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Old 04-28-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Oregon Again

We're embarking on another adventure to our northern neighbor in late May. Yay!
This time were checking out some of the sights east of the Cascades, with the "Area 33" rally as one of our anchor stops before heading out. We have family in Hood River, so it couldn't be more convenient.
From there, we'll head down (and up) to Wallowa Lake (hopefully armed with lots of new travel info. from our fellow aliens) and then back to CA via Baker City, Clyde Holliday SP near John Day, and Goose Lake SP.
Right now we're poring through maps and books ("Roadside Geology of Oregon" and "Oregon's Dry Side" by Alan D. St. John.)
After re-watching Ken Burns' "Lewis and Clark The Journey of the Corps of Discovery" it's going to be great to see some of the Oregon Trail.
No doubt many of you have done this trip, or one similar, and we'd love any input.
In the meantime, we've decided to trade out our OEM Goodyears for Michelin's and some cool new wheels. Reading about all the blowouts gave me the heebiejeebies and Terry's all for the upgrade.
Here's to getting on the road, flu masks and all!
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:38 PM   #2
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Page Springs CG in Malhuer NWR should not be missed. Dry camp, just east of French Glen, south of Burns. There is a hook-up site near there where a AS get together is happening in the fall, but do it at Page Springs. You should be able to un hook and drive the Steens Mtn. loop road...incredible! We came through a couple of weeks ago; still cold/
You should hit it right on. The swallows and the river are incredible. John Day Country a must, also.
We may see you, going down in late May.
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Mike! That sounds amazing and we'll definitely consider adding it to our itinerary. Fabulous info.
Keep us posted on your travels and we may at least be able to wave in passing!
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Have a great trip! See you at Area 33!
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:13 AM   #5
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We made a couple of trips through Oregon. Still learning about the state. Learned about the Oregon Trail when I read about it when I was a kid, but didn't get there until a few years ago. We may be there in August, so I'll be following your adventures and learning more.

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Sounds like a great trip! We had a brief sojourn through Oregon several years ago, in a rental unit, are going back in the Interstate next year. On our to-do list is to go salmon fishing. We were fascinated by all the to-hire folks who take you out, then clean and filet your fish for you (we are not fisher-people). Some of the campgrounds out there actually have smokers you can use!
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:56 PM   #7
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Have a great trip! See you at Area 33!
Thanks Claudia--we're looking forward to seeing you and Don again.
And Michelle! And meeting the rest of the gang.
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Desert??

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We've done the eastern side twice, and it is such a contrast to western Oregon.. Really is a desert, and looks like sets from old cowboy movies...

Great learning was: There are no "Falls" in Klamath Falls.. Could have skipped that one..

Biggest Regret: We stopped short of driving all the way up to Crater Lake.. Apparently we missed a lot.

Best place to poke around: Bend/SunRiver area, but hard to see and do while hooked up to trailer. Lots to do on foot, even.

Interesting Drive: Along the Columbia River from Portland past Hood River.. Windy, waterfalls, surprises and great scenery

Enjoy the trip!

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Biggest Regret: We stopped short of driving all the way up to Crater Lake.. Apparently we missed a lot.
We've been to Crater Lake and it's nice, but I didn't think it was so spectacular as to be a lot better than all the other sights to see. It's a big round lake with mountains in the background. So you didn't miss that much.

My wife didn't agree with me either.

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Crater Lake not that spectacular?? Not sure what you were smoking Gene, but your wife was right. Here is just one of many pictures I have taken there.

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Well we've been to Crater Lake (not towing) and it was a very blue and lovely experience. Not on the agenda this time, but I do recommend a glimpse if you're in the area. Wowza photo, FLYNCLD.
And John, the Columbia Gorge drive from Portland to Hood River is one of our favorites. What a beautiful part of the world.
We're lucky to have family there who likes to exhaust us with hikes and mountain biking. We don't dare go during the winter for fear we'll end up skiing down some deadly run on Mt. Hood. Oh yeah, Terry reminds me we did do that. I've blocked it out...
Thanks for all the great suggestions. Keep them coming!
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East of the Cascades is truly spectacular. There is of course the high desert, then when you get way east you can find the Steens and Strawberry Mountains just to name a few. The John Day area, the list goes on and on!
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Oregon State Parks are amoung the best in the country. As you travel, try to stay in one every chance you get.
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East of the Cascades is truly spectacular. There is of course the high desert, then when you get way east you can find the Steens and Strawberry Mountains just to name a few. The John Day area, the list goes on and on!
There are so many amazing places to visit--or just appreciate on the drive-by...
In the meantime, being a pitiful blogger, I've decided not to blog this trip and will keep inconsistent updates on this thread.
We're "on-the-road" thread addicts (our second favorite fixes are the anti-Tundrite threads...) and appreciate all we've gleaned from the posts many of you have submitted while out and about.
And yes, Relentless, Oregon State Parks really are the best!
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