A summer stroll in Oregon City

I had to go out to Oregon City last Friday for a fitting, so I asked my son, Calvin, if he wanted to come along and explore afterwards. He looked bored, so he came along on my mini adventure.

After the fitting was over, we headed over to the VFW parking lot where we started our walk on the historical path to the Oregon City Municipal Elevator Shaft. It was in the 90’s that day, so it was a hot walk with views of the run down, but still fascinating, Blue Heron Paper Company. It is no longer in use, but it’s an interesting eyesore, with lots of character, all the same. The Librarians filmed an episode in season two there.

 

Walkway near the Blue Heron Paper Company

Walkway near the Blue Heron Paper Company

 

Bench along the upper walking path in Oregon City

Bench along the upper walking path in Oregon City

 

The old paper mill

The old paper mill

 

Old spaceship

Old spaceship

There are a few historical houses along the path. Some of  them in better shape than others. Fun to see the old architecture, all the same.

Approaching the elevator shaft, I found myself thinking of The Jetson’s futuristic home because of the rounded shape sticking out in the air.

The photos are fun to look at in the viewing area at the top and in the tunnel at the bottom as they change depending on the angle you are looking at them. There’s always an elevator operator, too. Although, considering he just has to push a button to go up or down, I’m not sure why. He gets asked a lot of questions, so I’m sure he’s brushed up on his knowledge of the surrounding area so he can answer most of the questions coming his way.

We walked out into the town a bit, then turned around and headed back up the elevator and down the path to where we’d parked our car.

 

Futuristic curves and angles

Futuristic curves and angles

 

The tunnel from the elevator

The tunnel from the elevator

 

Willamette Falls

Willamette Falls

 

The elevator shaft in Oregon City

The elevator shaft in Oregon City

 

All in all, a fun day until I rear-ended the lady in front of me in stop and go traffic on my way home. Not a fun way to end my day, but my car looks like only the license plate is sticking out at a funny angle. Unfortunately, the other lady has an imprint of the before mentioned license plate on the back bumper of her only one year old car. I have a bit of whiplash on my neck on one side and down my back about mid-way, and I jammed my thumb into my steering wheel causing a bruise under the nail and banged my knee. Calvin seems to be totally fine.  So really, not a good ending to a good day, but I’m thankful it wasn’t worse.

 

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Finding things to do in Mosier, Oregon

Where in the world is Mosier, Oregon, you’re probably asking right about now… Some of you who live in Oregon may remember the oil train derailment out there last June. Sixteen tank cars hauling crude oil from North Dakota derailed on a curve on the tracks in Mosier, Oregon which sparked a massive fire that burned for fourteen hours. The cleanup continued on for much longer.

 

Mosier, Oregon

Mosier, Oregon

 

Mosier, Oregon is 5-10 minutes down the road from Hood River and 15-20 from The Dalles. It’s a tiny little – population 435. Yep. That small. I went out there last week because my friend was taking a driving test in The Dalles and needed a car to drive for the test.

 

The Columbia River Gorge from Rock Creek Beach

The Columbia River Gorge from Rock Creek Beach

 

The question is: What is there to do out in Mosier, Oregon? The answer: not much. This is the sort of town where you have to invent your own fun. Not long after arriving, I took a walk down to Rock Creek Park with my friends step-daughter. Then we meandered through the tiny town looking at giant chickens, totem poles, flowers, a really old church and the super tiny City Hall. This did not take us very long to walk down to the park and then all around town.

 

Giant metal chickens

Giant metal chickens

 

Totem pole

Totem pole

 

Fly away

Fly away

 

Tulips against a deep blue sky

Tulips against a deep blue sky

 

Old church

Old church

 

You may find yourself hanging out at the Rack & Cloth in the evening. Or jumping on trampolines. Then there’s always giant chickens to ride on, or breakers on the path to jump over. Not saying we did any of those things, but, if you’re inventing your own fun, you may find those things interesting  to do to while away the time in a small town setting. You could always end your day in a hot tub or watching random TV series you’ve never heard about on Netflix because the thunderstorm knocked out your cable.

Since Mosier isn’t far from Hood River and The Dalles, there’s a lot of fun stuff to do in the area around Mosier. We didn’t get to all of the other fun stuff because a thunderstorm rolled in, but maybe another day I’ll explore the area further…

 

 

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