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Adventures We’re Looking Forward to in 2014

Published: January 03, 2014

From the Cascades Mountains to the Oregon Coast, the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region overflows with opportunities for adventure. There are so many experiences to be had that our staff has a hard time keeping up with it all! So this year, we made a list of adventures we can’t wait to explore, all found in our own backyard.

Molly – Snowshoeing to Salt Creek Falls:  This has been on my bucket list for years. It’s high time to finally cross it off! Salt Creek Falls is the perfect trail for rookie showshoers (like myself), and it leads to Oregon’s second highest waterfall.

Salt Creek Falls by arkoptrix via Flickr

Salt Creek Falls by arkoptrix via Flickr

Kari – Summiting Diamond Peak and hiking the Obsidian Trail: I once got really close to the summit of Diamond Peak, but this year I want to make it to the top!

Diamond Peak by brendangates via Flickr

Diamond Peak by brendangates via Flickr

Spencer – Hobbit Trail to Darlingtonia State Natural Site to Dune Buggy Rides: With the release of the Hobbit movies I figured it was only right to go to Oregon’s own Hobbit Trail. From there who wouldn’t want to see an entire 18 acre bog filled with carnivorous plants. I would finish the day off with some sand in my teeth from a dune buggy ride at Sand Master Park.

Darlingtonia Natural Site by Rock Obst via Flickr

Darlingtonia Natural Site by Rock Obst via Flickr

Taj – Spending the night in a tipi at Tipi Village Retreat: I’m looking forward to introducing my four year-old daughter to more overnights immersed in nature. Camping with a young child is not always the easiest or most relaxing experience but if it could include warm, comfortable beds; the sounds of the river, birds and trees; and waking up to an organic breakfast, I’m in! Overnighting at Tipi Village Retreat in the Cascades is on the top of my list for local adventures that I hope to enjoy in 2014.

Tipi Village Retreat by Tipi Village

Tipi Village Retreat by Tipi Village

Juanita – Whale watching on the Oregon Coast: I want to go whale watching from the cliffs of the Oregon Coast. You must be patient, but the payoff is wonderful. Plus, it’s a great way to spend a day with my husband.

Oregon Coast whale watching

Oregon Coast whale watching

Wendy – Rediscovering the McKenzie Pass lava beds: I haven’t been to the lava beds and Dee Wright Observatory since I went with my grandparents when I was a kid.

Dee Wright Observatory by Koocheekoo via Flickr

Dee Wright Observatory by Koocheekoo via Flickr

Sally – Hiking to Kentucky Falls: It is one of the few waterfalls in our county I haven't been to yet. I want to photograph it. My plan is to hike to all the waterfalls this year to take pictures for our website listings.

Lower Kentucky Falls by Jeff Dimmick

Lower Kentucky Falls by Jeff Dimmick

Natalie – Hiking the entire McKenzie River Trail: In 2013, I discovered the fun of hiking! Mt Pisgah and the Ridgeline Trail are now quick and easy regular adventures. In 2014, my friend Fay and I are looking forward to hiking the entire 26.5 mile length of the McKenzie River Trail.

Tamolitch Falls (aka Blue Pool) is along the McKenzie River Trail. Image credit: prw_silvan via Flickr

Tamolitch Falls (aka Blue Pool) is along the McKenzie River Trail. Image credit: prw_silvan via Flickr

Lisa – Kayaking the Siltcoos River Trail: I’m looking forward to seeing the wildlife on the trail and experiencing the peacefulness of being out on the water.

Siltcoos River by Stephanie Sarles via Flickr

Siltcoos River by Stephanie Sarles via Flickr

Kelly & Hayley – Learning how to sandboard at Sand Master Park: We are looking forward to experiencing something we have never tried before and being able to send visitors in that direction with better knowledge of how it all works.

Sand Master Park

Sand Master Park

Meg – Making better use of my Lane County Parks Pass: Don’t forget to pick yours up at the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center.

Everyone – Horseback riding on the beach: Who wouldn’t want to do that?

What’s on your list?

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