Come along on this leg of the journey that starts at Willows Campground in Washington and ends in Union Creek Campground of Oregon. Along the way, we visit the ever so beautiful Powder River.
Have a look at the video below to take in the sights and the glorious sounds with us.
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The day starts beside the Tieton River as we enjoy morning coffee and tea in Willows Campground. Willows Campground is in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest of Washington state. We take every chance we have to top off our water supply. Willows Campground has a very nice hand pump on a water well that we use to fill our water bottles before heading out.
On the way out of Washington and into Oregon, we get to cross the mighty Columbia River again. It is massive.
Oh my goodness, the Powder River is picturesque. As we make our way through Oregon toward tonight's camp, we are driving along an incredibly beautiful scene.
A gorgeous river winds through tall grasses with a lovely forest backdrop. It is truly picture perfect so we MUST stop. The grasses along the river side are head high when walk down the steep slope to get closer. It's squishy (marshy) and difficult to have a good view of the river there, so up the steep path and down the road we walk a bit to find a better, closer vantage point. Oooh - An enormous rock juts out to river's edge. The rock must be 12 feet tall! I simply must sit on that inviting rock and listen to the peaceful, meditative gurgling of the Powder River. I could spend hours here - just being in the moment.
"The Powder River is a tributary of the Snake River, approximately 153 miles (246 km) long, in northeast Oregon in the United States. It drains an area of the Columbia Plateau on the eastern side of the Blue Mountains. It flows almost entirely within Baker County, but downstream of the city of North Powder forms part of the border between Baker County and Union County."
~from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powder_River_(Oregon)
It's time to keep moving toward our final destination of the day. We setup camp at the large and spacious Union Creek Campground in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest. Elevation is 3,100 feet (945 meters).
A curious chipmunk comes to see what were doing. She is all under and around Ike (our pickup). She jumps up on the tires. She even jumps inside the cab of the truck. Fortunately, I'm able to gently shoo her out of the pickup without any trouble. That'll teach me to leave the door open. Bill says the chipmunk knows that's where people keep Cheetos.
The trees! They are so very big. Sadly the area is experiencing a drought, but that doesn't diminish the majestic scale of the area.
Union Creek Campground is beside Phillips Reservoir. The drought is most evident by the receding waters of the reservoir. It is still quite large so one can imagine how impressive it must look when it's full. The dirt bank that was once in the shallows is a mosaic of critter prints. Deer, raccoon (or something with small feet), and gazillions of big and small bird tracks cover the ground.
The low temperature of the night is 34 degrees F (1 C). We stay toasty warm in our treehouse, the rooftop tent under lots of cozy blankets.
Next stop is Sublett Campground in the Sawtooth National Forest of Idaho!
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