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Local trips that give a taste of spring

For those who plan their vacations late, or simply don’t know where to go, there are still many options in Oregon and Washington. Oregon beaches are still chilly during the spring, and sometimes cloudy, but they are perfect places to away from busy suburban life. The Columbia River Gorge offers resorts that provide a sense of calm away from the city and suburbs. Mt. Hood’s ski resorts have spring ski passes for those who enjoy participating in winter sports. Central Oregon offers scenery that is not what most Oregonians think of as the northwest.  Washington is a close-by option for those who want to escape Oregon for a little while.

Manzanita, Ore.
A quiet beach town located just south of Cannon Beach and Arch Cape, Manzanita offers the feel of a real beach experience. There are no commercial buildings or tourist attractions, only small businesses, a golf course, Nehalem Bay State Park, and houses. There is a “must-eat place” in Manzanita called Left Coast Siesta, known for its excellent Mexican food. Nehalem Bay State Park features campsites for both tents and RVs, bicycle paths, horse corrals, and a boat ramp. The beach is an excellent place to walk, run, fly a kite, build a sandcastle or play with a dog. The small, locally owned shops provide a variety of things to buy: books, clothing, shoes, candy, art, handmade jewelry, boogie boards and spa treatments are all available.

Salishan, Ore.
Located farther down the coast (a little south of Lincoln City), Salishan offers a quiet place to relax. The lodge has rooms of varying sizes, and there are also rental houses available. Amenities provided include a private beach, pool, golf course, walking trails, restaurant, and spa. The beach is located on a peninsula, and is usually very quiet. Sometimes seals can be found at the tip of the peninsula. There is a small strip mall of small locally owned boutiques located just across Highway 101. The pool is nine feet at the deepest point, and there are water aerobics classes offered in the morning.

Skamania Lodge, Ore.
Skamania Lodge gives off a warm log cabin feeling, combined with a semblance of an artisan mountain lodge. Located on the Washington side of the Gorge, the lodge provides a quiet getaway where guests can curl up on a couch and read a good book while a roaring fire provides warmth and background noise. The lodge grounds are great to walk around, and there are trails that meander through the golf course and adjacent forest.

San Juan Island, Wash.
Located between Victoria B.C. and Anacortes, Wash., San Juan Island is a wonderful escape from any notion whatsoever of suburban life. The only means of access to the island is by flying in on a private plane, or taking the WSDOT (Washington Department of Transportation) Ferry. On the island, foxes are abundant. Porpoises and orcas can be found in the waters surrounding San Juan.  Friday Harbor is a wonderful place to walk around to look at shops, museums, and the harbor itself. It’s very easy to go on long bike rides because of the beautiful scenery. There are kayak companies that will provide tours or rent out kayaks so tourists can navigate around the island.  There are many locally owned tourist attractions, shops and restaurants. Roche Harbor is worth visiting  because of the beautiful sunsets that can be watched from the docks.

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  Riding on her galloping horse at Stafford Hills Equitation, Meredith Bowers, junior, enjoys spending her free time at the stables. Bowers has been riding horses since she was in sixth grade, and it has been an exciting activity for her ever since. “If I had a million dollars right now, I would first buy a horse ranch,” Bowers said. Riding is a nice way to spend her free time, and she absolutely adores her buckskin horse, Sandy. “I have been riding Sandy since she first came to the barn, and that was around the same time that I first arrived there too,” Bowers said. “I have practically trained her myself throughout the years.” Though horse riding is a fun activity for her, she also is very set on what she would like to do for her own future. “I like how intelligent I can be,” Bowers said, “Though I like to be serious with my work I also let myself be enthusiastic.” Bowers wants a college education, and with the AP classes and advanced courses she is already taking, she is determined to achieve one. “I wouldn’t say I really enjoy school, but I think that it is essential for the future and to actually get somewhere in life,” Bowers said. “I don’t like how stressful it can be, but it is important to do well in school.” Bowers works very hard for a great education, but also loves to spend her time having fun and being herself. “When I grow up, I want to be a Federal Criminal Investigator,” Bowers said, “I want an exciting career, and I don’t want to be stuck in an office cubicle for the rest of my life.”  Bowers definitely had her mindset on what she wanted to do in the future.  
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