|We left Gilgal Oasis RV Park, Sequim, WA Thursday, October 1st and made it all the way to Cottage Grove, OR the first day and stayed at the Masonic RV Park a couple of nights. Just had to get our “Aunt Nettie hugs” before we headed on south for the winter.
As we left Cottage Grove we had to decide if we were going to head south down I-5 (which we have traveled before) or take a different route. One of our goals as we travel with our RV is to see different parts of our great country and travel different roads….
Soooo… over the Beautiful Cascades we headed west on Hwy 58. We really enjoyed the awesome country we passed through: The Dexter Reservoir, the covered bridge, The Black Canyon, Willamette River, through the quaint little community of Oakridge, OR, Waldo Lake… and then we started seeing snow on the trees! Willamette Pass was 5128 feet, and when we got to Lake Odell it was 36 degrees.
Then we headed south on Hwy 31 and the Oregon Outback. Suddenly it looked like New Mexico!
On down the road we started southeast on Hwy 140 and climbed to Warner Summit which is 5846 feet. It was easy to see why it is called the “Outback”… there just is not much out there. The cloud formations were beautiful, so of course I could not resist snapping pictures of them. By the time we reached Adel, OR (pop. 78) late in the afternoon we decided we would stay at the RV Park next to the little general store/café for the night. Really not much of an RV park, but at least we were off the road.
Remember those beautiful clouds I was taking pictures of? Well, we woke up to SNOW!! Yikes. Randy got the snow scrapped off the slides on the 5th wheel and we headed on down the road.
The roads were wet, but not slick. My goodness, we climbed some mountains (and went down the other side with 7 percent grades) several times. Still lightly snowing, but no drama.
We drove through the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge as we entered NV.
There was less snow but still cold at 32 degrees. We saw some wild donkeys so took a few pictures of them. The Desert Valley warmed up to 44 degrees. A whole lot of nothing on this road.
We finally reached and turned south on Hwy 95 towards Winnemucca, NV. Decided we had put in a day by the time we arrived in Winnemucca and stopped at the Winnemucca RV Park for the night. We really enjoyed the drive across the Cascades, and there are still things to do and see in the Cascades, but as for the rest of road for the past two days: “been there, done that” and will probably find another route next time we are in this part of the country.
We will be headed EAST on I-80 towards Utah on Monday.