The Willamette valley is known for wet, dreary winters and springs, so when spring finally arrives, we head down the Columbia River Gorge in search of sunshine. An added bonus is the spectacular wildflower display that we’re treated to each year. It’s just an hour drive from our home, but it’s the landscape and climate are completely different than we experience in the valley.
There aren’t a lot of great camping choices in the gorge. Memaloose State Park in our opinion is a real gem. The camp sites are spacious, many are private, and most offer a nice view of the Columbia River. Some are bothered by the close proximity of the train tracks, but to us it’s an added bonus. We sleep through the noise at night without issue, and we enjoy watching them pass during the day.
Another reason to visit is the wonderful little town of Hood River. We love it so much there that we’re considering it as a home-base for retirement. If you’re ever in the area, plan on spending an afternoon exploring the great shops and restaurants.
One note – I’ve almost exclusively moved to using my iPhone for photos. The quality is quite as good, but the flexibility is so nice and lots of fun. No cumbersome camera gear, and easy quick edits.
Always encouraged by your peeling back new camping spots for us to explore. Thanks for taking the time to share. Still in our 16 and love the go-anyplace/anytime flexibility now that it is just the two of us.
I too switched from the Nikon to the iPhone for the same reasons. But, alas, I’m going back. Just couldn’t get the same magical ‘wow’ look…
I agree with you! I’ve recently pulled my Nikon back out and am going to use it more this summer. You have so much more control – but I find myself living more in the moment with my iPhone.
I sure miss our Bambi – glad you’re still out enjoying yours.
I use both depending on the situation. The iPhone goes everywhere with me, but I depend on the Nikon to get those flower closeups! Nevertheless, the spirit and beauty of your photos comes through no matter what you use!
I’m so glad you are updating your blog to cover your adventures before selling your airstream. We live in West Linn and mostly camp close to home with our 2 kids (3 and 5). I love seeing all your beautiful pictures of the area. I found the camp creek campground and the camp Sherman campground thanks to your blog. Best of luck on your next adventures.
Hi Adrienne – we still camp close to home, too. Looking forward to the day when we have the time and freedom to set out and explore a bit more. In the meantime, aren’t we lucky to live in such a beautiful state. I think Camp Sherman is my very favorite place to camp in Oregon. Time stands still there 🙂
Hi there! Again, so thrilled to have you back blogging. You’ve been missed!!
We just sold our 2014 25′ Flying Cloud for a 2019 25′ FB Flying Cloud and are so happy!! We were so inspired by your blog – I swear – you should market it! Based on your Memaloose post we took off north for the Columbia this past weekend. We ended up at Viento down in the trees and super close to the train tracks and I-84 but, still it was nice to be away. Very lush, green and no one there. We hopped up to Hood River and then on to explore Memaloose State Park and fell in love with the open vistas and the views of the Columbia. This spring, we’re heading out! Fingers crossed the wildflowers survived any fires.
We live in such a gorgeous state. So many options – it’s sometimes hard to choose. LOL!!
Keep up the photography – I, too, use my iPhone. Usually it’s just so much easier and takes amazing pix. This year our favorite parks are LaPine and Collier State Parks. Great access to the water – Deschutes, and then Spring Creek and the Williamson rivers. Beautiful, quiet and serene. We live very close to Camp Sherman and never been!! It’s on our short list now.
Blessings to you and thank you for making the time for your blog.
totally forgot to leave my name: It’s Brenda.