Moving on – to White Salmon, WA for Panhandle Gem Rally

6/26/16 (Sunday) in White Salmon, WA (Bridge RV Park)

We were excited to get to a FHU campground! Just before we left, we saw a “trike” flying above us (no time for a photo), then later I saw a sweet baby pigeon. I’ve never seen one before and he let me take his picture.


Since several rigs had left, space was left for John to drive Miss Journey into a good position for getting onto the road. We even had space to hook up the car here. After saying our goodbyes we left just after 8. On the road again! We took I-5N to I-250E to I-84E.  The top photo is of Mt. Hood.  The two below it are of the Columbia River/Gorge.



We went past exit 44 (Cascade Locks) because of warnings from other Panhandle Gems (5, low clearance tunnels), on to exit 87 (near the Dalles). Just as John had promised, the 1 tunnel with “low clearance” of 12’6” on the right shoulder and 3’3” on the left was good as long as he hovered near the center line (there was VERY little shoulder).

Check in time was 1pm, but we got there at 11:30, so we unhooked and they let us sit in a dry camp spot while the people in “our” site struggled with their truck battery. Gloria/Nolan were already here to welcome us, keeping us cool and giving us company. Our site was available before 1, so we got settled into our site then.

Soon others arrived. John was able to help Ken when his truck got stuck in Park. They’d just installed the Invisibrake system, so he was pretty sure it was a similar situation to ours-a blown fuse. Yup! Once Ken found his fuse and a replacement all was fine. Meanwhile I enjoyed visiting with Loretta. We all gathered for dinner at Charlene/Allen’s rig. This is a great campground with FHU (50 amps), clear skies for TV reception plus free cable and wifi. I can’t remember any campground bathrooms as neat as these! It reminds me of Camp Blanco and has a similar rating on RV Park Reviews. Also great grassy sites, with scattered trees, so a wonderful place to gather and visit. It is a small, tight park (Ken scraped his steps in the dirt trying to make a corner), again, similar to Camp Blanco. Lovely, though, with a view of Mt Hood.

We’ll be very busy with sites to see and meals to enjoy with our Panhandle Gems Local Chapter of FMCA, so I’m not sure when I’ll have a moment to share them….


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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