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The girls and I recently returned from two-plus weeks on the road with the new (to us) camper. It was a trip full of ups and downs. We crossed many steep passes in Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The northwest has lots of mountains. We drove to the top of Steens Mountain, nearly 10,000 feet high in SE Oregon and we drove to Stanley, Idaho – a tiny mountain town at over 6000 feet in the Sawtooth Mountains. I can’t begin to name all the passes we crossed in Oregon. Highway 395 just seems to go up and down all the time.

Seeing these beautiful places was a great high point of the trip but there were also lows. Smoke-filled sky in Oregon dimmed the views of and from Steens Mountain. Hot temperatures left Luna wilted and slowed down our adventures. And since it was unseasonably hot, the rattlesnakes were still active. I suppose the lowest of the lows was two flat tired on the 4 Runner. I did manage to to get them both changed and I endured two long trips (seventy miles, one way) to the tire store, taking up two full days of the trip.

The girls and I did enjoy camping next to a river with shady trees to provide afternoon respites. Morning and evening walks were delightful. Page Springs used to be a sleepy place, visited mainly by birders and other wildlife enthusiasts but in 2020 covid year, everyone is searching for out of the way places to camp. The campground host said it had been full most every night since Memorial Day. I remember when Ken and I camped there on our honeymoon and nearly had the place to ourselves.

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