Well, we made it to the Pacific Ocean today!! We had a lot of fun packed into the past few days to get here too. We left Maryhill State Park in Washington about 11:00 on Monday morning. We only had about 90 miles to go to our next destination, and we couldn’t check in until noon, so we took it slow. Good thing too…after I’d completely cleaned the entire exterior of the Coach on Sunday, a rain storm decided to appear about halfway to Portland-Fairview RV Park, and the Coach is trashed once again:( The other odd thing that happened, is the driver’s side windshield wiper decided it will only work when it feels like it…specifically when it is not raining. Not good. We did some research, and it appears that the motor may not be grounded correctly on our year model. We did a bit of checking, but really couldn’t find a fix. We are still working on that!
Fairview, OR is just on the east side of Portland, near the Columbia River. The Park is real nice, and quite a bit more costly than we like to spend per night, but that seems to be the case anywhere out here. The state parks cost what you would pay for a high-end independent park in Florida. In any case, it was a great location, as we wanted to head back into the gorge and check out some waterfalls on the west end, which we did!
Once we left the top of the falls, we noted some other trails, so we took trail 441 toward Larch Mountain in order to go see Weisendanger Falls.
We needed to get back to the Coach and cleaned up, as we were meeting Terri’s friend from High School, Lisa and her husband Wes at a place called McMenamin’s Edgefield. What a great place. It is a 74 acre estate built in 1911 as the county poor farm. It now has a hotel, dining, multiple pubs and a winery…wines and beer made on site. The place also has a movie theater, two par-three golf courses and full service spa, gardens and much more. The food and the company were fantastic! Check them out at http://www.mcmenamins.com Tuesday was a rainy day once again, but we made the most of it. We took a drive around the Portland area and checked out the downtown for a while. They sure have a lot of food trucks! We headed to Ikea to grab a few things for the Coach. We got a larger shoe caddie for the closet, a duvet cover and a frame for a picture that Terri picked up at a farmers market not too long ago. We have not put the picture up yet, so I will get a shot of that and the new bedroom look once it is all in place. Forewarning…the colors in the new bedding will keep you awake at night if you don’t close your eyes when you sleep!!
After the Ikea experience, and two hot dogs for $0.50 each, we took a drive towards Mount Hood. It was so cloudy we could hardly see anything in the hills, but we got some good shots of the things in bloom here at this time of year.
We were up again in the rain this morning to head to the Coast. While getting things ready to go, I could not believe that my work gloves that Jason got me earlier this year were missing! I have no idea where they are or where they got off to. I hope whomever has them enjoys them, but I sure miss them. Once we will be someplace long enough to get mail, I will order another pair.
The drive today was almost 200 miles, and we took the Washington side of the river around Portland and then headed back over to the Astoria, OR area. I found a neat little Army Training Post called Camp Rilea, which is right on the ocean, just south of Fort Stevens State Park, which is right at the NW tip of Oregon. You can see Cape Disappointment from there. We were originally going to stay there, but when we found Rilea, and learned they had full hook-ups for $20 per night versus $40 at the state park, we opted for here. Have to save where we can. The park only has 10 spots, but it is very nice, and we don’t spend that much time in the RV park anyway with all of the great outdoors to explore. After we got set up, we headed into Astoria to tour the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The museum is a private, non-profit organization, and is only $12 per person. What a great place! They explain all about the treacherous waters of the Columbia where it enters the ocean, has displays of all the wrecks, and a lot of history of the river and the local area. A must see if you are in the area. Check them out at http://www.cmmm.org
We then drove out to Fort Stevens State Park, and learned there is no day use fee in these parks. The place is huge, and we will definitely want to stay here at some point in time.
We talked to one of the Park Rangers, who told us we could likely see some Sea Lions if we went to the Buoy Beer Brewery in Astoria…and they had great fish and chips too according to him. So, off we went (twist my arm.) We then went to Buoy Beer to check the local flavor. What a neat place! Built in an old cannery, they have the fish conveyors still in there. They also have a window that looks down to the water where the fish were brought in. We saw a Sea Lion resting down there too, but could not get a shot. What a labor of love it had to be to turn this place into what it is today. They have photos posted all over that show the transition.
Terri took a walk as I was typing this and saw some deer. Will have to explore this place some more tomorrow.
We have made some plan changes. We were going to slowly work our way down the Coast, but we will head to Junction City on Friday. Junction City is the birthplace of our Coach, and we have been talking to a guy that used to work for Country Coach and has his own business there now. He was booked for this weekend, but everything opened up, so we will head there for an overall evaluation, chassis check and some punch list items that we need attended to. Kevin has 50 AMP, Water and WiFi at his repair facility at his house! We will head back out to the coast after that.
That’s all for now folks! As always…we hope this finds you Happy, Healthy, and Living Your Dreams!!!