Monday, July 25, 2016

Marsh's Free Museum

   Marsh’s Free Museum is the ultimate beach town tourist trap. Wind your way through the seashells, antiques, stale saltwater taffy, mugs and tee shirts to the back of the store where a random assortment of tools, mounted animals and arcade machines are stuffed into every available space.  Don’t forget to look at all of the things hanging from the ceiling. Somehow we missed Jake the Alligator Man!

  Marsh’s is accessible but the aisles are crowded with racks of merchandise and there may not be enough room to maneuver large wheelchairs and scooters.

   Parking of RVs is restricted on Pacific Ave. and Marsh’s parking lot is small but parking is available along the side streets.

Museum    46.3532, -124.05392


Furford Cranberry Museum

  Growing cranberries is a much more involved process than we ever would have dreamed. The machine on the right is a vacuum that sucks the berries off of the plants. They even wear special boots so that the plants don’t get crushed.


The museum is pretty small. Both the museum and the gift shop are accessible.

  RVs will fit in the back lot.

 Museum     46.36751, -124.03772


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Camp 18 & a CRVL Get Together


   We spent a week camping on this beautiful, isolated piece of rural property along with a group of wonderful CheapRVLiving members. 


   Some of us took a little trip to a favorite local restaurant, Camp 18, which is housed in a huge log building with lots of pictures and logging equipment decorating the walls. The food’s pretty good too!

   An outdoor museum with displays of all kinds of logging equipment is located on the restaurant grounds. A short trail follows the creek and loops around through the woods. A Loggers' Memorial with photographs and stories of loggers, some who were killed on the job, is housed in its own little building.

  The restaurant and Logger’s  Memorial are accessible. The forest trail which has roots, steep sections and muddy spots is not accessible. The trails around the logging equipment are surfaced with gravel and are accessible with help.

  RV parking is located on the right side of the restaurant parking lot.

 Camp 18    45.88689, -123.61567


Friday, July 22, 2016

Hoffman Farms Store- Harvest Hosts

   Hoffman Farms grows five different kinds of berries. It’s primarily a U-Pick operation but they do have an assortment of already picked berries in their cooler. They also make their own jams, jellies, salad dressing, pies, kettle corn and fresh berry shakes. We bought a flat of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries – yum!

  The store is accessible. Park near the entrance to avoid the large, loose gravel in the parking lot.

  The Harvest Hosts overnight RV parking spot is in the grass by the berry patches.  It’s a little noisy because of the traffic on Route 210.


           Store     45.41859, -122.90751


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

  The “Spruce Goose”, a very large, experimental aircraft built by Howard Hughes, is the center piece of the museum. During WW II German submarines were sinking Allied ships so another method was needed to carry troops and cargo across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. The Spruce Goose was designed to take off and land on water and was built almost entirely of birch because of wartime restrictions on aluminum. The war was over before the plane was finished but it did make one brief flight on November 2, 1947 which allowed Hughes to complete his government contract.

   The Spruce Goose building also houses many smaller planes.   Another museum building has exhibits that cover the space race between the Russia and the US. Included are a Titan II missile and a SR-71 Blackbird. Four movies are shown daily in the theater building.

  The museum complex is large, consisting of the two museum buildings, the theater, a chapel, a very nice playground, a park with trees and picnic tables, and a waterpark. It’s an impressive place but admission is expensive. We were eligible for free admission to the museums with our ASTC (science museums) pass and half price for the movies.

  The museum buildings are accessible. The cargo hold in the Spruce Goose is accessed by a lift. We did not go into the cockpit but I don’t think it is accessible. We did not go to the chapel, theater or the waterpark. The park and picnic area has a 1/2 mile paved trail which is accessible but the beginning is concrete then there’s a drop off to gravel before it continues with asphalt.


  This is a Harvest Hosts site so we stayed in the parking lot overnight. Local families use the playground and trail in the park after the museum is closed but when they leave it’s a very quiet place. Parking for RVs, whether for the day or overnight, is in the lot by the huge Boy Scout arch.


