finally makes it over to me and reminds me that it is illegal to pump your own gas in Oregon and I remind him that we seem to get along fine pumping our own gas in virtually every other state in the nation!

sand2snow22
07-18-2012, 05:34 PM
Really good Taqueria. Lines can get long. Go when they open at 11 am and you should be good:

http://www.porquenotacos.com/

Great Breakfast. Expect a long wait. Toro Bravo (same owner) is also good for dinner:

http://tastynsons.com/

Or might as well hit one of the best food cart corners in town! I recommend the Big Egg for Breakfast. Koi Fusion for lunch or Chinese Flatbread sandwiches (get the Bruce Lee!). Also, Prost a German pub is on the same property!:

http://www.missmarketplace.com/

Cobra Rob
07-18-2012, 08:00 PM
Really good Taqueria. Lines can get long. Go when they open at 11 am and you should be good:

http://www.porquenotacos.com/

Great Breakfast. Expect a long wait. Toro Bravo (same owner) is also good for dinner:

http://tastynsons.com/

Or might as well hit one of the best food cart corners in town! I recommend the Big Egg for Breakfast. Koi Fusion for lunch or Chinese Flatbread sandwiches (get the Bruce Lee!). Also, Prost a German pub is on the same property!:

http://www.missmarketplace.com/


Damn good info.. I really like toro bravo and being from Texas I want to try that place! Now just making it downtown for breakfast another issue..

hbomb
07-18-2012, 08:01 PM
Go over to the Bend, Redmond area for some great hiking. Watch the crazies scale "Monkey Face" It's dry as a bone on the east side of the Cascades. I lived in Bend for 2 years back in 04-06. Lots of cool things to do in that area.

will agree with that........ bought our X2 in Bend in 2010 and spent 5 days there.....
plenty to do, particularly the time of year you are travelling....
aprrox 40 min away is Lake Billy Chinook....... don't miss it........

pmkkdx
08-04-2012, 08:44 AM
Thanks all!!!

pmkkdx
08-20-2012, 07:20 PM
back from a very nice mission trip and relaxing vacation! I had no idea how large the Columbia River was even up in the Portland area ... wow!!! and especially on over at the coast near Astoria before it meets up with the Pacific... double wow!!!

We flew in to Portland on Sat. evening Aug. 4, rode up to Longview WA to cross back over into Oregon. We stayed in Clatskanie with the mission work in the outskirts of Rainier (complete tear off and set up new rafters, decking & shingles at the Delena Baptist Church with a vacation bible school at an Assembly of God about a mile away). Us on the construction team were pretty worn out by the end of the week, but accomplished the entire roof project by 4:30 on Friday. The VBS was somewhat overwhelming as they were expecting 20-25 kids the first day with a total head count at maybe 30-40 by the end of the week. First day had 84 kids registered and they had to close registration for the rest of the week due to limited space, personnel and supplies. What a blessing!!!

On Sat., Aug. 11 a large portion of the group headed to Mount St. Helen's sightseeing while a small group of us (4) headed fishing out in the Pacific for Chinook & Silver salmon. One decided to chum the entire trip (poor kid) while the rest of us took turns when the fish hit the bait. I ended up with a nice 31 inch (~12.5 lb) Chinook while another guy got a 25" (8.5 lb). all in all we caught about 20-25 fish but most were either too small or non-tagged (can't keep wild salmon). The majority of the group flew back home Sunday morning with the wife and I added a few more days in NW OR.

We hit up Astoria Sun. afternoon (Bowpicker Fish & Chips = excellent) and stayed in Astoria Sun. night at a nice little B&B (Rose River Inn, nice!!!) before heading down the coast Monday to Cannon Beach (shopping, ugh!) and on down to Tillamook. We hit as many lighthouses as we could from southwestern WA down to Tillamook (we have this thing for lighthouses). We also stopped in the Tillamook Cheese factory for a tour & samples to which I found their icecream to rival that of Blue Bell from here in TX. We cut back over to Portland for the night. Tuesday we took off up the Columbia River Gorge (beautiful country!) and made a stop at Multnomah Falls (hiking up) before heading on over to Hood River. We hit up several orchards & fruit stands (cherries, yum) before getting lunch at Charburger (give it a try if there) then went to a park to watch all the wind & kite surfers. We then headed up to Mount Hood Timberline Lodge and hiked around there a bit along with touring the facilities. We headed back to Portland but stopped in a little diner/bakery (Tollgate Inn & Mercantile) in Sandy OR (great home cooked food) for dinner. On Wed. we merely did a drive up the Columbia river from our hotel a few miles and snapped a few pictures (attached below). I thought about posting in the glass waters area as I was impressed with the size of the Columbia River and how smooooooth it was. Back home late Wed. evening (head hit pillow at 1:30 am Thurs) and back to work Thursday (alarm at 4:45, ugh!!!).

good trip, not much time left over to do much else ...

BrooksfamX2
08-20-2012, 08:08 PM
Sounds like you had a good time in the PNW. Thanks for the report........