Columbia River Maritime Museum

This week, we take you to explore the activities found at the Columbia River Maritime Museum.  The museum houses a large number of exhibits featuring a 3D theatre, historical ships, the history of ships and fishing on the Columbia River, stories of storms, shipwrecks, the Coast Guard, and bar pilots on the Columbia River Bar.  The museum also has several interactive exhibits with historical boats, a ships bridge, life suits, rescue rafts and boarding the Lightship Columbia docked right next door.  We hope you enjoy our preview of what the museum has to offer!

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Activities

  • Movie Theatre
  • Gift Shop
  • Full-sized Ships inside the Museum
  • Exhibits about the maritime history along the Columbia River – fishing, whaling, the Coast Guard, the Columbia River bar, the shipwrecks and more.
  • Lighthouse Columbia – tour a floating lighthouse that was stationed at the mouth of the Columbia River.
  • Interactive kids exhibits

Our Tips for Visiting

  • Plan on spending a half day here – visiting either after breakfast or after lunch.  There are no food offerings here, so pack a few snacks and plan to head out as people start to get hungry.
  • If you are looking for a nautical themed gift, the gift shop has a great selection of items normally not found elsewhere.

Weblinks

More information about the Columbia River Maritime Museum can be found at http://www.crmm.org.

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Sunset Beach Drive

This week, we take you on a relaxing drive of the North Oregon Coast at sunset.

According to the Fort Stevens FAQ as of 8/5/2016, “Vehicles are allowed on the ocean shore from Gearhart to the South Jetty of the Columbia River {Red Line – September 16-April 30}.  They are prohibided on the beach south of the 10th Street beach access in Gearhart, and from the Peter Iredale beach access to the South Jetty from noon-midnight May 1-September 15 {Green Line}.  Only “street legal” vehicles are allowed on the beach, no motorcycles or off-highway vehicles.  Four-wheel drive is strongly recommended.  Vehicle access points are located at Fort Stevens near the Peter Iredale Beach, Sunset Beach, Del Rey Beach, and in Gearhart at 10th Street.”

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Our Tips for Visiting

  • Four wheel drive and a tall ground clearance is highly recommended.
  • Watch out for people, crazy drivers, trees or other hazards.
  • The speed limit for driving on the beach is 25 mph.

Weblinks

More information about driving on the North Oregon Coast can be found at Fort Stevens FAQ.

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Climbing the Astoria Column

This week, we take you on a 125 foot climb to the top of the Astoria Column with commanding views of the Astoria, the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean.

In 1811 John Jacob Astor founded the American Fur Company and named the location after himself- Astoria.  His trade in furs from the Pacific Northwest made him the first multimillionaire in the United States.  115 year later, Ralph Budd, a businessman interested in building 12 historical markers across the United States approached Astors’ great-grandson to help fund the monument in the town of Astoria; and the Astoria Column was built.  The 125 foot tall Astoria Column was dedicated in on July 22, 1926.  There are 164 steps to the top and the outside is painted with 14 murals showing the significant events in the early history of Oregon. 400,000 people visit the Column annually, making it one of the most visited parks in all of Oregon.

The fee to visit is $5 per car – which earns you an annual pass.  There are restrooms, viewpoints and a gift shop surrounding the parking lot loop.

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Activities

  • Climbing the Column
  • Viewing Areas
  • Picnic Areas
  • Gift Shop

Our Tips for Visiting

  • It can be cold and windy on the mountain, so bring a jacket.
  • The inside of the Column is narrow and dimly lit – not advisable for people that get claustrophobic.
  • Opening the door and looking 125 feet down is not for everyone.  If you have a fear of heights, this may not be the view for you.

Weblinks

For more information about the Column, visit their website at http://astoriacolumn.org.

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Milo McIver State Park

This week, we take you camping and explore the activities found at Milo McIver State Park.    Located a mere 45 minutes away from Portland, this State Park is filled with fun activities for the whole family.

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Activities

  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking/Rafting
  • Championship Disc Golf Course
  • Fish Hatchery
  • Horse Trails

Our Tips for Visiting

  • Viewing Bats – The bat barn is located off the equestrian trail, which closes after sunset.  This makes viewing bats difficult, because they only come out at night.  We like to visit the barn and take photos during sunset, but have yet to see any bats.  If you are interested in seeing bats, I recommend asking one of the park rangers at 503-630-7150.
  • Kayaking – Don’t have your own Kyack for the lake?  “Kayak tours each Sunday at 9 a.m., July 1- Sept. 1. Reserve your spot at 1-800-452-5687. $15 per reserved seat plus $5 day-use parking permit.”  See their website for more information.
  • Fishing – Estacada lake is stocked starting mid-May and many fishermen come out.  They fish from the pier at the lake, bring their boats or sit in rafts while fishing just above the dam.  To view the stocking schedule,  the link for North Wilamette Watershed District and search for Estacada lake.  It will tell the dates and quantities released.
  • Fish Hatchery – The best time to visit the hatchery is late spring – early fall, when the fish are being raised in the pens.  After that, you may find the hatchery to be empty.  More information can be found on their website.
  • Disc Golf – Discs are available for purchase from the Park Office if you don’t have one of your own.

Weblinks

More information about Milo McIver State Park including maps and descriptions of all of the activities can be found on their Brochure page (click the Brochures text next to the right of the Photos text to view them).

