Well, the school year has started back up in fits and starts. It’s still online school in most places, which means your home will continue to be home, office, school, playground, and daycare, as well as the place for book club, dance class, music lessons, and all those other things you try to keep going for your family. And when all the craziness and stress slowly creep in on you and your family, and it almost certainly will, think about getting your family away from it all. Take a vacation to the Pacific Northwest, to wide open plains and snow-capped mountains!
Set Up the Classroom
You can bring all their gear or rent what you’ll need. Either way, it’s easy to get your kids settled in. Try the dining room table, with an amazing view of the Cascade Mountains for inspiration. They can take quick breaks out on the deck, breathing in that crisp mountain air, watching bald eagles soar through the clouds. Set up is easy, and most of our vacation rentals in Central Oregon have Wi-Fi. It’s just like setting things up in your own home, only with amazing mountains and prairies right outside.
Expanding the Classroom
Take the classroom outside and explore nature. Take hikes through alpine woods to brilliant waterfalls. It’s a biology lesson! Have the kids collect different leaves for identification later, keep them on the lookout for new birds they haven’t seen before, and they can watch for animal tracks along the trail or river edge. Are those otter tracks or raccoon tracks?
History lessons are fun at the High Desert Museum, where there are exhibits on the Native Americans, fur trappers, loggers, and miners who lived in the area. See native birds and other wildlife at the Birds of Prey Center and the Desertarium. Bald eagles, Gila monsters and tarantulas are sure to get their attention.
Get geology and geography lessons at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument where lava flows and volcanic terrain are frozen in time. Hike to the top of Paulina Peak for a panoramic view of the area. Add a little history and drama class too – your kids can pretend to be the astronauts practicing their moonwalk here in the 1950s.
After class, head for the mountains or calm area lakes! Enjoy fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, or even dog sledding. End the day back in your vacation rental, sitting in front of the fireplace, eating gooey s’mores and being a family. We’d love to help alleviate some of your stress with a perfect vacation in Central Oregon (including the classroom). Give us a call today!