Let’s start this story by talking about our drive from La Pine, OR to White Salmon, WA. “Someone” decided that it would be better to take Highway 197 instead of Highway 97 because it was a little shorter. Well, as it turns out, this was a BIG MISTAKE. Sorry there are no photos from the drive, but I was too busy holding my breath while we went around hairpin turns on winding roads! It was crazy! Not the best route for our second or third (or tenth!) road trip.
But we made it! The Bridge RV Park has an excellent website and they even give driving directions for big rigs, since as they say, your GPS lies! We came across The Dalles bridge instead of going over the Hood River Bridge, which was much less scary! Unfortunately, we did listen to our GPS for a minute and she had us turn the wrong way when we got over the bridge (even though we knew better!) Turning around an RV with a towed is no joke. It took us a good 20 minutes to find a place where we could finally turn around.
The GPS wants to take you a different way because of the low tunnels on Highway 14 – but as it turns out, the tunnels are fine, as long as you stay on the middle line and stay away from the outer edge where the tunnel is low! When we were going through the bridge, hugging the middle line, there was a car coming directly at us in OUR lane! He was going around some cyclists! What kind of crazy cyclists ride through dark tunnels on narrow roads? We made it, but we were both a little shaken up. If the cyclists had been on our side, we may not have seen them since we were going from bright sunlight to a dark tunnel.
When we arrived at the RV park, they had us park in the entrance while I ran inside. While I was in there, other cars and RV’s were piling up behind us, which was totally stressing us out. I asked if we should move and the lady at check-in said, “No, don’t worry about it” as she continued to tell me all about the restaurants in the area.
When we got to our spot, we unhooked the CRV and I when I went to start it up the battery was dead! DOH! Did I mention that it was about 90 degrees and we were worried about the animals in the rig? We pushed the car out of the way and proceeded to try and level the rig – which left the front wheels about 10 inches off the ground. It just didn’t look right to us, but Kevin’s dad assured us that we were fine, so we continued setting up. (It’s so nice to have an expert that you can call at any time, thanks Dad!!)
A couple of days later, we moved the rig forward and re-leveled everything. It was a little better, but still not great!
The RV Park on the other hand was GREAT! We were across the bridge from Hood River, Oregon which is full of great restaurants, a Walmart, and some shopping. We were also close to amazing hikes, mountain biking, and brew pubs.
Our first weekend we hiked Falls Creek Falls outside of Carson, Washington. WOW is all I can say. It was A-MAZING. It was a moderate climb to the falls, perfect for our first hike! We enjoyed a nice picnic on the hike, and Kenzie loved wading in the fresh, cold water.
A few days later, we took a nice bike ride on the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. It was a nice meandering trail that goes through the Mosier tunnels. Let’s just say that the way down to Mosier was much easier than the way up into Hood River – but we had a great time!
Since we were in the land of waterfalls, we decided to do another hike to Tamanawas Falls. It had some pretty challenging terrain. Apparently there was a landslide that hadn’t been cleared about 1/4 mile from the falls – but we didn’t let that stop us! (we should have, but we didn’t!) It would have been easier without Kenzie, but she was a trooper and we made it to the falls, which was totally worth it! The way back was a little tougher. Somehow it seemed much harder to climb back down the pile of rocks on the trail than it did to climb up.
As our second week was coming to an end in White Salmon, we looked at the weather at our next destination and decided it was going to be too cold there, and arranged to stay an extra week. We were so glad we did! It gave us an opportunity to hike Dog Mountain on a weekday afternoon.
Dog Mountain is no joke. 3 1/2 miles straight UP. Not just a nice little gradual up – steep up! Many times I was walking on my toes!! Nothing to make you feel a little out of shape! But we made it to the top and the views were totally worth the climb. I was so happy that it was a cool, cloudy day. I can’t imagine doing it on a hot day!
The wildflowers were everywhere – I don’t think I have ever seen so many! It’s definitely a hike you need to do if you’re in the area! Unfortunately, the hike down is no easier than the hike up! In face, I think it’s harder! I was so glad we didn’t bring Kenzie, as she would have dragged me down the hill! My quads were SO SORE for the next couple of days! But still, totally worth it!
Bridge RV did not disappoint. It was close to tons of things to do – we didn’t even begin to do all that there was to do. It also had an amazing play area for Kenzie, something that we truly value! They had SUPER nice bathrooms and 24 hour laundry, which I really enjoyed. Did I mention that there was a couple of bald eagles across the street? It was awesome!
If you’re ever in the area, be sure to check out Bridge RV Park!
I know this is a long post – I’m going to try to blog after each adventure in the future so it won’t be so long – thanks for hanging in there!
Here are some photos from the adventure!