Thursday and Friday, March 28 and 29, 2019 (Hillsboro, OR)

After emptying our holding tanks, we pulled out of Guaranty RV just after 11:00, taking highway 99 north, crossing the Willamette River....
...going through Harrisburg...
...and eventually making our way over to the I-5.

Crossing the Willamette River again...
After missing their driveway, and having to go around a big block, we arrived at Dawne and Mike's around 2:00. Dawne met us at the end of the driveway on her dad's 3-wheel bike and led us in...and after big hugs, they showed us where to park. Steve manoeuvred around a big loop into the spot beside the huge garage where their fifth-wheel.

The property is actually owned by Dawne's parents and has an amazing history to it. Her dad was born in the house that still stands at the end of the driveway and her parents built the house they're in now themselves. Mike and Dawne recently renovated the basement suite in the family house and moved into it to be closer to her parents who are both in their 90's.
Once we were in place, they left us to get set up...water and power, awesome! Love this mooch-docking spot!

About an hour later, we walked up to the house and Mike and Dawne showed us around the house and property. Dawne's dad has been a collector of just about anything all his life and the house and out buildings are like walking into a museum...very cool! He has a couple of old cars too.

If we remember correctly this is a 1931 Ford Model A...
And this beauty is a 1932 Ford Phaeton...very cool!
And when Dawne turned 55 Mike got her a 1955 Chevy pickup. What a guy!
After the tour, we all sat in our rig, chatting over beer and wine...and then it was time to go back up to the house and get dinner going.

Son, Jake, Mike and son-in-law, Jason...grilling steak...
Daughter, Cassy carving the steak...and Dawne all gloved up taking the garlic bread out of the oven!
Then we took the food upstairs where we all filled our plates...left to right around the table, Steve, Mike, Dawne, Sherwood (Dawne's Dad) and Dolores (Dawne's Mom)...
And sitting at a table in the loft...Jason, Cassy, Jake, Ian (Cassy and Jason's son), Austin (Kendal's boyfriend) and Kendal (Cassy and Jason's daughter)... Note just some of the collectibles in the above and below photos...very cool!
After a fabulous dinner and evening we called it a night and walked back to our trailer...so great meeting some of Mike and Dawne's family! 

Friday morning Dawne, Steve and I walked down to La Provence Boulangerie and Patisserie...Mike had an appointment and met us there. We enjoyed a fabulous breakfast! The croissants were excellent!

We walked back and then talked about what to do today. This is the creek behind the house...beautiful and will even be more so once the leaves on all the trees come out! It has trout in it, the ducks are happy here and the neighbours field occasionally has deer on it.
Mike and Dawne suggested a drive on the Columbia River Gorge...sounds wonderful! We all climbed into Dawne's dad's truck...to take it out for a good run...and we were off! 

Our first stop...Vista House...Vista House is a museum at Crown Point in Multnomah County, Oregon, that also serves as a memorial to Oregon pioneers and as a comfort station for travelers on the Historic Columbia River Highway. The site, situated on a rocky promontory, is 733 feet (223 m) above the Columbia River on the south side of the Columbia River Gorge. The hexagonal stone building was designed by Edgar M. Lazarus in the style of Art Nouveau, and completed in 1918 after nearly two years of construction. 
In 2000, restoration on the building began, and lasted five years. The Vista House is located within the Corbett city limits, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


We had taken a selfie then a nice fellow asked if we wanted him to take our picture...
Fabulous views!

Panorama view...
(Click on photo to enlarge)
From Vista House, we took the Historic Columbia Highway east through a very scenic area. One thing we all forgot about, though, is that it's Spring Break and everyone else seemed to have the same idea of driving and visiting the parks, trails and waterfalls along the Gorge. So the traffic was stop and go and backed up for almost a mile as we approached Multnomah Falls. Realizing we weren't going to get a parking spot Steve got out and walked ahead to get a couple of quick photos...

Multnomah Falls is a waterfall located in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Troutdale, between Corbett and Dodson, Oregon, United States. The waterfall is accessible from the Historic Columbia River Highway and Interstate 84. Spanning two tiers on basalt cliffs, it is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon at 620 ft (189 m) in height.
The land surrounding the falls was developed by Simon Benson in the early-twentieth century, with a pathway, viewing bridge, and adjacent lodge being constructed in 1925. The Multnomah Falls Lodge and the surrounding footpaths at the falls were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. Contemporarily, the state of Oregon maintains a switchback trail that ascends to a talus slope 100 feet (30 m) above the falls, and descends to an observation deck that overlooks the falls' edge. The falls attract over two million visitors each year, making it the most-visited natural recreation site in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.
Sure would have been nice to have explored this area...
There are  number of waterfalls along this road...

We drove all of the way to the town of Hood River where it is usually extremely windy with a lot of windsurfers taking advantage of it...but not today! So we stopped for a quick bite and McDonald's and then headed back taking the I-84.

