2018 Trip to Oregon, Washington and some other places travel blog


We got a late start…not a little late. I have a suggestion for an entrepreneur looking for an idea. There is a need, at least by Tom and me, for someone we can call to load our trailer for our trips. Clothes, food staples and food for the first few meals, crock pot, electric frying pan, the iron, cleaning products (laundry and household), refrigerator and freezer items, computers, printer, office supplies, pet supplies, and …………

The drive was uneventful other than the “slow” created by pulling our much beloved trailer…home away from home. Colorado Springs had a bit of traffic slow-down but no dead stops. Our destination was Cherry Creek State Park, which is in the Aurora area and beautiful. I got us lost once we got to this large park because I couldn’t read the signs fast enough for Tom to change directions. So we went out and came back in, found the spot and got set-up. Our reason for making this our 1st stop was to visit a high school friend of Tom’s (his name is Tom, too) who has lived in Denver for a longtime but we had not been to see him and it was time to make up for that.

Catching Rio to load him in the crate to go out to the truck took less time than usual but the poor cat got himself very freaked out and it took him 200 miles before he would talk to us again. We won’t have to use the crate again until we get home so the rest of the trip will be more relaxing for him.

This trip is going to be 8-9 weeks long and out stops will include:

Capitol Reef National Park in Utah; a 2 night rest stop in Winnemucca, NV;

a family wedding celebration in Magalia, Ca;

a few nights at Collier Sate Park in Oregon with a side-trip to Crater Lake;

6 nights along the Hood River near Portland, OR (Ainsworth State Park);

3 nights near Spokane to visit another of Tom’s high school buddies;

Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River – we love dams and this one is HUGE;

7 nights at McCord JFB for Seattle and Puget Sound visits;

4 nights at Bogachiel State Park to see the rain forest region of Olympic Nat’l Park;

3 nights at Coos Bay, OR;

3 nights at Trinidad, CA (this is a repeat stop but we really loved the town and beach);

a couple of nights in the Santa Rosa, CA area (family) and some time in Antelope Valley, north of LA – July 4th Dodger game and fireworks with family; and

Cattail Cove State Park near Lake Havasu, AZ – another repeat stop that we liked a lot on our 1st ever trailer trip.

And then we will spend some time wandering home, no firm destinations yet, and stopping in Albuquerque for a few days to catch-up with Patrick and his crew, and do an end-of-trip cleaning before going home to keep appointments and plan the next trip.



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