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Jul 13, 2019 - The Dalles

We left Whidbey Island on a ferry to Port Townsend, then south to I-5 to Portland and I-84 to the Dalles. We are in the middle of The Columbia River Gorge. The first thing we did the next day was head for Mt Hood. The drive was beautiful, as we attempted a loop around the mountain. All was well until we were over 3/4 of the way around when we discovered the road was closed form a land slide. All the way back, but we found a few fruit stands on the way. All was good. Lots of cherries. Then we drove over the river on the Hood River bridge...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Bighorns

2018-09-27. Heading East We left the "left coast" this morning and headed east into a blinding sun. Along the shoreline, the tide was out and clammers were busy digging for clams and oysters in the mud flats. Soon, the verdant green of the Olympic Peninsula was a mere memory as we followed the Columbia River along I-84. Here and there, we saw evidence of the serious fires that burned and are still burning on the Washington/Oregon border. It is hard to imagine how you can fight a fire on these steep slopes but it is not hard to see how fast...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Maryhill Museum

The Dalles, OR We have previously heard the phrase "What in the Sam Hill is that?" Now we know where it comes from. Sam Hill was an American businessman, lawyer, railroad executive, and advocate of good roads. Folks never knew what he would do next. Among the lesser known of his incredible accomplishments was setting up Maryhill Museum where we spent most of the day. The museum has one of the largest collections of Rodin works in the US. It has an extensive collection of American Indian art, including some astounding baskets and beadwork....

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Jul 1, 2018 - In the footsteps of Lewis & Clark

The Dalles, OR We continued along in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark (not literally, of course, as we are driving) as we made our way along the Columbia River. The countryside here is rather barren, not suitable for crops even with irrigation. We stopped at a couple of National Wildlife Refuges but found little to interest us. We also stopped at Hat Rock State Park. Hat Rock was the first distinctive landmark passed by the Lewis and Clark Expedition on their journey down the Columbia and is one of the few remaining sites not currently...

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Jun 27, 2017 - Columbia River Gorge

We headed east today on the Historic Columbia River Highway. Along the way we saw several very pretty waterfalls and the Bonneville Lock and Dam. They have a fish ladder at the Bonneville Dam where you can watch fish climb the ladder. The Columbia River is very wide and the surrounding scenery is pretty. We saw many people kiteboarding and windsurfing. We turned a little south to catch a glimpse of Mt. Hood which is Oregon's highest peak.

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Northwest Road Trip

Jun 26, 2016 - On the Oregon Trail

We spent last night in La Grande, Oregon. Just an overnight stay. We found that it was about a 4 hour drive from Mountain Home and a good spot to spend the night. Nice little RV park, called Rendevous RV Resort. $36 a night, but we had free WiFi, so that helped the “ouch” of the overnight stay. This morning we headed out to the Oregon State Park known as Mameloose State Park. It was about 200 miles along the Columbia River just a few miles outside The Dalles. It was a beautiful drive. First thing we noticed were the trees…lots of them. We...

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Yippee Tyo's!

Jul 7, 2014 - The Dalles, OR - Columbia River Gorge

We left Washington, our beloved family, some dear friends, and apparently the last traces of cool weather, behind on Monday, July 7, and headed South and East. Destination, Bishop, California. We had decided to take our time getting there, so we headed Easterly toward the Columbia River Gorge - The Dalles, Oregon. After traveling most of the day, we finally arrived at LePage Park, an Army Corps of Engineers campground where the John Day River meets the mighty Columbia. Holy-Moly, it was so hot (103 degrees) that we were soaked to the skin...

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Geritol Journals

Sep 10, 2013 - The Dalles,Oregon

Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2013 We left Winthrop early and continued east to Okanagon and Omak where we picked up the Coulee National Scenic Route going through the Coleville Indian Reservation. The ride started out as rolling plains then turned into volcanic mountains and then followed the Columbia River to the Grand Coulee Dam. We had lunch in the camper at the visitor center and then checked out the dam. Last time we were in the area we did not stop to see the nightly fireworks; they now have a laser light show every night so we wanted to stay...

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Aug 2, 2013 - The Dalles,OR

JULY 31, 2013 WOW what a day. We traveled from Coram, MT to The Dalles, OR. We filled with fuel at Fred Meyers, they've had the best prices for diesel. After we fueled we went to the K Mart down the street and dry camped. Dam it was hot. We ran the generator for around 5 hours to cool the coach down and Pat could get some sleep. We went to KFC next door for dinner, it was cooler and we got two dinners out of our purchase. More coming

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NORTHERN TRIP 2013

Jul 7, 2013 - The Dalles, OR

We continued our trip down river, this time following the Columbia. The land is very dry and arid except the river banks and where it is irrigated. The river is very big and wide so there is plenty of water for irrigation. Interstate 84 is a very scenic road, especially for an interstate highway. We had a good view of the river most of the way, often seeing it flow through deep canyons and gorges. Away from the river the land is still very dry and arid, and the tops of the gorges must be 1,000ft above the river. Ten miles east of The...

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Sep 3, 2012 - On the road again

The Dalles is an incredible area as well as highway 84 being scenic and a fun drive. The most amazing sight was Mt. Adams. One can see this mountain from the Taylor's home. Then 2 hours away one can see it along the Columbian river. Finally, in Portland, Mt. Adams stands out and is a part of the skyline. The city of The Dalles has a motto: "By working together, we will provide services that enhance the vitality of The Dalles." From Wikipedia: The name of the city comes from the French word dalle (meaning either "sluice" or "flagstone" and...

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Aug 26, 2012 - Columbia River Gorge, WA

After our long day at Mt. Rainier we decided we needed a more relaxing day. It was Sunday afterall. We were near the Columbia River Gorge so we drove part way on the Washington side and crossed over to Oregon over the Bridge of the Gods. Not sure why it is called that but maybe it was a prayer to the gods to keep us safe while going over the wide, high expanse. On the Oregon side we stopped at Vista House which is situated high on top of a huge rock overlooking the river. The view of the river and miles around was incredible. It was a...

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