State: Columbia River is the border between Washington and Oregon.
The Dalles, OR
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum
Tillamook Forest Center
Rain rain go away! Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. I guess the rain is what keeps this region so pretty and green. And apparently all the fresh green grass is great for the dairy cows and their milk-making. From the little town of Tillamook, we drove about 30 miles up into the mountainsd (in the rain) to visit the Tillamook Forest Center. This free musuem had a bunch of new hands-on exhibits that taught about the forestry and fire history of this area. I just happy be out of the rain! This would be a great little spot for a picnic on a sunny day. Be sure to climb up the 40' fire look out tower!
Lincon City, OR
Lincoln City KOA
House on wheels. The sixty minute drive from McMinnville out to the coastal town of Lincoln City, OR was our first adventure with everyone in the rv and with our tow car attached. Matt drove it like a rock-star. I, on the other hand, tried to keep my eyes down on my phone trying not to look at how much of the lane we were taking up. At one point going across a narrow bridge, it looked like we had two options - go up a 6 inch curb on the passenger side or lose a side view mirror on the driver side. Ack! Somehow Matt managed to save our tires and mirror and I returned to looking at the map.
Evergreen Aviation and Space Musuem
After our relaxing hotel breakfast, we drove I-5 up through Oregon to Salem and then turned off on some smaller country roads to get to our new town of the week - McMinnville. The rv park where Matt and Jack had parked the Winnebago was right next door to this super huge plane and space museum. Good thing we brought along Emmett's orange astronat costume! The kids were excited to see each other, but Emmet and Kaylie were even more exited to see their new "rooms."
My old eyes don't care for driving on the freeway at night anymore (I totally get you now Grandpa John), so I had to find a place to stop in Oregon before it got too dark. On a great last minute recommendation from our friend Tim, we made the smart decision to spend the night in the college town of Ashland, OR. After our stay at the Poor Choice Inn and knowing we'd be spending the next year in an rv, I was inclinded to find a hotel/motel room with nicer linens, a sparkly bathroom and maybe even a hot tub...still on a budget of course.
First stop in town was Lithia Park. The kids got to run around, meet other kids and play. This picturesque park was right to a little creek (took all my might to keep Kaylie out of it so she wouldn't be all wet for dinner). It had an updated playground with fun things for both kids - the both liked trying to climb up this big man-made rock. One dad was there teaching his 3 year old real rock climbing techniques.
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!