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Viento State Park--Columbia River Gorge, OR

Early this summer we took a weekend trip to Viento State Park after dropping Maddie off at the airport. (Yes, we dropped her at departures towing the trailer! ).

Viento State Park has beautiful scenery with nice people. Spots range from very close together to a medium distance without any shrubs/divider between them. If you like lots of privacy, cross this campground off the list. If you walk down an access road a very short distance, there is a small trail (with lots of poison oak on the edges) that leads to the Columbia River and a very small day-use area. People were kite surfing off this point and our dog loved to splash around. The scenery is amazing.

We used this campground as a launch point into the Columbia River Gorge to hike, drive the Historic Highway and visit the waterfalls.

We spent Saturday touring waterfall alley and doing a hike. Ended the day at Gorge on Wines in Hood River. CHECK THIS PLACE OUT! It’s a new winery that pours local and imported wines. It’s relaxed, dog friendly (even inside), and the owners are great. (At least one is an ex-teacher from HI!)

While we enjoyed our weekend and the weather was perfect, the campground is not for us. Between the non-private spots and the constant highway noise, we did not feel like we were out relaxing in the woods in this beautiful scenic area.

Before you head out for Labor Day, be sure to order your custom, acrylic wine glasses! They will make your next trip a bit more special!

(While Fletcher is adorable, you can see how close the next camp site is!)

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