Big Paddle-wheeler on the river...
That's the Vista House way up top...
On the way back through Portland, we went south down the I-5 and then 217 southwest to the Scholls area where Mike and Dawne used to live. We drove passed their old place and continued onto Ponzi Vineyards where Dawne and I enjoyed a glass of wine on the patio...
Dawne picked up a bottle of one of their wines...
A beautiful spot...
On our way home, we stopped at Papa Murphy's and picked up a couple of "bake at home" pizzas. We sat at their place, Dawne and I enjoying another glass of wine and Steve and Mike beer, while the pizza cooked.

What a fabulous day! Thanks so much to our tour guides!

Sunday to Wednesday, March 24 to 27, 2019 (Guaranty RV Service, Junction City, OR)

It was so nice to have  relaxing day today...we had a leisurely start with our coffee and then showered and I cooked us a big breakfast. There was a dense fog advisory on until about 11:00...and a look outside confirmed that it was indeed socked right in! But that was okay...Steve planned to work on picture editing until about that time anyway.

We headed out shortly after 11:00...the fog had dissipated and it was a lovely sunny day. We needed to go to a Verizon store to put money on our account and to suspend the MiFi...we'll just use the data on the cell phone for our final week in the US. I had found a Verizon store in Eugene and as we drove into the strip-mall where it was located, Steve was happy to see a Sports Clips shop. So after finding a parking spot a little ways down the road, Steve went in to get his haircut while I took care of Verizon.

We were home a couple of hours later, had a bite to eat for lunch...and then Steve settled in for more picture editing while I read my book. A nice relaxing afternoon.

Monday (Mar. 25) I was up bright and early...I couldn't sleep and besides, I wanted some "coffee" time before we had to pack up and get ready for our 8 a.m. appointment. The reason for stopping at Guaranty on our way north is to have our big slide looked at again...we weren't really happy with the repair job that Duncan RV had done in Elkhart.

Other than going out for lunch, we basically spent our day in the waiting room at Guaranty RV Service...Steve worked on picture editing and I read my book. It was back to being rainy and gloomy out.

Around 2:00, Josh, our Service Assistant, came in to tell us that the tech working on the trailer slide had found that the gear packs on both sides of the slide had missing teeth. They can have replacements here tomorrow. The tech had also replaced the rubber seal under the kitchen slide. It had been replaced in Elkhart but within a few days Steve noticed it had a chunk missing out of the middle again just like the old one did. Our tech said it wasn't put on straight...geez! This is why we hate having repairs done on the road...you're no longer near that repair facility so you can't take it back so have to pay to have it done again! Rather than move the trailer back over to the holding lot, we can stay in the trailer where it is parked now...outside the bay door.

So Steve put on his rain gear and walked over to where we had been parked to gather our chocks and water hose, etc. while I went to set up the inside of the trailer. We would have power and didn't need to hook up to water as we had enough in our tank.

We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening inside the trailer while it poured outside...I worked on a blog update while Steve watched TV.

We spent all Tuesday (Mar. 26) morning in the trailer waiting for the parts to be delivered. Again, Steve worked on picture editing and I read my book. 

Just before noon, Josh came out to let us know that the parts had arrived and that the tech would get started working on it right after lunch. So we packed up and went back into the waiting area, where we spent the afternoon. This is the first time we've had a female tech...nice to see them getting into the trade.
At 4:30 Josh and Dave (the Slide expert) came to get us. They still can't get the slide to line up properly...they are at a total loss as to why. It's out about 3/4". 
So we can spend another night there and they will have another go at it in the morning in the morning.

Wednesday (Mar. 27) we were up and out by 8:00...and sitting in the waiting room. Steve decided to walk over to the trailer and found our tech, service manager and Dave discussing our situation. He explained the mechanics of the slide room and how adjustments are made and felt if they tried to straighten it any further we would most likely start loosing some teeth on those new gear packs. Well that sucks...we had been so hopeful! So we decided to have them put the additional seals back inside the one end of the slide room to cover the gap. Other than new gear packs we're no further ahead! We never thought to contact the manufacturer Lippert when we were in Elkhart to see if they serviced their own products.

It was about 10:30 when it was all finished and they towed the rig back to a spot across the street. I did a minimal set up inside while Steve "hooked us up" outside. And then we gathered all of the laundry and headed the short distance down the road to the Guaranty RV Travel Center. They also have a full RV Park, store and restaurant there now too. I put the laundry on and then we had lunch there. 

Once the laundry was done, we dropped the bags off at the trailer and then headed to Safeway for a few groceries. On our way home, we filled up with diesel ($3.00/gal)...so we are good to go in the morning.

There are train tracks right down the middle of this street...and yes, the train still runs on them!
Back home, I made up the bed and put the laundry away and then relaxed. The evening was topped off by fresh pizza from Safeway that I just had to throw in the oven..and then we settled in to watch Survivor!

Our spot in the holding lot for the night...50 amp, water and a sani-dump...
...and our view out the side window...
We're looking forward to getting on the road again tomorrow! Next stop...a visit with friends that we met in Q!