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Bye USA! Into Canada we go… 

The drive from Coeur d’Alene into Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada was relatively short. we did not know how long it would take to cross through the border from USA into Canada so we budgeted about an hour of time. It ended up taking all of 10 minutes LOL. Yay for Canadians!


The drive up was absolutely gorgeous… really stunning to be honest. Little did we know how much beauty we would be in for!

We hit a little bit of rain initially Crossing into Canada…

… and then it was only about an hour drive north into beautiful Cranbrook which is a small town of about 20 thousand nestled at the base of the Canadian Rockies. Here’s pulling into Mount Baker RV PARK…

Lots of water nearby and in the RV park.

Once we settled in, I discovered that This happened during the drive… someone got bored…

All of us really enjoyed our time and Cranbrook and got to enjoy some sunny weather, some rain, a bit of wind and lots of clouds but all in all we spent most of the time Outdoors exploring and playing near creeks and in the mountains. 

The city gets lots of snow during the winter so they have an amazing indoor heated swimming pool which is totally meant for kids so of course we had to go enjoy your time there.

Inside…

Pic coming!

The locals all highly recommended we go to The Heidout which was a local bar and grill in downtown Cranbrook. They had great service and awesome atmosphere and fantastic food and drinks … so we went twice…

Fisher peak beer.was consumed…

Apparently we did a lot of eating here because we also went to an awesome vietnamese pho place then…

Sushi!!!

Eeeeeeat!!!

Cranbrook has a gorgeous 18-hole disc golf course that has awesome views too!

After playing disc golf we passed by an outdoor splash pad which was running even during the 60 degree weather so we stopped to play for a bit…

The views were amazing and everything we hoped for!! Next stop…Fairmont hot springs in British Columbia!!

Bye USA! Into Canada we go… 

The drive from Coeur d’Alene into Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada was relatively short. we did not know how long it would take to cross through the border from USA into Canada so we budgeted about an hour of time. It ended up taking all of 10 minutes LOL. Yay for Canadians!

Pic coming!

The drive up was absolutely gorgeous… really stunning to be honest. Little did we know how much beauty we would be in for!

We hit a little bit of rain initially Crossing into Canada…

… and then it was only about an hour drive north into beautiful Cranbrook which is a small town of about 20 thousand nestled at the base of the Canadian Rockies. Here’s pulling into Mount Baker RV PARK…

Lots of water nearby and in the RV park.

Once we settled in, I discovered that This happened during the drive… someone got bored…

All of us really enjoyed our time and Cranbrook and got to enjoy some sunny weather, some rain, a bit of wind and lots of clouds but all in all we spent most of the time Outdoors exploring and playing near creeks and in the mountains. 

The city gets lots of snow during the winter so they have an amazing indoor heated swimming pool which is totally meant for kids so of course we had to go enjoy your time there.

Inside…

Pic coming!

The locals all highly recommended we go to The Heidout which was a local bar and grill in downtown Cranbrook. They had great service and awesome atmosphere and fantastic food and drinks … so we went twice…

Fisher peak beer.was consumed…

Apparently we did a lot of eating here because we also went to an awesome vietnamese pho place then…

Sushi!!!

Eeeeeeat!!!


Cranbrook has a gorgeous 18-hole disc golf course that has awesome views too!

After playing disc golf we passed by an outdoor splash pad which was running even during the 60 degree weather so we stopped to play for a bit…


The views were amazing and everything we hoped for!! Next stop…Fairmont hot springs in British Columbia!!

There’s actually  few things to do in Umatilla Oregon! 

When we left Hood River the only Midway stopping point that made sense was to the stay in Umatilla. We stayed at the Marina RV Park which I would highly recommend if you’re staying in the area. These spaces are large and the park itself was not very busy at all.

We ended up staying less than a week but the one RV park we stayed at happened to be a diamond in the rough.

 Hi!!!

The town itself is nothing to brag about and there really isn’t that much to do in general … So we played in the grass a lot! And the weather was fantastic!

