The River Runs Through It

Last Sunday, the Artistic One and I headed west – because some of our neighbors had gone before us, to camp out for a few days, and they invited us to join them for the afternoon Sunday. Far be it for us to decline an invitation that involved getting out and exploring, so off we went, westward ho. We have traveled this road before, but have only passed by the turn that took us to their site. What a site! A beautiful campground and the view from their spaces was this


crossing the small road that lay between them and the river, looking upriver


What a marvelous view! How wonderful to sit outside your door and watch the river running through it, and inside, you would hear the relaxing sound of the rushing water. I thought we’d gone to heaven!

After a bit of lunch and some visiting, some of us went for a ride up the road, to see the Westfir covered bridge, built by the Westfir Lumber Co. in 1944 and, at 180 feet, the longest covered bridge in Oregon


down the side


looking inside, this is the only covered bridge west of the Mississippi that has a separate pedestrian walkway, and is one of only two bridges in the state of Oregon using the Howe Truss construction.


through the window, to the train trestle up the river a ways


outside again, looking up – swallow nests! Do you see the wee swallow head peeking out of the upper left nest?


No, too obscure, isn’t it? Well let’s try a cropped closeup – I apologize for the loss of quality


Across the street is the building that was the Westfir Lumber Co. headquarters and office building, and is now a bed and breakfast. The original lumber company safe is still inside the building. The rose garden is amazing, isn’t it?


There are more photos to be shared from this perfectly lovely afternoon, but those will follow at another time. I know you have more to do than read my blog, but I am very pleased that you do take the time to see what I have to show and tell. Thank you all!

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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12 Responses to The River Runs Through It

  1. What a wonderful outing, Carol, and what gorgeous photos! You are a great tour guide. I’m so glad you are getting out to play, and have great playmates to have adventures with!


  2. What a lovely adventure and great photos to capture the grand spirit of it all! The swallows nests are amazing. The crop-and-enlarge process didn’t diminish a thing. How neat to see the baby’s head poking out!


  3. pattisj says:

    The river view is wonderful. How relaxing that must be. I’m glad you had the opportunity to go. So that’s where swallows nest. Amazing. Cute little face! Glad you captured the photo.


  4. Kathy says:

    Enjoyed reading this, Carol. Did you just spend the afternoon there, or did you camp, as well? I have mixed feelings about camping by running rivers. They can be so utterly beautiful, but at times the sound of never-ending running water feels almost too much. Of course it’s been many years since I camped beside a river.


  5. Karma says:

    Looks like a wonderful adventure.


  6. Robin says:

    Such beautiful pictures. That looks like an ideal place to camp. And I love the covered bridge and the bit of history. I had no idea that swallows built nests that remind me a bit of a hornet’s nest. That is very interesting.


  7. Lisa says:

    Sadly, I’ve been too busy to read anyone’s blog lately! And that is something I’m going to have to remedy soon. Good thing we *see* each other on Facebook! This sounds like a glorious afternoon and I can’t wait to see more photos.


  8. Heather says:

    Wonder what it is about water that makes it so magical. Whether it’s lapping waves, crashing waves, falling drops, a trickling river, or a roaring river…it’s all so peaceful and beautiful.
    Cool nest find. Not sure I’ve seen any in person. Then again, if I have, I’m not sure I’d have known what they belonged to.


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