We arrived in Vancouver, WA yesterday……………

……….at around 3:30 pm.

Vancouver Arrival

Becky waving Hello at our final destination!

The trip from Bend to Doug and Lori’s house took about 5 hours. We stopped at the one and only rest stop along the route,  Government Camp just below Mt. Hood, to stretch our legs and take Terra and Yoshi for a potty break. There were a few hills to climb and of course what goes up must go back down. Highway 26 from Madras to Sandy, Oregon is one that should be on everyone’s “Bucket List”. It took us from the high desert to following the Deschutes River on its way to the Columbia River.

Bridge over a river

One of two bridges we crossed over a deep ravine.

After going down a long steep 6% grade we got close to the Deschutes River again. (This is one of those times that Jake Brakes would have been real handy.) Then we had a second gear climb back up to the top.  This is the same river that Dan and Charlene live within walking distance to in Bend.

Deschutes River

This is the Deschutes River making its way to the Columbia River.

Of course we just had to have a picture of this. I think they were thinking of us!

Eagle Crossing Restaraunt

A restaurant named Eagle Crossing, very fitting don't ya think!

One of the many pictures Becky took of the “Mighty Majestic Mount Hood”. My brother Dan and I used to travel from Salem to snow ski Mount Hood Meadows and Timberline, back in our younger days, of course!  Timberline Lodge is famous for its rugged look. It was constructed during the Great Depression, as part of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal policies. Take a look at the link provided for the history and pictures of one of America’s greatest treasures.

Mount Hood

Majestic Mount Hood

The fall leaves were radiant and spectacular! Here is a shot of one of the local nursery’s in Sandy.

Local Nursery

A gorgeous picture of the fall colors in Oregon

Sign to Vancouver

Coming from the 84 to the 205 North.

On our way across the Columbia River from Oregon to our final stop in Vancouver, Washington.

We followed this guy for several miles and just had to post it for Sonnie’s sake! Catskinner!


Here Kitty Kitty!

Vancouver sign

Our final destination is just ahead.

I met Doug outside of his shop to discuss the best way to park Dreamscape. He had 50 amp power, water and sewer installed, ready for our arrival.

Paul and Dong

Doug and I discussing which way to park Dreamscape.

Once we get settled I will post a recap of our tip. You know, all of the details of miles driven, amount of fuel consumed etc.

I want to say Thanks to my bride, Becky, for being the trip photographer! Without her snapping pictures along the way we would not have had it recorded digitally. I’m not sure how many she took, but I’ll take a guess at over 1,000. Thanks Babe!

We are very fortunate to live in such a great country, we are able to travel and see such amazing wonders that God has created for our viewing pleasure! Of course many Thanks go out to the Veterans for making this all possible! Without their continued sacrifice, our freedom to travel this Great Land would not be a reality!

Ultimate Sacrifice

The Ultimate Sacrifice for our Freedom.

We plan to celebrate Veteran’s Day today by going to watch a flag ceremony by Doug’s grandson’s Boy Scout Troop.  Evan is very proud to be involved and we are honored to have been invited to watch.   God bless America!


Filed under Bend, Bus, Bus Conversion, Jacob's Brake, Mt. Hood, Oregon, Silver Eagle, Travel

3 responses to “We arrived in Vancouver, WA yesterday……………

  1. Glad you made it, nice trip. Almost trouble free and you could not have asked for better weather. Put up a deal for the Vet’s on my site today if you want to see it: http://boxcarokie.com/2011/11/11/veterans-day/

    Take care,


  2. Harry Johnson

    Good to hear you made it safe and sound.

    Liz and Harry

  3. Harry Johnson

    Happy to hear you made it safe and sound.

    Harry and Liz

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