It’s been a while since I’ve stepped into my snowshoes and hit the trails in winter. Skiing’s been the activity of choice it seems for the past few years.
But I was recently researching a story for Travel Oregon on some not-so-well-known snowshoe routes around Oregon, and it got me to thinking: It’s probably time to get back out there. Not to Mirror Lake or Trillium Lake on Hood or other places I’ve been to before, but maybe somewhere new, somewhere not as popular; one of these places I just wrote about.
Will I make it all the way out to Steens Mountain this winter or down to Brown Mountain in Southern Oregon? Probably not. But Pocket Creek or Clear Lake? Count on it.
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.
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.