Traveling to Pendleton for some fun – sometime

The stay-at-home order has made traveling around Oregon a little tougher than normal.

But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still be thinking of all the great places we’ll want to visit once we get this all under control.

One such place to consider? The Wild West town of Pendleton, Oregon.

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A scene from the Grand Entry Parade at the 2004 Pendleton Round-Up. Photo by Bobjgalindo/Wikipedia.

Home to the famous Pendleton Round-Up rodeo, the distinctive wool blankets and shirts of Pendleton Woolen Mills and a burgeoning craft beer and artisan whiskey scene, Pendleton is also a great place for something else: Families.

That’s right, Pendleton can make for a great family-friendly destination in Eastern Oregon, with its history and culture, parks aplenty, hiking trails, swimming pools, sports galore and even spooky underground tunnels.

I wrote all about what Pendleton has to offer for families in a recent story for Travel Oregon.

Finding more than one way to get out

In the throes of staying socially distant — and staying home — there’s little opportunity for escape.

Spring skiing? Not happening.

A hike in the Gorge or up on Mt. Hood? Nope.

A long weekend on the Oregon Coast? The small towns out there won’t have it, and rightfully so.

Instead, it’s been runs and long walks along the river, catching up with friends and family remotely, and finding some hope in the written word.

Found a combination of all of that yesterday thanks to a long walk with my family, the Willamette River and the poet William Stafford.

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A Scappoose Bay Getaway

It’s easy to get out of Portland and into the Great Outdoors in the summer. Sunshine, blue skies and long, light evenings set the stage for warm weekend getaways or after-work jaunts.

The winter, however, with its rain and gray and darkness, can be a little less inspiring.

But what if there was a place close by where you could escape the city quickly and feel like you’re way outside, far from home? A place where you could almost lose yourself paddling through slim streams and curving channels, watching majestic birds soar overhead or strolling along the mighty Columbia River just a half-hour from home?

Well, there is.

It’s called Scappoose Bay — and I wrote all about it in a recent story for Travel Oregon. 

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