Surprise!

Posted by on April 19, 2013

So yesterday’s post was a bit of a fallacy.  We didn’t stop in Mountain Home for the night.  We drove to Ontario, Oregon and spent the night in a Flying J parking lot so that we could continue on to Vancouver, Washington today.  The reason?  To surprise our oldest son, Zack, his wife Kelsea and our grand-daughter Paityn who were expecting us Friday or Saturday.  Did it work?  It did!

Knock, Knock!

Knock, Knock!

We made it to the Vancouver RV Park, check in and after much hassle backing into site 147 we were ready to drive the 8 miles to Zack & Kelsea’s to make our surprise appearance!  We got to their house, took a picture of ourselves in front of the house and sent them a text message with the picture saying ‘Knock, Knock’!  After a few minutes Zack and Paityn came outside to find us…SURPRISE!  Fun stuff!

We're in Vancouver, WA for a month!

We’re in Vancouver, WA for a month!

While the Idaho scenery turned out to be less that we’d expected….Oregon came through!  Wow!  We drove along I-84, which started out with huge rolling hills for as far as you could see…then we got beautiful snow-capped hills, then it got a little boring for a short while but once we started driving along the Columbia river it was so picturesque!  With mossy green mountains hills on the Oregon side of the river and tall hilly/mountains on the Washington side.

Wow!

Wow!

Old abandoned building of some sort

Old abandoned building of some sort

A VERY zoomed in picture of horses grazes high on a hilltop

A VERY zoomed in picture of horses grazes high on a hilltop

The rolling hills are becoming more craggy mountains

The rolling hills are becoming more craggy mountains

And there's the mountains!

And there’s the mountains!

First glimpse of the shimmering Columbia River

First glimpse of the shimmering Columbia River

Love that mossy green of the hilly/mountains along the river

Love that mossy green of the hilly/mountains along the river

We stopped at the Deadman’s Pass rest area to use the restroom and stretch our legs.  I also deployed a Munzee and we chatted with the attendant on duty before heading back down the road.

Deadman's Pass - part of the Oregon Trail

Deadman’s Pass – part of the Oregon Trail

Taking a break at Deadman's Pass

Taking a break at Deadman’s Pass

Thankfully we didn't have to go through this bridge cuz I don't think we would have made it!

Thankfully we didn’t have to go through this bridge cuz I don’t think we would have made it!

Have you ever seen the ‘Runaway truck ramps’ as you drive down steep declines?  During this drive we actually saw one in use!  After several warnings that a long steep decline was coming we started downhill and not too far before we reached the bottom we saw flashing lights.  A semi had lost its brakes, had to use the ‘runaway road’, and had since been pulled out by a wrecker.  The semi driver was underneath the truck checking things out while a state trooper car had its flashing lights going to warn everyone off.  Interesting!

oh oh!

oh oh!

Nice to know that those ramps really work!

Nice to know that those ramps really work!

Our site is plenty wide but we are backed up within 4 feet or so of our neighbor.  Not the best view at all so we will have at least our day shade pulled the entire time we’re here.  We’ll make the most of it, of course, since we have grandbabies 8 miles away!  Woohoo!

Vancouver RV Park - site 147

Vancouver RV Park – site 147

View from our back window!

View from our back window!

We are right across the street from the rec room, which could come in handy...but also was the cause of some of our back-in woes.

We are right across the street from the rec room, which could come in handy…but also was the cause of some of our back-in woes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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