& Betsy Blais
TRIPS & VACATIONS - OREGON - 2012
Here is a brief rundown on Bruce and Betsy's trip around the State of Oregon in October of 2012. This was a quasi-work-related trip since Bruce was working in Oregon at the time.
On October 26, 2012, Bruce and Betsy visited Silver Falls State Park east of Salem, Oregon. Below is a photo of Bruce on the path down to the entrance of the Trail of Ten Falls. a spectacular, nationally recognized hiking trail that weaves through a dense forested landscape, passing a series of breathtaking waterfalls along a rocky canyon, and descending to a winding creek at the forest floor.
Below is a photo of Betsy at the entrance to the the Trail of Ten Falls.
Below is Betsy at South Falls.
Below is Betsy at Lower South Falls.
Below is a photo of the river on the forest floor.
Below is Betsy at Lower North Falls.
Below is a photo of Double Falls. Notice the upper falls at the top.
Middle North Falls.
Below is Betsy at Winter Falls.
The following day, October 27, 2012, Bruce and Betsy headed west from Salem to Lincoln on the Pacific coast. They drove the Pacific Coast Highway down to Coos Bay. Below is Betsy in the Suburban at D River SP on the Pacific coast.
They headed south on the Pacific Coast Highway with their next stop being Boiler Bay. Below is a photo of the bay.
From Boiler Bay, it was down to Cape Foulweather. The cape lived up to its reputation with some of the foulest weather you could imagine. Below is a photo of the sign at the cape.
Below is a photo of Cape_Foulweather.
Next, it was down to Moolack Beach. Below is a photo of Betsy at the beach.
Their next stop was the Yaquina lighthouse.
Below is a photo of a sign inside the Yaquina lighthouse showing the progression in lamp technology.
Initially, the Yaquina lighthouse was lit with kerosene. Below is a photo of Betsy at several of the kerosene containers. The lighthouse keepers would fill the brass pitchers at the bottom of the photo and take it up to the top to keep the kerosene lamp burning.
The Yaquina lighthouse is still operational, although it now uses an electric lamp. Below is a photo of the electric lamp now used at the lighthouse.
The lighthouse is also a museum showing how lighthouse keepers and their families lived in the 19th century. Below is a photo of Betsy with one of the museum staff members in period costume.
Below is a photo of the Yaquina lighthouse from the entry road. It was a typical Oregon coastal day with lots of mist and rain.
The last scenic stop along the Pacific Coast Highway was Oregon Dunes NRA. Notice in the photo below how the sand is wind blown. Not only was it wet, it was also very windy.
From Dunes, it was down to Coos Bay for dinner and then back to Salem.
On their final day of touring, October 28, 2012, they went for a loop around Mt. Hood and down the Columbia River. Below is a photo of Betsy above the Willamette River at Oregon City. The Willamette runs nearly 200 miles north from Central Oregon, through Salem, and on into the Columbia River.
After circling Mt. Hood, they stopped at Multnomah Falls on Interstate 80. Below is a photo of Betsy at the falls.
Below is a photo of Bruce at the Multnomah Falls. Yes, it was still raining. It seems it rained the the entire three days they were on vacation.
It was a great trip, but could have been better without all the rain.
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