Friday, August 28, 2020

 North Lebanon exploring 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Middle Santiam kayak trip

Nice day on the water. Started from Sunnyside Park and paddled up stream as fast as we could go. Nasty bit of headwind on the return.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

The Pyramids

Rode me some gravel today with my friend Alethea. The hardest ride I have ever done. 24 miles (and who can’t muster for a measly 24 miles?) Brutally epic. Steep climbs. Some single track. Downed trees that lasted forever. Some very sweet downhills.

Photograph by Alethea WR

Gravel Roads and wildflowers

Mt Washington and Three Sisters

Near the start of the single track

This was pretty nice

Water crossing

Stopped here for a quick lunch before the decommissioned road.

 Just some of the trees we had to crawl over, or under, or through.

Photo by Alethea

Photo by Alethea

Photo by Alethea

More downed trees. Not the worst. These went on forever with only a couple of breaks in between. Otherwise we ran into downed trees every 50 ft or so.  This went on for a 2-3 miles. Definitely the worst part of the ride. 

There were wildflowers everywhere.  Sorry, I don't know the names of most. 

 Lillies. I didn't know these grew in the wild.

 Bear grass

24 grueling miles.
Ok, not all were grueling lol
We were glad we did it, but both of us agreed we probably wouldn't do it again. For myself I don't want to spend that much time pushing the bike. Worth it? Yes. the views are great! and if you go in wildflower season, even better.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Exploring Stayton

Went on a little “city walk” in nearby Stayton Oregon. A small town located on the North Santiam River. It’s easy to bypass what I think is the heart of the town, the historic district. The main street goes through the newer commercial area, so unless you turn off of this you miss part of the old downtown area.

 I started at Pioneer Park and meandered through residential streets down to the Catholic Church. I don’t know anything about Stayton’s history, but I wonder if it has a catholic heritage. There are a number of nice Catholic churches here and in the Santiam Canyon area, and out Kingston-Jorden area. 

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

 I popped out onto First Avenue, the main street through town. Found a short path I’ve always wanted to explore. It’s short, but follows the Salem Ditch and is quite pleasant.
Odd little stump

Salem Ditch

Stopped for some photos of the Brown House Events Center. I’ve toured this house on open house day, and it’s fun to go in and have a look around.

Brown House Event Center

I would say Third Avenue was once the main street of the city. There are a few charming businesses there, though some are 2nd hand/collectables type shops you often find in small towns. Many of them looked interesting, but today being Monday, most of them were closed.

Cute little mural

Downtown area

There is a small cinema with a cute marquee

Star Cinema

Not so Shabby - a furniture and home decorating store in a nice old building. At first I thought it might be another church, but when I got close to the building it was actually an elegant old home before repurposing as a business.

Not Too Shabby furniture store

Gardner House Bed and Breakfast, and cafe. Built in 1898 and remodeled in 2008. Quite an interesting building. It would be nice to stop by the cafe when things open up once again.

Gardner House Bed and Breakfast, and Cafe

Interesting lookout 

Before returning to the car I strolled through the park for some photos of Jordan Covered Bridge.
Jordan Bridge in Pioneer Park

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