Moving on to Rufus OR

8/18/15 (Tuesday) in Rufus, OR (LaPage Park Campground-COE)

Thank you, James and Jenn for your generous hospitality!

On our way to Blewett Pass around 8, continuing south on US 97. Nice 2 lane road, smooth with turnouts and passing lanes, all the way down to Oregon.

CW 3 CW 4

Arrived 11:30 after getting fuel and DEF at the nearby Pilot. The great news is that we got in, without any reservations, to their ONE walk in site, #22. Yay! Nice 50 amp power with water, so we could run both our air conditioners. Thank heavens because it was in the 90’s. Heat pump A/C struggles, so we managed to cool down to 86 degrees before the sun went down. It got into the 70’s after dark, so I’m once again thankful for our bedroom paddle fan.

We did explore a little. If you turn off I-84 at exit 109, the John Day Dam exit, you can turn left next and go to a “rock pile/gravel pit” where you can park for free (COE). There are even outhouses there. You even have a view of the Columbia River. If you turn right after that exit there are places you can dry camp on asphalt with some trees, but if your rig is long/big I wouldn’t recommend trying any places where you can see the maintenance shed/cyclone fence. Too tight to turn around and get out.

John Day Dam:


After supper, once the sun was down, we enjoyed a walk around the campground too, finding out that Lewis and Clark stopped here on there way to the coast and back. Then we settled in for the night.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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