August 27, 2016

Oregon Road Trip (Part 1)

Earlier in August, we did an Oregon road trip. Even though we lived in Oregon for 12 years and explored many parts of it, there were (are?) still so many places we had not visited. Our itinerary for this trip looked like this:

Day 1: Drive from Yakima to Portland (lunch), drive to Enchanted Village (just south of Salem) and play there for the afternoon, drive to Eugene (dinner/hotel).

Day 2: Breakfast in Eugene, drive to Wildlife Safari in Winston and spend the day there, drive to Florence (dinner/hotel)

Day 3: Play at beach in Florence, sand dunes buggy tour

Day 4: Drive north to Newport and go to aquarium, drive to Lincoln City beach house to meet up with friends for the weekend.

Day 5: Hang out at the beach and beach house

Day 6: Pack up and drive back to Portland for shopping and dinner with friends, drive home to Yakima.

Ok, I'm going to split this into a few posts so here we go.

Day 1: We went to Enchanted Village last year for the twins' 5th birthday and had a blast. It is very retro and small and nothing big or fancy, but still a great time for a few hours. The big girls loved reading all of the fairy tale scenes and Ariana thought she was in heaven getting to go on the kiddie rides. She just barely met the 36" requirement.

After this we headed to Eugene and ate at Killer Burger (our fave!) Then we headed to our hotel to relax and gear up for the next day. The Olympics were happening during this trip so we spent a lot of time in the evenings in our hotels watching the coverage on TV.

Day 2: After a quick breakfast, we ventured further south to Winston to the Wildlife Safari. This is a really fun and unique place where the majority of the animals are out roaming the huge wildlife area and the cars drive thru. There was a sign that said, "Remember you are captive and they are free." They allow you to be unbuckled and hang out the window and all, just ask you not to pet the animals and don't stop near the rhino because he likes to poke tires.

They have a village area that is more like a traditional zoo area with a petting zoo,  bird habitat, a train, a few shops and cafe and playground. We drove thru the safari in the morning (took us about an hour), then went to the village for a couple hours to have our picnic lunch, play on the playground, ride the train and visit the other animals. Then we did the safari again since your admission is good for the whole day. We were glad we drove thru again because a lot of the animals had moved around so we got to see different animals. For example, the first time we drove thru, the hippos were submerged up to their eyeballs in water and the second time they were standing right next to the road. For our animal-crazed kids, this was a highlight of the trip.

After the safari, we drove to the coast to stay in Florence for the next couple of days.

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