2011 Trip - Day 16
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Tuesday, May 3- Tumalo State Park Campground, OR - 103.5 miles, 4252.8 for the trip

Today was a straight (well actually anything but straight) run down OR 22 to Bend. Although nothing like the passes in Montana, OR 22 goes through Santiam Pass at 4817'. I hit light snow just before the pass, and there was 3'-4' feet on the sides of the road. The roads were clear but wet...

OR Rt 22
OR Rt 22
OR Rt 22
OR Rt 22
Santiam Pass
Santiam Pass

After the pass the road straightened out. Kathy had warned me that the town of Sisters was both a tourist & speed trap. With a 20 mph limit through town, I believe it! From Rt 22 there is a great view of the mountains the town is named for:

3 Sisters
3 Sisters Sign
The Three Sisters
Info About the 3 Sisters

I have an appointment to have the tires replaced on the RAV4 tomorrow & am spending two nights at Tumalo State Park, about 5 miles north of the Toyota dealership. Oregon's parks switch from the less expensive "Discovery" mode to "Premier," on May 1st, raising the price for a full service site from $22.00 to $26.00, still a pretty good deal. I'm in site B13, a stone's throw from the solar showers. I wonder if the water stays hot until the morning? I guess I'll find out - I'm a morning shower person and have never been able to adjust to taking one in the evening.

Tumalo B13
Solar Showers
Site B13
The Solar Showers

Toyota Bend ( I guess it is better that they call it that than "Bend Toyota") said they would call me after 3:00 to let me know if the tires came in - no phone call. I guess I'll just show up for my appointment.

I grilled for the first time. I made a couple of hamburgers, & fresh green beans but while at the store saw some good looking shish kabobs - I think I'll pick one up for tomorrow. The Coleman combination grill/stove worked well. After dinner I took a walk to the river that runs along side the campground. Most of the rocks around the campground look to be volcanic in origin, however they are not the lightweight pumice we found at Craters of the Moon.

The River
A Rock

I got to Skype (on line video chat) with my daughter Karin & the grand kids this afternoon, an advantage of stopping early. I keep forgetting that it is 3 hours later back in the east.

I just got another Skype from Brian & Karin on their brand new iPad. They are making me jealous - I want one, but can't justify it since I already use a laptop for all my computing. Someday...

Till Tomorrow -


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