There’s more than one good reason to stop at a scenic pull-out along the Oregon Coast. During a walk-around to visually check the truck, Laddie noticed some oil. He kept the news from Anne until the next morning when he announced “Anne, we have a problem.”
A leak from the front differential is suspected. Not knowing neither the severity of the problem nor the availability of parts and service during the holiday season, the decision was made to return home. Disappointed? You bet. Lessons learned? Yes sir.
The trip did give us the opportunity to observe what works and what needs tweaking. Over the 6 days travelling 2,675 kilometers we saw some incredibly diverse landscapes.
- Desolate volcanic rock & dry sagebrush country
- Yakima Canyon where eagles soar
- White Pass snow and ski belt
- Oregon Coast sand dunes
- A dark forest where lichen-laden tree limbs look like reindeer antlers
- Hawks stand watch in a broad and green “Valley of grasses”
- Hillside orchards and vineyards for as far as the eye can see
- Columbia River gorge where nature has chiseled and sculpted the route
We also learned a new word – “dalles” – the rapids of a river running between the walls of a canyon or gorge. This land that Lewis & Clarke and David Thompson travelled 200 years ago is awe inspiring country.
“It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”