Sunday, June 21, 2015

Road Trip! Waldport to Hood River, Oregon

After all the driving we had done, you would think that a 208 mile leg would be a piece of cake.  It would have been if we didn't get stuck in traffic in Portland for almost 90 minutes!  One of the beauties of living in a rural area...  no traffic jams.  But there wasn't a thing we could do about it so we just sat there and chatted.

The road inland from Waldport seriously wound around up and down hills into a tiny town called Alsea.  
Cow Drop?? !!!!


Alsea is one of those places where if you sneeze you would miss it.  But there was this hysterical message on the Alsea Schools sign.  And no, I still don't really know what a "Cow Drop" is!

Columbia River


Once we got through the traffic in Portland, we cruised for absolutely miles along the south side of the Columbia River.  When we first saw it, we thought it was a giant ocean bay, but boy, were we wrong!  Gorgeous, just gorgeous....

Mt. Hood, an active volcano, is not far from the Fairgrounds


Hood River proper is just off the river, and our destination took us away from it a bit more to the Hood River County Fairgrounds.  This would be our home for the next three days, as we set up in the Blossom Craft Show.  The road to the fairgrounds was lined for as far as you could see with blooming pear trees.  We camped at the fairgrounds for $15 a night, and had water and electric hookups!  Camping is on a vast expanse of lawn, and there is a dump station available at no charge.  Although the Fairgrounds isn't really a campground if you're in the area and it's open, stay here!

Mt. Adams is in Washington State, but is quite a site through the Oregon pear trees!
Set up for the show was a breeze.  The organizers were cheerful and efficient.  Our spot was nicely located on a main walkway into one of the exhibit buildings.  Traffic was terrific both days and our sales were great.  All in all, this show is a winner!

All the time at the Fairgrounds, we were just in awe of a huge, old-growth redwood.  The tree was easily over a hundred feet tall.  So when all was said and done, we decided we needed a picture. Photographing the whole tree didn't tell the story.  So we set the camera on a bench and took a picture of us with the trunk.  It was by far the biggest tree we had even been close to!

All that was left was to get home; a 954 mile drive we wanted to get done in two days.  We spent the night in a rest stop in Idaho just shy of the Utah border.  Traffic through Salt Lake City was moving, thankfully!  Home felt wonderful and our dog, Maggie, was so glad to see us!! 

Here is our rating, on a scale of 1 (atrocious) to 10 (spectacular) for the Hood River Blossom Craft Show:


Load In/Load Out  10
Avalability of show organizers during show 8
Overall layout and traffic pattern 9
Mix of show 10
Show matched pre-show materials 10
Parking for exhibitors 10
Overall rating  9+

Weather Expectations: If you decide to do this show, be prepared for damp rainy weather.  The crowd for this show is used to rain and it did not affect attendance as far as we could tell.

Who should do this show? This show is appropriate for any artists or crafters.  It is well organized and well attended.  The booth fee of $75 is incredibly reasonable!

Would we recommend this show to other exhibitors? Yes

Will we do this show again?  Yes, if we're in the neighborhood.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Road Trip! Florence to Waldport, Oregon

This leg was 83 miles and seemed like almost nothing!  It was a lovely drive that wandered in and out of lush forests and ran right along the coast on Highway 101.

We chose to stay at McKinley's Marina and RV Park, as it was right on the water...  and it was!  Realistically, this RV Park is a big parking lot for RVs; there's really nothing fancy about it...  but it was in a beautiful location, and the facilities were nice and clean.

Waldport is a charming little town, with all kinds of unique shops to explore.  PLUS, it's where one of our sons and his family lives!  We had a wonderful time exploring the beaches adjacent to the bay, and helping our tiny granddaughter turn over rocks to see all the baby crabs scurry away.  We took the kids out to dinner at China Restaurant, just down the street from their apartment.  OMG!!!!  If you are ever anywhere near Waldport, Oregon, eat in this restaurant!  It was perhaps the most delicious Chinese food we've ever had.  And the bill for 5 people to have complete dinners was just under $50.  It was just fabulous.

Here's our rating for this RV Park: 

McKinley's Maina & RV Park, 850 Highway 34, 
Waldport, OR
(541)563-4656
 
 Ease of access from major highway: Easy
Front Desk personnel:  Efficient
Cost per night:  Good for the location ($34.50)
Park Amenities: Average
Cleanliness:  Above Average
Availability of supplies/meals/etc: Average
Overall rating:  Average
Would we stay here again: Probably

Next stop: Hood River, OR