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.
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.