Thursday, July 9
Before leaving Tollgate Campground in Mt. Hood National Forest, the crew and I explore the bank of the Zigzag River.
Walking is a great way to start the day.
The past few months there have been several mornings when I’ve had to “encourage” Bridget to get out of bed. Making our walks interesting and fun helps her stay active and feel young.
The forest is magical in the early morning.
The Perfect Tow Vehicle hauls us and the Best Little Trailer eastward.
Route 26 winds upward through the forest. We encounter road construction for a few miles which slows traffic. I appreciate that! I can enjoy glimpses of Mt. Hood and relax without feeling pressured to hurry along by the tail-gating vehicles behind me.
We pass Government Camp, the ski areas and Snow Bunny Lodge. We cross the Pacific Crest Trail shortly before Barlow Pass (4,157 feet). Mt. Hood National Forest is ideal for people who like to hike. There are several trailheads.
The PTV does a splendid job on mountain roads! Of course, I switch to second gear and keep an eye on the temperature gauge.
In a parking area a man leans against his truck camper.
The hood is up and steam is puffing out from under it. Gee, this would be a good place to give the PTV a break. Her temperature is raised only slightly. Even so, I don’t know how much work is ahead for her. Plus I might get a signal and then I can check the blog . . . .
As it turns out there isn’t much more climbing for the PTV. We go through Bennett Pass (4,674 feet) and descend through dense forest until we reach Sherwood Campground.
“Hey, this looks pretty nice! Let’s check it out.”
Only one of the fourteen campsites is occupied. Sherwood Campground (3,000 feet) is situated along Robinhood Creek in Mt. Hood National Forest ($12 regular/$6 senior pass).
It’s listed online as having a 16-foot length limit for RVs, yet the 17-foot BLT fits fine. No water or hook-ups. The camp host is at nearby Cottonwood Campground. There are trash containers and the ubiquitous vault toilet house.
I find the site that suits us best.
It has a lovely spot to set up my lounger and the doggie beds by the river!
Darn! No signal at all! Gee, I really like this place. On the other hand, I’ve been gone from the blog a lot lately. I’m getting further and further behind on my posts. Oh, but it’s so peaceful here by the river . . .
“Well, Bridge, what should we do? Stay or keep looking?”
I’d better end this post. If you read comments you may be aware I’ve been dealing with repair issues in addition to connection problems. This post was written over a period of two days as I’ve had to rely on the PTV to charge the laptop and jetpack. Now all my chargers and my inverter have died!
I’ve moved to a location where I can have repairs made and where there is a store that sells inverters and chargers. I’ll take care of those things today (real time). Presently my jetpack is having hunger pains for more power and the last few photos are refusing to load into the post. Sheesh . . .
I’d better wrap this up. Thanks for sticking with us!
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