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Jul 12, 2009 - A Fun Evening With Laurie and Odel

We took a respite from touring today. It was quite windy, perhaps the windiest day we have had since we’ve been here. As the day progressed the wind picked up and by evening the sky was overcast. It was a good day to be inside. Doug set up his dog grooming station on the tail gate of the truck. When Fillmore realized what was happening he was less than enthusiastic about jumping up on it. So Doug had to help him up. If there had been a bowl of food or a cat up there, he wouldn’t have hesitated one iota. We had wanted to go watch the sail...

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Jul 11, 2009 - A Different Oregon

We decided to go east along the old highway on the Columbia River Gorge today. We stopped at many roadside viewing points to try to capture the magnificence of this area. One of the things that we noticed was that as we got to a certain point along the ridge of the Cascade Mountains which we were following, suddenly there were fewer trees and the grasses turned golden. There is a visible line where the rainfall is stopped on the east side of the mountain ridge and plants on the other side of that line really show the difference. We didn’t...

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Living Our Dream

Jul 10, 2009 - Hospital Visit and Fresh Cherries

We didn’t do too much touring today. Doug went to the hospital to get blood drawn for a PSA. There is a beautiful little hospital in town. He got a little exasperated with the Oregon political system though. The results of the PSA can only be sent to the prescribing MD. The patient cannot see the results unless he registers for hospital records and waits 7 days. Sounds like that law needs a hungry attorney on it. We won’t know the results of the test until at least Monday. We picked up our mail and then drove out to the Lavender Farm...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Columbia River Gorge

Today we toured the Columbia River Gorge. We drove from Hood River to Corbett and there we picked up the historic Columbia River Highway and followed it along the rim of the gorge back to Hood River. The first part, driving back toward Portland on I-84 along the river is very scenic in itself. On the way down to Corbett we stopped at Multnomah Falls. This is an oft photographed falls tumbling some 600 feet. It is so popular that there is a big parking lot adjacent to the interstate just to accommodate tourists. We hiked up to the bridge...

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Living Our Dream

Jul 8, 2009 - Visiting the Dopps

We had a delightful day. JoAnn sent Fillmore up at 8 AM to waken Doug so we could get an ‘early’ start. We called a small engine repair place we found on the internet and took off with our generator on board. After dropping it off we had about an hour and a half drive to Canby OR which is south and east of Portland. Doug started to retune the truck with his Super Chip which we have used for years and absent mindedly turned off the ignition after he started the reprogramming procedure. He may have fried the Super Chip because the truck is...

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Jul 7, 2009 - Hood River OR

We didn’t leave Kelso until shortly before noon and had a leisurely drive to Hood River where Laurie and Odel are hosting Twin Tunnels Trail on the old Oregon highway that is now only open to non-motorized traffic. We are set up in a field off the road with a great view of Mount Adams in the distance. Odel guided Doug to help him park the rig. Then the frustration set in. Doug offloaded the generators and the first one started up almost immediately. Not so the second one. Doug tugged and pulled to no avail. It would not start. He made the...

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Living Our Dream

May 10, 2009 - Second day along the Columbia River

Our second day in the area saw us driving along the northern shore of the Columbia River in Washington State and then driving by the scenic road on the southern shore of the river in Oregon. From the northern shore we had a great view of the snow capped Mount Hood and took a great trail in the Columbia River National Scenic Area. From the southern side we discovered the road went high above the gorge, so great views down the river. Also stopped at the new Columbia Gorge Discovery Centre where we learnt about the history of the area which...

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Nov 13, 2008 - Columbia River Gorge/OR

We drove along the Columbia River Gorge from Troutdale to the town of Hood River. But with a choice of I-84 along the river or the two-lane Historic Columbia River Highway, which runs slightly inland, we had a much easier time of it than Lewis & Clark. Traveling around the country in an RV is adventure enough for me; I continue to be amazed that the West was ever discovered. More than 80 miles long and as deep as 4,000 ft., the Gorge cuts through the Cascade Mountains. One of the most breathtaking views can be had from The Vista House,...

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Sep 3, 2008 - Columbia River Gorge

Headed down the coast and then east toward Portland. We traveled through the city and started down Route 84 to Hood River to our campground. We decided to stay here 3 nights and sightsee with the car. It turned out to be a good idea, the roads up into the mountains were narrow and windy. Wednesday we started down Route 14 on Washinton's side of the gorge. This area is quite beautiful. The river is such a pretty blue. You have snow covered Mt Hood on Orgeon's side, snow covered Mt Jeffereson on Washington's side and this lovely river in the...

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Jul 12, 2008 - Hood River Fruit Loop

Saturday we did what's called "The Fruit Loop." This was one of those days where Charles was like, "What, a fruit loop? Why do we need to go pick fruit when we can just buy it at a fruit stand and be done with it?"... Well, two kids who were anxious to pick fresh fruit in a fruit orchard is why... It wasn't long into it that Charles was enjoying it himself. Highway 35 out of Hood River has farm after farm of fruit orchards and lavender fields. Cherries were in season so we searched for a u-pick farm. We first stopped at Draper Girl's Farm...

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Georgia to Oregon!

Apr 26, 2008 - Hood River, OR

Thursday afternoon, we drove from Sunriver, OR to Hood River, OR. We had dinner with Tim, Jill, Emelia, and Alden at The Taqueria. On Friday morning, we (with Tim and Jill) went for a trail run; then, we (with Jill) had lunch with the kids at May Street Elementary School. Friday evening, we had dinner with Jill's friends/cohorts, John and Vicki, at their house. Thanks to Tim for giving us use of his kitchen and grill to prepare kabobs. On Saturday, we went to eat with Jill and the kids at the Good River in Mosier and then took a quick walk...

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Oct 5, 2007 - Hood River & Mt. Hood

Friday afternoon we drove to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. It is actually at the timberline as there are few trees up the mountain from the lodge, and those that are there are stunted. The lodge is at 6,000 feet, and the summit is over 11,000 feet. Very spectacular, with about 6 inches of snow on the ground. When we arrived, the lodge was encased in a cloud, which passed on by the time we left. See the pictures. The drive was one and a half hours each way from Hood River, and was one breath taking view after another. We enjoyed a seafood...

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Fall 2007 Going West

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