Local History: Check Out Baker Cabin Near Portland, Oregon

Baker Cabin Carver Oregon

Baker Cabin Carver Oregon

Located southeast of Portland, just south of the small community of Carver, is a very cool Oregon historical site that goes by the name of Baker Cabin. This site is maintained by the Baker Cabin Historical Society and includes a small historic cabin built there long ago as well as a church that was relocated to the area over 40 years ago.

Baker Cabin was constructed in 1856 for the Bakers by their neighbors. Horace Baker was a stone mason and had picked this location due to some local deposits of basalt. His rock quarry business took off but it kept him so busy he neglected to build himself a cabin. The cabin is of the cantilevered style and is said to be the only cantilevered cabin in all of Oregon.

Tours of the cabin are available if you contact the historical society ahead of time. Both the cabin and the church, as well as some of the historical items on display, are very interesting pieces of local history. The cabin was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

The Baker Cabin site sits just a half hour drive from Portland and is a great way to get out in the country and enjoy the rural side of Oregon even though you’re still so close to the big city. It’s also a great stop if you’re heading from Portland off into the mountains to the east too.

Check out the Baker Cabin Historical Society online:
Baker Cabin Historical Society

Road Trip Apps: Plan Your Next Pit Stop With iExit

iExit Logo

iExit Logo

So, you’re driving down the freeway and you want to pull off for a bite to eat, a bathroom, a place to spend the night, or even a hospital. But, oh no! You’re not familiar with the area. Good thing you’ve got iExit on your phone! Well, you should.

Check them out online if you’ve never heard of them before: iExit App

With the iExit App you can see where you are right now and what the upcoming exits are. Then you, or ideally your co-pilot, can scroll through them until you come to the exit that looks like it best suits your needs. This doesn’t just tell you that there are restaurants at a given exit, it tells you precisely what restaurants are there. It doesn’t just say fuel is available, it tells you what brands there are and if you click deeper you’ll find out what other services they offer.

This is a real game changer. What a great way to help your road trip be a little better!

Five Late Summer Things To Do In Leavenworth, Washington

Downtown Leavenworth Washington

When you visit Leavenworth in the late summer, there is still a lot of things to do and see. No, you probably aren’t going to be able to go skiing up at Stevens Pass, Mission Ridge, or at the local ski hill. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and sledding are also out of the question. But, sitting on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains means that Leavenworth is usually going to have some of the nicest weather in the state when August rolls around.

Downtown Leavenworth Washington

Downtown Leavenworth, Of Course!

Downtown Leavenworth is hugely popular no matter what time of year you’re there. In late summer, this can be a truly memorable visit though. There are all kinds of shops there, some focused on specific items like hats, toys, outdoor equipment, and even a famous store devoted only to Christmas decor! Once you’re tuckered out from shopping you’ll find that Downtown Leavenworth is the perfect place to go to find something completely delicious to eat too. There are also plent of options for liquid refreshment, even some for just the adults.

Visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

It’s late summer and you’re not thinking about Christmas, right? Don’t let that stop you from heading over to the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, whether you’re traveling with kids or not. You’ll get the opportunity to stroll around a beautiful little farm, learn a lot about these fascinating creatures, and even feed them right from your hand. How many times will you get the opportunity to mingle with actual reindeer?

Explore Icicle Gorge

Icicle Gorge is accessible by taking the last road to the south on the west end of Leavenworth. This makes for a great scenic drive as you’ll be up close and personal with some rocky cliffs and the sometimes raging water of Icicle Creek. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the outdoors by stopping at some of the hiking trails, campgrounds, and rock climbing opportunities on this short drive into the deep mountains. Bring your camera!

Discover Some Local History

The local history of the Leavenworth area can be very interesting. From logging and mining to Native American legends and more, there is a lot to learn about this amazing destination. It can be easily discovered too with visits to the Upper Valley Museum, Nutcracker Museum, Tumwater Dam, Cashmere Museum and Pioneer Village, Blewett Historic Town Site, and the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.

Visit Plain

A short drive from Leavenworth will lead you to the small town of Plain. This is a great way to experience another of the small towns in the area. Plain features a couple of places to eat and a couple of stores. It’s August and you’re on the east side of the mountains, so make sure to not leave without getting an ice cream cone! There’s also a great little Farmers Market on Saturdays!

Five Fun Facts About The Yakima River

yakima river

yakima river

The Yakima River rises near Cle Elum and winds its way all the way to where it meets the Columbia River at the Tri-Cities. Along the way it provides scenic beauty and recreational opportunities to visitors and local residents alike. It also flows by several great destinations.

Here are five fun facts about the Yakima River.

How Long?

Over the course of its run from the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains to where it meets the Columbia River, the Yakima River travels 214 miles.

The Longest Of Them All

The Yakima River is the longest river that is entirely within the borders of Washington State.

Tributaries

The Yakima River has three tributaries. The three rivers that flow into it are the Cle Elum River, Teanaway River, and Naches River.

Are You A Beer Lover?

The water of the Yakima River irrigates approximately 75% of the hops grown in the United States.

Yakima River Communities

The Yakima River flows past the communities of Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Selah, Yakima, Zillah, Granger, Prosser, Benton City, West Richland, and Kennewick.