Museum    45.20575, -123.14313


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

  Oregon City has been named the official end of the Oregon Trail because this is where the first federal land office west of the Rocky Mountains was located. To make a land claim in what is now Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana and western Wyoming the settlers had to come to Oregon City. Many camped in the field where the museum is located before claiming land in the fertile Willamette Valley.

  The exhibits in the museum allow visitors to follow the journey of the emigrants from Independence, Missouri to Oregon. Many of the displays are hands-on. The museum appears large from the outside but since the rooms are big without a lot of artifacts and displays the entire museum can be visited in about an hour.  A walkway outside has interpretive signs. There’s also a small heritage garden.

  Most of the museum is accessible. One section in the last room has steps and no ramp. The interpretive walkway is paved.

  Follow the signs for bus and RV parking which is close to the accessible parking spaces. The sidewalk has an uphill grade. Tickets are sold at the visitor center which is also a state welcome center with brochures and local products for sale. The entrance to the museum is the first door in the building on the right of the plaza. It’s not marked and easy to miss.

Museum     45.36483, -122.5938


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Bradford Island Visitors Center-Bonneville Dam

  The Bonneville Dam was built during the depression years of 1934 to 1938 as part of a Public Works Administration project to provide electric power and make river navigation easier. The navigation lock was the largest single-lift lock in the world but it’s no longer in use since a much larger lock was built in 1993 on the Oregon side of the river.

  The visitor center has exhibits about the river and the dam. There’s also an rooftop observation deck and a theater. The fish ladder can be viewed from the outside or through glass windows on the inside. A guided tour of the powerhouse (which we didn’t take) is offered three times a day in the summer.


    The visitor center is accessible.

    The parking lot has long RV spaces.

    Dam    45.64112, -121.94223


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Marine Park & Cascade Locks

  Marine Park is located a little north of the Bridge of the Gods along the Columbia River. It has free parking, a children’s playground, picnic tables, beach, boat ramp, marina, campground and a museum. A foot bridge goes over a portion of the historical 1896 navigational canal and locks and onto a small grassy island.


  The campground is very popular so reservations are necessary.

   Very little of the park is accessible. The bridge is steep and the gravel trail on the island quicky becomes grassy and lumpy. The museum has steps and does not have a ramp. It’s possible to get a good view of the Bridge of the Gods from the park.

  RVs will fit if parked across the spaces.

  Park    45.66844, -121.89553


Friday, July 15, 2016

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

  The Historic Columbia River Highway, built between 1913 and 1922, was the first planned scenic highway in the US. It clings to the edges of the hills, climbs to top of ridges and dips down for views of waterfalls. The construction of I-84 in the1960s destroyed parts of the old highway. Today only about 40 of the original 74 miles are drivable but sections have been reopened for hiking and biking.  We walked/rolled along part of the 4 mile section from Cascade Locks west to the Tooth Rock Trailhead.  A small parking lot is located under the Bridge of the Gods. This section has steps at the 3 mile mark. We didn’t go that far but to get a look at more of the trail we parked at the Tooth Rock Trailhead and walked east for a bit.

  The trail travels through rainforest and would be very tranquil but the constant noise from the interstate is extremely distracting. It’s well maintained with long, gentle hills and no flat sections.


   Short RVs will fit in the small parking lot under the Bridge of the Gods, The parking lot at Tooth Rock Trailhead has a few long RV spaces.

Trail    45.66177, -121.89842


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hood River County History Museum

   This very small museum gives a brief history of the area with nicely done exhibits that cover Native Americans, logging, fishing, fruit growing, recreation and the internment of the local Japanese farmers during WWll.

  The museum is accessible. A very slow lift provides access to the second floor and the research archives.

The parking lot is small but RVs will fit if parked across the spaces. 


             Museum    45.71102, -121.50678