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Biking the Portland Waterfront

This week we head out for a beautiful bike ride around the Portland Waterfront!  With the completion of the Tilikum Crossing bridge in 2015, it is possible to ride around the entire waterfront on bike friendly paths.  The total length of the trip is 4.4 miles, or for a longer ride, you can do the 11 mile loop by starting from the Sellwood Riverfront Park (described below).  Hope you enjoy!

At just over 20 minutes, I know that this video is long.  I tried to speed things up as much as possible (150%) while still having a watchable video.  I thought about running the whole thing through Hyperlapse like some of my other videos, but with Ethan riding in front, his movements became the focal point.  With that said, while the length pains me, I am going to leave it as is…

Waterfront

For an optional longer bike ride along the Willamette River, cross the Sellwood bridge and follow the signs to Oaks Amusement Park.  Directly after making a right onto SE Oaks Park Way, turn left into the parking lot of the Sellwood Riverfront Park.  From there, you can bike up to the Springwater bike trail, which is a pedestrian only path going 3.3 miles up to Portland for the start of the Portland waterfront loop.  The total ride length from the Sellwood Riverfront Park is 11 miles.

Corridor

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Backpacking Wahtum Lake

This week, we take you to explore Wahtum Lake between Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge.  We show you the truth about the beauty and craziness of backpacking with boys.

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How to Get There

After a two hour drive from Portland, proceed up the fully paved road until the trailhead to the lake.   NOTE: You need a NW Forrest Pass to park at the lake.

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After leaving the parking lot, walk down the hill to fill out a wilderness permit.  These are stored in the box under the map.  One copy needs to stay with you during your stay and the other copy is put into the box slot.  There are plenty of campsites around the lake, and your first choice will be wether to head West or East around the lake.  We like to head west, down the steep stairs and walk 0.6 miles to the river outlet of the lake.

Wahtum Camp

Most of the campsites are large with enough space for two tents and are spaced far enough apart so you feel like you have some privacy.  We normally setup camp, have a snack and prepare for the hike up to Chinidere Mountain – the destination of many day hikers from the parking lot.  The hike up the mountain is another 1.1 miles with some areas of steep, but safe terrain.

Wahtum Mtn

At the top of the mountain, beware of the south face, where the loose rocks and steep cliffs pose a hazard to kids and adults alike.  When the kids start to get antsy, we head back down to camp to relax for the rest of the day.  Sunset and sunrise are often beautiful events and worth staying up/getting up to watch.

Heading back to the parking lot in the morning, we are able to make a

Our Tips for Visiting

  • As seen in the video, there can be logging activity in the area or other delays.
  • During the summer months, campfires are not allowed, so bring a stove to warm your food or make s’mores.
  • During summer weekends, the short hike from the parking area may lead to the campgrounds being busy or full of rowdy campers.  We prefer visiting during the weekdays or off-season to avoid the crowds.
  • The lake is crystal clear, home to fighting Crawdads and I have seen kids swimming in the lake before.
  • The total distance with the summit hike is 3.4 miles – which works well for most 6-7 year olds (my rule of thumb is the maximum miles should be 1/2 the kids age per 24 hour period).
  • Always check your kids for ticks (or leaches if they went swimming) head to toes (and in-between) after you return from your trip.

Weblinks

More information about Wahtum Lake can be found at their USFS page.

 

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Seattle Blitz

This week, we take you to explore a quick sample of what Seattle has to offer.  Instead of having a big birthday party for Ethan’s 10th birthday, we decided to take a quick family trip and surprise him with going to iFly instead.  Driving up form Portland, we played on Bainbridge Island, took the ferry into Seattle and explored some of the top sites.  We then took a trip down to iFly and to a fun city park before heading home from our whirlwind trip.

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Activities

  • Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island
  • Riding the Ferry
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Visiting the First Starbucks
  • Seeing the Gum Wall (since cleaned off in 2016)
  • Space Needle
  • iFly Seattle
  • Westcrest Park in Highland Park

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Bauman Farms Pumpkin Patch

This week, we take you to explore the activities found at Bauman Farms during their fall Pumpkin Patch.  There are a plenty of great activities from kids to kids at heart.  One day a year, they hold a giant vegetable contest and drop a giant pumpkin or squash onto a car from a crane (quite the site to see!).   Besides the pumpkin patch, Bauman Farms is a working farm, plant nursery, and home to you cut Christmas trees, spring Easter egg hunts and other events.

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Activities (subject to change)

  • Pumpkin Patch and Hay Maze (of course!)
  • Hayride (if you ask nicely enough, your kid might be able to ride in the tractor!)
  • Animal Barn
  • Playgrounds, Teepee, Frontier Fort
  • Bug Train
  • Mazes (Corn Maze, Dark Maze, Rope Maze, Kids Maze)
  • Slides (Slide Tower, Pumpkin Hill)
  • Jumping Pad & Pillow
  • Pedal Carts
  • …and more…

Our Tips for Visiting

  • During the weekdays, there are fewer people, but also fewer activities are staffed.
  • If you want to have access to all of the activities, we recommend showing up first thing in the morning.  You will skip the line of cars to get in, get a good parking spot, and get your pick of the activities before the lines start to grow.
  • There are certain traditions that shouldn’t be missed – fresh hot apple cider, apple cider slushes, apple cider donuts and other treats can’t be missed.
  • While there is your standard carnival fare food for purchase inside of the barn, we find it best to bring a picnic lunch and eat at our car in the parking lot.  That’s mainly because after eating all of the treats mentioned above, we need some healthier food items to keep our energy up for our return back to the fun activities.

Weblinks

More information about Bauman Farms can be found at www.baumanfarms.com.

 

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