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Aug 12, 2012 - Surviving the Heat in the Mountains

Mount Hood Village Resort, Welches OR Sunday, August 12, 1 PM PDT I’m here at the foot of Mount Hood staying in a huge RV and cottage complex called Mount Hood Village Resort. The resort is situated in a mixed conifer and hardwood temperate rainforest. My camping site is completely surrounded by forest; so much so I must rely on the cable TV channels provided by the resort since I have no satellite TV reception. And no AT&T cell phone reception for my iPhone either. Thankfully I still have Verizon cell reception so I can get to the...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Welches, OR, an exciting day

Today was our run from St. Helens to Welches by way of Portland. Unfortunately, I hit a post at the entry to a bike path and crashed. I was taken to the ER and scanned. They did indeed find that I had a brain, though some still doubt it. After I was released, I bought a new bike because the old one was totaled. I should be back on the road shortly. Not many pictures from today. Portland -- more dangerous than expected.

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Jul 20, 2011 - Rain Forest

A lush rain forest flourishes on the lower slopes of Mt. Hood The Palmer Glacier on Mt. Hood is the source of several rivers. One of them is Oregon’s Salmon River, which is a tributary of the Sandy River. In it’s 33 mile run from Palmer to Sandy, the Salmon River passes through the Woodlands, a recreation area adjacent to our campground at Mt. Hood Village. The boundary between the private park and the public park is not fenced, and there are several trails that lead from the campground into the Woodlands. Today we explored them for most of...

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2011Closer 2 Home

Jul 18, 2011 - Mt. Hood RV Resort, Welches, Oregon

Monday morning we joined the mass exodus departing The Deschutes Convention Center from a great weekend of Rally festivities. We stocked up at the local Super Walmart before retracing our steps back over Mt. Hood. We are currently at the Mt. Hood Resort in Welches until Wednesday when will make our way back over to the Milwaukie Elks Lodge. We are finding the humidity to be more bothersome than when we used to live here. So today, we went into town to pick up a small dehumidifier to keep the coach a little more comfortable. It will really...

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Dream On

May 19, 2011 - Salmon River Hike

One day the Woods were calling, so went for a drive out Hwy 26. Had never been this way before, so did a little exploring, and found a Ranger Station both at Sandy and at Zigzag, which had maps and such. The guy at Zigzag told me about the Sandy River trail, so went there first. Since I was totally unfamiliar with this territory – which is quite expansive – this seemed like a good trail to try, as it was easily accessible and followed the river, which is always a nice feature. As with many of the trails in this region, this one was also...

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Aug 15, 2009 - Welches, OR - Columbia River Gorge

Welches, OR All, in all, this is a nice area with enough to do. However, the weather was not in our favor so we mostly toured around the area in the truck. We found that driving east of Welches by the Columbia River the weather patterns changes significantly for the better. It seems the bad weather hangs over Mt Hood. The highlight, which is what brought us here, was the Columbia River Gorge. Being so close to Mt Hood was also very nice. We drove all of the Columbia River Gorge area, both on the Oregon and the Washington side, over a...

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May 22, 2009 - Away from the coast

On the way to the resort in Welches from Cloverdale, we stopped in McMinnville to visit the Evergreen Aviation Museum where they have Howard Hughes old ‘Spruce Goose’ on display. Ironically, most of the huge plane is actually made of birch. It was quite impressive and the story of how it got there was quite amazing. To produce the giant, Howard Hughes and his staff worked from 1942 to 1947, spending $18,000,000 federal dollars and $7,000,000 of Hughes’ own money. Completed in 1947 after the end of World War II, the winged giant made only...

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Oct 19, 2008 - Mt Hood Village

Monday, Oct 6 thru Sunday, Oct 19, 2008 The morning we were to leave Cascade Meadows, we awoke to clear skies after 3 days of continuous rain. Looking out the window we were rewarded with our view to the west of the Cascade mountains covered with snow! After the first 30 minutes or so driving north, we had a great view of Mt Jefferson and Mt Hood for the rest of the drive to Mt. Hood Village. Once we got onto US 26, we had an absolutely breathtaking drive through the Mt Hood National Forest. Both sides of the highway were lined with bushes...

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Aug 8, 2007 - Safari Motorcoach Pre-Rally, Welches, Oregon

This was a rally put on by the Safari Motorcoach manufacturer. It was called a pre-rally as the folks had their own rally here in Welches before going to Redmond for the FMCA rally, our next big rally. There were about 100 coaches here and only 3 vendors. The vendors got to know each other very well. It was a pretty area right at the base of Mt Hood. We stayed at the Mt Hood Village. The weather was great there and we did some exploring while we were there.

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Jul 17, 2007 - Off to Redmond, Oregon

We left home about 10:00am on the 17th July and headed for Welches, Oregon where we planned to spend our 1st night. We traveled down I-5 to Portland, running into rain about Vancouver, WA. We took I-205 and I-84 around Portland and picked up US-26 heading South towards Mt. Hood. We arrived in Welches about 4:00pm. We had reservations at Mt. Hood Village RV Resort. It was cloudy and drizzling so we never saw Mt Hood.

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Sep 18, 2005 - Mt. Hood

It is a cool morning when I leave Nampa, stopping to pick up my brother, then driving I-84 west towards Ontario, Oregon and then Baker. Oregon's reputation for lush and green was not born here. The hills are dry, golden brown, empty of most plant life except the most hardy. At Baker, we take a quick tour of the downtown area, and then drive to the Oregon Trail Interpretative Center, which sits atop a hill overlooking a long valley and beyond the Blue Mountains. Upon entering the center, the view is striking. In the foreground is a wagon...

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