Friday, May 10, 2013

Gateway of the Gorge, Thursday, May 9, 2013

By 9:10am this morning we were on our way traveling north from Nehalem for twenty couple miles until we came to route 26 going east to Portland.  But we continued a little way beyond to Troutdale, "The Gateway to the Gorge"- that would be the Columbia River gorge.
From 2013-05-09
  Tom had called ahead this morning to Sandy River RV Park to check about a campsite for the next 2 nights but the office did not open until 11am.  By 11:45am we were at the campground and a site was available.  Setting up and lunch as usual and then Tom noticed a short scenic drive that was to end at a viewing area of 5 mountains- Mt.St Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainer, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson.  So we were off on this 14 mile drive but a little passed mile post 9 the road was closed because of snow although there was no sign of any snow anywhere.  We couldn't pass through the gate so we returned a little disappointed but tomorrow we hope to make up for that disappointment with a drive through the Colimbia River Gorge.

We spent part of our evening planning out our travels in order to assure that we will be in Ohio by the 30th of May.  We also walked about the campground and to a community park across the street from the campground.  The park has a "beach" along the Sandy River whose source of water comes from Mt. Hood.  That water had to be cold but people were in there mostly wading.  It is warmer here than along the coast with temperatures today in the 80's.