…but the RV park was Green and right along the river so we had a great time. And we had a view of the river…

There is McNary dam that we went to visit…

 …and a disc golf course that goes right along the dam so we had a lot of fun there…

We went to Hermiston Brewing Company however the food was terribly overpriced and we were not that impressed with the beer. 

Other than that you can certainly walk along the Columbia River and enjoy the scenery and the gorgeous sunset. 

There she goes!!

Happy couple..

We set up the tent here too!

There’s lots of access to floating docks so we had lots of fun playing Outdoors here.
That’s about that! We stayed here early June so this is a catch up post! More soon!

There is so much to do in beautiful Coeur d’Alene & Spokane!

We are absolutely loving our time here in Coeur d’Alene, not only has the weather been fantastic but we have an amazing spot right on the Spokane River that we can walk to Within 4 minutes!!

Little girl. Big water. 

Being the outdoorsy type people that we are this is definitely a great place for us to be during the summertime. 

Being the disc golf junkies that we are we had to jump at the chance to play to play disc golf at Cherry Hill Park!

The disc golf course was quite impressive. It was filled with luscious Green Grass and lots of trees. However most of the holes are very long over 300 feet so this year walking was a bit too much for Annika. We did however make it to hole four! And the way the park was set up that was a very long distance!

Adjacent to the disc golf course was a local well-known Park so of course we had to go visit after playing disc golf. The day happened to be particularly hard at 89 degrees so most of the equipment was too hot to play much on but we still had fun!

The following day we went to one of the many beaches alongside Lake Coeur d’Alene. There were lots of people out enjoying the 90 degree weather and the locals are friendly with lots of kids. We went and sat on the beach for about two hours and had lots of fun.

After all that heat we started walking back to the car and happened to see Fort Sherman in the background. This is a massive custom-made local park so we had to stop by and see it!! When Annika saw it she started running across the field towards it and could not help herself, it was really cute…

Another awesome outdoor activity was going for a bike ride along Lake Coeur d’Alene Riverfront. This was the first time Hanukkah got on her tricycle and wanted to ride on the path all by herself which worked great because the path was completely flat and absolutely gorgeous. She did a great job of making it all the way down about a mile and then did about half the trip back then got too tired to ride her tricycle. The path was surprisingly unoccupied with the infrequent sound of cars passing by. It was gorgeous!

Where we parked happened to be under one of their awesome Bridges so we hung out for a bit while the sun set…

During our stay we have had the chance to go to two different restaurants and we were really happy we went to them. The service was great and the food was excellent. The first place we went to was O’Shea’s Pub which was an Irish Bar and Grill. This place was more of a dive bar and it only had a few locals in it but they had a huge patio outside with a nice big grass field next to it so it worked out with the kiddo!

We wanted to go to a local Brewing Company so we decided to go to Daft Badger Brewing. This place did not disappoint and had a great ambiance great food and even better beer. We really enjoyed this place as it had the feel of a nice Portland Pub.

We saw a charcuterie board for 12.95 and went for it. It was absolutely amazing and I would definitely get it again!!

The Ambiance was great!

Yes we ended up going to the beach 3 times the other day as well. It’s just something have to do when the river is so accessible from your Roaming Home!

Today we decided to go on a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Spokane Washington. It is only about a 30 or 30 minutes or so drive across the Washington Idaho border so it is very accessible and a quick and beautiful drive. 

First thing is first we had to feed the kiddo because she was hungry so we ended up finding a spot right next to a pizza place that serves beer… So of course we had to go!!! David’s Pizza 🍕 was awesome!!

We wanted to see what Spokane was all about and it is definitely a Pacific Northwest City with older architecture that Portland used to have. Bike ride time at the Spokane Riverfront!!

Apparently there is a small island in Spokane where they have the riverfront park and this is the site they hosted the 1974 World’s Fair. It is a good size to ride on your bike with a kiddo or pets and take in the scenery! It’s about a 100 acre park.

We enjoyed the bike ride but got caught up in a rainstorm so we had to cut our trip short and head back home…
Bye Spokane! Only 2 days until we head into Canada!!! 

Blackwell Island RV resort on the water in Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Bye Oregon, thanks for the fun!

Hi Idaho, nice to meet you!

