Let the road trips begin!! > Silver Falls, OR > Day One
by Rainbow Bobbins
This trip kicks off Summer Road Trip > 2012 and we could not have picked a better weekend. The sun came out and it almost reached 80 degrees. Come first sun in PacificNW the reflection off the mass of pale pasty legs can sear the neurons out of your retinas. We took protective gear (sunscreen and sunglasses) and headed south for a weekend in the Silver Falls area. We made our way to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm but decided we were not in the mood for crowds and instead made our way to Mt. Angel Abbey. Last time I was there I saw the Old Believer Museum (very highly recommended) but missed the Abbey’s museum with hunting trophies hairballs and cows with parasitic twins and the lovely modernist library designed by Alvar Aalto in 1970. This trip covered the spots I missed.
After the Abbey we headed to Mt. Angel for lunch — getting a Ruben at the Glockenspiel Restaurant and Pub. At 1:00 the big clock opens its door for a performance of rotating characters ending with two kids swinging to a rendition of Edelweiss! We watched it with a bike gang that came roaring through town just to see it. Tough guys.
Next stop was to The Oregon Garden where entrance fees were waved in celebration of earth day. The garden is still young but pretty…I look forward to seeing how it develops in 10, 20+ years.
We wandered around for a bit and I realized I left my credit card at the big clock so while back in Mt. Angel we grabbed a beer at Mt. Angel Sausage Company which has a great deck patio and good Spaten Lager.
At last it was time to head to our cabin at Silver Falls State Park to BBQ, drink a cold beer and play some dominoes. Later in the night we built a fire, listened to old honky tonk tunes and looked for meteor showers. This is the life.