Oh Canada!

July 20: Departed Sandy first thing in the morning, and stopped to stretch our legs at White River Falls, Tygh Valley, Oregon which is an hour and a half from our house. From there, we turned north, setting our sites on Palouse Falls, Washington for the night. July 20-21: Overnight stop and hike at Palouse […]

Peaks, Coulees and Dams

What has been so enjoyable about our road trips is that we rarely have a destination or duration in mind when we set out. Equipped with a Delorme Road Atlas, our iPhones and a responsive touch on the steering wheel and brakes have allowed us to discover some pretty great locations. April 30: We were […]

Sand Lake

On the return trip from Idaho, we took Hwy 12 west of Yakima to check out some new territory. After 4 hours of driving, we passed Rimrock Lake and started to look for a likely boondocking spot. We pulled into tiny White Pass Campground at about 6 p.m., just opposite the White Pass Ski Area. […]

Umtanum Creek Canyon

On our way to northern Idaho, we stopped overnight at Big Pines Campground along the Yakima River Scenic Byway (Hwy 821 between Yakima and Ellensburg). Late in the afternoon, we scored what appeared to be a nice spot along the river bank: Unfortunately the old-school diesel motor home in the next spot decided to run […]

Dog Mountain Loop

We’ve been hearing about the Dog Mountain hike for a few years (a friend of ours said “it’s the hardest thing she’s ever done”). And now that we’ve had a solid week of 80 degree May weather (unheard of in Oregon), we figured the spring wildflowers that this trail is known for would be spectacular. […]