Roadtrip to Pacific Northwest: Owen Rose Garden and Going Home

Day 4

We drove nonstop from Multnomah Falls to the college town of Eugene, Oregon. It was late in the afternoon when we finally reached our hotel. The street the hotel was in was full of restaurants, we were getting very confused with where to eat for dinner.

But first things first. The reason why we chose to spend a night in Eugene is because of the abundance of microbreweries, and husband is a brew fan. I am not, but I don't mind a cold one once in a while and after a long drive there's nothing better than downing an ice cold one to quench the summer thirst.

I cannot remember how we selected Ninkasi Brewery, but we drove a bit to reach it. I believe the husband did some cursory check on the interwebs and found this the most appealing to him. However, they only serve beer and food was courtesy of a food truck that was parked next to the brewery. We went for the beer flight and was pleased with the selection.


Subsequently, we found we had plenty of time to spare and enough light to explore in the city. With bellies full for the time being, we wanted to do something outdoors, the weather being so pleasantly mild for a late summer day. That's when we found Owen Rose Garden on the internet. This felt like the perfect place to rest after the long drive and before dinner.

The rose garden is said to contain 400 varieties of roses. There were plenty of roses, perfect for rose lovers just like me. There is also a large tree with large branches being propped up by a beam or a pole. The tree is believed to be the country's oldest and largest Black Tartarian cherry tree, planted in 1847.













For dinner, we sought out some Vietnamese noodle and drove about 20 minutes to a strip mall in the outskirts of the city.

Day 5

Time to head back home. We had every intention of driving straight to California but the resolve got dismissed once we saw the sign for Harry and David store in Medford. We had so much fun shopping in the same store years ago so we couldn't resist going there one more time - reasoning we needed to gas up anyway.

Harry and David is a fun place to shop. Aside from the all-time favorites, they now make their own wine and naturally we had a good time sampling them.

We continued to drive until we felt hunger pangs and stopped for lunch in Mount Shasta.

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I love road trips. I've always loved them. This particular one though is less satisfying. I felt like we stayed on the road - traffic - too much and did not get any chance to stop at the spur of the moment. Perhaps we tried to cover way too much in the 5 days and saw very little. Still, I was so pleased that I got to see Seattle for the first time and was given the chance to revisit other sites.

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  1. How exciting---road tripping is always fun to me. I live north of Seattle and don't get down that way very often. I grew up there but so much has changed I might not recognize it.
    Enjoy being home

  2. Beautiful photos - love the mountains and the fabulous garden

  3. Always trade-offs on road trips...can almost smell those beautiful roses!

  4. Sampling the brews sounds like fun! I love road trips too, and would like to visit Mt. Shasta sometime.

  5. You know, beer and roses, perfect. I love road trips as well but nobody else in my family does.

  6. Hello, I would like the beer taste tasting. The gardens and flowers are gorgeous. Love the mountain views. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  7. colorful choice of brew to choose from

  8. What a great roadtrip! I would love to see Mt. Shasta -- with some snow left to make it so pretty. The gardens are so lovely, too. Looks like you had a fun adventure!

  9. I'm sure I have commented "I love Mt. Shasta" many times on many blogs, but I still want to say it again. What a wonderful mountain!
    The roses were a delight, and I love that big old tree.
    Your shots of the road ahead just make me want to get going. We've been planning a trip to see my family in BC, but there only a few routes across the province, and all have experienced flooding recently, so we're putting it off a week in hopes of dry highways.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful road trip, with all its beautiful skies.
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  10. Nice to learn about Eugene's breweries. And that's a beautiful rose garden. :)

  11. IT was great fun seeing a tiny bit of our home town through your eyes!! I love the Rose Garden (but don't see it at it's peak which is before we get home). You did cover a few too many miles in too short a time..... (but our preference is short days and that is why it takes us so long to get anywhere ;>).) And had you traveled less you would have missed Seattle entirely.

  12. Beer and roses - good combination any given day! hehe Thanks for taking us on this really interesting and scenic road trip. :)

  13. that is a colorful place. Cool to see they try to help the tree so the branch stays where it is..


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