It was time to escape the weather in Western Washington and head to the Eastern side for some sun! This long weekend trip proved to be perfect timing, as Western Washington was going to receive a small wind storm, and pretty much be its same ol self…..gray and rainy.
The 200 mile trip to Maryhill, in the Columbia River Gorge, was interesting as the wind was really blowing! There were quite a few white knuckle moments driving south on I-5. It felt good to be towing the teardrop, as we witnessed others towing their large RV’s being blown around in a scary fashion.
Most of our camping destinations are in the Columbia River Gorge. These areas offer so many outdoor activities as well as a pretty good guarantee of nice weather. Being early in the official camping season, we easily got a premium spot on the river with beautiful views.
The day we arrived, Friday, was a pretty windy, but nothing we couldn’t handle, especially since it was accompanied with blue sky and sun! Speaking of wind, I have to mention how much I love the Rhino Rack awning. It is VERY stable in strong winds when the guy lines are used. This is important to us since we really need that extra little bit of real estate for many things, but mainly to contain one of our dogs, especially at night.
Saturday was a nice lazy day, although I don’t understand how the day goes buy so quickly while technically doing nothing! The Maryhill campground offers lots of dog walking and open spaces.
Sunday started with a nice little fire to warm up. Soon after breakfast, we headed over the river, and about 10 miles West on I-84 on the Oregon side to the Deschutes River Recreation area. We really love the hiking through this valley. It offers so many beautiful views and trails. We chose to stay on the old railroad grade since we pull a wagon with our senior Shelty dog, Sparky, She just can’t walk much with her arthritis, but we want to include her in our adventures since she has been a part of them her entire life. On this day we walked 9 mile. This area makes you want to just keep walking! Around every bend it just keeps surprising you with excellent views and beauty, When we got back late in the day, we managed a little time to relax before we got the bbq going for dinner.
When Monday came along, it was time to eat breakfast, pack up, and head on home. We decided to travel home along the river on Hwy 14 on the Washington State side. We drove to the campground on I-84 along the river on the Oregon State side. Hwy 14 is a two lane, slightly more scenic, but slower way home, But with such a beautiful day to start on the eastern side of the state, it was a very nice drive. As soon as we hit the Western side again, the rain, wind, and some sun welcomed us.
With the business of building teardrop trailers, I find it more difficult to get out on the road myself, so it felt good to get one under the belt already early in the season. At times I get a little jealous talking to customers who have worked hard their whole life and now use their trailers on a consistent basis. Someday that will be me!! Until next time, happy camping!