looking out over Saddle Mountain Oregon

looking out over Saddle Mountain

Since getting our assignment for this month to write about “what summer looks like where I live”, I’ve been going round and round about how wide to cast that net.  Since deciding where we should go camping each summer is a family activity where everyone gets input, I decided it would be fitting to share some of our favorite places to go camping in western Oregon!

You might have heard me say how blessed I am to live in the beautiful Willamette Valley.  That’s not something I just say, it’s true, and I try to appreciate the beauty around me every day.  Sometimes in the middle of the dark rainy winter it can be a bit tough to find the beauty, but when I look out and see the radiant green valley, even in the middle of winter, I manage to love the rain.  Summer though, summer makes it so easy to love living here!

Coquille River Lighthouse, Oregon

Coquille River Lighthouse

Along the Southern Oregon Coast, you can visit the Coquille River Lighthouse near Bandon.

Florence Oregon fishing boat dock

Florence, Oregon

A trip along the Southern Oregon Coast wouldn’t be complete without a stop in Florence.

Three Sisters

Three Sisters

If we venture over the Cascades, the climate changes to desert and we have a whole new area to enjoy.  The Three Sisters are hard to miss as you head south.

Paulina Peak, Paulina and East Lakes

Paulina Peak, Paulina and East Lakes

A hike to the top of Paulina Peak rewards you with views of volcanic lakes, Paulina Lake and East Lake.  If you look toward the bottom right you can see an ancient lava flow.

Obsidian at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Obsidian at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Newberry National Volcanic Monument is an ancient obsidian flow.  Walking on black volcanic glass is an amazing experience.

Little Lava Lake

Little Lava Lake

While we’re in the area, some fishing at Little Lava Lake is in order.

Crater Lake

Crater Lake

If we go just a little further south we get to visit Crater Lake National Park.  At 1,943 feet deep, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States and one of the ten deepest lakes in the world!

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl ski lift

Mt. Hood Ski Bowl ski lift

A swing back to the north takes us back to another of our Northwest volcanoes, Mt. Hood.  While Hood is famous for its year-round skiing (right now Palmer Glacier is hosting all the Olympians training for Sochi), there’s an awful lot of fun to be had there after the snow melts.

Cape Mears Lighthouse

Cape Mears Lighthouse

A swing back to the beautiful north coast of Oregon means more light houses to visit.

Ft. Stevens State Park Battery Russell

Ft. Stevens State Park Battery Russell

I’ll finish this little tour at the tip of Oregon.  A visit to Ft. Stevens and Russell Battery is a must for anyone interested in WWII history.

trails through Ft. Stevens

trails through Ft. Stevens

While we’re there, there are plenty of trails to hike…

Cosmolabe Geocoin

Cosmolabe Geocoin – sadly stolen after we enjoyed finding it

And since our family loves geocaching, there’s always awesome loot here.

geocache twinkies

geocache Twinkies…

Sometimes a geocache yields another kind of surprise.  Twinkie anyone?

wreck of The Peter Iredale

wreck of The Peter Iredale

Old ship wrecks, yeah we have those too!

Oregon coast monoliths near Pacific City

Oregon coast monoliths near Pacific City

And the gorgeous monoliths scattered along the coast take my breath away every time.

Now for a little more summer inspiration, go visit Me Ra, and get a glimpse of how she views summer… where she lives!

play hard, and have fun,

~Beth

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