Centered around the SATW Annual Conference held in Portland, Oregon, we enjoyed two weeks of guided tours and trips along with some of our own exploration on foot and by rail in the big city. Late October is a lovely time of year in Oregon, when fall colors are blazing across the mountains and into the valleys. The weather is crisp, the bounty of harvest time is in, and there might even be a touch of snow at the highest elevations.
We’d been to Portland in the past, and driven up and down the Columbia River Gorge, so we wanted to extend our exploration a bit beyond those bounds. We joined a multi-day adventure through the Mount Hood and Columbia River Gorge region, with lots of biking, hiking, and even a night of camping. After five days spent mostly in Portland, the journey continued to the Central Oregon coast at Heceta Head, into the interior to Willamette National Forest, and back up through the Willamette Valley to Portland.