We last visited Portland in June of 2014 as part of our road trip heading to Seattle to house sit. If you are interested, you can see the details of that visit here, here and here. This time we of course are in our motorhome, parked at the Columbia River RV Park. We repeated some experiences from our last time here and tried to see something new.
Lincoln City was our next stop going north along the Oregon Coast. We arrived just in time for the Crab Feed and Wooden Boat Show in nearby Depoe Bay. They were serving up succulent, locally sourced dungeness crabs and showing beautiful wooden boats, many of which were built by those who were on hand to tell their story.
This is the first time we have traveled (in our motorhome) outside of the state of California since January 2017, about 15 months ago. We drove in our car to Tahoe for skiing earlier this year but otherwise we spent all of 2017 and the first part of 2018 in California. We crossed into Oregon on Highway 101 while moving from Crescent City, CA, to Coos Bay, OR.
Crystal Crane Hot Springs (pics) was our stopover while traveling from Bend, OR, to Boise, ID. It’s located about 20 miles east of Burns, OR, with pretty much nothing else around. Oh, sure, there are some farms around, you can actually see a few scattered lights in the distance once it gets dark.
The hot springs here are natural mineral springs that are pumped up from as much as 350 feet down. They have a large pond for soaking as well as private hot tub rooms. They have small cabins, RV spaces, a tent camping area and even a teepee. There was a large common area with books, games and a TV. They even have a “camp kitchen” which is available for guest use. Suffice to say it was a quiet and peaceful stopover in eastern Oregon.
Next up is Boise, ID.