Tired of the same old route to your favorite RV haunts? Me too! The fastest way for my wife and I to access the wilds of Nevada and Utah from Seattle is to take Interstate 82 through Washington joining Interstate 84 near Hermiston, Oregon and continuing on towards the Idaho-Oregon border. Worst of all (for a person like me that prefers to head in a relatively straight line to my destination) is that you have to cut west on I-82 to avoid driving through Hermiston, adding upwards of 6 miles, wasting time and fuel. On a recent trip through this area, I was determined that if I was going to travel that extra distance to miss Hermiston (and there are plenty of reasons to miss Hermiston!), I was going to see something different. Studying my map I saw that upon entering Oregon, you could travel east along the Columbia River to the junction of Hwy 37, then travel southeast on 37 rejoining I-84 in Pendleton.
The mileage was about the same as our normal boring route too! While not as fast as driving the interstate, the alternate route took us by a state park we had never visited, provided nice views of the river, and passed us by a cool old abandoned school. We even found a neat spot to boondock overlooking the Columbia River! So the next time you find yourself RVing the same old route, put your fuel and time to better use and travel the road less traveled. Who knows what adventures in RVing you may discover along the way?
Follow Dave’s RV adventures as he travels the West in search of forgotten and unique places. For Dave, home is where you park it, the more remote the better!