With our unseasonably warm weather this year we decided to take a weekend trip up the Gorge to check out the wildflower blooms at Rowena Crest. We were extra lucky because besides the sunshine, we also were able to enjoy the last of the pear and apple blossoms in the Hood River Valley! We had reservations at Memaloose State Park which is situated right on the Columbia River between the towns of Hood River and The Dalles – the perfect base camp for exploring the area. It’s a beautiful, lush park surrounded in willows, lilac bushes and cotton wood trees. We’ve enjoyed ourselves every single time we’ve stayed here.
The park had only been open for a few weeks and didn’t look to be busy, but we made reservations just in case. We chose a full hook-up site that we’ve used before because we knew it was somewhat private. When we got there, every trailer site was full, and the one we had reserved was surrounded by GIANT motor homes. The tent sites along the river however were completely empty, so we opted to forgo electricity and move to a site with a view. We couldn’t believe our luck…totally by ourselves, situated right along the river. We were congratulating ourselves on our good decision as we set up camp. Just as we finished unpacking and the car had been unhitched, the first gust of wind hit…with such force that we could hardly open our trailer door. Our little Airstream shook like a tin can all that night and the next day. Campfire and cooking on the bbq outside was totally out of the question. Just a few feet up though, the wind completely disappeared. Apparently there was a good reason nobody had camped along the river. The Gorge winds are notorious and seasoned campers in the area probably had a chuckle watching us chasing down our camping chairs during the day 🙂
At any rate, the weekend was lovely and we enjoyed our beautiful view…from the INSIDE!!
If I might indulge myself for a moment, I wanted to share a bit more exciting news for our family. Our son is a senior in high school. He is an IB (International Baccalaureate) student and it has been a stressful month of exams for him. We found out this week that he is valedictorian for his senior class….a pretty amazing accomplishment with his class load of college level calculus, physics, biology, history, literature, psychology and theory of knowledge. His dad and I are awfully proud of his academic achievement. He’s on his way to OSU to study biology/pre-med. Thought I’d share a quick photo of him on his way to prom this weekend…he cleans up nicely!
It has been a stressful..worrisome….crazy….yet somehow… completely WONDERFUL year! We are grateful indeed!