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I have spent the last two days traveling through the lush green fields of the Willamette Valley to Oregon City which marks the end of the Oregon Trail along which a new nation of settlers passed in the 1840's and 1850's. After the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains they must have felt they had arrived in Paradise when they finally made it.
The villages and small ...
So I was all alone today. I started out by feeding the pigs. Yesterday when the pigs got out, we couldn't get one back in, so we left him out. This morning, though it took a little bit, we were able to get him back into the pen. My next job was to let out the birds and feed them. I also collected eggs but there were not as much eggs as yesterday. After doing these animal chores, I moved on to the tasks for the day. First, I had to muck out ...
... that impressive. More trees than water to be seen. One of the stops we made though was at the Bonnieville Dam, one of many hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River which are used to provide electricity for most of the Pacific Northwest. They have also built fish ladders for the salmon and lamprey to use to get over the dam. They provide windows that you can view the fish swimming ...
... short hike required to reach them. This meant we had ample time to fiddle with camera settings and just enjoy this beautiful area without the caos of crowds, children, umbrellas waving in the air and all the other joys of overpopulated tourist areas. From here we went to the famous Multnomah falls. As expected there were tourists everywhere and in defense for our photos, it would have been best to visit in the afternoon for lighting purposes, ...
... that didn't end up working, a saucepan and a book about California from 2007!
We started the road trip by leaving Seattle centre on highway 5 towards a place called Puyallp where we would pick up a 4 man tent from a guy we found on Craig's List. It turned out to be really good, $40, almost brand new with all the pegs and rain cover!
We decided to head for Ike Kinswa State Park to camp out so we passed Walmart and picked up BBQ bits. We ended up sneaking ...