Today we left on another excursion, this one a week in Redmond, OR. It is 153 miles from our home in Vancouver, WA to Redmond and it took about 3.5 hours. We left at 9am (right at our target time we agreed on the last night – how’s that for a change?) and arrived at 12:30.
The route we took was highway 26 from east Portland (Gresham area) through Sandy up over Government Camp (elevation 4995’) and then down through Warm Springs and Madras and then south on Highway 97 into Redmond. It was a fairly easy drive with no wind to speak of and other than a few mountain grades and curves, nothing really of any problem.
As you come out of the mountains and drop to about 3,000’, the scenery changes abruptly from mountain forests to high desert scrub and the road becomes fairly straight.
The RV park we are staying at is the Expo Fairgrounds in Redmond. Now we have stayed at fairgrounds numerous times with varying quality. From the crowded dirt sites in Mariposa, CA (Just outside Yosemite NP) and Monterey, CA, to the spacious and apparently never crowded gravel sites at CalExpo in Sacramento, we thought we had seen the full range of fairgrounds.
Well, this place wins the award overall for sure. First, the roads are all paved, the sites are all cement and drive through. The hookups are all first rate including 30 and 50 amp connections. The office/clubhouse is modern and the place looks like an RV park should and is definitely way above the other fairgrounds we’ve stayed at.
Right now, there are about 10 RV’s here in what I would estimate to be 125-150 sites. However, the fair starts August 3rd, so I would expect it to fill up over the next few days.
There are also good restaurants in the area including the Applebee’s where we had lunch today.
It was up to about 88 or so today and as a result, we didn’t do a whole lot. Carol did get in a small bike ride, but we will plan our schedule to do our physical activities in the morning when it is much cooler.
And if you were expecting Red soil or some other geographic reason to call this place Redmond, you will be disappointed. The landscape is pretty much high desert and dry soil.