Things to Do in Portland When You’ve Bred. 2. Opal Creek

As we all know, having a kid marks the death, destruction & total annihilation of your old life. It is done, gone, over, finito. That’s not to say your new life after birth can’t have its bright moments. They’re just a little different from the old bright moments.
For our 13th wedding anniversary we’re trekking to Jawbone Flats in the Opal Creek Wilderness Area, to a tranquil & beautiful solar & hydro powered education center deep in the old growth forest of the Pacific North West. Ivor is 2 and it’s clear this is not the wedding anniversary trip of 5 years ago. This trip is altogether more…midlife. The crew: Philippa, Ivor, myself and Jennifer, the Mother-in-Law. Off we go.

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Thumbs down from Ivor.

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Old growth all around us.

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Back in the day there were mining and logging operations down this way. They dragged a load of heavy gear down. These cogs are apparently from the USS Oregon.

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This old steam engine powered the saw mill maybe.

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The storage shed’s not looking too bad. A dab of paint, it could be quite lovely.

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Here we are. Electrics powered by solar and hydro. No internet for guests unless it’s a life-threatening emergency. Set phasers to airplane mode.

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Crank start.

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Warhol fans.

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It’s important to always travel with these essential survival items known as Monster Trucks.

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I call this one Killah Bee. Ivor calls it Dragon Fly. We’re from different eras.

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Raft racing with a small log that looks like a hot dog bun.

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Old rusty stuff everywhere.

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Cabin 7. Very nice.

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Off to Opal Pool. It seems to be this way.

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Hydro outflow.

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Old Pelton Wheel.

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Always try to remain as it suggests.

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Heavy traffic.

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Awesome!

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The creek.

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So it goes.

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The boy.

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The chocolate thief.

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Things to do with no internet.

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As mentioned, the cabin is wonderful.

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Heading home.

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Wherever you go, skateboarding is with you. Random Toy Machine art, spotted in the wilderness.

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The final meltdown.

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Can’t say it’ll get any easier, little man.