The drive here is beautiful!

We just pulled into this RV resort and wow! My socks are knocked off.

Here’s the view out the kitchen window

This RV park has an amazing custom built pond with both a small bridge and a large bridge to go over with custom-made bench seating area!

 Not only is the entire area as luscious as Western Oregon and Portland but the views are amazing the weather is phenomenal and I can’t believe I’ve never seen this part of Idaho before. We’re really excited to be here and can’t wait to see what the town has to hold!

Apparently they have a kids playground here too but we haven’t even been over there yet…

3 awesome days at Bridge RV Park in Hood River, Oregon!

Okay so technically the RV Park we reserved is in White Salmon Washington which is directly across the bridge that connects White Salmon to Hood River. the coolest part was that our RV park was overlooking the Columbia and Hood River with a nice short five minute drive home. Anyhow the drive from Portland to Hood River was very short 90 miles and easy and one of the most pleasurable drives we’ve had to date. Once you leave Eastern Portland on 84 west, you get into this area called The Gorge…

The Columbia Gorge is this amazing Green Valley with waterfalls and rivers and beautiful tall trees for a Hundred Mile Stretch or so. 

We did get a super awesome parking spot at the RV park which was overlooking the Columbia river and Hood River!

One of the craziest and scariest things that happened to us was crossing the bridge that connects Hood River to White Salmon. Allow me to explain… This bridge is very tiny and being a toll bridge there is quite a bit of traffic. But this is no ordinary Bridge mind you it is literally exactly a 16 ft wide so that means there’s the exact amount of room for two cars side-by-side and no more no less. In other words it is a very tight fit for the half-mile it stretches over the Columbia River. When you’re going over this toll bridge in an RV it can be quite terrifying to be honest. When I was looking out my window there was 4 inches between our wheels and the side of the bridge where our top heavy vehicle could easily just flip on over. Just look at this picture. The top mirror kind of shows it but the bottom right mirror really shows how close we were to disaster.

Not only that but there were also other large vehicles coming in the opposite direction of us so at one point Scott. 

So close that he brushed up against the bridge wall which was literally four feet tall. I’m not usually scared of much but everything combined thing that this is our entire home with everything in it and a sleeping kid in the back I think my heart rate went to about 2000 beats per minute LOL

We had a blast and Hood River but it is full of the things that we like so it was easy to keep busy. We found a disc golf course and played disc golf which was a lot of fun and we hit up several of the local breweries including Double Mountain

pfriem

Full-sail Brewing

We wanted to make it to session Brewing but time did not allow so when we went to a local grocery store we ended up buying a 12 pack of session to support the locals you know!

And I think that was it but there’s a dozen or so bars in the area that are very trendy fun and popular for all ages over 21.
We had a great time at the Hood River Waterfront Park. Not only do they have a Sandy Beach area that is not packed but they also have a fantastic handmade children’s play area with all these cool non-conventional playground pieces of equipment period we spent a few hours climbing the rock walls and sliding the slides and spinning around and enjoying the view until we got hungry.

The other thing that we got to do which was very fun was to take Anikka to a second Park in Hood River that had a very homemade by cub-scouts feel!

Anyhow Hood River is a small City located in the Gorge pretty much in the middle of it. It is very Progressive like Portland but has a small-town feel. Hood River is full of great breweries which we will talk about in a minute good restaurants beautiful parks and a great ambience. I would love to spend more time in Hood River but unfortunately we don’t have time to stay any longer!!

Best things to do in Portland Oregon!

Okay to be fair we did live in Portland for about 7 years so we definitely know the ins and outs of the city and the local places to go that are really awesome. So this is our recommendations if you’re ever in Portland for some of the best things to do there. There’s an abundance of indoor and outdoor activity depending on the season you arrive. If you’re there during the rainy season (which is nine months out of the year) I would suggest going to something indoors such as a science center, mall, restaurant, bar and grill or any other local event!

1. Visit friends 

If you have friends in the city, obviously go see them. Which is what we spent the majority of our time doing!

