Thursday, August 15, 2013

Heading to Bend, OR and the Columbia River

Bend, OR                        (Click on Pictures to Enlarge)

I can't believe it's been a week since my last blog, but thinking back there just hasn't been a lot of "blog worthy" things to talk about. We really didn't do a whole lot in La Grande, OR last week other than some rig maintenance and domestic chores.  Not really blog stuff.

On Tuesday we picked up and headed west toward a Thousand Trails campground called Bend-Sun River TT.  The campground is located about 10 miles south of Bend, OR.  We had about 330 miles to make Tuesday, so we opted to stay on Interstate 84 for the first half of the trip.

Pretty easy drive, but I-84 is windier than many interstates.  The best part was that we ran parallel to the Columbia River for the last part of the drive along the interstate.  We stopped at a pullout about midway thru the trip which overlooked the river.  There are lots of wind turbines high on the cliffs.

Here's a picture looking back east along the river.

As we got closer to our exit to head south toward Bend, we observed more wind turbines high on the cliffs on the Washington State side of the river.

This might be as close as we get go Mt. Hood as our stay is pretty far south in Oregon, but it was still impressive some 50 miles in the distance.

I'll speak about our campground and stay at Thousand Trails Bend/Sun River in our next blog because we haven't had a chance to take any pictures or explore yet.

As always, thanks for stopping by to take a look!


  1. Guess it's been a while since I've been out there now. I never saw the windmills. Make sure you check out at least one of the hydroelectric dams. If you get into Washington, Grand Coulee is probably the coolest one.

    1. Thanks for the info Don. We're heading south after a couple of more stays in Oregon, so we'll have to come back to Washington on a separate trip.

    2. We're keeping an eye on you and taking notes!

  2. It is a beautiful drive along the Columbia River, for sure. Fabulous picture of Mount Hood, every time I've gone that way it was obscured by fog.

    Your header photo is terrific! Love all the colors, a money shot, for sure. :c)

  3. That is such a pretty part of the country. We're finally on the road and after five days are in the Black Hills.