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Jul 19, 2013 - Pendleton, OR

UPDATE 7/21/2013 - Photos added of the Pendleton Underground Tour. In large part a cow town and a commercial center of Oregon, Pendleton epitomized the image of wild-west a hundred years back or so. This historic Oregon town was once a hot bed for drug related activities, prostitution and other illegal activities, carried out in large parts by the Chinese immigrants that were working the railroads. Once a controversial tour, the Pendleton Underground Tour has come to be featured in popular magazines, radio shows and other places. After all,...

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Jun 1, 2013 - WildHorse Casino RV Park

We are in Pendleton, Oregon, staying at the "WildHorse Resort and Casino". US395 to Pendleton was long, time wise, and exhausting. We stopped at Canyon City so Anna could get pictures of the mural and statues. We ate lunch in John Day City, our first dine-out.(McDonalds $17) No wonder we don't eat out. We took a break @ Battle Mountain Picnic area. Leaving tomorrow for Kennewick, WA only 75 miles....

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May 14, 2013 - Where the heck is Hermiston?

We said goodbye & thanks for the hospitality to Bart & Suzi this morning & headed east thru the Columbia River Gorge. We'd planned to stay on the Washington side of the river all the way but as we approached the Bridge of the Gods at Cascade Locks there were signs saying there is a narrow low tunnel ahead & vehicles over 13'2" should cross to the Oregon side of the river - so we had to cross & make most of the trip on the Oregon side of the river. The Columbia River is dams & barges - as you'll see in our pics. Watching the terrain change...

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Mar 27, 2013 - Mountain Home to Pendelton

Got up and on the road by 7 am, will stop in a bit. Take exit 3 on hwy 84 & hwy 30, Chevron, A&W, there is room to park nearby. could boon dock at green and white building. The hill and switch backs into Pendelton can be a challenge, 6% grade for 6 miles( 9 kms ). After this i will definitely have to get additional brakes in the car. Arrived at Wild Horse Casino early one. Of Course we met a few Snowbirds as we drove in, they were quite hospitable.

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Aug 30, 2012 - Goodbye Coolness; Hello Heat

We have finally left the coolness of the coast and the Columbia River and began our trek which will eventually take us back down to Texas. Labor Day weekend is the turning point for us. By then, we have reached our farthest summer destination and we begin the journey back south. -- As previously planned, our first destination today was to return to Autumn's Auto Lube in Vancouver, WA, for an oil change and general check up on the rig. I drove the car and John followed me in the rig. We got an early start because we weren't sure how bad the...

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Pretty Damn Nice!

Jul 26, 2012 - Mountain time

We were moving a little slow today, but we knew in about 30 minutes on the road we would be gaining another hour as we crossed over into Pacific time, so we weren't in a rush. I think we were the last ones to leave the campground. It is interesting to see how early folks start pulling out, they must be on some sort of a time schedule. We just sit and watch as we eat our breakfast. Lisa wasn't paying attention today and missed the welcome to Oregon sign, bummer!. We traveled along I-84 and crossed over into our most western state for this...

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Heading West

Jul 25, 2012 - Pendelton, OR

We decided to overnight for the last time near Pendleton. The long hill east of Pendleton is difficult, and we would not like to face high winds in the gorge, and then heavy Portland traffic after that. So we stopped at an RV park that is part of the Pilot Truck Stop. A very nice park, no noise, and the truck stop has fast food places for breakfast. Very nice.

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Jul 17, 2012 - Pendleton, Oregon

After having a great time in Crescent, Oregon & surrounding areas, we hitched up the 5th-wheel (that's how you talk here in the west)& pointed the truck in the direction of Pendleton, Oregon. We stayed at the Wild Horse Casino Resort/Hotel/RV Park. We spent time (off & on) in the casino, I think Pete left a little money behind...but not much & I came out ahead by a moderate amount (which is unusual for me). The resort has a golf course which Pete was able to play a couple of times while we were there. Of course....ever the social butterfly...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Pendleton's Underground Tour

Today I struck off on my own and headed downtown to my reservation for the Pendleton Underground Tour I scheduled earlier in the week. Absolutely gorgeous morning and temps getting up to the high 80s today! The tours are only by reservation and upon arriving there I was glad I booked already as several folks were turned away. Hopefully I can regurgitate an nth of what Brad, our tour guide, shared with us. Brad is a Pendleton native and discovered the underground tunnels when he was a lad of eleven along with one of his pal’s whose father...

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Jun 28, 2012 - Showing Off Pendleton . . .

Can’t believe we’ve been in Pendleton for two weeks already. It’s certainly a cute little town, located right off the interstate and has several local attractions and steeped in a lot of history in our nation’s development. Pendleton is pretty synonymous with rodeo and woolens, both adding to the city’s intriguing history as a frontier trade settlement. The town still has western spirit to spare, but seems the proximity to the highly successful wineries in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley is bringing change to this huge cowboy country....

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Jun 24, 2012 - Our Last Hurrah!

Fortunately, Steve and Linda obtained a room at the Wildhorse Casino Hotel for our final night together (this trip)! Consequently, we thought after we all got unpacked and settled in, we would go to Pendleton’s best dining experience – Hamley’s Steak House. But least I forget to answer the question asked by over a dozen of you from our Wildlife Safari post regarding George and having only one tusk. Fortunately, I have the answer to this because I asked the same question. When he arrived at the park at age five or six, he started swinging...

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Jun 23, 2012 - On the Road Again

Time to hit the road again. Our time in Idaho is done. Time to move on to Oregon. Today was strictly a travel day. We drove through Idaho into Oregon, passing mostly ranches covered in sagebrush and never seeing a house or person. When we entered Oregon we saw an advertisement for Ore-Ida potatoes – duh! I have bought Ore-Ida products for years but never gave any thought to the significance of the name. We saw many fields of potatoes while in Idaho and also in the beginning of Oregon. The plants were in bloom and were very pretty. We saw a...

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