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Old 06-20-2008, 10:57 PM   #15
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How much more time do we have? Let us know if your itinerary isn't full yet.

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Old 06-20-2008, 11:05 PM   #16
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Here is a picture of the Air Museum and it doesn't even come close to doing it justice.

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Old 06-20-2008, 11:25 PM   #17
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hey lew do u mind sharing?

what rv park do u use in h.r.?

the only ones i saw were...
1. the trailer/rv/motel place across from the safeway
2. the park north of the bridge on the wash side.
3. the 2-3 state parks (on both sides) down the road a bit...

but not much else IN h.r....

i was out there for 3 weeks before heading south to sisters and will go back next year for a month...

so i'd like to be close in.

pm if ya wanna keep the locations secret...

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Actually, I'm in a private RV park with one site ....Parked at a friend's house where I made my own connections and space just a couple of minutes from Oak Street.

I have stayed at the Sunset RV park and motel (across from Safeway) and it was fine for a couple of months before I found my current spot. This RV park is going away at the end of Oct. to make way for more motel rooms.

There are the 2 State Park campgrounds, one west of town at Viento and the other one east of town at Memaloose. Both are right on the highway, and Viento is on the BNSF tracks and can get LOUD!!!!! The Bridgemart CG in Bingen, WA just across the Hood River bridge is OK, but sandwiched between the bridge, State Hwy 15 and the other railroad on the Washington side.

There is also a KOA in Cascade locks which is nice....but also along the tracks.

There is a nice little pocket CG just south of HR on Tucker Road (Dee Highway) but I don't know about hook-ups there, and then there is Toll Bridge County Park with camp sites about 15 miles south of town on Hwy 35 on the way to Mt. Hood. Very quiet and bucolic, too.
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:17 AM   #18
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If you are taking the coast route up 101, stop in Gold Beach and take the Mail Boat jet boat tour up the Rogue River from Gold Beach. Spectacular wildlife and lots of fun. The captain will even do 360's for you. The kids will love it!
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Old 06-21-2008, 12:25 AM   #19
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Thanks everyone so far, great info.

We have two weeks and no plans. I'm thinking of going up the CA coast starting in Eureka and then up to the Trees of Mystery then on up into Oregon.

Thats all my plans so far. Keep the info coming...!
My favorite places this past week. Black sand beach northern CA is AWESOME. IMO nicest beach i saw on CA and Oregon coast. Crater lake, prettier than lake Tahoe. Cape Argo, sea lion lookout. Spruce Goose is huge and is well worth seeing, a bunch of planes and other fighter jets. IMAX Too. I'm there right now, nice rv site right next door, i can see the building out my window. Heated Pool for kids and wife, wifi and cable for you, lol. I'm going to columbia river gorge tomorrow. George

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Old 06-21-2008, 12:50 AM   #20
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My favorite places this past week. Black sand beach northern CA is AWESOME. IMO nicest beach i saw on CA and Oregon coast. Crater lake, prettier than lake Tahoe. Cape Argo, sea lion lookout. Spruce Goose is huge and is well worth seeing, a bunch of planes and other fighter jets. IMAX Too. I'm there right now, nice rv site right next door, i can see the building out my window. Heated Pool for kids and wife, wifi and cable for you, lol. I'm going to columbia river gorge tomorrow. George

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George,

Tomorrow is the summer solstice and in 'The Gorge' it's traditional to participate in at least 3 sports........like a dawn patrol skiing on Mt. Hood in the early AM, then kayaking on the White Salmon river, then throw in either a road ride or mountain bike ride for an hour or two, then hit the river (Columbia....that is) in the afternoon for a quick windsurfing session if the wind gods are favorable. (that's 4.......but we stop counting after 3)

Then hit one of the several Solstice parties and dance 'till dawn.......

Sound good??
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Old 06-21-2008, 01:20 AM   #21
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Tim,

Oregon is great! You will find many wonderful things to do and see. If you are going in the summer be prepared if you go along the Oregon coast. It can be slow and crowded. This year with fuel prices... who knows... but typically it is crowded. Well worth it, however.

