Labor Day Weekend in Dufur

For the third time this summer, we trekked to my folks’ place in Dufur, OR after a stay in Central Oregon! Labor Day weekend is always a good one to stay put at home and that works great for my folks but our home is on wheels and we needed somewhere to stay soooooo……

It was a nice quiet and relaxing visit in sleepy little Dufur, Oregon.

Went for a drive one afternoon to see if we could find a multi geocache that Dad had to DNF a few years ago and never returned to look again.  Got it this time after having to expand our search radius somewhat.

Highway 44 Series: Overhill, Underhill (GC612C) by Capt. Jack, 1st Mate & Max

Now we have to move on to Coos Bay one last time this year before heading south so Patricia can prepare new photography product and restock inventory at Bandon’s Second Street Gallery.

From Hood to Coast

After a week boondocking near Mt. Hood, we came off the mountain and began the move towards our annual kayaking/geocaching event at Tugman State Park near Coos Bay.

But first…….

A couple of nights in the Columbia Gorge, a quick visit in Portland and a few days on the coast at Newport.

First up, two nights at Ainsworth State Park (one of our favorite places). It was a short stay where we use our full hookup site to clean up and recharge. We managed an out and back hike to Angel’s Rest, a few geocaches and an awesome breakfast at Multnomah Falls Lodge.

Angels Rest Hike

Angels Rest Hike

Angel’s Rest Trail Beginning (GC533EK) by Aye-yo
Rabbit Delight (GC533E6) by Aye-yo
We’re going for a hike (GC3GJ1T) by Devil Dog Cacher
Stump Passage (GC533EA) by Aye-yo
Ainsworth Potty Break (No Swag) (GC5W388) by WineGuyTodd

 

Another two nights in Troutdale to visit daughter and family. Managed to find one geocache in nearby Westmoreland Park

 

Finished the week off with two nights at South Beach State Park in Newport on the coast. Elliot was glad to sleep out in the tent again!

Caching Newport Area

Caching Newport Area

The all mighty buck! (GC5QN27) by LordDraco
Wooden Cave on the road to nowhere (GC1NZPJ) by ryan23
Higher Education (GC40GRR) by RedRoadstar
Turtlenestone (GC5MYDX) by Turtlefromspace

 

In The Shadow Of Mt. Hood

Finally got out of the big city! Headed to Mt. Hood National Forest, specifically Trillium Lake/Government Camp. We spent a week boondocking in a dispersed camping area a mile north of Trillium Lake.

This was our first time dry camping in the motorhome for more than one night. It turned out great. The on board water lasted the whole week and power needs were easily met with some generator time. Elliot camped out in a tent which he enjoyed quite a bit – it allowed him to sleep late each morning as teenagers love to do!

From our camp spot, we ventured out on day excursions for hiking, geocaching and photography.

Day Hike to Mirror Lake

Day Hike to Mirror Lake

 

 

Geocaches Found

Geocaches Found

Falling Falling Falling (GC4EW1M) by futureshrink
Mile High Club – Head in the Sky at Timberline (GC5Y2ZD) by baradam
Road Rage Alpha (GCPNZT) by Charlie Trail Duster
Timberline Lodge – CCHS Heritage Tour (GC3M53W) by DoodleCat & MisterKrrk
Alpine A Mile High! (GC5Z582) by Amygems
On The Way Down (GC5YET8) by Amygems
Route of Barlow (GC3QTAY) by darkarbl
Day Use (GC3N2B7) by Team Jeep Trails
roaring distance (GC3QTAP) by darkarbl
another micro (GC3Q7BJ) by darkarbl
nutella (GC3Q7A0) by darkarbl
roadside (GC3Q7AB) by darkarbl
Jazz’s Cache (GC1V9N7) by 3K
Coin Rock (GC13Q9D) by 3K
Ministry of Silly Socks (GCQH74) by jenni-0
Team Banzai (GC14RD6) by Rainbow Kitty and White Mouse
PCT from Frog Lake Parking (GC2931M) by SBellT351

Departing for the Nomadic Life!

Departing Coos Bay with a mix of emotions…..fear & trepidation, sadness and excitement!

Yesterday Patricia worked her final day at our local community college. Today we leave!

That may seem too quick. It’s not. We have been preparing for this day for the past three years. Everything was ready. No sense in waiting. There’s a big world out there to see!

This blog really won’t change that much. The focus will continue to be about the places geocaching takes me – only now the scenery will not be primarily Oregon.

Here is a video of our departure and first destination….

 

First Destination: Family in Dufur, OR.

First Destination: Family in Dufur, OR.         Four Generations