We spent a cool, soggy weekend near Sumpter, Oregon with Natasha, Seth and Archer, my parents, and my aunt and cousins. Fortunately my dad brought firewood!
During rainy times, we played cards in the “garage” of my cousins’ toy hauler trailer. With two trailers, fires and some breaks in the rain – we made out okay. But, we are planning our gathering for June next year!
By Sunday night, only we and my parents remained. They took us to dinner in Baker for our 36th anniversary and then headed back to Vancouver the next day.
Monday morning the sun was shining so we decided to stay another day. We’re retired – we can do that!
Union Campground, between Baker and Sumpter, is one of our favorite spots, so it was an easy decision to stay and enjoy the quiet and trails.
While we wandered around the park we saw this tree top nest and sitting osprey (?).
A day late, we made our way to Copperfield Park in Oxbow, Oregon. This park is one of a series of campgrounds along the Snake River developed by Idaho Power. Every third vehicle in Oxbow is a white Idaho Power truck! We also saw a deer wandering down the street.
When we arrived and did our regular set up, the bed frame in our bedroom slide settled askew. We have had trouble before but this was by far the most dramatic event. Handy Randy had to resurrect his engineering skills and took a full two hours to diagnose the problem and figure a solution.
The original design had the bed frame attached to a wall with eight screws. Given the movement of the slide, those screws tore away from the wall with time and use. The fact that we have a heavier memory foam mattress, instead of the cheap RV mattress that came with the trailer, was surely a factor. However, the slide itself pivots up and down about 4 inches as it makes its way in and out every time we move. Randy was very disappointed by this design because it was “guaranteed to self destruct and rip away from the wall.” It was no surprise that it eventually did just that.
Handy Randy eventually figured a solution that stabilized the frame and allowed for the needed slide movement without actually attaching the bed frame to the wall. He had to go 17 miles to the nearest hardware store in Halfway, Oregon, spend $27 and get 16 pounds of wood and screws (weight matters in a trailer). Once again, Randy fixed the problem himself. If we had taken the trailer in for repair, they would have undoubtably just replaced the screws and we’d have had the same thing happen again down the road.
While he was spending all day on his project, I spent several hours repairing a quilt that my grandmother made for us as a wedding gift 36 years ago. My stitching is an insult to this beautiful quilt, but at least the loose pieces are secure.
It took all day but finally our separate bed projects were completed! Then it was time to enjoy the park and the area.
Copperfield Park is meticulously maintained and has lots of green grass – something we thoroughly enjoy these days.
We had hummingbird visitors including this beautiful orange guy! Our birder friend, Mark, says an iridescent neck indicates a bird is a male – typical in the bird world!
We were very close to the Snake River. In fact, we walked to Idaho (across the bridge) a couple times each day!
From the Idaho side we could see the Oxbow power plant, part of the Oxbow Dam complex. It is interesting that this close to a power plant, we still only had 30 amp power. Of course, this park was developed before there were so many “big rigs” wanting 50 amps.
Oxbow and Copperfield Park are just south of Hells Canyon Recreation Area. We have been to the recreation area numerous times (not to say we’ve seen it all) so we decided to drive along the Snake River and explore the other Idaho Power parks.
This morning Elko’s stroll was walkin’ to Idaho again. He alerted me to a deer but then lost interest. The deer was way more interested in the big, black dog than me.
As I write, we are driving in Idaho. We are on our way to familiar territory, Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho. We are excited to spend most of a week camping with our friends, Darrell and Cindy. If any more of our Idaho friends happen to be in McCall – please let us know. We’d love to get together before we head to New England in mid-June.