Mrauch had great suggestions... Silver Falls is fab! You drive from Salem through farmland and think, there can't be anything out here... and then... Wow! The Air Museum is also wonderful! Any of the Oregon State Parks are good. They have nice facilities, take reservations, and are beautiful! If you go along the coast, even in summer it can rain or be foggy... Brookings is the local "banana-belt" and is usually warmer and sunny! They have a nice campground there as well.

What kinds of things do your kids like? What family activities are favorite? Might help on other suggestions. There are some great boating areas, or there is Ashland where you might catch a play. Crater Lake is beautiful and by this time the roads should be open.

I am sure you will have a great trip! The state of Oregon has some really nice brochures, books, etc. on places to go, routes to travel, etc. You might also check out this link: Travel Oregon

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Old 06-21-2008, 01:40 AM   #22
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Thanks everyone so far, great info.

We have two weeks and no plans. I'm thinking of going up the CA coast starting in Eureka and then up to the Trees of Mystery then on up into Oregon.

Thats all my plans so far. Keep the info coming...!
Lot's of good ones already mentioned - Trees of Mystery was the one I was going to add, but I was remembering it in Oregon. It was a lonnng time ago that I was there .

Also hit the Oregon Vortex in Gold Hill, OR on your way north.

If you really want to go north, try the Selkirk Loop. Definitely a trip to remember. (Passports needed for the full loop).

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Old 06-21-2008, 01:50 AM   #23
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George,

Tomorrow is the summer solstice and in 'The Gorge' it's traditional to participate in at least 3 sports........like a dawn patrol skiing on Mt. Hood in the early AM, then kayaking on the White Salmon river, then throw in either a road ride or mountain bike ride for an hour or two, then hit the river (Columbia....that is) in the afternoon for a quick windsurfing session if the wind gods are favorable. (that's 4.......but we stop counting after 3)

Then hit one of the several Solstice parties and dance 'till dawn.......

Sound good??
Lew, i can see i'd have trouble keeping up with you, lol.
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Old 06-21-2008, 11:07 AM   #25
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The Columbia Gorge is great, the Maryhill State Park (Maryhill State Park (page 1 of 2) )a wonderful spot, hookups, showers, and a great place to watch the windsurfers. Go up the hill to Maryhill Museum, the house that Sam Hill built. Maryhill Museum of Art
Where in the Sam Hill? Oh yeah its there. Go a little ways up the road from there and enjoy some nice wine at Maryhill Winery. Maryhill Winery - Goldendale, Washington Destination Winery::Award Winning Wine I know they have concerts at their ampitheatre overlooking the gorge, on the weekends. July 4th is BB King. Then go back the other direction and look at the henge, Sam Hill built a replica of Stonehenge to honor World War I veterans. Last weekend they had a vintage car show and hill climb race, very cool.
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Also add the Mariner's Museum in Astoria, OR. Great for a couple of hours. You have to cross the Columbia River bridge at Astoria to go into WA and pray its not windy if you're pulling your trailer. It's four miles long and a good section of it is way up in the air to allow the barges and large boats plenty of clearance. Hope you love heights.

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Actually, I'm in a private RV park with one site ...
now that's what i suspected...

and thanks for the info.

i had a feeling the sun was setting on the sunset motel rv section...

i've stayed all the state parks u mentioned but only for a night or so, and the noise IS impressive even 4 me.

bridgemart is ok too, but the wrong side of the bridge and no bike/pedestrians means thumbing across the bridge.

haven't tried the tucker road or hiway 35 spots (saw it on the way to sisters) yet but will next out this fall...

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...Anything in Washington?
well sure, everything that's not in oregon.

long beach, longview, mt adams, mt saint helens (THE VOLCANO BRO!) mt rainer, the cascades, the olympics, the hoh rain forest, port townsend, whidbey island, the san juans, lotsa STUFF in seattle, any part of puget sound, the wineries and breweries and the scuba diving and aeroplane stuff, and and and....

the issue is 2 weeks and an up/down route...

so u might wanna sort out what 2c n do on each leg and if/how much of it will be on i5 vs more scenic BUT MUCH SLOWER coastal roadways..

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Jim, Wink's Hardware moved to the SE side. Property got too valuable in the Pearl District. Still have lots of good stuff but the old hardware store atmosphere is gone. Progress, you know! Darol
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