From Portland we crossed the Columbia River into Washington and went north to Silver Lake. We parked at Silver Cove RV Resort near the town of Castle Rock, WA. Our primary objective for this location was to visit Mount St. Helens.
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.
Located near Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs is indeed home to quite a few natural mineral hot springs. We stayed at Caliente Springs Resort which has a large pool, several spas and showers all of which are fed from the mineral springs. The water from the Desert Hot Springs Aquifer continues to be heated by ancient geothermal forces thousands of feet below the earth’s surface. Naturally heated to temperatures as high as 180 degrees, the waters are thought to have curative properties.
Twentynine Palms is a town of about 25,000 people located in the Mojave Desert on the north side of the Joshua Tree National Park. It was named for the palm trees found there in 1852 by Col. Henry Washington while surveying the area.
Joshua Tree National Park is the only national park that encompasses two distinct ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. It was declared a national park in 1994 when the US Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. The elevation in the park ranges from 1,900 feet above sea level to over 5,500 feet.
Greenfield is on Highway 101 south of Salinas. While here we visited the Monterey peninsula and Pinnacles National Park.
We have been to Monterey before on a road trip and it’s a beautiful place to visit. We checked out the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail, Lovers Point Park, Point Pinos Lightstation and had a terrific lunch in Cannery Row at The Fish Hopper restaurant. We also stopped at the Monarch Butterfly Grove in Pacific Grove. This is one of several wintering sites for these colorful butterflies along the Pacific coast. Temps were in the mid-50’s when we were there so they were not very active and we saw only a couple of them. We’re hoping to see more at the grove in Pismo Beach.