Welcome to Tom & Jana's 2015
Oregon & Washington Travel Journal!

A short two weeks in the Pacific Northwest, exploring beaches, rivers, gorges, caves, deserts, forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers.




When first planning a 12-day trip to the Pacific Northwest, we had grand ideas of how much of Oregon and Washington we'd be able to cover. We even thought we might make it into Canada for a day or two. But as we learned more, those thoughts turned out to be wildly unrealistic. There's so much to see just in Oregon, we barely made it to Washington at all, and we left with many areas of interest still unseen. No regrets, though. Everything was gorgeous and amazing, and I can't wait to visit this area of the country again!

Highlights along the way include the Columbia River Gorge, Bonneville Dam and Lock, Mt. Hood, the north and central Oregon coast from Astoria to Reedsport, Umpqua Scenic Byway, Crater Lake National Park, Bend, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Crooked River Back Country Byway, McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway, Smith Rock State Park, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument–Painted Hills and Clarno Units, Mount St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Portland, and the Long Beach Peninsula.


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Jana and Tom at Mt. Rainier, Washington


August 31, 2015                        Knoxville, Tennessee to Portland, Oregon
September 01, 2015                  Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, Astoria
September 02, 2015                  North Oregon Coast, Astoria to Newport
September 03, 2015                  Central Oregon Coast and Inland, Newport to Reedsport to Roseburg
September 04, 2015                  Umpqua Scenic Byway, Crater Lake National Park, Bend
September 05, 2015                  Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Crooked River Back Country Byway
September 06, 2015                  McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway, Smith Rock State Park
September 07, 2015                  John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, The Dalles
September 08, 2015                  The Dalles, Mount St. Helens, Packwood
September 09, 2015                  Mt. Rainier
September 10, 2015                  Packwood to Portland
September 11, 2015                  Astoria-Megler Bridge and the Long Beach Peninsula


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