John and Janet 2012 Oregon travel blog

Half Way

Lower Ski Lifts

Another Oregon Byway

Regretfully, we leave Oregon today. At Madras, we turn onto Route 26.

Almost immediately, we travel down into a canyon. We know this means we will have to make the climb back up. It is a long steep climb but we make it. Our flashers are on with all the trucks. I think Oregon wants to check how many Thunder Eggs we are taking with us! They need a bridge here!

We head to the Mt. Hood Scenic Byway. We have wonderful views of Mt. Hood. Of course, we have been seeing Mt. Hood all week from the High Desert.

We cross the 45th Parallel. We turn around to get a picture. We are half way between the Equator and the North Pole.

We cross a pass before arriving at Government Camp. It is another hard climb over the pass. At Government Camp, we stretch our legs. We take some pictures of the Mt Hood ski areas before heading down the mountain. I am not sure if up or down is worse. We do not attempt the climb to Timberline Lodge.

We arrive at I84 near the Columbia River and head west. We are retracing a small portion of our earlier route. Before reaching Portland, we cross the Columbia River and again have lunch in Vancouver, WA. Sweet Tomatoes is worth a return visit.

We head north on I5 following the Columbia River. At Longview, we enter new territory. Instead of crossing back into Oregon and heading to Astoria, we travel toward Mt. St. Helens.

The climbing and the traffic make it a more difficult travel day. I am glad to kick back with a glass of wine in our RV Park. We are minutes from the Mt. St. Helens Visitor Center and an hour from the Johnson Ridge Observatory. Everyone has told us that this is not to be missed!

Campground: Longview North/Mt. St. Helens KOA

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