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Friday, October 15, 2010

Taking the Long Way Home Part 2: North Fork of the Willamette, Oakridge, Greenwaters Park and Diamond Peak

North Fork of the Willamette 
and Charles Barnard Bridge:


After leaving  Lowell and getting back on HWY 58 to head toward the mountain pass, I turned left at the sign that said  Westfir.  That road is a loop that will take you back to HWY 58 as you enter Oakridge.  I parked and took some pretty pictures of the North Fork of the Willamette River  and of the  Charles Barnard Bridge. 


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews



After crossing the bridge, I turned right.  If I had of turned left, I would have gone to Westfir and seen another covered bridge.  However, I was still on my way home so that adventure will need to wait for another time.  Oh, my gosh, did I score some beautiful pictures there!   Dang, I think I need to make some postcards.

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

A bit of spiritual activity on this one.  I did say, come on you guys, I know you are here.  Let me take your picture.  So they did.


 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I returned to HWY 58 and turned to the left.  Within a minute I arrived in Oakridge.  I drove through town until I got to Ray's Food Place and turned left at the light.  You may not realize it, but there is a whole other part of Oakridge that you don't see from the highway.  Another little downtown area up in the hills, that people are fixing up. 

The Oakridge Hostel and Brewers Union Local 180:

There is even the beautiful Oakridge Hostel where you can stay for prices beginning at $35.00 per night, with breakfast.  It seems that Oakridge is now a destination point for mountain bikers from all over, and you and your bike can catch a bus from the Eugene bus system (LTD) all the way to Oakridge. 

Recently some of my old friends, Ted and Patti Sobel, renovated this old building and turned it into a brewery and pub that looks much like a McMenamins from the outside.  I got there too early in the morning and they were still closed.  I hope that Cary and I will be back that way soon and stop in for a visit to say hello and taste their wares.  Here is their link:  Brewers Union Local 180.  They have a blog too: Brewers Union Blog

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I left that part of town by turning right onto Hills Street, crossing over the railroad tracks and ending up back on Highway 58.  Turning left toward the pass, I stopped at Greenwaters Park.  If you just need a quick bathroom break, there is a regular rest area nearby, but I enjoy going into the park itself when there is time.  It is one of my favorite parks ever.  Greenwaters Park is the home of the Lost Wagon Train of 1853 and the Hills Family Cabin.  This park is a wonderful place for a picnic; there is fishing, wading, hiking, a playground, and lots of history.  I love it when people work so hard over generations to make things beautiful for others.  Here is a link to more photos I took a while back of  Greenwaters Park.

Greenwaters Park:

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews
 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

After leaving the park I headed home.  Cary was wondering where in the heck I was.  I made one last little photo shoot at the Diamond Peak observation point.  It is kind of funny to think of from this view, but there is a parallel highway to the one that I was on, except that it runs by Diamond Peak.  It is Highway 38, and it takes you to Roseburg from Highway 97.  FYI:  My cell phone actually got a signal here. 

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

 Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

I sure had fun on my way home as I meandered along, listening to Jimmy Buffet, and thinking about my Eugene family.  I came home with a lot of neat pictures and some good nearby travel plans for next summer when I get to go camping with my best friend husband Cary.

Thank you for stopping by to visit; I hope you enjoyed the trip too.

~ Kathy


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3 comments:

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Oooh, I love the pic of Barnard Bridge. There is a story in that; the sepia/black & white really makes it work. Lots of other great pics here, too. My other favorite is the stone steps. :)

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Thank you, Lisa. I am having fun playing around with the options.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

I really like the leaves ... that is untouched; no enhancing at all. I just looked down, clicked and ended up loving it. The other one I love is the "looking down the road" one.

All around the bridge and the water in this set there must be lots of history. That's all I'm saying.

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