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Day 46 – We’re CAMPING!

Yesterday we hit it hard and drove 410 miles in nine and a half hours, whew! We drove through some more interesting country in Eastern Oregon.

In Northeastern Oregon we started getting into more farm lands.

We drove along the Columbia River and knew we were getting close to our home state.

Sure enough a short time later we were crossing the Washington/Oregon state line.

High above Prosser, Washington we got our first glimpse of the majestic mountains of Washington State. Ken put this panorama together of the beautiful Yakima Valley. Click on the picture to see what we are talking about. Mt. St. Helen’s is on the left and Mt. Ranier is near the middle.

Here’s a write up about what you are seeing.

We had lunch in Yakima and then continued on up into the mountains. We really got excited when we saw the Stewart Mountains also know as the Washington Alps.

Not long after that we were over Snoqualmie Pass and into the beautiful green pine trees of the Cascade Mountains.

We arrived at Port Susan, http://portsusancamping.org/default.aspx, around 4:30, pooped but not beat. Port Susan is a camping club where you own a lot that you can park your trailer on and camp. It is heavily wooded and on a small lake. Peace and quiet abound. No TV as it’s so wooded that our satellite dish won’t work and poor internet and cell phone connection, perfect 🙂

It’s seems amazing but after 45 days traveling over 6,000 miles, staying in numerous campgrounds, we are finally “CAMPING” in our own spot 1 1/2 hours from home, Marilyn is a Happy Camper! That’s not to say that we didn’t have a great time and got to seem many things that will stay with us forever nor that it wasn’t a blast to see family and reconnect with old friends but like Dorthy says, “there’s not place like home”.

This is not our last post but for all you wonderful people who have been following us you may not find our ongoing posts as exciting as in the past as we decompress and reflect. We are going to put together a list of “observations” from our trip that we’ll share in the next few days. Stay tuned!


7 Responses

  1. Well, I for one have enjoyed your trip. That ball of string is still out there for your next excursion. Welcome almost home and safely.
    Now relax and enjoy your solace there but don’t let a bear get yas.
    I will be looking forward to more of your postings.. I guess I will decompress with you now, but will miss the daily posts. I have not been out of the house since the 30th of June, since returning from my niece’s funeral. Just been out with you guys. Thanks for sharing.
    Betty in Va. and…. There is no place like home… now if I only could find my red slippers…:o)

  2. Welcome home!!! Looking forward to hearing about your trip!

  3. And by that I mean, the parts you didn’t post. In that regard you did a nice job. Feel like I crossed the country with you 🙂

  4. Yes there is no place like home. What a nice adverture you have had. It has been so nice each day to read about where you are and what you are doing…Thanks again…

  5. Thanks for showing us your trip. It was fun and interesting seeing the places you have visited! Pictures were great and it was as if I was along for the ride.
    Thanks again!

  6. Hi there! We are thinking of buying a lot (or two) at Port Susan Camping Club. Can you give us an honest rundown on what you liked and didn’t like about the area? For instance, I would imagine being so close to a lake it must be mosquito haven? Likewise (being from Vancouver, BC) it seems to me that such a heavily forested area might have a lot of rain? Is there anywhere we can get info on all that stuff? We don’t play to travel until perhaps next spring. We’d be in our 36 foot motorhome. Thanks in advance ;o}


    • Sorry to be so slow getting back to you. We love Port Susan and the lot we have has been in our family since the place opened so we might be a little biased.

      As far as mosquito’s go they aren’t all that bad. It seems to change from year to year and this year was pretty good.

      Being heavily forested it always feels sort of dark and damp. In the winter we do get quite a bit of rain and there are a lot of gray days making it seem extra dark.

      The good news is that it’s a very quiet place and a great get away. We don’t spend a lot of time there but have neighbors who live there full time. They love it as well.

      The place is very secure with a guarded gate that requires a pass card to get in.

      I can’t say it’s for everyone but we think it’s great. You’ll just have to check it out for your selves to make a judgment.


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