Vacation days needed to be used before the end of the year. So what to do? Where to go? We were hoping to spend a week skiing at the local resorts but the snows have not come. There is very little at the resorts. So now what? We decided to spend some time in Oregon along the Deschutes river. We would start our vacation at the Deschutes River State Recreation Area. The campground is located near where the Deschutes dumps into the Columbia river. The park was partially open for winter. The water and bathrooms were not available during winter but trash collection and power was. The best part is that that park is very busy during the summer but not at all during winter. Just they way we like it.
We would take our time getting there and do some geocaching along the way. We eventually arrived at the campground around 1pm. We got things set up and relaxed for the rest of the day and night.
We had a pretty good nights sleep. There are trains that blow their horns nearby but still far enough away to not be real bad. Other than that, it was very quite. We had the campground to ourselves but sometime during the night two others came in to stay. Not a big deal at all, having to share around 30 sites for us three RV’s is pretty easy.
The next morning after breakfast Joanne and I along with two of our dogs would do a nearly 5 mile hike. It would be a loop hike up the river then up the hills to the east and back to camp. A few geocaches were found along the way and many amazing views were seen. There was a fire that came through the area last fall but the views were still amazing.
We got back to camp about 3 hours later. We had some lunch and played some games with Cody. It was a nice afternoon.
People ask us why we love to camp in the winter. Well why not? As long as you dress correctly so you stay dry and warm, it is a wonderful time to be out. On this portion of the trip the highs would be in the mid 30’s and lows in the mid 20’s. So yes, dressing correctly is what makes it fun to be out.
The next day we would do some geocaching and work our way to The Dalles and Hood River Oregon. Today was our sons 13th birthday and we promised him pizza for lunch. So going into town would allow that. It just so happened to allow us to stop at a brewery as well.
We returned to camp and made dinner. We talked about what we would do the next few days. We could stay here, that was the original plan. We talked about driving west along Washington highway 14 then head north at Interstate 5 and up to Kent to see family. In the end that is what we decided to do, make our way to Kent Washington. Of course we would have to stop for a few geocaches along the way. One being a hike to the top of Beacon Rock. That is something I have wanted to do for a long time now. This trip would allow the time to do that. The hike was simply amazing to the top. Sure it was windy and cold but still a great time.
We would continue to make our way to Kent with a couple other stops. One was in Winlock to see a fun roadside attraction. After that stop it was nonstop to Kent.
Our family live in a gated community in Kent so we had to get a pass to be allowed to park our camper there for two nights. Not a big deal just rules you must follow. Their driveway is far too steep to pull onto so we had to park on the road.
We did not go anywhere during the two days visiting except for a short time to take our granddaughter to go find her first geocache. Of course she is too young to remember it but we will.
On Sunday we left Kent and made our way home to the Spokane Washington area. We stopped to find a couple more geocaches in central Washington. One was at a hidden public area for fishing I never knew existed.
It was yet another great trip. A mix of different things but still plenty of time to simply relax. Now it is back to work so we can go on other trips in the future. We do have plans for New Years for our next outing with the camper. You never know though, something may come up before then too.
winter rivers 12/4 – 12/9 2018