Gone Creek NF
We were looking forward to the short one hour drive from Scappoose to Milo McIver State Park. We would've just stayed 4 days in Scappoose, but we had the Milo McIver reservation first and we could only get two days there. We drove past the bridges that would take you into Portland an then headed south a bit.
Once my pulse went back down, we came around a corner and this is what we saw. Mt. Hood.
|Lee and Trace's backyard at their work campsite. Pretty nice!|
What a view, right?!
Trace told us about a fire that just started about 20 miles away. This brought us some added entertainment.
There were two sets of two planes that would swoop down and fill water back to back for hours. Incredible to watch. Lee had to arrange to get boats and people off the lake so there would be no collisions. Not hard to imagine why, yet some folks would paddle out anyways. This went on for a few days. Eventually they did get it under control.
Site #17 in Gone Creek Campground at Lake Timothy.
The view from our camp before going to bed.Trace had filled us in with several things to do in the area. So the next morning we decided to do what they call the Fruit Loop Trail. It is located in the Hood River Valley at the foot of Mt. Hood. The twenty-eight member stands offer wines, fruits, vegetables, flowers, ciders, and food.
We had a great time driving around the countryside, sampling and eating and buying a few things.
There was a nice food truck at one of the stops and we had a nice lunch.
A pedestrian bridge that led us over the Hood River and down to the Columbia River.
Apple Valley BBQ turned out to be a great choice! Great selection of bbq and sauces. As we were walking out Steve said, "I wish they had a brewery here". I can't believe he didn't notice that we parked right in front of one!
The Solera Brewery had very nice ambiance, but Steve didn't care for the beer.
Behind the brewery we listened to a guy playing old bluesy-rock with Mt. Hood in the background. What a great way to end a great day.