……….at around 3:30 pm.
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.
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.
Of course we just had to have a picture of this. I think they were thinking of us!
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.
The fall leaves were radiant and spectacular! Here is a shot of one of the local nursery’s in Sandy.
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!
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.
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!
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!