Travel Tuesday – April 3rd, 2018

Last weekend was Easter, and I know many of you celebrated the holiday with family or friends. What else did you do over the weekend? Did you go someplace fun?

Here are some photos of what other folks did over the weekend.

Perhaps these places will inspire you to get out and explore them, or other amazing places, next weekend.


Scrub Deer, Columbia Basin NWR

This scrub deer was captured by Travis Williams, who commented that this guy is “living the tough life out on the Columbia NWR.”

The Columbia National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is a national natural landmark located in the Columbia Basin of eastern Washington, between Yakima & Spokane. Visitors there enjoy spectacular views of canyons and grasslands as well as a huge variety of wildlife.

Columbia National Wildlife Refuge
Royal City, WA 99357
(509) 546-8300


My friend Alicia had an incredible weekend. She started by visiting Crater Lake. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in the winter.

Have you been to Crater Lake? If you haven’t, please put this on your bucket list and go see it sometime this year. (Check for road conditions if you visit before June, because of unpredictable snowstorms up on the mountain.)
Alicia Bloyed - Crater Lake1

From there, she drove to Florence, on the coast, wth a stop at Lost Creek Lake.
Alicia Bloyed - Lost Creek Lake
Alicia Bloyed - Lost Creek Lake2

She spent the evening in Lincoln City, one of my favorite towns on the coast.
Alicia Bloyed - Lincoln City Beach

Alicia Bloyed - Lincoln City2

She mentioned that she sat in the car for 14 1/2 hours and covered 720 miles in two days, but she said she had so much fun she’s ready to hit the road again.


Pine Street Market. Portland Oregon April 2018

This picture was taken by DrBurtoni, who visited Pine Street Market in downtown Portland over the weekend.

If you are not familiar with Pine Street Market, it’s a collection of locally owned micro-restaurants in a food court setting. We’ve been here a few times, as well, and I now crave the steam buns at Kim Jong Smokehouse. This market is near Portland’s famous Saturday Market, so you can easily visit both on the same day.

If you’re in the area, please stop by for a bite.

Pine Street Market
126 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204


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Thom I rode from Lava Butte to Benham Falls near Bend in Central Oregon. Isn’t this red road interesting? He commented, “The red road to Lava Butte really stands out against Central Oregon blue sky.”

He also took the picture below. I love how he framed the Three Sisters mountains in the bike wheel. This was taken at Tumalo Reservoir and Dam, also near Bend.

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Now over to the other side of the mountains, Maria Swearingen was at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival over the weekend. She captured a group of people heading upward in this hot air balloon.

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She also captured this image of one lone tulip sticking up above all the others. I love this picture; it makes me smile.

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Wooden Shoe has an annual tulip festival through the month of April, and it’s huge. Set in the Willamette Valley with Mt Hood as the backdrop, this is a beautiful place to visit. During the festival, you can see 40 acres of tulips of all colors, take a hot air balloon ride, taste local wine, and play in a bouncy house. Wine, bouncy house, flowers… Sounds like a great weekend, right?

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm
33814 S Meridian Rd
Woodburn, OR 97071


It’s so much fun to see where everyone went and what neat stuff they did. I totally agree with Alicia, that even after a long trip to see spectacular places, it does something to you where you just want more.

I’ll share more next week, but meanwhile, if you go somewhere, we’d love to see your pictures. Please share them with our Zip Jar group on Facebook or tag them with the hashtag #zipjartraveltuesday when you post them to Facebook or Instagram,  and we’ll share them here to inspire others to get out and explore.

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