Road Trip Part 2 – Journey to Down South

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.

Behind us is one of the houses at the A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village

Cheryl the sailor

Cheryl the explorer on the lookout for fun things to play with at the museum

Busy playing grocery shopping at the museum

Exploring the tunnel at the outdoor discovery area

Cheryl’s 1st experience on the slide

Swinging in fast motion for her 1st time

Swinging like a pro

Automated railway tracks

Making bubbles with Daddy

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.

The restaurant has a nice little garden

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.

Cheryl was being fastened to the horse before the ride started.

The frightened little girl held on tightly to mummy and the pole

Taking a walk in the riverfront park

Eugene

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.

Cheryl cheking out her crib in our room at Holiday Inn

Crater Lake

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.

Wizard Island – a cinder cone that erupted after Crater Lake began to fill with water. It is one of two islands in Crater Lake

Look at the clear blue waters of the lake

Crater Lake Lodge – expensive place to stay in the national park. That is why we stayed in Eugene and made a day trip there instead

Crater Lake had about 500-inches of snowfall this year

There is still a lot of snow here. At that time, only the west rim was open to the public. The east rim was still covered with snow. It took about 4 months for them to clear the roads from snow in the west rim

Panoramic View of Crater Lake

Pumice Desert on the way down from Crater Lake

Cottage Grove

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.

Cottage Grove is also known for its historic house self-guided tours. Basically, you can drive around to view these historic houses; each with their own unique design

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.

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6 Responses to Road Trip Part 2 – Journey to Down South

  1. Terry July 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    jealous… jealous…. jealous…:-)

    • sharon July 19, 2011 at 10:38 pm #

      No need to be jealous….u can visit these places the next time you’re here. And you can bring baby Elizabeth along too 😉

  2. Koko July 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    beautiful. glad u all had a fun time.

    • sharon July 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

      Yes we did, thanks.

  3. Winnie July 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    What a nice trip! :).. I love the children’s museum! 🙂

    • sharon July 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm #

      Yes….the museum was a fun place for children. Cheryl would have enjoyed it even more if she was a little older.

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