DEB AND DAVE'S RV ADVENTURE
"Life Rocks When Your House Rolls"
We then drove from Utah into Idaho and stayed in the small city of Heyburn, about half way between Salt Lk City and Boise.
We were surprised to find some hydroplane races which were within walking distance of our campsite.
There was even a little snow left on the mountains!
This tree was interesting. Maybe it was split by lightening?
And of course something had to be said about the "Famous Potato State!"
We crossed into the northeast corner of Oregon to join the Columbia River. Our site was right on the water looking across to Washington.
Barges being pushed by tugs frequently went by. It would be a slow process getting along the Columbia with the many dams and locks along the river.
The highway that follows the Columbia River has astonishing views of the river, gorge, bridges, dams and mountains. This was our first view of Mt. Hood.
John Day Dam and Locks near The Dalles, Oregon
Hood River Oregon
A very picturesque town.
This is the mouth of the Hood River where it meets the Columbia River.
The Columbia River Gorge is famous for wind surfing. Note the parasailor. In the background is a peak at Mt Adams on the Washington side of the river.
One of the many colorful windsurfers on the river.
Bonneville Dam is a fascinating place to visit. This picture is only 1/3rd of the river crossing.
The fish ladders and hatchery are also an amazing and important part of this monstrous facility.
... and the grounds were beautifully landscaped with colorful flowers.
At Cascade Locks, landslides created a dam which The American Indians called it the "Bridge of the Gods." Flooding subsequently washed out the dam. This man made bridge was built in it's place and is still known by the same name today. The view is spectacular even through the deck below you!
Further west on the Columbia River are the Multnomah Falls. They are over 600' tall and quite stunning!
Near Salem there is a quaint little town called Silverton where you will find many murals, antique shops, a creek and beautiful botanical gardens.
View from a gazebo in "Oregon Gardens". More flowers can be found under flora section.
View from a Silverton restaurant. Gorgeous flower baskets fill the historic downtown area
Then we were off to Salem to visit an old college friend with a beautiful home on the Willamette River. We were parked right on
"Frio" took us west to the coast to Pacific City to walk the beach. So good to see the Pacific Ocean once again.
Missing our grandson we fell in love with Frio's adorable grandaughter. What a joy!
Frio took us down a challenging cliff to a very private pristine spot on the Henline Creek. You can't even tell we were standing in water. No one else was in sight!
David Donofrio and his beautiful lab, Lucy at his private "spot".
Our next stop on the Oregon Coast was Waldport which is just north of where we stayed in Yachats. (pronounced yahats)
On the coastline near Yachats there were variations of rough water, rocks and beautiful beaches.
South of Yachats we went to the Sea Lion Caves. A wonderful protected place for the Sea Lions and many birds. Hundreds of Sea Lions on the rocks. The difference between seals and sea lions is the sea lions can walk on their back flippers.
Our spot south of Yachats right on the ocean. Absolutely gorgeous!
View from the Heceta Lighthouse and one of the many bridges on the Coast Highway, plus some some more beautiful waterfront. There are many historical lighthouses on the coast.
Heceta Head Lighthouse just south of Coos Bay Oregon,
In the Oregon Sand Dunes Rec Area it is interesting to see how close the evergreen forest meets the sand dunes next to the Pacific Oean beaches.
Near Coos Bay is a little fishing town called Charleston. We found fresh crab for sale right on the dock.
In Charleston we stopped at a place called "High Tide Cafe". It had the best clam chowder ever!
South of Charleston is a peninsula with Cape Arago at the point. Gorgeous views were to be had as well as some barking sea lions.
South of Coos Bay is a town called Bandon. It is where the Coquille River meets the ocean.
This is the Coquille Lighthouse.
Face Rock. Can you see the silhouette of a face on the right looking up at the sky?
50 miles north of the California border is Port Orford where we find another stunning beach with views. Notice no one is on the beach as it is only 65 and the wind is howling!
There were many shops advertising Myrtlewood which is only found in this 150 mile region and in Israel. We had a tour of the woodshop behind the store and learned how special this wood is.
Beyond this sign is a beautiful lighthouse that sits on the furthest west point of the continental US. This is all we could see in the fog.
At Port Orford Head State Park we hiked out to another point to see a cove that was used for rescue lifeboats in the past. From the observation tower above the men had to climb down 550 steps in rain and brutal winds to get to the lifeboats. That was just the beginning of their perilous missions!
His house is full of reminders of his wildlife adventures.