One of the things that make travel so exciting is seeing new views; panoramas abound within each landscape and usually hole something for everyone.
I wonder if that’s why window-shopping is so appealing to women and not men. No matter.
When you put two senior women in a small car packed with gear, most anything is possible as well. And that’s how it’s been for us this past week. We’ve seen waterfalls that could stop the heart with their beauty (i.e. Multnomah Falls, Horsetail Falls, and several others.)
The mighty Columbia River never fails to make its presence felt. Windsurfers, para-sailors, kayakers, cruise ships, and sailboat enthusiasts all use the waters for their fun and entertainment. Dams and locks, fish ladders and fisheries break up the surface of the river for the power and the life of those who depend on the river’s use.
Yep, we’ve been a few places along The Dalles. We’ve enjoyed the cold-water showers from on-high, and camped among the forests lining the river.
A quick trip north into Washington had us camping among old growth stands of lodge pole pine, Western White Cedar, and various under story trees in the Millersylvania State Park. Erecting a tent onsite there reminded me of camping among the redwoods in northern California two decades ago. The same sense of serenity flowed from the roots of the monumental trees to spread throughout the confines of the campground. The small lake’s still waters waited for fishermen and canoe paddles alike.
Visits with family and friends kept us occupied until yesterday when we moved south again to the Portland, OR area to meet with more friends and family. From here we’ll move to the coast tomorrow and find new adventures.
How much longer will we be on the road? We honestly don’t know, other than the fact that we’ll be home sometime before the end of the month. Like everyone else, much depends on time, weather, finances, and how we feel physically. Allergies are trying to get the best of us. Everything is in bloom along the coast at the moment, which makes breathing an interesting proposition in its own right.
So, there you have it; my first official report from the camping trenches. We’re having issues with the laptop, too, which makes reporting difficult.
Take care, all, and have some fun of your own on these lovely early summer days. Until later, a bientot,