Yup. I’m still sharing images from the little overnight trip we took in late September. Just deal with it.
Ok, so after the falls we ventured to that magical place of childhood wonder: Beckie’s Cafe at Union Creek. Now, if you’re an Oregon kid that has visited Crater Lake a few times in your day, you probably remember Beckie’s for one thing and one thing alone: pie. So, obviously I HAD to stop there with Daphne and Derek (who are Oregon kids that have never been!) and introduce them to Becky’s. And while I’m at it, let me introduce you to Beckie’s…
In case you’re wondering, Union Creek is a pretty straightforward little hamlet: there’s Beckie’s, there’s a “resort” with cabins and such, an ice cream joint that never seems to be open when I drive by (which is once every 8 years or so), and a little general store thing. Oh, and a wicked good looking BBQ truck that I SHOULD have tried but was too full of pie. Oh the tragedy. That’s it. That’s Union Creek. Just a little wayside on the road to Crater Lake and Bend or Medford – depending on which way you’re headed.
Union Creek though, is nestled amongst a huge forest bit that feels super Redwood-y and is also adjacent to the Rogue Gorge (part of the Rogue River). The Rogue Gorge for me is two things: magically cool on a hot summer’s day (all that cold water pushing cold mist up through the gorge – refreshing if you’re standing nearby), and the Living Stump. The Living Stump is undoubtedly one of those über cheeseball, pseudo lame, wonders of nature. But I freakin’ love that thing and I HAD to show it to Daphne. Because if she didn’t LOVE it too, well, I would question all truth in this universe. Don’t worry though, she loved it.
After the epic stop for pie and to see the Gorge AND THE STUMP we continued to make our way to Jacksonville.
I’ve included some images from Eagle Point (holy cuteness batman!) and Shady Cove (both just north of Medford), and there are some images of our brief stay at the CUTEST little AirBNB in Jacksonville. Seriously adorable.
I regrettably couldn’t handle soft serve and hour after pie. I know, really letting myself down with that one. But, will you look at that soft serve swirl glory?!
Phil’s Frosty is a must-stop in Shady Cove. “The Cove” is far from being a booming metropolis, so Phil’s kiiiiiinda has the market on awesome in the town. I mean, really, though, anywhere with soft serve ice cream is a must-stop. Let’s not even argue about this!
How overwhelmingly “historic Americana Old West-y” is this place?! Butte Creek Mill, you won the “cute” award this trip! Sadly, there are no trophies for such awards yet – except if you count this blog post.
PHEW! There’s some photos for you guys!
So yeah, Oregon continues to dazzle and I’m SO proud to call this gorgeous and varied state home. It’s amazing what little wonders you can find just a hop, skip, and a jump from your home.
My road trip necessities: