I can’t believe that a year has passed already since my move to Portland. Time has gone so fast and I can nearly say to the hour of the day what I was doing this time last year (chilling out with my cousin in Newport! 🙂 ). I had moved here right on Memorial weekend and my timing couldn’t of been better. Last year I did the Rose Festival thing and drank my way through all of the breweries the city had to offer. 2017’s weekend went slightly different.
Myself, Korey and the Soco-monster set off for Timothy Lake in Mount Hood National Forest Friday afternoon. After making a million stops and pickups, we finally got to the area we wanted to set up camp. I was in all sorts of a mess because there was still snow on the ground and spent 10 minutes roaring at himself, “WE ARE GOING BACK IN TIME AND I REFUSE TO BE IN WITNER AGAIN!!” As it turns out, it was still warm. Just the 10 ft of winter snow hadn’t completely melted away haha! We found a nook to set up, shot up the tent and KO-d for the night.
The next morning, after sitting down for breakfast, we made our way down to the lake. Our site (completely hidden BTW) was a 10 minute drive from Gone Creek campground where you can park up for $5 a day. When we got there, we unloaded the YETI, floating boats and the rest of the gear and started our short hike to find a spot. Eventually, after getting through some woods, mud and water, we found the perfect front which made the whole struggle worth it!
Timothy Lake is a beautiful area to spend the weekend. It’s absolute bliss to to be so far away from any towns or cities and as an added plus, has poor phone signal. Your only option is to sit, drink and relax. Of which we did plenty! The water is so clear and clean to swim in and the bugs actually weren’t half bad. Surrounding the lake are sandy banks (in spots) with picnic benches and grassy areas to lay out.
There are a bunch of campsites right on the lake costing around $20 a day. We walked through a couple of them and they all seemed sweet, clean, with camp fire set ups and loos. They are crowded though with families so if that’s what you’re looking for, this is your game! If not, keep on the NF-57 heading past Gone Creek and at Pine Point, turn left and head up NF-5740. You’ll find a more private setting. Gone Creek is a little over 77 miles east of Portland and takes just under 2 hours to get to. The drive there (and I’m like a broken record saying this) is just stunning.
Don’t Forget the Essentials
We quickly realised that we we forgot quite a few things. So for future reference, don’t presume the other person has these things – they probably don’t! Below are top of my list for things to double check for!
- Bug spray – it looks like I have chickenn-pox
- After bite
- Bin bags (recycling and trash)
- Eating utensils – the novelty of using the end of a carrot peeler as a spoon swiftly looses it’s charm as does twigs for chop sticks
- Bowls and plates
- Frying pan
- Plastic glasses
- Paper towels
- Tin foil
- Water – gallons of it
- Lanterns (or bags for the lanterns)
- Grilling tray
- All the sleeping stuff – bag, pillow, sleeping pad (or air mattress for the glampers)
- Hand sanitizer/ wipes/ soap
- Dry shampoo
- Picnic blanket
- Camping chairs
- Sun-tan lotion
- Patches for fixes things
I was a semi interested person in camping before but after this trip, I’m hooked. The Pacific Northwest is a playground for this kind of stuff and will most definitely try to squeeze in a few more trips. We have a big one coming up in July – which I CAN NOT WAIT for – so Memorial weekend was great practice. This truly was the best way to kick off the summer and I can’t wait for the next adventures!!