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Cashmere, Washington
May 29-June 14, 2003

We departed Eureka Thursday the 29th headed for the Wenatchee, Washington area. Our first couple of nights are at Deerwood RV Park in Eugene, OR. We had an appointment for Friday morning at Kaiser Brake and Alignment to have the coach aligned (primarily increased caster) and to have a Safe-T-Plus installed. The alignment was done, but they ordered the wrong bracket for the Zanzibar chassis, so we will be stopping on our way back home.

The Safe-T-Plus is a horizontal, spring-centering shock absorber that fights sudden steering movement; it is designed for safety in front blowout situations, but it often helps dampen vibration and sway in side-wind conditions. While this coach is the same length and wheelbase as the Sahara was, the chassis is further forward, increasing the leverage of wind on the back and on the tow vehicle. It was not fun in the cross-winds we experienced in Arizona, and we have some hope the Safe-T-Plus will help. It will help for the mentioned safety reason if the movement dampening doesn't happen.

We took the coach up to Davis Cabinets in Junction City to have it measured for a custom cabinetry addition to the copilot area, and made an appointment to have it installed on September 30th.

Saturday we traveled to The Dalles, stopping for a short visit in Wilsonville with Roger Martin, who I know from online and also PNWCO4 last year.

We took one stretch of 7 miles of the old historic highway, stopping at Multnomah falls - that was a pretty hairy drive in sections where the lanes got down to under 8 feet of width with a solid rock wall at the southern edge (our coach is 8-1/2 fee wide).

At The Dalles we stayed at Lone Pine RV Park on the edge of the river, with a view of the The Dalles Dam upstream.
Columbia River Gorge Multnomah Falls
The Dalles Dam
Leavenworth, Washington Leavenworth, Washington Leavenworth, Washington Sunday we moved up to the "Bavarian" village of Leavenworth. We stayed at the Icicle River RV Park on the outskirts Sunday and Monday nights. We did the tourist thing around this very touristy town, then went into Wenatchee where Holly was able to add the Columbia to her resume of rivers conquered. The Icicle and Wenatchee rivers are running way too swift to risk a swim.
Leavenworth, Washington Leavenworth, Washington
Leavenworth, Washington Leavenworth, Washington Leavenworth, Washington
Columbia River at Wenatchee Icicle River RV Park
Tuesday through Friday we attended a Safari rally (NorthWest chapter of Safari International) at the fairgrounds in Cashmere. There were about 50 Safari coaches (and a Harney, a Holiday Rambler and a couple of Monacos) in attendance. It was an unusually hot stretch of weather for early June in this area, but was still fun. We visited the Aplets and Cotlets factory (third from left, below), and attended a few seminars. Ralph Andrews, second from left, talked about the various ways his company has found to improve ride and handling on Safari coaches. We had him install a pair of Koni adjustable shocks on the front of our Zanzibar. Downtown Cashmere
Safari Rally at Cashmere
Safari Rally at Cashmere
Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere
Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere Safari Rally at Cashmere
Rocky Reach Dam Rocky Reach Dam Seven miles north of Wenatchee is Rocky Reach Dam. Although they have heigtened security, with multiple guards and metal detectors (Joy was disappointed that they big hunk of titanium in her shoulder didn't set it off!), you can still go down into the dam and view the generator room. They have an extensive museum of artifacts and natural history of the Wenatchee and Columbia valleys.
Rocky Reach Dam Rocky Reach Dam
Following the rally we moved over to the Wenatchee River County Park, which turned out to be very nice. Groups of 10 shaded sites in circles, with lots of lawn right along the river. Wenatchee River County Park Wenatchee River County Park
Wenatchee River County Park Wenatchee River County Park
Ohme Gardens Ohme Gardens Ohme Gardens are nine acres of wooded gardens on a point overlooking the Wenatchee/Columbia Confluence. Prior to the 1920s, it looked like the barren point immediately to its north which can be seen in the picture at upper left. The Ohme family moved tons of rock and trees to change the landscape completely. It is now owned by Washington State and operated by the county. Lots of exercise climbing up and down the rock paths and steps, trying to imagine putting it all in place mostly by hand.
Ohme Gardens Ohme Gardens
Ohme Gardens Ohme Gardens
Traveling south on Monday, this bridge caught my eye. Actually two bridges. This is the Fred G Redmon Memorial Bridge, carrying I-82 across Selah Creek Canyon northwest of Yakima. According to a plaque dated November 12, 1971, they at that time were the longest concrete arch spans in the U.S. Fred G Redmon Memorial Bridge
Peach Beach RV Park Monday and Tuesday June 9-10 we are at Peach Beach RV Park, just south of Maryhill State Park on the Columbia. Above the park is the Stonehenge Memorial, a World War I monument to Klickitat County men who died in the war. It is a full-sized replica of the original Stonehenge.
Peach Beach RV Park Peach Beach RV Park
Stonehenge, Maryhill, WA Stonehenge, Maryhill, WA Stonehenge, Maryhill, WA
Below is a panoramic view of The Dalles, with Mt Hood to the left and The Dalles Dam to the right. A closer view of Mt Hood from the same location.
The Dalles, OR Mt Hood
We stopped for a couple of days in the Eugene area and had a complete engine/transmission/generator service done at Cummins Coach Care, then spent Friday night at Beaver Creek RV Park in Grants Pass. Saturday we returned home for a little over 3 weeks.
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