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Oregon hikes with kids: Family friendly trails in Lane County’s Eugene, Cascades, and Coast wonderland

Spring! Summer! Even fall: When it comes to Oregon hikes with kids, Lane County has incredible family hikes, all within easy reach of Eugene, Springfield, and even the Oregon Coast. Lane County is about the size of Connecticut. While Eugene and Springfield are the main urban areas, smaller towns and cities such as Florence, Cottage …


Cozying up in Calypso Cottage at Smith Creek Village in Silver Falls State Park, Oregon.

Smith Creek Village: Cozy cottage in the Oregon forest at Silver Falls State Park

Even when you’re about to take a big trip, sometimes a small trip helps you recharge. At Smith Creek Village in Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park, we found a tucked-away getaway with easy access to hiking trails and waterfalls. Plus, our cabin’s full kitchen, central heating, and well-appointed bathroom gave us lots of home-away-from-home comforts …


Brookings family travel: Why we say YES to our kids’ ideas, even on the stormy Southern Oregon Coast

Shoulder season family travel on the Southern Oregon Coast Do parents sometimes have to say no to their kids? Sure. But it’s often more important to know when to say… YES! And when it comes to saying yes, family travel in Brookings, Oregon gives you a lot of opportunities for coastal fun. About Brookings, Oregon …


Shoulder season family travel along the Cascades Mckenzie Highway 126

Shoulder season family travel along the Cascades’ Mckenzie Highway 126

Family travel a world away yet close to the city Just east of the Eugene/Springfield area, Highway 126 provides an amazing escape for shoulder season family travel. Winding between Oregon’s tall, thick forests, and the pure, rolling McKenzie River, the highway winds into the Cascade foothills. Before you know it, you’ll feel like you’re in …


7 can’t-miss sea stacks you can see only on the Southern Oregon Coast

Impressive sea stacks of all sizes dot many of the 363 miles of the Oregon Coast. You can take in impressive formations along the Northern and Central parts of the Oregon Coast. However, the hidden secret of this amazing place is that many of the best stack rocks are found on the Southern Coast, from …


24 Hours in Silverton and Silver Falls State Park, Oregon

24 hours in Silverton, Oregon: Bright lights and big waterfalls

Walkable small town and a walk-behind waterfall Close to Portland, Salem, and Eugene, the wee town of Silverton, Oregon, is a wonderful destination anytime of year. (December, though, is especially magical—we’ll get to that.) Even 24 hours in Silverton can be a great way to get to know not only the town, but the incredible …


Accessible Oregon Coast travel for adults and kids

Accessible Oregon Coast travel: An amputee mama’s family road trip from Reedsport to Brookings

White foam and stormy Pacific waves crashed through the opening in Arch Rock. The scent of pine and spruce wove through the salty air and the low, misty gray clouds. And our family of four—Anthony, Jodie, Connor, and Aster—took in beautiful Oregon Coast travel, full of sea stack rocks, high cliffs, and temperate rainforests, all …


Back to school? Road trip! Crater Lake camping with kids, Oregon

Crater Lake camping with kids… After all, what better way to start the school year than with a road trip? Hikes, trips to the Portland Zoo, day trips to here and there. The first week of school is when our alternative lifestyle, homeschool, freaky flag flies extra high. Ever since Connor started kindergarten, we’ve aimed …


Dad and daughter time at East Lake, Newberry Volcanic National Monument

Camping on top of an active volcano: Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Oregon

Follow our St. Clair family summer road trip of 4 weeks, 5 states, and 3,851 miles: All posts Central Oregon. High lakes. Vast pine forests. And volcanos. Lots of volcanoes. Including, a little southeast of Bend, the stunning, still active Newberry National Volcanic Monument, part of Deschutes National Forest. Inside the NNVM, there are forests, …


Looking into the past from the end of a trail inside John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Kittens invade our campsite at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Follow our St. Clair family summer road trip of 4 weeks, 5 states, and 3,851 miles: All posts John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: A high desert land of canyons, incredible rock formations, and fossils that range from huge mammals to tiny flowers. We first visited John Day in 2019, but as we crossed from …