This week we explored Eugene, OR and escaped the smoke that plagued us in Cave Junction, OR. The drive was a breeze as we tested our trucks towing power going up and down the hilly area of Grants Pass, OR. Our check-in experience at Eugene Premier RV Resort was simple and fast; Carmen even got a couple cookies. We were escorted to our wide pull-thru site with perfectly manicured lawns and it had a view of the little lake on site. Carmen loved the two dog parks they had but her favorite was the one on the river since she could see the ducks.
Alton Baker Park
We spent one afternoon meandering around the Alton Baker Park. This park has an incredible amount of walking and biking trails. It even has a boat launch for kayaks and other water equipment into the river. A European style running trail winds throughout the park and is dedicated to Steve Prefontaine, who wanted a similar trail to train safely in Eugene. We heard the cheering of a crowd as we walked the various paths and wondered where it was coming from until the University of Oregon stadium appeared through a clearing. We even found a garden that was exploding with 8 feet tall sunflowers, we had to stop and take some pictures.
Falling Sky Brewing
We met with Rachel and Chris of It's a Wanderful RV Life(@itsawanderfulrvlife on Instagram) for drinks and dinner. The first brewpub we chose was extremely busy. We quickly went to Yelp to find a new place and were glad we did. The Falling Sky Brewery had amazing food! We indulged in their spinach and artichoke appetizer and then topped it off with pork belly tacos. I had one of the best beers I have ever tasted, the Octopus Tree Spruce Tip Pale Ale. We highly recommended this place to anyone passing through Eugene.
Mount Pisgah Trail and Arboretum
Deciding that we needed some fresh air, we found Mount Pisgah Trail and Arboretum on a website for dog-friendly hikes. We packed up Carmen and headed to the park. The parking fee was $4 which was worth it for this hiking area. We came to a fork in the path and decided to go right. I am pretty sure we chose the wrong way. It was an uphill climb in the unforgiving sun the entire way and we noticed everyone else was walking the opposite direction. Luckily, halfway up the mountain, we found another fork that led into a grove of trees that cooled it down. The trail we were on was a giant loop but the heat got the best of us and we turned around less than halfway through. At least we got to enjoy walking downhill the entire way back.
We wrapped up our last day in Eugene by meeting my mother back at our RV. She was passing through on her way to Seattle and stayed with us for a couple days. We enjoyed having our first visitor in the RV and Carmen enjoyed having two other big dogs to play with. We had an early dinner together and called it a night since we had our drive up to Welches, OR to kick off week 6 the next morning.