Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Columbia Gorge Tour - Day One

Washougal Bi-Mart

Heavy rain on a daily basis led us to search for drier climes around the middle of last week.  Weather forecasts for the Columbia Gorge were drier and warmer beginning Tuesday, so a plan was hatched to spend a week of travel, camping and birding in the Columbia River Gorge.  However, the weather forecast continued to decline daily to the point of our departure yesterday it was just as much rain in the Gorge as in Salem.  But we were determined in part because of all the great Spring trips we have taken to the Gorge in the past 26 years.  Our plan is to wander along the Washington side of the Columbia River, checking out e-Bird Hotspots and looking for free overnight parking locations.  Stuff happens, and it was one o'clock before we were able to leave Salem. Our first official stop was just after crossing the Columbia River on the 205 at the Biddle Lake Hotspot.  Rain terminated our bird walk after about 10 minutes, and we continued East on Hwy 14 through Camas and Washougal.  Our hopeful first night parking spot was at the Washougal Bi-Mart.  I was a little unsure as the last report to the Over-night RV Parking app was from 5 years ago.  But, it turned out to be true, and we had a quiet night with excelent cell and TV service. At bed time it was raining hard, but we were warm and dry in our Roadtrek Zion. Day-light this morning reveals we were the only RV here.

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