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Published: October 5th 2009
Columbia river Gorge
Rainy weather, low clouds, or high mountains?
Starting Sept. 29 we had several days of rainy weather and cooler temps. I started piecing a quilt on my sewing machine and Ron fixed the camper windows again. This time the windows work but the turn signal doesn't and neither does one brake light. I'm sure there is a repair shop in our future.
We also moved across the Columbia River into Washington to a campground up the side of a mountain. Down by the river there is the constant sound of the trains and the highway, up in the mountain all of that disappears. Timberlake Campground in Home Valley is a lovely place if you are traveling through this area.
We picked up our mail in Hood River, a very pretty town, with steep streets and way too many bicycle shops. There aren't many out of shape people in this town, only the tourists from Michigan! We sat at a street coffee shop enjoying the sunshine, talking to Gert on the phone and watching the folks go by. I overheard one woman say to her friends 'I can’t believe we're sitting here drinking coffee in this place' and we felt the same
The white lighthouse right near the beach by our campsite
On October 3rd we arrived at the Pacific Ocean!! We are at Cape Disappointment State Park. This is the same place from which Lewis and Clark and the Expedition of Discovery first saw the ocean. We stood on the same beach this morning. Lewis or maybe it was Clark wrote "Mission accomplished" in his journal, and it really was.
We watched some guys crabbing for Dungeness crabs from a nearby jetty and being pretty successful. A couple of seals swam by, and no Kris, I didn't get a picture.
Our campsite is home to at least four of the cutest raccoons, who are way too friendly and looking for handouts. Dave enjoys watching them though. They are much grayer in color then our Michigan raccoons. There are 2 lighthouses here to mark the treacherous mouth of the Columbia River.
Great weather again sunshine and in the 60's.
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