DAVE & REBECCA'S BIG ADVENTURE travel blog

On our way Mt Jefferson

Mt Hood near Portland

We get to Washington by crossing the Columbia River at Biggs

The Columbia near The Dalles

We arrive at the preserve

home for 3 weeks

they allow horses here and have many trails for them...

follow the signs

cute signs all over the park

see heres another one

our site H-51

Its a banner year!

view out our window

Start of Daves projects, all the parts

he uses a wrapper to apply thread on the line guides

colors of thread for these two fly rods

starting on the partial rebuild of an old bamboo rod

repairs were done long ago

old thread work on left, new thread on right

job done, all cleaned up an modernized

Kids enjoy the water slip n slide

Our friends the VanEmms come to visit us.

the four of us go out for breakfast, see this interesting sign


Knowing we were going to have a drive much further than we normally go, we departed TTN Bend/Sunriver early, about 8:30 a.m. In the ensuing 344 miles we drove on roads that were new to us and enjoyed the wonderful scenery. Our route took us north on Hwy 97 then to Hwy 197 and Biggs Crossing at the Columbia River. Wow ! ! If you haven't gone that route, we suggest it beautiful rolling hills of alfalfa, wheat and corn. We turned West on I-84 toward Portland, OR, driving along the Columbia enjoying the views.Rebecca started the day driving, but we traded positions twice each.

We've been to this TTN preserve twice before and really like it here.It's large, 315 spaces and situated upon a hill with many fir and other mixed evergreens through out the park. It's truly a mirror of the rest of Washington. As you can see from the pictures, this system is 45 years old this summer. This Thousand Trails Preserve at Chehalis is the first park in the system. From that time, till now they have built or purchased a total of 89 family camping preserves across the USA. You can see on the map we're not far south from Olympia, Tacoma area. We have friends in Port Orchard, The Armstrongs, we'll definitely visit while here. Otherwise, this stop is for relaxing and getting more projects done. Dave has two fly fishing rods to build, a bamboo fly rod to partially rebuild and two of our heavy duty fishing rods to get new 30 mm guides. Rebecca will be busy redecorating our bedroom suite, with a new home made duvet and contrasting color pillow shams. Both of us will be busy for at least a week.

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