Curveballs at the Columbia River Gorge OR, and West WA

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The extreme car camping adventures continue. As there is no end in sight for this pandemic we are still trying to do the best we can with what we have. Being locked in a tiny dark apartment, does not get any easier. Days start melting together and I am really having a hard time telling the difference between a Tuesday and a Thursday.

To break out the monotony, as mentioned in the previous post, we started exploring around. We’ve only been in the Washington area for almost 6 months now, and I can proudly say that we’ve seen the coast, the east, the north and a bit of Oregon. It has been quite a great way to see the Pacific North West while adding a bit of excitement to our lives.

So we decided to go see the famous Columbia River Gorge. The plan was to spend a weekend hiking around to see the stunning waterfalls from the Oregon Scenic Gorge. After 4 hours driving from home, we get to Ainsworth State Park. Just to find out that absolutely all hikes have been closed due to COVID. We get bummed out, go to our site and think of what to do.

We get a fire started (only coal is permitted, no firewood) and cook for hours. Wrap some corn, potatoes put together some skewers and threw them in the fire. Little that we know, we spent 4 hours talking while drinking a nice bottle of Chilean wine.

Fast forward a week, we are in the car again. This time headed towards east Washington, Easton Lake. Beautiful scenic drive through mountains rivers and a quick stop at the tourist trap called Snoqualmie Falls. Hungry, and looking forward to grilling some Salmon, we make it to the site. Now guess what, no woofire, nor coal allowed. Another freaking curveball. But this time, the hiking trails are open.

We get the tent going, fire up the jetboil and prep a crappy dehydrated meal. We go for a hike in the beautiful iron horse trail. Busy camping site, empty trail.

If we have learned something in the last few months, is that as much as you want, life is not linear. Things change all the time, you have to try to be flexible. Nothing is perfect, and like the great Elon Musk said, happiness is reality minus expectation. One week, no trails, the other no bonfire or coal. One we talked and learn more from each other in a 4 hour dinner, the other, we hiked saw beautiful lakes and cleared the mind. I keep reminding myself everyday that life is full of problems, you get one, solve it learn from it, get into another and do it all over again, every single fucking day. Problem, fix, learn solution, repeat.

Thanks for reading and now get outside.

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