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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 drove 640 miles today. We left Yellowstone, drove through Montana and northern Idaho to get to the middle of Washington. We stayed at Sun Basin RV park, which was about half an hour west of Moses lake.
Our highlight was the friendly city of Clinton, MT. We stopped at a Conoco, and apparently the town’s small grocery store. Had great prices and a nice environment.
Coeur D’Alene was a beautiful area in northern Idaho. A big lake surrounded by mountains.