September 8 – Tall Pines

We are still staying south of Crater lake.  Today we took hikes in the tall pine forests within a few miles of our campground in the Rogue river area. Several lead to waterfalls.

Belinda and I played the board game Dominion.

Meals – pancakes & eggs, turkey sandwich and peach, turkey burgers and chips.

September 7 – Crater Lake

We are at an RV park south of the Crater Lake national park.  We plan to be here 2 more nights.

Today we spent all afternoon in the Crater Lake area.  We drove around the rim taking pictures.  There is only one place where you can get to water level.  They operate a tour boat and you have to walk a mile down a steep hill and then back up.  Or you can just walk down and up.  We decided to not take that walk.  Crater lake was a beautiful blue clear color.  The tour boat looked tiny from the rim.

We also stopped at a creek north of where we are staying.

We stopped at Becky’s cafe to get an appetizer and a piece of Huckleberry pie.

In the morning we played a couple games of Dominion.

We reviewed our travel plans for the rest of the trip.

Belinda watched a few war movies while I updated the blog.  Caught up through today! :-)

 

 

September 6 – Fruit Loop

Today we are heading to Crater Lake area in southern Oregon.  We plan to stay 3 nights in this area at an RV site that has Internet.  This will allow me to update this blog and enjoy the area.

We could have bought a whole steelhead salmon for $25 in the Hood River area.  We passed on it since we would be travelling much of the day and didn’t know if wanted so much.

As we leave the Hood River area to drive south on hwy 35 we go through an area called Fruit Loop.  The Fruit Loop is an area where fruits and vegetable have excellent growing conditions.  There are about 30 or more fruit stands and wineries in this area.  We stopped at Smileys and purchased cherries, peaches, blueberries, pears, and cherry preserves.

We drove near Mt. Hood, took a few pictures, but didn’t go into the area.

We took an unplanned stop at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.  It had a nice visitors center.  We took a short walk.  We considered unhooking the camper to take a drive in the area, but decided not to take the time.  But we did open up the camper and eat lunch here.

We read Fudors to learn about the area.  Belinda read Psalms and a Kay Arthur book.

We camped at an RV park about 35 miles south of Crater Lake.  Somehow I missed how far it was from the Crater lake area.  We could have stayed within the National Park, but we would not have had Internet.  It would have had electric hookup only.

meals – breakfast was egg/cheese/bacon on muffin, lunch was salad and cheese and jerky, dinner was a small Papa Murphys pizza purchased on the way down and cooked in our oven.  The oven did not do so good.  It burnt the middle right away so we pulled it out and finished in the microwave.  Maybe we can raise the rack next time.

We played a few games of Dominion.

Belinda watched a couple of old war movies while I updated a few blogs.

 

 

 

 

September 5 – Hood River

Today we tried to reserve one more night at Fort Stevens since we liked the area.  But our spot was reserved by someone else so we decided to just move on.

We moved to Memaloose state park, east of Hood River, OR.  We enjoyed this state park.  Later we wished we had stayed 2 nights and explored this area of the Columbia river.

Before we left we went to the local fresh seafood market.  Picked up 1.5 lb of fresh and local Dover fish, 1/2 lb of big scallops, 1/4 lb of Salmon jerky.  Ate the Salmon jerky right away and had the rest for dinner that night.

We missed the exit for the Bridal Veil waterfall.  However we did stop at the Multnomah waterfall.  We hiked up to the bridge area and a little further.  We did not hike to the top of the falls.

Read more of “Catching Fire.”  Listened to more of “The Mariage You’ve Always Wanted.”

Meals – Salmon Jerky and chocolate donuts, lunch was beef jerky, cheese, crackers at the waterfall area, dinner was salad and seafood grilled at the campground.

Played the game Dominion.

Watched the news.

You can click on any of the pictures if you want a bigger view.

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls – walk to bridge

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

Fire
Fire north of Hood River (in Washington since it was over the Columbia river).  Seemed to be a forest fire.

 

Campground view
View from our Memaloose campground of the Columbia river.

 

Cooking
Getting ready to grill seafood at the campground.  The fish stuck to the grill, next time I’ll use foil and oil or butter.

 

 

 

September 4 – Astoria and Tillamook

We stayed camped at Fort Stevens but drove down hwy 101 about 60 miles then came back.  Only 60 miles down, but we were on the road and sightseeing all day.

Astoria was a busy mid-size town.  Traffic was a little slow.  Stopped off at the Maritime museum, but I was too cheap to pay the $12 entry fee for a small museum.

Ecola state park was beautiful.  Ate lunch, walked a bunch, and took a lot of pictures.

Tillamook cheese factory was worth the trip.  Took a short tour, sampled cheeses, bought cheeses, and shared 5 scoops of ice cream.  Also purchased blue cheese dressing that was excellent.

Read another chapter from Brene Braun’s book.

We had met Ken and Delores Richards during our last trip to Oklahoma last July.  They live in Astoria.  We hoped to meet up with them again.  We left phone messages but they missed them and we didn’t talk to them until we were leaving town.

Meals – Sausage and pancakes, Turkey sandwiches at Ecola state park, Stew and salad at camper.

Ecola
Entering Ecola state park

 

Gull at Ecola
Gull at Ecola state park. Begging for handouts near our picnic table.
Ecola state park
Ecola state park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park – check out the clouds. This big wall of clouds was just off the shore all day.

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park – clouds not far from the shore

 

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park

 

Cemetery Recycle Center
Belinda thought this was funny. She wondered what they recycled at the “Cemetery Recycle Center.”

