|View from our site in Boardman, Oregon|
Continuing south on Hwy 395, we left Sprague, WA on Tuesday with a little wind and rain. More rolling golden hills and lots of large farm equipment working the fields made for a beautiful rural drive.
This section of Hwy 395 is divided four-lane, and the 160 miles to Boardman, OR went by quickly. I chose the Boardman Marina and RV Park to be on the water (again). The green city park looked like a pretty spot. It is about 40 miles "out of the way" from the direct route, but was worth it.
We were in Space 28 in Circle C and had unobstructed views of the river across a beautifully maintained green lawn. The lovely trees also meant no satellite, but we had plenty to do. Space 24 doesn't have the view, but I think you'd get satellite.
The restrooms and laundry are immaculate. A 3-mile paved bike path runs along the river. No cable, no WiFi. We had five bars of AT&T.
|Lots of green grass|
|All sites along the back are on the river|
|Our site 28 in the back. The white pick up is site 24|
Boardman is another small town with a local grocery store, NAPA auto parts, half a dozen eateries, a large lodge and grill on the river, two gas stations, and the marina. People in town and in the park are very friendly.
We took these two days to do some maintenance on the rig and stock up on groceries. Enjoyed a nice dinner at the lodge one night, and a nice camp fire on the other.
Over a month in Washington, with a burn ban in place the whole time, this was our first camp fire in weeks. The weather was perfect, it was quiet except for the barge that "huffled" by and the "chug-clank" of the trains on the other side of the river. A lovely evening.
|Missed this in Washington|
|Muted sunset on the Columbia River|
Along I-84 is the Greenwood Tree Farm. It is a huge grove of very tall trees. Clearly planted in grids, they are stripped of all branches over half way up, and are very straight. Bill looked it up and it is an amazing operation. Over 7 million Poplar trees! Grown for lumber, the grids are staggered plantings that are harvested after 12 years. The groves have been growing for so many years that they create a natural habitat for deer, fox, coyotes, and numerous birds. When a grove is harvested, the wildlife move to the newer ones. It was refreshing after all the clear cutting we saw in parts of Washington.
A lot of water on the road as we followed the morning's rain. There were only four other vehicles heading south and maybe two dozen going north. It was another nice drive through the country.
The climb to Battle Mountain Summit is subtle and while the road has no guard rail on the big turns (we were on the outside again), the road is nice and wide and there was no repeat of the Mount Spokane "incident".
Our destination was a one-night stop in Ukiah, OR. Again, could have pushed through to John Day, but we aren't in a hurry.
The Stage Stop RV Park (no website) is on the main street where it heads out the other side of the tiny town. Another place that has seen better days - with incredible views and friendly folks.
The owner looks like a younger and trimmer Mrs Claus with gray hair and a wonderful smile that lights up her eyes. The office is in her home and the smell of apple pie baking was mouth watering.
I nearly asked her if she would consider adopting me.
Five pull-throughs and one back-in with FHUs, four cabins, small laundry and shower house, and the office make up the small park. Dirt sites are level with grass strips, and have picnic tables and fire pits.
Best part is all the wildlife and the amazing views. It was a great spot to spend the night. And with satellite finally accessible again we got to enjoy the Thursday night football game!
|One of four youngsters who came through the park several times|
|Ten wild turkeys hanging out in our front yard|
|View of Ukiah countryside from our front window|
|Tessa watching for critters|