It was a very easy 91 mile trip from Woodland, WA through the outskirts of Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR to White Salmon, WA, crossing the Columbia River twice. It was a pretty drive and we also managed to give the Mothership a drink on the way so she will be ready to last us almost all the way south out of Oregon in a couple of weeks.
We are staying at The Bridge RV Park which is a very nice park just across the Columbia River from Hood River, OR by way of a VERY NARROW bridge that costs us $3 to cross. We have a 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through site with very nice landscaping and a little bit larger site than we are used to. Verizon is strong and the satellite was also easy.
It rained Sunday so we just stayed in and relaxed. Monday was time to take the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler tour of the Columbia Gorge. We headed back towards Portland to the little community of Cascade Locks to catch the boat. The weather was great and the scenery on the river wonderful.
Tuesday was waterfall day. On the Oregon side of the gorge there are more waterfalls than we have time or energy to see so we picked some of the biggest and easiest to get to, eight in all. With the exception of two of them, they were almost next to the old highway 30, now called the Historic US 30 Route. The Bridal Veil Falls was a 2/3 mile trail down and then back up to see it but well worth it. The trail to Elowah Falls was 1.6 miles of pretty arduous terrain up and down the mountain. It was a high falls but we didn't get to see it as well as we would have liked - wasn't really worth the effort in our opinion. Doris is doing better and better on these hikes. Last year, before the surgery, I don't think she would have made it back from the Elowah Falls Trail. This year she made pretty good time - the rocks slow her down as she is still very fearful of falling and messing up the surgery.
Tomorrow, we head south to Redmond, OR about 15 miles north of Bend, OR. We will spend the labor day week-end there before continuing farther south.