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Old 08-04-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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Our longest trip yet ...

Hi all,

We just completed our "big trip" for 2008 and are happy to report that we had an incredible journey without one single problem (OK, there was one minor problem)! We were on the road for two weeks following the Old Oregon Trail from our starting point of Ft. Laramie, Wyoming to Oregon City (Portland), Oregon. After that we continued on to Astoria and then followed US Hwy 101 south along the Oregon Coast. It was absolutely amazing. We had great weather, very few construction delays and no hassles with reservations, etc... We stayed at a number of KOA's along the way but also a couple of state parks. Our favorite was Bullard's Beach S.P. south of Coos Bay, OR - nice sites (full hook-ups!), well-maintained park and facilities and a beautiful location. We highly recommend Bullard's Beach S.P. (and Farewell Bend S.P. on the Snake River, as well). In all we traveled just over 4000 miles.

As to that one minor problem - on our first day out we were on a couple of washboardy roads to the historic sites that loosened the sewer hose storage lid and before we noticed it I had lost a rubber glove somewhere on the road - my other glove and sewer hose were still in the tube. Not bad for 4000 miles.

Here are a few pics ...

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Old 08-04-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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Great pictures, Thanx. It sounds like you had a great Airstream adventure.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:24 PM   #3
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Wonderful pics...and it looks/sounds like you had a great trip... Congrats! Ready to go again, right?

Ease on down the road...
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Sounds like a great trip. I hope you had the opportunity to stop at the Lewis & Clark - Oregon Trail center in Baker City Oregon. We thought it was great.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:24 AM   #5
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We're not only ready to go again - I regretted having to turn back in the first place! I kept wishing we could push on further north to explore Washington and British Columbia. Ohh well ... next time.

FordTruck, we did go to the Oregon Trail interpretive center on Flagstaff Hill just North of Baker City ... is that the one you are referring to? It was built and is operated by the BLM. Excellent venue for Oregon Trail study with several miles of original trail ruts visible from the center. We also visited the National Oregon/California Trail Center in Montpelier, Idaho which was excellent, as well.

Can't wait for the next trip!
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Here are a few pics of some of the preserved history of the Oregon Trail that we experienced on our trip:







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Great pictures - Like you, I have been there and the pictures just can't tell it all, can they.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:24 AM   #8
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It's interesting what changes (and what does not) with the passing of time ...

The modern "Covered Wagon":

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