Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

August 28-September 1, 2017

  The ladies we met at the top of Colonel Bob mountain in Washington recommended this spot to us, and this is the beauty of not having a plan anymore. We camped at Eagle Creek Campground in the Gorge, it was nice and quiet, as the summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. We hiked the Eagle Creek trail, unfortunately due to the forest fires, the trail was closed after a few miles, but we still managed some of it and visited Punchbowl falls. The next day we spent an afternoon relaxing at Thunder Island Brewery with our map and calendar, planning out the next few weeks. Thunder Island Brewery is located at Bridge of the Gods, part of the Pacific Crest Trail and we saw many hikers enjoying some food, beer and most importantly phone service! Hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail is something I would love to do….one day!    On the drive out of the Gorge we planned to stop at Multnomah Falls, but we didn’t plan very well for this one! Driving the trailer is pretty daunting and although my chauffeur is pretty damn good at maneuvering our house around the country, every now and then we encounter some issues. The Historic Columbia River Highway is not the widest of roads and probably not best to drive down with an RV/Travel Trailer….oooops! We made it out alive after causing some back ups and worried looks from oncoming drivers! Needless to say it was not the place to stop for sightseeing or pictures at the falls - shame because it’s a beautiful area.

The ladies we met at the top of Colonel Bob mountain in Washington recommended this spot to us, and this is the beauty of not having a plan anymore. We camped at Eagle Creek Campground in the Gorge, it was nice and quiet, as the summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. We hiked the Eagle Creek trail, unfortunately due to the forest fires, the trail was closed after a few miles, but we still managed some of it and visited Punchbowl falls. The next day we spent an afternoon relaxing at Thunder Island Brewery with our map and calendar, planning out the next few weeks. Thunder Island Brewery is located at Bridge of the Gods, part of the Pacific Crest Trail and we saw many hikers enjoying some food, beer and most importantly phone service! Hiking part of the Pacific Crest Trail is something I would love to do….one day!

On the drive out of the Gorge we planned to stop at Multnomah Falls, but we didn’t plan very well for this one! Driving the trailer is pretty daunting and although my chauffeur is pretty damn good at maneuvering our house around the country, every now and then we encounter some issues. The Historic Columbia River Highway is not the widest of roads and probably not best to drive down with an RV/Travel Trailer….oooops! We made it out alive after causing some back ups and worried looks from oncoming drivers! Needless to say it was not the place to stop for sightseeing or pictures at the falls - shame because it’s a beautiful area.

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The next day we drove out to Hillsboro (west of Portland) to meet our friend Katerina and her family. Katerina’s husband, Adam, works at an organic farm, and on our way to the farm we encountered yet another hurdle with the trailer, this time involving a low bridge. The bridge was 10 ft and we really debated about whether we would fit, again we caused some traffic but everyone was nice and helpful….mostly everyone! Eventually we decided not to risk it and we would back up into a drive and turn around. As David started backing up and I was again practicing my air traffic control moves, a guy came running out of the house yelling, “no you can’t back up into this driveway”, at first look I thought he had a gun in his hands and my heart was racing, but it was a power washer handle! He was a little crazy and hill billy like, and said his landlord gets really mad when people use the driveway to back into and turn around. Well great because we didn’t have many options here! Thank goodness for the non crazy people, a construction worker came over and said he was confident we would fit and he would watch us as we drove. This guy climbed up on the beams of the bridge, watched and talked to David as he drove and we made it, it was close but phew, all’s well that ends well. To the farm we go! Adam gave us a tour around, talked to us about what he does and educated us a little on some techniques to the growth process. The farm is in a really amazing location with beautiful views and the freshest of produce, what an amazing place to work everyday. We even got a goodie bag to take home with us - thank you Adam. Katerina is a holistic health practitioner, you should absolutely check out her website and online business here! Next stop Oregon Coast and back to the beach - yay!