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Finally! Day 19

Welches, Oregon: On Thursday, we drove the 85 miles from McMinnville to Welches, on the western base of Mt. Hood. Having not stayed at the Mt. Hood Village RV Resort since our 19" trailer days, we were surprised to see how little the place had changed. The site they chose for us was so narrow and on such a tight turn, I would have needed to oil-up the sides of the motorhome to wedge it into the site. Luckily, they had a site available in a new "open field" area. Not a tree to be seen, but wide gravel campsites with water, sewer and 30/50 amp. Still, oddly, all back-ins - when only a simple change of one-way road direction would make most of the campsites pull-throughs. (No one asks me.) The staff were very friendly in moving our campsite... but this entire scenario should have been avoided as I was on the phone with their office for 40 minutes weeks ago to double-triple-check they KNEW we were 45 feet. Geesh! No matter - we are here and guess what???


It really has been a long haul. Nearly three weeks. Since Dave only felt poorly 2-3 days, and had a slight fever for less than 24 hours, it has been especially hard on him. He just wants to jog, bicycle and golf. Family and friends are so happy he has finally turned the corner.

Our great friends, Tamra and Steve, have a weekend "cabin" nearby, and they invited us to join them for dinner on their deck, overlooking a forest, a fairway, and a river. Great views, great sounds from the river, and great grilling by Steve. Plus, their black lab mix to cuddle.

Tamra marinated tenderloin steaks, and they also grilled veggies. A home-made peach cobbler was served for dessert.

This morning, we joined them for 18 holes at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort course, also within a few minutes from the RV park. The weather was spectacular - 80 degrees - and not a cloud in the sky.

Steve + Dave
Steve, Dave, & Tamra putt

Our day concluded with cocktails on the deck at Tamra & Steve's, with our Goddaughter, Natalie, her husband Jake, and their puppy! Then we all had pizza with Mary & Steve and their extended family before calling it an early night. The wedding is tomorrow!

Until my next update, I remain, your "16 holes and my meniscus said stop" correspondent.

RV Park: Mt. Hood Village RV Resortthis park is huge and has everything from simple campsites to cabins. Double-check if you have a big rig. It is a Thousands Trails park. Full hook-up sites, cottages, cabins, yurts, laundry, bathhouse, fitness center, indoor pool, hiking trails. We are paying (average of) $85 per night.