After a day of rest at home, we continued our next road trip to the south of Oregon. Our main destination was Crater Lake National Park which was quite a distance away from our home so we had to make several stops along the way. Our 1st stop was Salem, which is the capital of Oregon. We heard of this place called the A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, a non-profit children’s museum located at the downtown riverfront so we decided to bring Cheryl there. The place offers year-round fun with indoor & outdoor interactive exhibits and their mission is to inspire children of all ages to learn and grow through play. The museum consists of three historic houses & 20,000-square-foot Outdoor Discovery Center.
Next, we went for lunch at “Word of Mouth” restaurant which was quite a popular place for the locals. The restaurant is in a house and the place receives quite good reviews so it’s usually quite packed. Customers usually have to wait for a table.
Next up, we brought Cheryl to Salem’s Riverfront Carousel where she took her first merry-go-round ride on a horse. At first, she looked excited watching other children ride on it so I accompanied her for a ride while Daddy took pictures. But I guess it was still too challenging for a 13-month old. Once the horse started going up and down and the carousel started turning round and round, Cheryl clinged on to me so tightly and was afraid to look out at Daddy.
After an eventful day at Salem, we traveled further south to Eugene to spend the night there. After checking in at Holiday Inn, we decided to go for a swim at the hotel’s heated, indoor swimming pool. Cheryl loves to play in the water but since arriving in the US, we haven’t brought Cheryl to the swimming pool as the weather here is still pretty cold in summer. So it was nice to be able to swim in an indoor pool for once. That night, Cheryl literally ‘slept like a baby’. I think she enjoyed herself with all the fun activities from morning till evening.
We woke up early the next day to travel down south to Crater Lake NP. It was said that there is no place else on earth which combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past. It is a place of immeasurable beauty. Its depth of 1,943 feet (592 meters) makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the seventh deepest in the world. Its fresh water is some of the clearest found anywhere in the world.
Panoramic View of Crater Lake
On the last day after checking out of the hotel, we traveled to Cottage Grove, known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of Oregon”. There are six beautiful Covered Bridges within a few minutes of downtown. Building dates of the bridge range from 1920 to 1987. In the earlier days of construction, steel and concrete was hard to come by and since timber was more accessible, the bridges were built from locally-cut timber and then covered to keep the rain from aging them. The older bridges are a standing testimony to the skilled craftsmen living in the area.
We were all tired out after reaching home from this trip. What an adventurous week we had, traveling to 2 national parks and visiting all the nice places. It was a memorable trip and we bring back with us all the unforgettable memories captured in these photos that we share here. Though Cheryl may be too young to recall all these experiences, but with these photos, she would still have something to look back on.