We're home in Salt Lake City. Actually we've been home a week as of yesterday. We've cleaned the rig and its contents, celebrated granddaughter Mia's 7th birthday, gone to a movie for the first time in months (Sully), went out to dinner with friends, hiked a local canyon and walked, walked, walked the dogs.
We were gone 30 days, drove 2000 miles, and made 16 stops -- many more than we normally make in 30 days. The longest we stayed anywhere was Yakima, where we parked four nights. We stayed three nights in Kennewick, WA; Beverly Beach, OR; Season's home in Stayton, OR; and Detroit Lake, OR. We spent two nights each in Baker City, OR; Bend; OR; and Glenn's Ferry, ID. And we made overnight stays in eight other places. We figure we averaged $27 a night for camping spots.
We talked about Bend, Oregon, in our last post. After Bend we drove to Burns, Oregon. Burns is the closest city to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge where armed militants seized the refuge for 41 days earlier this year. The trial for the militants is happening right now in Portland. If you are interested in the standoff that lead to their arrest, here is an informative link.
Campgrounds in those two small towns seemed pricey. We spent $37 for a night the the Burns RV Park and $39 for one night in Fruitland. Both RV park owners were beyond helpful. Both said "take some" about the fruit on display in their offices: plums in Burns and apples in Fruitland. Both offered site choices and said "go take a look and let me know" instead of just assigning one like the larger RV campgrounds do. But the campgrounds were basic (although Fruitland had fast wifi) and I don't think they'd be able to charge nearly $40 a night if there was competition.
After that it was two days at one of our new favorite public parks: Three Island Crossing State Park in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. We spent one night there at the beginning of our trip and decided we'd stop on our way back if it worked out.
Three Island Crossing is one of two places where Oregon Trail pioneers crossed the Snake River. Before ferries were available, pioneers waded/swam/floated their horses/oxen/wagons across the Snake, going from island to island to get a breather. Between1840 to 1850, 50,000 pioneers crossed at the three islands.
And our last stop: Snowville, Utah, just seven miles across the Idaho border at the Earp and James RV Park. Then it was an easy drive home the next morning.
(Mom: Click on any of the photos to make them larger.)
Our spot at the Neat Retreat RV Park in Fruitville, Idaho, just two miles from Ontario, Oregon. Jim and I thought we'd never spent any time in Ontario. Then we drove into town and noticed a familiar looking restaurant. "Didn't we have dinner there once?" we asked each other. We went to the Red Apple grocery store and it looked familiar too. A trip down the memory lane of our minds and a blog search revealed that we'd previously been to Ontario in 2003 and 2014.