One Photo:  A Secluded Pond Near Stevens Pass

Smithbrook - Pond
Stevens Pass is one of the main East-West routes across the Cascade Mountains in Washington State.  Lake Wenatchee is a popular destination near there and the route usually taken is to travel about 20 miles east of the summit of the pass on Highway 2, and then turning towards Lake Wenatchee State Park at Coles Corner.

Another route though during the warmer months is called Smithbrook and is a gravel ed forest service road.  It’s a shorter route, but because of the road being more winding and a slower speed, it takes about the same amount of time.

Very near where you crest the mountain range separating Stevens Pass from the area that drains into Lake Wenatchee is this scenic little pond.  This photo is taken right from the road.  The pond is strewn with lily pads and is calm and serene, half surrounded by tall evergreens.

Going to have to take that off the beaten path shortcut again some day.

Five More Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington

Spokane Riverfront Park

Spokane is the second largest city in the State of Washington and the largest east of the Cascade Mountains. Spokane is home to a number of great lodging options, some awesome places to eat, and some fun things to do and see including shopping, Riverfront Park, Mt. Spokane, museums, and more.

It’s always fun to know some little known info about some of our local destinations. With that in mind, we hope you enjoy Five Fun Facts About Spokane, Washington.

Happy Father’s Day!

On June 19, 1910, at the YMCA in Spokane, a Father’s Day celebration was held. This was the first celebration of the event. It wouldn’t receive a presidential proclamation until Lyndon Johnson did so in 1966 and in 1972 became a national holiday when signed into law by Richard Nixon.

A Cow Town?

The first settlers in what is now Spokane were cattle ranchers S.R. Scranton and J.J. Downing.

What’s It Mean?

In the local native language, “Spokane” means “Children of the Sun” or “Sun People”.

Hoopfest!

Spokane’s Hoopfest, an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, is the largest event of its kind in the world. It began in 1990 and is held on the streets of downtown Spokane.

A Narrow Interstate

The Spokane River Centennial Trail connects Spokane all the way to the Washington-Idaho border. It’s 37 miles in length and follows the Spokane River. At the border, the trail continues on for another 24 miles under the name of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.

One Photo:  “Modern Apartments” Ghost Sign in Cashmere, Washington

Cashmere is a small town in the Wenatchee Valley, just a few minutes west of Wenatchee and a short drive east from Leavenworth.  It’s largely agricultural based, but has a fun downtown area, some nice parks, the Cashmere Cider Mill, 9/11 Memorial, and of course Aplets & Cotlets.


From the Aplets & Cotlets parking lot, you get a great view of this classic ghost sign.  It’s on the backside of one of the downtown storefronts and has a great vintage look to it.

How long was this sign made?  Small town experiences are largely about a simpler time and we don’t normally think of associating them with the word “modern”.  That wasn’t always the case, apparently.
Beautiful ghost signs are a nice surprise on any road trip.

Stop At The Leavenworth Reindeer Farm On A Road Trip To Leavenworth

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

You can have a really nice road trip experience by heading west or east over Highway 2 and Stevens Pass. This is a beautiful area with high mountain peaks, incredible lakes and rivers, and several small towns worth visiting. One of those great small towns is the Bavarian themed community of Leavenworth. Spend some time there and you’ll find your appetite completely satisfied with all sort of options, ranging from burgers and brautwurst to fine dining.

Leavenworth also has a long list of fun attractions too. Every road trip enthusiast knows that you need to schedule a few stops here and there for breaks and for adding to the variety of experiences. One of the newest Leavenworth area things to see is the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and it’s quickly becoming one of the most glowingly reviewed and overall popular. It’s easy to see why too. Reindeer are, to many people, almost mythical creatures. You see them done in claymation in Christmas movies on television or they make appearances on calendars and in greeting cards you display in your home during the cold winter months. If you visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm though, you can see them in person. You can even reach out and touch them.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

Visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm and you’ll be treated to a great family friendly experience. The visual as you walk up to the historic barn treats you with things like beautiful scenery, the sounds of a small country farm, historic farm equipment, and more. As you’d expect, there are several types of animals that call the farm home, including chickens, horses, geese, and pigs. But you’re there for one reason, to see the reindeer.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

The tour of Leavenworth Reindeer Farm starts off with some background information on the animals, as well as an in-depth look at how these special animals live around the world. You’ll find out things you never knew before and you’ll probably also find it to be extremely interesting too.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

Getting the chance to feed the reindeer right from your hand is something you’ll always remember about your visit to the Leavenworth area. The animals will meander around you, some passing you by and some walking right up and nibbling at the leaves off the willow branch you’re holding. If you’re holding a bowl full of feed pellets, don’t be surprised if you have a new velvet covered antler adorned friend. At some point, you’ll find yourself staring at the animal in front of you and realize this is something most people don’t ever get to do.

Leavenworth Reindeer Farm

This is also one of the best photo taking opportunities you’ll have too. I mean, who comes home with photos of reindeer after a road trip through Washington State? If you’re traveling with your family, you’ll even get to get some great photos of your kids posing with reindeer. Tell me those won’t come in handy down the road.

When you visit the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm, you’ll be doing more than finding a way to take a break from time spent out on the highway. You’ll be creating great memories at one of the most unique attractions in the entire Pacific Northwest.

Book your tour at the Leavenworth Reindeer Farm today!

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