We have had a busy Fall season. We dusted off the truck camper and went on a little adventure to Oregon. We met my sister Penny, brother in law, Tony, and our friends Wanda and Mike in Sisters, Oregon. We also stopped in Portland on our way home to see Dustin. It had been over a year since we stopped traveling, and we were ready to hit the open road again. We spent the first night parked at a casino in Spokane, WA and saw Dierks Bentley in concert. The next morning as we were set to hit the road, Paul noticed a flat on one of the inside dual tires. Luckily, there was a tire store just up the road that fixed it right away, and we were back on the road in an hour or less.
I had never driven through Washington and was a little surprised how desert like it is. I always thought the whole state was covered in large pine trees.
As you can see, no big trees to be found, in middle Washington.
The campground where we stayed in Sisters was right in town. We walked and rode bikes everywhere we went. We didn't take many photos, we were too busy playing cards and drinking beer to bother with the camera.
We had a nice visit with Dustin. He was leaving Portland in a couple days to work in Hong Kong for the month. It's always great to spend time with our boy.
After we left Portland we headed to Mount Rainier. The campground in the National Park is beautiful. A creek and the Ohanapecosh River run right through the park. We backed up the camper right up to the river bank. The view and sound of the river were beautiful. It's definitely a place we will visit again.
After we left Mount Rainier, we planned on making our way northeast and camp in a few more spots on our way home. When we got to a junction that would take us a shorter way home, we made a quick decision to just beeline home. As much as I like to travel, you can't beat where we live.
The off road group we belong to had an all girls ride called the Dirty Diva's ride. I made a new friend by inviting a lady I didn't know to ride with me in the side by side. We had a great time! It rained the entire day, and almost everyone was soaked to the bone by the second beer stop. I wore rain gear, and was pretty comfortable. Some of the men in the group went up ahead of us and fixed hamburgers for our lunch. Except for the rain, it was a great day.
My friends Jane and Debi came up from San Diego and stayed a couple nights with us. I took them on the Lions Club train ride up to Metaline Falls. Then we drove up to Beaver Lodge for lunch, overlooking Thomas Lake. Then, we drove to Debi's cabin in Salmon, Idaho. Jane's sister Ann met us there for a girls retreat. We hiked, played cards and dominoes, and had a great time. Jane came back to our house for a couple extra days before she flew home.
A couple weeks later I flew down to Southern California to celebrate my mama's 75 birthday. We had a really good visit. Just like always, we danced in the kitchen a few times. It was the first time in ten years that all of her kids were together. As much fun as it was, it was great to get back home to Paul and Fiona. I'm so glad I didn't miss the first snow of the season. I hope it comes soon. I can't wait!
To see the rest of the photos, click on Snapshots 4 Fall 2016!