From Portland we followed the Columbia River east to the town of Umatilla, OR. Our near term objective is to get to Glacier National Park in Montana and this moved us 200 miles in that direction. If you haven’t been into the eastern part of Oregon and Washington, it is completely different than the green, wet and mountainous western portion. This part reminds me very much of California’s central valley, very dry with some gently rolling hills and lots of agriculture.
When we were here back in early May, we knew we needed to nail down an RV spot in which to ride out the July 4th holiday period. This is traditionally a very busy time for RV parks so you need to book early. In addition, we needed to make arrangements to get to an event in Las Vegas scheduled for June 28 – July 1. This event was the Iwashita-Akiyama family reunion. This is a family group related to Valerie’s maternal grandmother. Their first event was 3 years ago and they arranged to repeat it at the 3 year mark. A good number of the group traveled from Hawaii for the event.
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.