Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vacation, Day 5

It was hard to leave the campsite, but there was still so much more of Oregon to see. We drove through and around Bend and looked at some houses that Jered had worked on (it was really cute), stopped at some stores and headed out of town. I have to say, those roundabout things all over the town would take some getting used to.
Bachelor, Broken Top, and another one I don't remember....
Smith Rock
Smith Rock
And seriously, one of the funniest signs that I have ever seen!!
So we pull up to this rest area (state park) and park to let Daisy go to the bathroom. I could get passed the fact that the two acres of super wonderful oasis like green grass were not to be used to have dogs poop all over, but the pet area was a little corner sand box. That is fine, Daisy doesn't care where she pees.
The sign, though, you could see when you first pull up in the parking lot. So we looked at the sign and were like, "wow, that is strange, I don't see a cliff anywhere". Then way far off in the distance, we could see groups of people on a walkway. I became so curious I made Jered stay with Daisy so I could go look at this place where 'many dogs have died'.
It takes me five minutes to walk over where the people are, and when I get there, I see a cobblestone fence/barricade that is blocking the edge (standing to at least waist high to me). I look over the edge......and wow......
It was a flippin long ways down there. I had to step back and take a breath before I looked again. Looking that way you could see a railroad bridge.
And looking the other way was the highway bridge. I was really surprised, but still unsure how so many dogs could have died here. Maybe before the barricade thing was built, but I would surely be more worried about any children around than I would be about a dog. Anyway, I walked back to the car and made Jered go look, the pictures don't even show how spectacular it was. It still seemed a little hard to believe that any dogs have died there, but it was a great laugh. We didn't walk Daisy over, even though I was pretty confidant that she would not jump over the cliff after a bird. And we moved on.
This vacation day was one of the hottest of the trip. The honda didn't like that at all, and just like on our honeymoon, it broke down. We sat on the side of the road for a bit, but then got brave and decided to try to make it to The Cove Palasades State Park. Since I hadn't been to the park before, I had no idea what to expect, but we ended up going down a super steep hill into the middle of a canyon. We passed one campground, but the sign said there were more ahead (and it was an RV campground) so we continued on. We made it to the next campground, and it was CLOSED (we saw the signs as we were leaving, but didn't help then :). We turned around and headed to the day use area, so we could give the car a break.
Dooh!! No dogs allowed here either! Should have looked at the signs before paying $5. We hung out there until the sun went down, then headed back to the RV park that we had seen earlier. It turned out to be a state park campground, so we were pros when it came to filling out our SRE (self registration envelope :).

This was our site, not very secluded, but still very pretty. We took multiple showers, which was very fun (super clean!). Camping has a totally different feel when you are within close quarters of others, so we were up and ready early the next morning to find another place we could call home for the night. We have learned over time that the Honda doesn't like to drive much after 4PM in the hot sun and in high altitudes. Crazy, coastal car!! :)

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