Sweet Victory and Maryhill State Park – 5/22/13

Maryhill State Park - Columbia River Gorge (Mike & Mitch)

Maryhill State Park – Columbia River Gorge (Mike & Mitch)

Knights win, Knights win, Knights win!! The WVC Knights win the NWAACC Women’s Fast Pitch Tournament for the first time in school history! Very exciting and huge congrats to the players and our great friend coach Pflugrath.

WVC Knights Fast Pitch - NWAACC champs!

WVC Knights Fast Pitch – NWAACC champs!

We left Portland on Monday afternoon, a bit later than we had hoped. When we were in the RV Park in Portland, we had to switch spaces for the last night as someone who rents there long term had reserved our site, no big deal to move a few spaces over for them. But in the process, Mike noticed an issue with the leveling jacks (there are stabilizing “feet” that gently lift the MoHo off the ground when parked to keep it more stable and relieve some pressure off the tires). After finally getting the jacks retracted, there was obviously a need to have a professional look at it, as they weren’t working correctly. Few phone calls and we found a place around the corner to drop the MoHo for the day while at the game. Unfortunately, they were not able to fix it, and gave us a few numbers to try. As we were heading out of Portland toward our next destination, Maryhill State Park, we decided there wasn’t a rush to get it repaired, we will make due until Bend.

Arrived at the park, and our great friends Sunny and Mitch were there waiting for us to spend the nights as our first house guests!  They went to the tourney as well and this was a place to stop and spend a night together on their way home to Yakima. It was a gorgeous, calm day on the Columbia River, which is very rare this time of year. We had a great night sitting by the fire and meeting some fun ladies camping next to us, two sisters on an 8-day trip. Have a blast Rebecca and Laura! That night we got Mitch to agree they would stay one more night!!

Next day the weather turned a bit and the rain and cold arrived.  We headed out to do some local wine tasting. First stop was the Waving Tree Vineyards & Winery. The owners were there labeling some bottles, and invited us in for some wine. Evelyn & Terrance, great people with lots of local knowledge. We bought a case of vino from them between the four of us.  Very reasonably priced and nice quality wines, would go back anytime! Evelyn told us of a place down the road about 30 minutes where we might want to go for a quick adventure. The Klickitat River runs down a very steep canyon where Native fisherman stand on wooden platforms and use huge long poles to “dip” into the river to catch Salmon and Steelhead. She gave us perfect directions and we went for it. When we arrived, the place was vacant, but quickly someone showed up and he was “dipping” his long pole instantly. First “dip” and there was a very nice 6-8 pound salmon in his pole, wow! He proceeded to catch a total of four fish in the next 30 minutes while we explored around the fish ladder area. We talked to him on the way out and he said the platform he uses has been in his family since his grandfather. During the fall salmon run, he and his family can pull out over a ton of fish in a day — 2,000 lbs of salmon! Something we would love to come back a see in person!

Fisherman on the Klickitat

Fisherman on the Klickitat

Quick stop at the Maryhill Winery (one of the most amazing views you will ever have at any winery in the world, and summer concerts are amazing here!) on the way back to the campground. Returned to the MoHo for dinner, and the wind and rain were there in force. Mike decided to try the microwave/convection oven and cook up our pork loin inside vs. out in the weather on the grill. We set it up and 35 minutes later we had a perfectly prepared dinner, some very nice wine, followed by a long game of Dominoes. (The girls crushed the boys!)

View at Maryhill Winery - Cameron's & Miller's

View at Maryhill Winery – Cameron’s & Miller’s

Yummy dinner in the MoHo!

Yummy dinner in the MoHo!

Next morning, Sunny and Mitch are out early heading back home.  Thanks for staying with us for a couple of nights; we will see you in July! There is heavy rain and cold weather expected in our next location, Bend, Oregon. But, it is looking better for Memorial Day weekend.  Our plan is to stay for 4-5 days and try to get the MoHo maintenance taken care of. Talk to you all soon!

2 thoughts on “Sweet Victory and Maryhill State Park – 5/22/13

  1. Bob woolsey

    Way to go Mikey. Sounds like you are having a blast. Brad Wallace and I took a trip with our MoHo to Sedona last weekend for four days as Gloria was in Calgary. Wonderful trip. You will have to visit there in your travels.

  2. Andy

    Congrats to the WVC Knights and coaches! Looks like a lot of fun, regardless of the weather. Did Mitch happen to take a little tinkle there to cause that ripple?


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