So once we finally settled in and got some sleep, we were able to explore a bit of Eugene. First stop was Cornucopia on 5th St. for brunch. Some of the best food available in a bit of an odd ball place, with strange accoutrements adorning the all in a building next to railroad tracks. I ordered up a chicken fried burger with a Lagunitas Hop Stoopid…Great way to start the day right? Nothing says ready for the world like a high ABV IIPA.
After brunch we ventured off on our favorite vacation past time, educational attractions, and there is no better place than the Cascade Raptor Center. Where else can you meet a Gyrfalcon, a Bald Eagle, and a Golden Eagle. I also always love to see my favorite animal on the planet, the Peregrine Falcon. As the fastest animal on the face of our planet, the Peregrine Falcon hits nearly 220 MPH in a dive to capture avian prey on the wing. It is always humbling to meet the pinnacle of predatory evolution. If given the opportunity, please visit the Raptor Center, donate, and learn about the closest relative to the dinosaurs.
After we finished at the Raptor Center, we continued our journey northbound to Salem Oregon for a bit more beer, because…ya know…it had been liked 5 hours since a beer.
Our first stop was the Salem Ale Works (SAW). We found a great little brewery, cranking out fine North Western Pale Ales with a bit of bitter flavor on a hugely aromatic Pale. We were there at 11:00 AM, so it was difficult to figure out what the normal clientel was, but the staff was incredibly welcoming. We loved the atmosphere and the decor. Lots of SAWS on the walls… hehe..