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.
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.
As has been the case for the past decade or so, Elliot came to visit his popop (now you know where my geocaching handle came from) and grandma. The big difference about this summer is that we are full time nomads living out of our motorhome! Despite being a teenager and now as tall as me, we made it work for three weeks. He has a great disposition and that makes all the difference! It was a joy to travel around Oregon with him – we know his life will become too busy to do this much longer, we will take it while we can!
Meeting up at PDX
Picked him up at PDX
As always, we hunt a few geocaches so before leaving Portland we went on a hike in Marquam Nature Park and found four.
Please notice only ONE smiley face! Normally, I would plan a full day of hiking in an area like this with so many hiking trails and geocaches. Not today. I did look for a couple of them as I made my way to the main destination but couldn’t find them.
No, I did not just find a stone pillar with the number 7000 etched into it. But I did find my 7000th geocache! And found it in one of my very favorite ways….exploring the outdoors with one of my grandchildren.
This adventure took place in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge along the Willamette River in the Sellwood/Moreland neighborhood. This day graced us with a short break in the wet weather, enough to get out for a short stroll and a string of three quick caches not far from the parking lot.