Once again, I find myself months behind on documenting our outings. Now that summer’s here and I have a extra time, I plan on catching up! I really enjoy having all my camping photos and trip notes in one place! So, I’ll begin where I left off….back in mid April.
One of the things I most look forward to each year is spring in the Columbia River Gorge. April and May are typically very grey and wet in the valley and void of much color…unless you LOVE green…moss and more moss set against grey skies. A two hour drive down the gorge however will usually allow for a glimpse of blue sky and some early color. We usually plan a trip to Memaloose State Park as soon as it opens, for a weekend of wandering around Rowena Crest admiring the wildflowers.
This year we set off a couple of weeks early for the wildflower show. The weekend weather looked nice and I knew the apple blossoms were in bloom in Hood River. Although it wasn’t quite late enough for optimum blossoms we decided to go anyway so we could enjoy the views with a little sunshine. We lucked out…with all the nice early weather they’d been having in the gorge, the apple blossoms were popping early and we were even treated to a few spots with wildflowers.
We got a lovely site at Memaloose State Park. We chose to move back from the river (where the wind was howling) to a secluded tent spot near the back of the park. We gladly gave up hookups for a little quiet and privacy.
After an hour of driving through the orchards we decided to make our way up to Rowena Crest on the off chance that the flowers were beginning to bloom. It was still too early at the wildflower preserve, but a short distance down the road we stopped for a small hike and we were rewarded with a few early clusters of lupins and paintbrush!
We returned to our campsite in late afternoon…relaxed, had a nice dinner, enjoyed a campfire and once again we were treated to a colorful sunset.