Today I decided to take my two youngest granddaughters on a Nana Adventure Day! I've been wanting to show them some of the familiar sights from my childhood, since they don't live far from where I grew up. So, I packed a picnic lunch and we headed out!
Oregon City, Oregon is the oldest incorporated town west of the Missouri River. The town has a lower level, where the old downtown is located, and then the rest of the town is built higher up, beyond a bluff that overlooks the Willamette River. One way to access the upper level of the town when you're on foot is via the Oregon City Municipal Elevator, which was placed into service in 1915. I used to ride that elevator as a little girl when Mama would take me to the eye doctor, who's offices were at the top of the bluff. It was fun to experience it again with my granddaughters, who were riding it for the first time. The view from the windows when you get to the top is great, but the view gets even better if you walk the path that follows the bluff toward the falls.
Along the path are benches to sit on, and plenty of grassy areas to run and play on and rocks and trees to climb. Old historic homes are also seen as you walk along the path.
When we were done exploring and rode back down the elevator, the attendant gave the girls a card that was printed like a free pass for riding. That's what they are holding up in this photo. (The elevator is always free for everyone.)
In case you noticed us wearing our sweaters, it was in the sixties today! I was surprised to see some of the leaves already turning color as you can see in the first photo. Tomorrow this cool weather is supposed to give way to warmer temperatures and they say it will be in the nineties by Thursday. That's life in the Pacific Northwest! The weather was actually perfect for walking, running and playing without getting over heated. We all enjoyed our Nana Adventure Day very much.