Hello! For Mike’s birthday, we drove to Eastern Oregon for the weekend. Our itinerary included staying in a rustic Airbnb called “Grande Ronde Cow Camp,” outside of La Grande. A friendly donkey and adorable miniature horse greeted us when we arrived at the cabin. We ate delicious food and tried great beer at Side A Brewery and Pub in downtown La Grande (highly recommended). We also visited the charming northeastern Oregon town of Joseph and saw the “Swiss Alps of Oregon,” which were stunningly beautiful. In our opinion, Joseph was definitely worth the 1.5-hour drive from La Grande. Lastly, we stopped off in Pendleton on our way home at the Pendleton Woolen Mills store. With cooler temps on the horizon, we splurged and bought a warm wool blanket for our new teardrop trailer. Our video above and photo gallery below features highlights from our scenic trip. I hope you enjoy it!
Recommendations from our Eastern Oregon Weekend trip (links):
Last weekend Mike and I took a trip to the Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. I am embarrassed to admit that as a native Oregonian, it took me 42 years to finally get out there to see what it’s all about. Was it worth it? Yes, it was!
The Painted Hills was such a memorable and positive experience. I highly recommend visiting the area if you get the chance. Our video features the Painted Hills, it highlights amazingly beautiful and colorful trails, delicious eateries, tiny towns to check out, and more. 🙂
We arrived at the campsite around 2:00 pm on Saturday. We were pleased to learn that there were a handful of sites still available along the river, although most of the prime spots were taken.
We felt lucky to nab site number 12, with beautiful riverfront views and plenty of space between campsites. Below are some quick tips, as well as pros and cons of camping at this location, from my perspective. I also created a short video of our experience at the end of this post.
While we’re waiting for our teardrop trailer to be ready (on delay due to supply chain issues), I thought I’d share a glimpse into our 2021 summer fun at Lake Merwin Camper’s Hideaway.
Sometimes we ask ourselves – Why we are willing to drive four hours after work on Friday up to Lake Merwin, Washington from Central Oregon, just to return on Sunday? That’s an 8-hour drive over the weekend – yikes.
The below video and top three reasons are a good reminder as to why we keep making the trip. Once we’re up there, it’s like another world and we’re reminded of why it means so much to us.
1) Reason number 1: Family and friends at LMCH Being together with loved ones feeds the soul and helps us be happy. Numerous friends and family have trailers on the same block (featured in below video). This means that as soon as we arrive to camp, we’re greeted by my sister, our niece, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends without even having to plan a get-together in advance. 😊
Mike and I just returned from a very memorable weekend in Depoe Bay, Oregon and the surrounding beaches. We saw numerous whales, ate delicious food, enjoyed the beautiful Oregon Coast, and had an overall great time.
I created a video of our experience. This video should help anyone looking for fun places to go on their next visit to the Depoe Bay area.
I have been practicing my video and editing skills and learning more about this process all the time. I’m working on a couple of sound issues because it’s a little hard to hear us in a couple of the clips (sorry about that!).
My hope is that by the time we get our teardrop trailer in August, I will be ready to start sharing better quality videos and adventures on a new Highway to Hoeftland YouTube channel, in addition to sharing our articles and videos on this Word Press blog that I’ve maintained for 9 years.