A Relaxing Day Trip to Sisters, Oregon
I am happy that you have again decided to take our Oregon weekend trip
to Sisters with us. Grab your camera and binoculars, maybe a snack if
you wish, and we are off! As we leave Eugene, we head east on Hwy 126,
also called the McKenzie Hwy. We will be able to see the McKenzie River
during most of our drive.
About 20 minutes outside of Eugene we come to
the small town of Leaburg. We had to stop and take this picture of this
old coach. I wanted to take it home, but, I guess it would be a little
out of place in the living room.
We drive for another few minutes and come to Leaburg Dam. The Dam is
located in the middle of McKenzie River Valley. A favorite location of
fisherman, the Leaburg Trout Hatchery is located here.
You can also see the large white sturgeon and trout swimming in the
holding pond. If you want to stop for a picnic this would be a great
Just down the road we fine the Goodpasture covered Bridge. We
like to take pictures of these when ever we come across them. There are
more covered bridges in Oregon than any other state in the country.
We now continue our drive over the Santiam Pass. It is at an
elevation of 4817 feet. It is located between Mount Washington and the
volcanic horns of Three Fingered Jack. The view is breathtaking as you
Three Fingers Jack
we reach Hwy 20 we turn right and head on into Sisters. The town is a
tourist area dedicated to a western theme. There are many shops to
visit that all keep to this same theme. The town was named for the
Three Sisters Mountains, nicknamed, Faith, Hope, and Charity.
On our drive back to Eugene we will be taking Hwy 20 all the way to
Sweet Home. It will take us passed this historic marker. This is where
America’s first transcontinental automobile race made history in June
of 1905 when the first car to cross the Cascade Mountains conquered the
Santiam Wagon Road.
Our next stop is Foster Reservoir just outside of Sweet Home.
At Sweet Home we head south on Hwy 228 through Crawford, where we find
another covered bridge, before we continue on to I-5 and south to
As we have arrived home from are trip, we hope you had a great time with us and will come back for another day trip soon.
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