Sadly, they ended up selling out all weekend. When i had checked Monday, nothing had been booked; and all times open. There are only a few weeks left before it moves to the next museum on, this being the tail end of its 4 month setting. Even the staff were surprised the weekend had sold out by 10am Saturday, they think the weekend weather had something to do with it. Every other time I had gone to one of the special exhibits we have never had to pre purchase before. I should of check the night/day prior, I now know. Lesson learned, OMSI is a big place and the majority of the family had never been before anyway so it was still a good time. The truck and camper did well, it was a full load with the crew cab, dog and wow: girls bring SO MUCH GEAR. We toured the USS Blueback, a Diesel Submarine docked as a museum.
On the way back we took the Washingtonian side through the gorge until cascade locks and had a good time at the visitor center for Bonneville lock and dam.
The fish ladders were Empty, although I enjoyed looking at the inner workings, and they have a pretty cool visitor center where you are able to look into the turbine rooms- and even get a tour and walk on them at times w/ a guided tour. It was pretty cool to see the inner workings of the dam. We got that about45 mins prior to close ( traveling with mum, and a few nieces) if you want to read all the signs, watch the movies, budget an hour and a half. We had the place to ourselves which is always nice! And its not often they have the fish ladders drained,
We also found a brewery in cascade locks, Thunder Island Brewing Company- It was excellent!! I recommend it, however if you are more than 12foot tall, you are out of luck or will have to do some walking to get there. It would be worth a walk though, And the outdoor seating is dog friendly.
I had the honor to serve as a medical for the Eagle Cap Dog sled race, this was my first ever dog sled race. It was amazing, the dogs just trot along like its nothing. Everything from a 31 mile - 200 mile race, the dogs are in top condition and the mushers take better care if them than they do themselves. I am going to keep the writing short, i failed at taking pictures however. It was worth seeing, and I look forwards to returning next year.
They are use some heavy tech, all mushers and sleds are GPS tracked. Each checkpoint has remote cameras, that can be moved and controlled from inside each tent, with motion detectors that alert Ham radios channels when tripped.
It was a beautiful weekend, the weather was great. Not much snow pack though, only 33 inches at Salt Creek Summit, the locals said it been the mildest winter they have had in 40 years. And it shows, the mountains looking like its spring run off already.
Other than being late getting outta town, no good stories. I was the only medical they had, with the exception of around 15 vets and vet staff. And I had zero patients, however boring, lets be honest: not a bad thing. Stayed busy helping with the check points, counting dogs and bibs, reporting into base. I got to do some snowshoeing, and stayed in the snow park until event end, i enjoyed it being a dead zone. Even though it put me a little behind in my office job.
I wished I had gotten better pictures, and i wanted to get pictures of the Mushers rigs- they are impressive on their own. Lots of big medium and heavy duty trucks, with flatbeds, bumpers, lifts, winches, and massive dog box's on the back.
Another short dog venture, only 2ish miles though. We are lucky, as in many places with oregon trail ruts are close. The ranch I grew up on had some going through a dryland wheat field, and they were still there after 20+yrs of planting through them.
It was a decent hike w/ elevation gain. And the first time my ankle has not hurts since South America, although it's a little sore today.
You get some pretty interesting medical gigs. How do you find these opportunities?
I'm a veteran, a retired general contractor and now a volunteer firefighter/EMT working on my A. I'm in rural north west NV. Checking out the Team Rubicon site and may join up. Not sure how active they are in my area (ironically, not to far from the Rubicon Trail) but could certainly travel to other areas when needed, especially once I get my truck camper built (Going to be starting a build thread soon).
Are you going to do any more motorcycle trips? I've been a licensed rider since 1972 and don't heal as quickly as I used to so I went to side hacks. This also allows me to bring my dog along. And carry a bunch more crap without having to worry about balance and load.
Looking forward to more of your reports, especially the EMS stuff (with no HIPPA violations though! ).