 

 

 

September 3 – Astoria, Oregon

Today we took Josiah to the Sea-Tac Airport.  We had the camper in tow, so he jumped out at the curb and found his own way through the airport.  He texted about 30 minutes later saying he made it to the gate.  He also let us know when he was in the air and when he made it home.

We headed to the Washington Coast, highway 101.  We followed it down to the Columbia River and crossed over at the 4 mile long Astoria bridge.

We camped at Fort Stevens State Park in Warrenton, OR.

We checked out a few of the beaches in the area and a military battery area.

Belinda and I played a few games of Ark of the Covenant.  Ark is a tile game similar to Carcassonne.

Meals – Pancakes and Sausage, McDonalds, Turkey Burgers and chips/salsa.

Ft Stevens beach
Ft Stevens beach

 

Ft Stevens old ship wreck
Ft Stevens old ship wreck

 

Ft Stevens old ship wreck
Ft Stevens old ship wreck

 

Windsailers off Ft Stevens beach
Windsailers off Ft Stevens beach

 

Army Battery at Ft Stevens
Army Battery at Ft Stevens

 

Army Battery at Ft Stevens
Army Battery at Ft Stevens

 

Army Battery at Ft Stevens
Army Battery at Ft Stevens

 

Army Battery at Ft Stevens
Army Battery at Ft Stevens – From above

 

Army Battery at Ft Stevens
Army Battery at Ft Stevens – where the big gun goes

 

Jetty
South Jetty where the Columbia river meets the Pacific ocean. The Jetty redirects sand and water to make entry safer for boats. There have been over 2000 shipwrecks in this area in the last 150 years.

 

Gull
Sea Gull while we watched the Columbia river at sunset.

 

 

 

 

September 2 – Went to church

Last night we tried to figure out if and where we might want to attend church.  After checking out a few web sites we decided on a local Church of Christ.  We didn’t know much about the Church of Christ, but knew that some of our favorite authors/speakers have been affiliated with it, including Don Preston, William Bell, Samuel G. Dawson, and Rod MacArthur.  Not bad, but there is a lot of emphasis on water baptism.

We each read a little of Kay Arthur’s book “How to Study Your Bible.”

Meals – egg muffin sandwich, Chinese in Issaquah, Pizza in Issaquah.

Packed to leave.  Tomorrow we take Josiah to the airport and we head to Oregon.

No pictures today.

 

September 1 – Taking it easy at Issaquah

Dropped Josiah off at PAX.

Yesterday was a long day of exploring Mt. Ranier, so we took it easy today.

Did the laundry at the RV park.

We drove about 5 miles east to a state park forest.  We wanted to walk in the woods but found that we needed a permit.  The permits are 11.50/day, or $30 per year.

We washed the truck, and bought new 10 ply tires for the truck.

I started reading “Catching Fire” on Kindle which is the second book in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins.

Belinda is reading “Zvi.”

Meals – bagels and cream cheese, Sandwiches in trailer, Grilled chicken and baked potato.

Josiah was able to get into some tournament play at PAX and mostly got smoked by others that play the games many more hours than he is able to.

dropping Josiah off
Dropping Josiah off for PAX conference
dropping Josiah off
Dropping Josiah off

 

August 31 – Mt Ranier

Dropped Josiah off at PAX conference this morning.

Belinda and I drove to Mt Ranier.  It was beautiful scenery, but it took all day.

Took a walk up a path at one of the high points to get wildflower pictures.

Read more of Brene Braun’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection.”

Talked to a family at Burger King that were headed to Yellowstone.  He gave me tips on the southwestern Washington area.

meals – fried eggs and toast, picked up a couple of sandwiches from a grocery store to take to Mt Ranier, Burger King.

Josiah called by 6pm for us to pick him up.  By the time we got there he found more to do, but came on out since we were there.  He enjoyed the conference, and has 2 more days.

Mt Ranier
Mt Ranier

 

Mt Ranier
Driving around Mt. Ranier

 

Mirror Lake near Mt Ranier
Mirror Lake near Mt Ranier

 

Mt Ranier
Mt Ranier

 

A road east of Mt. Ranier
A road east of Mt. Ranier

 

Road
Further down the road from previous shot

 

Mt Ranier covered by clouds
Mt Ranier covered by clouds

 

Trail and a peak
Flowers, Trail, and a peak

 

Mt Ranier
Mt Ranier

 

Closer to Mt Ranier
Closer to Mt Ranier

 

Leaving Mt Ranier
Leaving Mt Ranier

 

Seattle
Headed back to pick up Josiah from PAX at downtown Seattle

 

downtown Seattle
downtown Seattle

 

Tunnel in downtown Seattle
Tunnel in downtown Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

August 30 – Finish drive to Seattle

We drove 166 miles and arrived at our campsite at Issaquah, WA.  We will stay 4 nights here so that Josiah can attend a PAX gaming conference.  Issaquah is about 20 minutes from downtown Seattle.

We drove down to the convention center to make sure we knew how to get there tomorrow.

We drove to a Camping World store in Des Moines, WA to pick up a new hose (ours started leaking).

We drove to Wally’s Chowder and Seafood and had Chowder, Fish and Chips, and Fried Prawns.  Good stuff!

Listened to podcast “Two Men and a Bible.”

We had a cable connection and Belinda watched a couple of episodes of Little House on the Prairie.

I bicycled up a paved path (mostly pushed it), and rode it back down.

Sun Basin RV park
Didn’t really get many pictures today, but we snapped this one of the park we stayed in last night.