Hope, British Columbia

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From Anacortes, we headed north and crossed the Canadian border at Sumas, WA.  Once across, we turned east to the town of Hope.  This small town is on the Frasier River at the southern end of the Frasier Valley.  This is a place of spectacular natural beauty.  Near vertical granite mountains rise up in all directions.  The Trans Canada Highway runs through the valley.

In 1848, Fort Hope was established by Hudson’s Bay Company at the trailhead for what is now known as HBC Heritage Trail.  This trail was originally developed as a way to reach inland bypassing Frasier Valley since the valley walls were too steep to navigate.  In the years following, the fur trade and the 1858 Frasier River Gold Rush supported Hope and its residents.

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Portland, OR

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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.

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Yosemite National Park

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We all have our views about natural beauty but I can’t imagine that anyone would not agree that Yosemite National Park is one of the most spectacular places on earth.  Yosemite Valley has majestic glacier carved granite walls with waterfalls and lush meadows.  With Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Half Dome and Glacier Point the mind has difficulty coping with the sheer size and scope of what the eye sees.

Yosemite Falls, at 2,425 feet, is the tallest waterfall in North America when including all three portions, upper, middle and lower falls.  Generally, at this time of year its water source would be mostly dried up but there was still a good stream tumbling down the sheer rock face.

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Gorham, NH

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Gorham is in eastern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, close to Mount Washington.  Mount Washington, at 6,288 feet is one of the highest points in the eastern United States.  Unfortunately, during our two days here it was rainy and overcast with low clouds, making Mount Washington invisible.

Glen Ellis Falls

We took a loop drive through the White Mountains National Forest, driving south as far as the village of North Conway which is a year round resort destination.  They get some of their largest crowds when people come to view the autumn colors.  On the way back north we stopped off to hike to Glen Ellis Falls, a very picturesque 65 foot high waterfall.

Next stop:  Trenton, Maine (Acadia National Park)

Hocking Hills State Park

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Hocking Hills State Park is located about 60 miles southeast of Columbus, OH.  It is a series of non-contiguous natural areas, many of which are beautiful alcoves and overhangs carved into shale and sandstone.  The result is impressive waterfalls, gorges and vistas.  We camped at the Top O’ The Caves campground.  From there we were able to hike to Ash Cave, Cedar Falls and to the most popular spot in Hocking Hills, Old Man’s Cave.

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