We had a four day weekend this weekend due to a district furlough day and the President’s Day holiday. We had planned on driving over the mountains to the Metolius River area again, but the forecast called for heavy mountain snow, so we decided to stay in the valley. We had camped at Champoeg Park one time before and so we thought we’d visit again…especially since it’s just 30 minutes from home and conveniently located near the Woodburn Outlet Malls (the best shopping in Oregon!

Enjoying a good book!

We had planned on spending just one night, outfitted with books and movies, since the forecast called for heavy valley rain. Aside from a few sprinkles, (typical spring weather,) it actually turned out quite nice. We were able to hike along the river in the afternoon and we enjoyed a  lovely evening out by the campfire.

View out the back.


Along with spring comes camping fever, so it seems.  We’ve loved winter camping, not needing reservations and practically having campgrounds to ourselves. We were a bit surprised when we pulled up to Champoeg to be told that the campsites were full. During the winter months, loop A, which has all the mature trees, is closed. The park decided to open the A loop for the rest of the weekend…and we had a beautiful, secluded spot. We camped in site A42, which in our opinion was one of the most private in the loop.

All in all we had a great two nights…and the weekend is still young!

Sweet light.


Skies cleared each night for campfires!