Winding Down, And Moving On

I’ve been trying to think of how I could recap our time in and around Viento State Park Oregon. First of all one cannot spend any amount of time in this campground and not mention the train, the train, OMG boss, the train…

To be honest, Bill and I both read all the reviews about the VERY active train line here in Viento State Park. But, shame on us…, we just thought “it can’t be that bad”.  Well let me tell you, read, and BELIEVE , every review if you are going to stay here any length of time like we did, two full weeks… We thought we would “learn to love the train, or get used to the train…” NO!!! We have not had a decent nights sleep from the time we arrived… And, we are so looking forward to leaving on Tuesday. But, that said, it has been an experience that I’m glad we had. Living on the road is all just one big experience, and is what I think “full-time RV’s live for…  It makes us appreciate when we are parked somewhere quiet…

And, Bill and I have seen some amazing things, while putting up with that train. Like Multnomah Falls.


We visited the fish hatchery,

and. I captured this picture, that looks to me like the fish pond lit up, Just thought this was interesting.

Of course we have visited the Columbia River Gorge many times since we arrived.. Never get tired of looking at that.



Then, today, we took the Mirror Lake hike… Oh, my… listed as “easy” on one of the websites we visited.

In reality, it is a 700 ft steady climb to the lake. Bill and I hike a lot, and I would never say this hike was “easy” I would say moderate to hard..

Beautiful trails along the way..

And lots of unique things to see..

Lots of rocky, challenges ,along the hike..

But the view of the lake is worth it.. Except we left home at 8:30, and arrived by 9:45 and the very small parking lot was full. So, we had to park at least a half a mile away, at the ski lodge, and hike that half-mile just to get to the trail head, and of course back again,  which all said and done,was a 6.5 mile hike round trip.


Both Bill and I were exhausted, and ready for some lunch, by the time we reached the lake, but we couldn’t find a spot down by the lake because people were all over that on a Saturday… S0, we found a rock to have our lunch… I LOVE the next two pictures of Mr. Adorable enjoying his lunch on a rock we found…


As we were making our way back down the trail… we came across this unique tree sculpture where visitors thought they needed to add a little enhancement with rock eyes, and rock teeth….

Loved our time here.

Leaving soon.

Stay Tuned!



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Aug 12, 2017 @ 23:45:58

    Toooot,toooot,toot, toooot is what we heard with every train that went past the campgrounds. Two longs,a short and one long did I tell you that I hate train horns. Trillium lake was my favorite part of Oregon.
    The next few days will be getting ready to travel to the Crater lake area ,hopefully for some peace and quiet.
    Tooooooooot! !!!!
    Love you Girly


  2. gotham girl
    Aug 13, 2017 @ 00:45:28

    Oh!!! Love reading that my Bro’s favorite was Trillium!! It is such a special area. I WILL camp there one day! What wonderful sports you two were for all that time. I honestly don’t know how you did it. But, I have to just laugh out loud at some of the reviews that we read!! Good ol BOB. Good riddance to that guy! Now onwards for some peace and quiet! ANYTHING is better than TooooooooooT! And yes, couldn’t agree more that Mirror Lake is NOT easy. Moderate…but in no way shape or form…easy. But you did it and you’ll talk about it forever! Plus think about how many calories you burned, ha ha! Here’s to quieter nights ahead! Love you two!!! xoxoxo


  3. Ellen
    Aug 13, 2017 @ 01:48:33

    Having fun with the innocents of children!
    So happy you are at this time of your life and really enjoying it….now don’t forget we are so excited for your next travels, but can’t imagine seeing anything more beautiful than what we already have seen, although I know there is more to come. So charge up your phone, get the camera ready and explore, explore, explore. Isn’t this when your bestie friend will be meeting you and you will be spending some good valueable time. She seems like a very good person and I’m sure you will be very excited and welcome the time together. Bless you guys and can’t wait for more pictures. Love you and safe travels driving through those mountains. 💜💫✝️🙏🏻Love you❤️😘


    • beyondcinderella
      Aug 13, 2017 @ 13:57:36

      Thanks Aunt Ellen. I always have my phone charged and the camera ready because one just never knows when a great picture opportunity will present itself. I will be posting lots more pictures of our continued adventures so stay tuned! XoXo


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