If you've been following my regular Friday posts, you're well aware that my family recently purchased our first car and have been taking Sunday family adventures to celebrate the new purchase as well as summer in Portland. This past weekend we headed to Umpqua National Forest for a lovely 2 day camping trip. If Sasquatch is real, THIS is where he/she resides. Good thing that I'm quite the skeptic when it comes to the supernatural.
|It was surreal to watch the clouds roll through the top of the trees.|
For this camping trip, we rented a historic cabin that sits atop a narrow forested ridge between Fairview Peak and Grouse Mountain. The cabin was once a guard station and it as well as the surrounding buildings were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934 to provide fire protection to the Bohemia Mining district.
|Cabin view from the driveway.|
|There are several outbuildings around the cabin. One of them would be this creepy horse stable that Aria insisted on visiting several times throughout our trip.|
|Be careful not to get lost. There are tons of trails and old roads and I could see that it might be fairly easy to lose track from whence you came.|
|My favorite girl wearing my favorite shirt from the Measure while she explores the abandoned mines.|
|A closer view of the crumbling building. You have to watch your step while you're exploring the area, plenty of broken glass and rusty nails to be found.|
|Rusty old mining equipment lays forgotten in the middle of the Oregon wilderness.|
|Burnt and torn apart tracks lead to a collapsed mine. We kept Aria out of this rubble and asked that she stick to the rock piles that offered more safe exploration.|
|Just a small sampling of the treasures we found. Aria also found some some bullet shells and really old rusty nails. Yeah...parenting WIN! hahaha...oh dear.|
As we headed out in the wee hours of the morning, we were able to catch an amazing view of the sunrise in the mountains. In the backseat, Aria was whispering, "Goodbye cabin, I love you. I'll miss you."
|Yeah...we didn't get nearly enough time in this beautiful spot. We'll be back. We'll be back.|