I am posting a day after our return from the beautiful and amazing state of Oregon. We spent eight days in Oregon, starting at PDX and driving to Hood River for two nights--had great hikes, great sights and great food. Then we moved south to Mt. Hood for short visit, then onto Smith Rock State Park, Lava Butte and the night in Bend---amazing drive from Hood River to Bend--unbelievable scenery changes. We loved standing at Timberline and a few hours letting hiking in the high desert. Then to the coast, starting at Seal Rock and moving up to Newport/Nye Beach for two night, then to Cannon Beach for two nights---and all we could compress in those days. From Cannon Beach back to Portland to end our stay the way we began--with lunch at Cartlandia.
We were very fortunate to have great weather--sun! six of the eight days in Oregon. Of course we had planned for less than "perfect" weather and it was interesting listening to the locals talk about the several straight days of sun. We found everyone to be so nice, it even appeared the drivers in the traffic around Portland were nice, keeping their distance from each other--unlike most drivers in semi-heavy traffic. I had fun sending pics of all the "warning" signs to my sister in law--rattlesnakes, cougars, tsunami, cliffs, waves, etc. etc.
My wife and I agree that our trip to Oregon was more than we expected---have already recommended others travel there. We love the outdoors and what a great place to spend eight days.
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions as we planned our trip over the past few months. And to those of you who live in Oregon---you have a great state (even though we are still puzzled by the no sales tax and no self serve gas :) ), and as I am sure you do, appreciate all you have to offer.