You'll need to bring warm clothes to Oregon year around! They may have days in the summer when it will get over 100 degrees (and reaches what Oregonians like to complain is a 'high' humidity of about 30%---they should come to the midwest in the summer some time if they want to find out what high humidity really feels like!!!), but the evenings cool off nicely. Most summers we're there the highs are only in the 80's and lows in the 50's. Lots and lots of it! I carry 3 camera with me---a 35 mm with a wide angle zoom lens for scenary and a 300mm zoom for close ups; a digital camera because they're fun to play with ; and my newest addition--a digital camcorder. Lots of places to camp. We did camp at a place very close to Salem and Silver Falls---Elkhorn ( I think)---and it was nice. But I about froze, even though it was summer!
THis is a picture of the crystal clear stream by the camp sites.
Continue down from Sahalie...
Continue down from Sahalie Falls and take the scenic loop up to the lava beds and Dee Wright Observatory. I was astounded the first time we ended up there and saw all the lava! The observatory is even made up of the lava.
Along with all the many flower...
Along with all the many flower fields in Oregon, you can't help but notice the fields and more fields of grass grown for it's seed. Oregon is a main producer of grass seed. It's also a main producer of your real Christmas trees. There are Christmas tree farms all over the valley. Since they are neatly trimmed regularly, the site of all these perfectly shaped trees growing everywhere is quite beautiful.
Churches of the Capitol Area: United Methodist
Willamette University was established by a Methodist Missionary, and so within due time, the other mainstream Protestant churches, as well as the Catholic church, established themselves as a signficant presence by way of fine architecture just around the capitol buildings. The First United Methodist Church remains the most outstanding steepled presence in the capitol area, just down the street from Willamette University on State Street, to which it is at least nominally affiliated. Originally built in 1878, the church has been improved the the original white steeple replaced in 1984. This steeple at 185 feet tall is 19 feet taller than the capitol building, and remains the tallest building in town. Cloudy skies and a plentitude of wires and lamp posts made photography of the building difficult in the late afternoon.
Churches of the Capitol Area: Presbyterian
The Protestant churches in Salem are as liberal in their theology as is the highly educated citizenry, a fact that is often evident by sermon titles that project peace and goodwill, rather than biblical salvation. The First Presbyterian Church was originally housed on the upper floor of the J. K. Gill Bookstore – just east of the Ladd and Bush Bank Building-- as a home mission project of the United Presbyterian Associate Presbytery of Oregon beginning in 1869. Since then the church has built and replaced 3 woodent steepled churches. In 1958, the third building--all 1,000 tons of santuary-- was moved across the street when the property upon which is stood was designated for the capitol mall extension. The current brick structure, which was also built in 1958, superceding the older wooden structure, has perhaps the prettiest steeple in town, and a wonderfully large pipe organ. Note in the first image that the gold leaf pioneer statue of the capitol building is visible in the background.