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Jun 22, 2015 - Lake Oswego, Oregon to Madras, Oregon

Monday, June 22, 2015 Lake Oswego, Oregon to Madras, Oregon 195 miles TRAVEL QUOTE OF THE DAY: "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." - Martin Buber And isn't that why we travel? To seek out those secret destinations and be surprised? Sometimes it's a great surprise and sometimes not, but it's like treasure hunting at a flea market - you never know what you're going to find but it's really all about the hunt, isn't it? Alarm went off at 7:30 but I rolled over till 8. The bed was so awesome! Got a shower...

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Aug 9, 2014 - Sisters and Thunder Egg Hunting

We left Rogue River Thursday morning. We had a nice week visiting with my favorite sister even if she ordered warmer weather than we "weenies" as she calls us like it. We drove to Sisters, Oregon, which is a very cute town with several shops with log style furniture, a nice quilt shop, and Bill's favorite: an ice cream shop ! He and John sat in the patio with their sundaes while Sandy and I enjoyed the quilt shop and several other stores. We try our best to support the Oregon economy and with no sales tax we could justify our purchases...

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Jun 1, 2013 - Lake Simtustus

Left Hood River and drove to Lake Simtustus. After turning off the highway there were signs warning of no turnaround areas and trucks over 40' were not recommended on that road. Then signs popped up stating that the road was closed ahead… great. Long before I reached the campground I was looking for I came upon a private marina/campground and pulled in so I could at least turn around safely. Ended up staying here for the night and exploring in my car. Glad I didn't go any further with my RV because the alleged closed road was open but all...

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May 14, 2013 - Near Madras, OR

There is some magnificent scenery as we traveled from Mount Shasta to Madras OR. The campground, PGE Pelton Park, is one of 3 campgrounds operated by Portland General Electric on the Deschutes River. It’s a beautiful setting offering boating, camping, fishing, wildlife viewing and just relaxing on the shore of Lake Simtustus, the reservoir behind Pelton Dam. This is definitely a return-to place.

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Aug 20, 2012 - To Cove Palisades State Park

Aug. 20, 2012 We packed up the trailer, told Janet goodbye, and drove up the Columbia Gorge to Hood River, where we turned south around Mt. Hood. We stopped at a fruit stand beside one of the orchards where the first apples were just coming in. The peaches were falling off the trees beside the car, and the pears looked awesome. We were not disappointed. Then we drove on to the Cove Palisades State Park. The surrounding countryside was basically desert. We followed the dingbat GPS woman's instructions onto a Very backroad, scenic ride into...

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Summer Trip 2012

Jul 8, 2012 - Madras, OR

We spend one more day in the High Desert. We are at Richardson’s Recreational Ranch when they open at 7:00. We know the way to the South Blue Bed. It does not take John long to find more eggs. He is very good at this. We get a good look at a California quail. Back at the Rock Shop, we have a long talk with the owner and her son. We suggest a car wash business. We are not the first. The son tells us that he tried it one summer when he was twelve. He had no takers. I cannot believe it. In Madras, we have lunch and find a car wash. The RV...

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Jul 7, 2012 - Madras, OR

It is hot. We go to Richardson’s Recreational Ranch. We are at their store by 7:00. We sign up to dig Thunder Eggs. We drive seven miles on a gravel road to get to the digging beds. Notice that I do not say “good gravel.” It takes about a half hour. Along the way, we have to open and close a gate that keeps the cattle in. We see what we think is a falcon. We see some California quail and some rabbits. We have a map and find the South Blue Bed. This is the easiest bed to dig in. We have no idea what we are doing and waste the first hour or...

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Jul 5, 2012 - To Madras, OR

We are not happy in Culver. An Oregon Little League tournament was played nearby and the park is packed. The WIFI was unusable. I do not think they are used to this many people in their park. We relocate today. First, we drive to Redmond to pick up a prescription and a few more items at Wal-Mart. Back in Culver, we pick up the trailer and move six miles north. This may be our shortest move ever. At our new park, we catch up on our computer postings. Things are much better! By lunchtime, we are ready to explore. We eat lunch in Madras. We...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Leave Early

Since Lee had duty each day since coming in and was probably going to work late on Monday, we decide to head home a day early. We are both ready to get home, its been a long time, but we have enjoyed our time with the Grand Kids, Christopher and Rhiannon. Hopefully we have been a help to Vanessa. We were really glad to see what we could of Lee, but its time. We leave at 8 am and travel to a camp just outside of Madras, OR. The camp site was next to a lake where the helecopters were coming in to get water to fight the fires in the area. The...

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Jul 13, 2011 - Madras, OR Temp 75

We traveled 177 miles today - just 26 miles to Redmond and our RV rally tomorrow. We found a pleasant rest stop around 1:30 and had a relaxing lunch. Got into the campground around 3:30. The lady at check-in was most welcoming and called me by name when I walked in the door. We have a nice site at the end of a row and the trees are full of birds - I think they're chickadees. They haven't shut up since we got here. After Bob got to see the USA women's soccer team beat France in world cup competition, we took a drive to see a local lake in a...

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May 1, 2010 - Madres, Oregon

Madres is just above Bend, Oregon, which is in the center of the state. Elevation still high, but farm and grassland. And Lots and Lots and Lots of trees! Did I say TREES! The Oregon licence plates have a tall pine on them and now I see why! Today we drove up 38 miles to the top of Crater Lake, which is in Crater Lake National Park. Up all they way. About the time we reach the main entry gate, we started seeing snow again. I hope you can see by the pictures in the last post, the snow was over the buildings, and they had tunnels in the snow...

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May 1, 2010 - Pictures

I forgot to tell you that if you double click on the pictures, they will enlarge and you can really see them. Crater Lake is really wonderful, and I hope you can see that in these pictures. The sun and the snow had darkened my glasses so much, I could not see the view screen on the camera, now I wish I had done a better job. But, oh well, hope you enjoy! Wilma

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