The author running on beach at Cape Kiwanda.
Local cherries were a treat! Also, apricots, which are a totally different ballgame when eaten at the source.
We found great coastal views on this hike at Cape Perpetua.
From the coast, we drove inland to spend two days in the southern Willamette Valley. Rented bikes in Corvallis, for a ride past farms and vineyards.
A disappointment: Also in Eugene, 'Track Town USA': We wanted to run the track at legendary Hayward Field, site of the U.S. Olympic Trials two weeks earlier. But this newly renovated facility on the campus of the University of Oregon is closed to the public. SEE THE ROUTES.
The author's wife at Smith Rock. We had a wonderful sunset picnic dinner.
The Old Mill area along the Deschutes River Trail. Great parks and views of paddlers in the only rapids I've ever seen in a city's downtown.
The Lava Lands routes can also be combined with a 1.5 mile ascent up Lava Butte for views of the Cascades and the Newberry Caldera.
Drove east to Mitchell to see the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument: home to one of the largest collections of fossils in the world. Gorgeous sunset run in the Painted Hills.
Sheep's Rock, a section of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
Breakfast at the Cardo Unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
A gorgeous run just outside Mitchell, OR, part of the 'Oregon Scenic Bikeway.'
Spent two nights at the Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Hiked about 10 miles of the 39-mile Timberline Trail. Beautiful wildflowers!
Vineyard bike ride through the northern Willamette Valley. Mid-way stop for lunch and a wine tasting. 98 degrees, wine, height of day...safe to say no PRs set on this bike ride!
Carbs were on order on the last night in McMinville, which is located in the Willamette Valley about an hour south of Portland.
Early morning run at Joe Dancer Park in McMinville, before heading to the airport
Miles Run: 31
Miles Hiked: 83
Miles Walked: 14
Miles Biked: 81
Total Elevation Gain: 22,000 feet
Total Steps: 375,831