Our first day we needed to run an errand in the south end of Portland, only about 30 miles away, so we planned a couple of fun stops en route. First a nice loop hike at Tryon Creek State Park near Lake Oswego.
|Hans chose to blend in on this day...see him?|
|Like so many hikes in NW Oregon this one was in a forest...perfect for a hot summer day.|
Our next stop was the lovely Elk Rock Garden at Bishops Close. The garden was originally created by the Kerr family in the early 1900's and given to the Episcopal Church in 1957 with the stipulation that it be open to the public.
|The property is perched on the cliff above the Willamette River, just visible through the trees on the right.|
|Moss covered stones line the paths with peek-a-boo views of the river below.|
Just a few miles outside of McMinnville is Miller Woods, a conservation area owned by Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District. We hiked a pretty 3.5 mile loop with a little bit of everything: wildlife, meadows, forest and a pond.
|Great Horned Owl.|
|Small creeks flowed through lush forest.|
|Sun shafts in deep forest.|
|I happened to look up as we lunched under this beautiful old oak tree and fell in love with the view!|
|Later, on a walk in McMinnville, this frog was reminiscent of the one I'd just seen at Miller Pond.|
Champoeg State Park lives up to its excellent reviews. Roads and sites are paved. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Most sites have excellent separation as well as privacy bushes between the sites. There are eight full hookup sites, over 67 water/electric sites, plus tent sites and cabins and yurts. There are many very large/long sites, especially in Loop B.
The park is located along the Willamette River and boasts several miles of hiking and biking trails, river access, disc golf course, a unique playground, and a visitor center dedicated to the history of the area. Lady Hill Winery right across the street from the park has some lovely wines as well!
|Champoeg is an important part of Oregon's history.|
|We had back in, full hookup site #B25.|
We had thick bushes between us and our neighbors on both sides...excellent privacy.
Also decent afternoon shade in our patio area.
|Right behind our site was a path to the central restroom and this beautiful open field |
with views to the forested hills beyond the park.
|A long pull through site directly across from us.|
|Paved bike path through a meadow. Most of the trails are through forest.|
|Baby acorn woodpecker...|
We'd definitely stay at Champoeg State Park again.