John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Welcome

Snake River

One Way Off The Interstate!

We Wind

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

Circle The Wagons!

Oregon Trail Valley

Landscape Changes


Even we plan. We do not like to but occasionally we have to. Memorial Day is this weekend. We make reservations at the KOA in Cascades Lock for the weekend.

We go shopping in Boise. John uses his Cabela’s points. I get a new camera at Best Buy. I wore the old zoom out.

We get a late start and head to the Interstate. We have no choice. We cross into Oregon. We cross into the Pacific Time zone. We are now three hours behind home.

The road twists and turns. We climb and then coast. John thinks we are putting the RV through a greater workout today than in Yellowstone! It does not seem to mind.

Baker City is the halfway point. We visit the National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. The museum is on the top of a hill overlooking a valley that the Oregon Trail crossed. The museum is good but today it is an excuse to stretch the legs. We still have 1 ½ hours of driving ahead of us.

Back on the Interstate, we again wind our way. The landscape has changed. We are now seeing pines instead of sagebrush. It is a beautiful drive. Occasionally there is a shower. It is Oregon.

As we approach Pendleton we are given three warnings that there in a six mile 6% downward grade ahead. Check your breaks! There are two runaway truck ramps. Fortunately, we do not need to use them.

We are staying overnight in Pendleton. Tomorrow, we start our Oregon vacation. Cascade Locks is on the Columbia River Gorge.

Campground: Mountain View KOA

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