Near Sublimity, in Silver Falls State Park, South Falls Historic District and South Falls enchant (trail even goes BEHIND falls). There’s also a lodge and nature center. Further along scenic OR-213, there are trails to roughly a dozen additional falls scattered throughout this park.
Venture into Silverton whose Astronaut Don Pettit mural impresses me. Their American Legion – Masonic Lodge features murals of Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms”. Plus, how can you not like a town when they devote some 30’ of running fence to “Bobbie – the Wonder Dog” mural (dog traveled 3000 miles from Indiana to Oregon)
Later, in Mt Angel, a definite Germanic flavor: Herren/Damen Public Toilet, Der Wiengarten, and Frank-N-SteinTavern. There’s also an ersatz ethnicity Bavarian hotel (tho have suspicions about their weinerschnitzel).
Upon on a hillside, St Mary’s Church dominates the skyline, while down Oak St, Mission of Holy Spirit offers an exquisite Cross of Apostolics. Just outside town, a very peaceful Benedictine Monastery, and further out, Mt Angel Abbey offers no distractions beyond bird calls.
Pass through Woodburn, and the scale of their Hispanic community (stores/homes/churches) surprises me. Pause to appreciate town founder Jesse Settlemier House… (“McMansions” have a LONG history?)