A few miles off I-5 in Woodland, Washington and about 25 miles north of Portland, Oregon, Columbia Riverfront RV Park is a nicely kept park on the Columbia River. We spent a night there on our way from Northern Washington to Portland.
One of the great treats about full-time travel is all the new places we travel to, through and that we visit, but more importantly the new friends we make.
A friend from of ours from Birmingham and I have shared a Facebook friend who lives in La Conner with her husband for a while. My Birmingham friend went to college with her and has known her for years. We were introduced by him via Facebook because we share a love of photography and, as a bonus, we have the same politics. She also hails from the South. We conversed via Facebook and via private messages for years. I was very happy when she invited Melanie and me to come and visit with she and her husband in La Conner.
Like many communities, La Conner has its own struggle with COVID. When we were there restaurants and shops were just opening back up and people were (mostly) wearing masks. We were able to park Miranda across from her home in a friend's business parking lot for a few restful and enjoyable days.
From the website:
There’s a reason why we are so often voted the most perfect Washington state weekend getaway destination and land on top of the romantic getaways Washington state lists– it’s the same reason we love living and working here. Plain and simple … not only is it beautiful, but our community is full of genuinely warm and friendly folks.
We'll be back for a visit with our new friends our next time through Washington.
Images from a couple of our recent travel days in Oregon. From Florence to Lincoln City, Oregon and some from our stop in Astoria, Oregon.
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park is our first Oregon State Park.
Because of COVID-19, camping in Honeyman is currently by reservation only. Services are limited and the bathhouses are not available for showers. The campground is convenient to Florence, Oregon. We rode our bikes into town on several occasions.
Great campground. We'll be back.
We've been traveling again (after quarantine in Sisters, Oregon) for over two weeks. We've stayed at six different campgrounds, all of them commercial campgrounds. While Oregon is slowly opening up, most Oregon State Park Campgrounds are closed or offering limited services.
Case in point, we were scheduled to camp just north of Crater Lake at Diamond Lake Campground (National Park Campground) on the 8th of June. We made a reservation for 4 days. About a week after getting confirmation, the National Park Service notified us we'd been cancelled due to continuing concerns by Oregon of COVID-19. After receiving notice of cancellation, we decided to make our way back towards the coast, stopping over again in Eugene, Oregon for three days.
Deerwood RV Park is located just off the Williamette Highway and Interstate 5 southeast of Eugene.
It's is a nicely kept park in a good location to explore Eugene. They provide nice and spacious private showers and have a nice laundry room.
Melanie and I rode our bikes from Deerwood over to Island Park about 6 miles away and picked up the greenway that runs along the Williamette River. We rode to Owen Rose Garden and then on into downtown Eugene where we picked up groceries and got a beer at a downtown bar on the way back to Deerwood.
We'd stay here again.
Crater Lake National Park was an easy drive from our spot at Rocky Point Resort in Klamath, Oregon. While the park is currently open, none of the facilities are and the East Rim Drive is currently closed. We arrived at about 9:30 a.m. and found very few people around. We basically had the West Rim Drive to ourselves. Looking at the park map, there's plenty for us to explore next time around.
Steven and Melanie