2. Go to a park!
There are dozens if not hundreds of parks throughout the city they’re absolutely gorgeous green and fun to visit. Most have kid friendly play equipment. A few suggestions for parks to visit include Alberta Park Laurelhurst Park Mount Tabor, and we visited Kelley Point Park which is along the Columbia River.

3. Go to a bar

This goes without saying as Portland is the microbrew capital of the u.s. Almost everywhere you go has local specialty beers with full range of flavors and they are absolutely amazing. Look up any bar just make sure it is not a dive bar unless you want that kind of ambience period you can find anything from El cheap local dive bar to a high-end restaurant at the top of a tower. A well-known local company is Mcminnamins Bar which have multiple locations around the city. Their restaurants are cool and unique because they do things like purchase old school buildings and convert them into a multiple bar system. They also have an indoor soaking pool to do during the day but there are most known for their restaurants and bars.

We went to Anchor Bar on Jantzen Beach and also Island Cafe which is at the end of a dock floating on the river.

I got the ahi tuna burger!

We also went to Vendetta Alberta Street Pub, and thirsty Lion in downtown..

spare room…

And Donny Vegas in the Alberta district…They are famous for their Frito pies…This is a popular spot anytime of day.

4. Play disc golf

Disc golf is extremely popular around Oregon and especially in Portland. If you don’t play disc golf you’re just not cool LOL

We played at Pier Park which is in northeast Portland due to the easy access from our RV park. However there are in abundance of courses throughout the city including Greenway Park, lunchtime, Rooster Rock, Horning’s Hideout, and many more. Most have elaborate and fun courses with lots of trees and long throws for anyone from beginner to expert and Pro. It is not uncommon to see people walking around drinking beers as well.

5. Go for a bike ride

In the city that is known to be extremely bike-friendly you can get literally just about anywhere on a bicycle. You can also take your bicycle on the max which is there high-speed train system if you need to get anywhere long distance. We opted to park downtown and ride our bikes along the riverfront all the way up to the brand new bridge which is called the Tillikum Bridge which is a bike walk and train bridge only so there are no Cars allowed across it at all. The entire ride was gorgeous and very safe. Highly recommended for a free day trip full of  GREAT views and lots of fun!!

6. Walk the Riverfront

Here are some pics during our bike ride in front of the Willamette River.

7. Eat!

I think this may be the best thing about Portland. Any platter that you get in Portland will be either local handmade Super Fresh or absolutely amazing and foreign. They have an abundance of Thai food places to eat and they are very reasonably priced for what you get. No I mean literally every single corner like how Starbucks is in Phoenix there is a Thai food place to eat at. Pick one look it up on Yelp get some reviews ask the locals and go eat. Not only is there Thai food there is good Mexican food Chinese food American food Sushi is everywhere and just about any other food you can think of so really grab a beer and go eat! Most of the Thai places you will eat at will ask you to order level of spiciness that you want on a scale from 1 to 5. I think Scott went with a four or five and really paid for it haha even three is pretty spicy for me.

We went to e-san Thai in downtown and we had great service, and awesome eats for $8.50 per plate. 

8. Voodoo Donuts
Yes this is what Portland is known for and honestly I’ve never had the donuts there but everybody says they’re amazing and they do all kind of Custom Creations so there is typically a line out the door so plan to wait for a while if you want to grab some donuts …. But it’s probably worth it!

9. Go to OMSI

OMSI is the Oregon Museum of Science and something else but more importantly it is an awesome place for Science and educational things for kids of all ages and even adults too. For me the most exciting exhibit a real submarine that they have sitting outside their facility in the Willamette River. I believe you have to pay for a tour of it but it is really really neat and totally worth the price. That tore itself lasts over an hour and they really spend time explaining details about it. But they also have a whole room dedicated to Hands-On learning and play equipment for toddlers up to age 7 or 8. So that’s where we spent most of our time and of course they had a huge sandbox stuff to crawl on and touch and feel is very Hands-On and Onika had a lot of fun there oh they had an awesome water play are for them too!!

