Thursday, September 01, 2005

Vacation 2005 - Thursday, Sept 1

Today we forgot the camera. Rachel left with Ethan and Ellie for playgroup and we gathered up the maps and books for the Silver Falls Tour near Salem and walked out of the house without the camera. We realized it about 20 minutes from the house, so we decided it was not worth coming back for it.

We took 214 out to Stayton to look at their covered bridge. Turns out their bridge really started out somewhere else and then was stored in Stayton and eventually built in their park just as an attraction. Then it burned down. And in 1998 they re-built it. So it was not quite historical. We did stop for a cookie and a couple of lattes while we were there.

Then we went to Silver Falls State Park and did a 2.5 mile loop around the South Falls. They were pretty cool, and we wished we'’d had the camera (although the sun was not in the optimal position for good pictures anyway. We then drove over to the North Falls and did a short 0.5 mile loop to see them. Also pretty cool.

Next we went to Silverton. We keep getting turned around there (see yesterday'’s adventures), but we made it through alright this time. We ended up in Mt. Angel at a brew pub for lunch. But the brew pub (Mt. Angel Brewing Company) doesn'’t actually make its own beer yet (just root beer). So I drank something called "“Horny Devil"” from a brewery in San Diego. The food was not as good as Hood River, but it was still pretty darn good. The beer was good as well, and Cheryl had the Hazelnut soda--—also very enjoyable. And coming back through Silverton we got turned around again and I ended up on a one-way street facing the wrong direction. Luckily, traffic was light and I realized right away what I had done and fixed it with a quick u-turn.

We then went up to the Abby, but I was expecting a small outpost, not an entire operational complex, so we just drove around it and then went back to Salem in time for dinner with Steve and Rachel and the gang. Excellent, as always. There was a spectacular sunset we tried to capture, but the picture did not turn out well. Since it was the only thing we used the camera for today, I've included the better of the two here.

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