Over the weekend, we drove all the way through Idaho to Portland, OR! It was a marathon drive, but glad we made it.
Tripp jumped across the Idaho border!
Driving along the Columbia River was really beautiful the closer we got to Portland. We looked for mountain goats, but didn’t see any. We did see their trails in the grass.
Carla drove us through this extremely windy downhill section (6% grade for 6 miles!). I feel bad, because she was driving for an hour to give me a break and this was part of the roadshe got it!
Saturday night, after 760 miles and 13.5 hours of driving, we pulled into the last spot at a truck stop outside of Portland. Carla had called 13 RV parks trying to find a place to stay, but no luck. Parking in the Walmart parking lot can result in a fine in Portland, so that wasn’t an option either.
The next morning we drove the last few hours to Florence, OR. It was so nice to see a lot of evergreen trees!
We had never driven north on Highway 101 from Florence before, and it was absolutely beautiful! But also pretty scary to drive along the side of the mountain!! It looked very much like Big Sur, CA.
Mommy keeping Tripp’s feet dry when a wave comes in!
Avin loved sifting sand, looking for treasures:
Tripp had fun building a fort with driftwood:
We then headed back into town and ate at a favorite fish n chips restaurant in this area called Mo’s. You can’t sit by the window and watch for sea otters and sea lions to surface in the bay.
Crab pot ropes all ready to go on a dock near the restaurant:
There was a big fruit stand set up near the waterfront and we bought some really good peaches!
The next day we climbed on the sand dunes just behind the RV park. This is why a lot of people with ATVs stay at this park. There is a road at the back of the park that takes you straight to the dunes!
It’s been so windy the last couple of days that if you leave the RV would does open you will find sand inside the RV that blows off the dunes behind the park!
Unfortunately, the cellular service and wifi were both so sketchy that we had to leave this RV park the next day, as it was making it hard to work. Unless you are right in town, Florence is a bad area for cell service. It stinks, because we really like this area. Honeyman State Park looks like a really nice place to stay and there is marginal cell service, so we may give that a shot on a weekend sometime to test it out.
Look for another blog post soon! I got behind while we had bad connectivity.