10. Drive around the city

Portland is a very diverse City with all different areas to explore. The majority of the city is split up into Northeast northwest southeast and Southwest then there’s also Vancouver Washington. The drive around the entire Place could take from 2 hours to all day just depending on how many stops you make. You will cross the river several times and you can even make it out east to Beaverton, then back down the 26 into downtown for an evening drink. Just BE PREPARED FOR TRAFFIC!!



11. Visit Vancouver, WA

OKAY SO NUMBER 11 IS KIND OF A BONUS BECAUSE VANCOUVER WASHINGTON IS DEFINITELY NOT IN THE STATE OF OREGON HOWEVER IT IS A STONE’S THROW ACROSS THE RIVER SO IT MAY SO IT MAY BE WORTH THE TRIP! There are a number of things you can do in Vancouver including disc golf and wintler Park which is on the Columbia with lots of beautiful sand and easy beach access or you could go out east to Lacamas Lake for a beautiful bike! There are two routes to get from Portland to Vancouver and one of them is to take I-5 North across a bridge which frequently goes up and down stopping all traffic so it can be risky. The other way is to take the 205 bridge which is beautiful and typically Less Traveled. Both offer amazing views it’s totally worth the drive!

These are our favorite things to do in Portland, what are yours?

Portland Oregon for 8 days in 2 different RV Parks!

First of all I want to share some pictures in regards to the beautiful drive between Ashland and Portland Oregon. We had amazing weather with scattered clouds and no rain so we really got to enjoy the green and lush surroundings. 

Keep in mind these pictures were taken from a large moving vehicle through the window…

We passed over several Rivers including Umpqua River the Willamette River three times in Eugene Wilsonville and Portland and then the Columbia River.

The drive took about 5 hours total but we did not rush at all!

Once we got into Portland with our 40 foot RV and attached tocar we remembered something that we had long forgotten… The traffic was really really bad! Everywhere, pretty much all the time. I guess it’s worth it when you live in a city this pretty. It is amazing how Mount Hood stands out as such a powerful symbol and backdrop to the entire landscape.

Anyhow our first RV park was Jantzen Beach RV Park located in North Portland. This RV park is literally on an island called Hayden Island which you can only access from one exit off of I-5. This becomes challenging because during rush hour there’s no quick way to get back on the eye without sitting in traffic. However the good thing is once you’re on the island there’s not much traffic there and there are definitely some shopping centers and restaurants and bars to go to. I will do another blog later as far as where I would recommend to go and what we did with our time in Portland. 

Jantzen Beach RV park itself felt very safe however it was quite a drastic change from the spacious spots we had an Ashland as these spots had no grass although we did get a picnic table. 

The entire park was booked solid so we had lots of Neighbors. Our least favorite part of this park was the noise level. 
It was loud… not from our neighbors at all!! …but from the airport, the trains passing by, and the constant air horns from the ships going to Port. It was very loud. Probably a little too loud. Anyway we did get a pull through spot with full hookups there are some spots there that have grass but we did not get one of those. They do have a fantastic playground area for our toddler and swings and a patch of grass to play in. 

They also have three swimming pools and one of them is a kids pool. 

The pools were just opening up on Memorial Day weekend while we were there and when we finally stepped our toes in the water was ice cold so we did not do much swimming.
We had to move to another RV Park after a couple days because Jantzen Beach was booked solid and could not extend her stay which was fine due to the noise level.

So we packed up all our stuff from spot 963 and went 2 miles east, closer to the airport to Columbia River RV Park. 

Spot #108 –

The location we found to be much more convenient as you do not have to access I-5 to get here. It is also a stone’s throw from the Columbia river which makes for a gorgeous drive when you’re heading home. This spot surprisingly was much quieter even though we were closer to the airport we did not hear the air horns from the ships or the train at all. It is also very close and easy access to Vancouver Washington and both I-5 and 205. This RV park was very easy to access with a nice layout.

This park however did not have any sort of accommodations for kids, no playground, no swimming pools or anything like that. I did not use the facilities but they did have a bath house. This place was completely at capacity as well and could not extend our stay more than the couple days we had reserved it. 

I would definitely recommend this place over Jantzen Beach RV Park…and you can’t beat the price at $35 per night!!!
Here is the view right across the street of Portland Yacht Club and the Columbia River…

We really enjoyed our stay in Portland and feel fortunate because we had so much sunny weather. Now off to new adventures in Hood River as we make our way towards Canada!!

