Road Trips

Eugene Part 2

Saturday we woke pretty early and had breakfast at the house and then got ready to go out for a bit. The first stop was the Eugene Saturday Market.

It was really big, with lots of really interesting booths. So much handmade stuff! Lots of art, jewelry, paintings, you name it. Also, lots of tie dye, 😉 and then a whole section of farm fresh fruits and veggies and locally made cheese and bread.

There was so much to see. We only spent an hour walking around. I bought a few small art pieces and we got some heirloom tomatoes, amazing salsa and a loaf of fresh sourdough.

Logan started getting antsy so we left after that. I could have spent another hour at least, looking at everything.

We dropped the stuff back at the house and then went to Mount Pisgah Arboretum for a “hike”. It was a pretty area with what looked like lots of different hikes.

We took the easy hike along the river and by the ponds, and then through an art exhibition. We did just under a mile a half and Logan was getting tired and cranky so we left.

Next time it would be nice to explore some more and really do some hiking!

Next stop: lunch. We planned on going to one of the gastropubs near the house but then my cousin Di texted me and said we should check out The Cannery. It was one of her favorite restaurants. So we went there and realized it was the one place we’ve stopped at in Eugene! We ate lunch there three years ago, and we both liked it so we decided to stay and go again.

We like The Cannery a lot. The food is fantastic and the service is great. Logan got a grilled cheese sandwich with fries. I got the BLT that also had prosciutto on it, with coleslaw on the side. My lunch was outstanding!

Fantastic lunch! Michael got the roast beef sandwich with fries.

After lunch: back to the house for naps. Logan went to sleep right away (it was a busy morning!) and I laid down and fell asleep too. It was so peaceful and quiet. Michael was out doing something and I had a lovely little nap. 😀

When Logan got up we went to The Adventure Children’s Museum. It was in the mall and a little weird at first but so fun! Logan LOVED it and didn’t want to leave! There was a giant pirate ship with a slide, a Lego station, little kid legos, a giant train set, stuffed animals, cool little rooms about different things (animals, etc), an area for puppet shows and dress-up, a piano and other instruments. Tons of fun kid stuff.

We spent almost two hours there and then it was time to head back to the house for Logan to have dinner, bath and bedtime. After he went down Michael and I got to decompress with some beers, leftover pizza, salad and Michael made bruschetta with the stuff we got from the Saturday market.

ALL CARBS!

Sunday we had breakfast and packed up and then went to Skinner Butte to see the view.

Then down to Riverplay in Skinner Butte for Logan to play for about an hour before the drive home. It was a great park! So much to do and so many cool play toys.

There were some people making giant bubbles and Logan was so fascinated (and we were too). It was cool watching and then watching Logan trying to pop the bubbles. 😀

It was a memorable weekend. We had a great time and will go back next summer to really do some hiking.

Falls Creek Falls

On our last day in the Gorge we got up early again and had breakfast out on the deck one more time before packing up and heading home.

We stopped at the North Shore Cafe again so I could get coffee and then we started the drive toward home–with one stop first: Falls Creek Falls hike in Gifford Pinchot wilderness. It was sort of on the way to the Bridge of the Gods just by Carson. It was a really beautiful drive through the forest and then you go off the main road and drive about 2 miles–VERY SLOW miles–on a dirt road with humongous potholes. It was slow going and very bumpy. We got to the parking lot and it was about half full (when we left it was all full).

The hike started out in the trees immediately and we hiked alongside a creek that was sometimes pretty fast. There was a suspension bridge we had to cross that was pretty cool. Usually Bella is super freaked out by bridges and won’t cross without a lot of coaxing and help but she did GREAT! Maybe she is getting over her fears.

It was nice that this hike was in the forest and shaded. The day was warming up nicely. Logan loved the hike. He babbled and high-fived Michael and talked to people and dogs that we passed on the trail. 🙂

The hike was deceptively uphill. It gave us some nice breaks and leveled off here and there (unlike Weldon Wagon trail hike that was constantly uphill) and we got to a fork in the trail and saw this sign:

We were almost to the waterfall! Apparently this hike is a 6-ish mile loop but we didn’t plan on doing the whole thing. And talking to some hikers that were coming down the trail, apparently the other part of the hike is a lot of scrambling on rocks. Not ideal with a dog and baby.

We got to a few parts of the trail where there were washouts but for the most part it was a well-maintained hike.

There was another little bridge near some mini waterfalls. It was cute!

Then we were finally to the waterfalls! It was about 10 degrees cooler by the falls. They were gorgeous! So much prettier than Multnomah Falls, in my opinion.

The falls would have been a perfect place to have a picnic lunch but we didn’t have one. 🙂 So we headed back down the trail. Logan was on borrowed time and would need food and out of the hiking backpack soon. We are good if we have 2-ish hours to hike with him. He’s getting better, though, each time we go.

I posted a video on my Instagram if you’d like to see it. 🙂

Pretty good stats for a hike! Afterward we drove to Cascade Locks, crossing the Bridge of the Gods back into Oregon, and stopped at the East Wind Drive in for lunch. FABULOUS burgers and curly fries! The place is always crowded. I’ve only been there for ice cream cones after hikes, so it was nice to get food there. We’ll definitely be back!

We went to the Cascade Locks marina and park for lunch –devoured our burgers–SO HUNGRY! And then let Logan run around a bit for the drive back to Portland.

It was a pretty fabulous little vacation for us!