So right after Sed's birthday we packed up the van and took a much-anticipated trip to Central Oregon!
***NOTE: Bunny chronicled this trip as well. See her blog for Day 1 and Day 2! (She does such an awesome job with her blog!) ***
We love taking mini-trips like this one because it's do-able for us to leave for a few days and drive somewhere fun. (Bigger trips, like the ones that involve planes, are usually scheduled just once a year.) Every trip counts as "homeschooling" which is awesome, and this trip in particular was very educational. The main reason for this trip was geology and boy did we learn a lot!
Our constant companion on this 500-mile round-trip was a "Roadside Geology of Oregon" book that we got for Christmas. I highly recommend this series for any road trip! I read out loud from the book for each highway we traveled on. Very very interesting!
|First stop, Mount Hood (aka Grandma's Mountain)|
|rocks all throughout the parking lot|
|stopping to take photos|
After the museum we drove a short distance south to Lava Butte. A bus took us to the top and we enjoyed great views and more learning about the geological landscape:
|The view is nice but the hair is blinding me!!|
|The sun must be super-intense here. I need sunglasses|
to block the glow of Mariposa's tresses.
We made it ALMOST to the end of the one-mile cave. A park ranger was turning people around as it was 4pm and the cave closed at 5pm. We were so close! But it wasn't a disappointing trip at all. We have such great memories from being in such awesome nature!
|on the way up|
|we made a full circle around Mount Hood this trip|
|map of Western Oregon|
|Hillsboro is in the upper left just SW of Portland,|
and bend is in the lower right.
I'm so glad we made this dream a reality! I am already dreaming of the next road trip…