Top Things to do in Ashland, Oregon

Here is our list of things to do in Ashland Oregon. Some are kid-friendly some are not. We learned that you have to check with each individual bar to see if they allow children inside. Oregon has some funny laws about serving alcohol in vicinity of children.

VISIT LITHIA PARK

This park is world-renowned for its beautiful space, expansive playground, and great hiking trails. Ashland Creek runs straight through it so the entire time you are surrounded by the sound of water. There are also several large ponds, lots of ducks deer and Wildlife to be seen. An amazing Park to go to!
DRINK LITHIA SPRINGS MINERAL WATER

Pic here!

Okay I’ll admit it. I tried it. Did I like it? No. It tastes like some like a blend of sulfur and flower and terrible fumes and your face all at once. It is not good but apparently it’s very healthy to drink and full of vitamins. I’d rather take the daily supplement instead of drinking that again though.

GRAB A DRINK DOWNTOWN AT BLACK SHEEP PUB

What an entrance. You have to walk up a giant flight of red carpet stairs before you get inside the British theme Pub. Apparently the place is closing in the next few months which makes us sad because it’s been in business for nearly 25 years. It is well-known around Ashland and has a great selection of beers. We ended up just getting a giant platter of french fries which was served with Organic ketchup and malt vinegar. 

VISIT STANDING STONE BREWERY

The beer selection is fantastic and reasonably priced. They also have a nice patio out on the west side where you can watch the sunset. We did not get any food here but we did get drinks in a flight of beers which was super fun period a great atmosphere and child-friendly place.
VISIT GRANITE TAPROOM

This place is located in the heart of downtown on a 3rd floor space overlooking the valley below. Great drinks and happy hour specials! Lots of local microbrewery!

VISIT THE GROWLER GUYS FOR DRINKS

This place is definitely child and dog friendly. It is not located in the heart of downtown but still has a great view of the mountains around. They have a fantastic patio and a great beer selection with over 60 beers on tap. The only downside is that their food was definitely not fantastic. We ended up with garlic bread and sauce that was less than desirable but the beer made up for it.
GRAB SOME BUBBLE TEA AT DOBRA TEA IN DOWNTOWN ASHLAND

The shop has a great location on one side of the river that is very close to the downtown vicinity. I got an awesome Thai tea which was a blend of black and oolong tea mix with coconut milk. It was really good and cost about $5.50. Tons of other tea combinations made fresh and in-house. Highly recommended!

DISC GOLF

We are huge disc golf fans and try to play as often as possible. We ended up finding a course on the Southern Oregon University campus. I believe it was only 9 holes, and was a bit difficult to navigate at times but was really fun to play. The course slash school grounds are very well-manicured with lots of big beautiful trees.
PLAY A ROUND AT OAK KNOLL GOLF COURSE

This is a public golf course located just outside of downtown Ashland. The golf course looks absolutely amazing and well-manicured. It is centralized in the valley so it’s mostly flat with some light Rolling Hills. The prices are really reasonable as well for a 9-hole or 18-hole round. Golf cart rentals available!

GO FOR A DRIVE

Just about everywhere you look in Ashland is full of beauty. You can drive just about anywhere in the city and see tons of tall trees and Wildlife around.

WALK AROUND DOWNTOWN

There are a few main walking trails that go right along the river straight through downtown Ashland. I would highly recommend parking anywhere you can because everything is Within Reach on foot. If you have a kid put them in a stroller so you can navigate up the light Hills. There’s so many shops to stop at you could spend the whole day walking around.

VISIT EMIGRANT LAKE

Less than 15 minutes outside of downtown Ashland is a cute little late with very easy access. The views are gorgeous and you definitely get a country vibe from it. There are few. To hang out on and it looked like they had paddle board and boat rentalsnas well!
 VISIT SCIENCE WORKS

Science works is a children’s museum within 5 minutes of downtown Ashland. Admission was $10 for an adult and $8 for children 2 to 10. Very engaging for toddlers!

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