Tla-na-na Visits Mt Rainier National Park

Tla-na-na is a GoCamp Eurovan Weekender, just back from a fun trip to Mt Rainier National Park and the coast. She is a spacious, versatile and spirited road tripper.

Named for the Inuit word for snow, Tla-na-na is drawn to mountain peaks and sweeping vistas. To reserve Tla-na-na, simply click   here   or the   Reserve Now   link above. 

Named for the Inuit word for snow, Tla-na-na is drawn to mountain peaks and sweeping vistas. To reserve Tla-na-na, simply click here or the Reserve Now link above. 

Tla-na-na is well-maintained with a great after-market sound system. She drives like a champ and will lead you to boundless adventure and good times.

Tla-na-na comes with cozy Pendleton wool blankets, local treats like Pedal Roaster Coffee and you can add a corn hole set to keep the family entertained. Though watching the sun set over the coast seems like entertainment enough!

There's no better way to end the day.

There's no better way to end the day.

To reserve Tla-na-na, simply click here or the Reserve Now link above. 

Photo credit: North is Down

Mt Hood to Silver Falls to the Coast

Head out of Portland as early as you can. Take either Highway 84 (which is faster but equally beautiful) or the Scenic Columbia Gorge Highway 30. Both will swing you by multiple waterfalls. If it’s not too crowded, stop at Multnomah Falls to at least peak at the most famous and most photographed waterfall in the Pacific Northwest. If you are feeling ambitious, hike to the top for a different view.

Continue your journey with a stop in Hood River. Once you have explored Hood River, continue on Highway 35. Head south and find a campsite at Trillium Lake, Frog Lake, or Clear Lake.  On a clear day, a visit to Timberline Lodge always impresses with the view. If you are energetic, take a high alpine jaunt along the Timberline Trail to the Zig Zag Canyon overlook.

Complete your circumnavigation of Mt Hood and drive through Sandy on US 26. To get to Silver Falls take Highway 211 through Estacada and Molalla. Milo McIver State Park is right along the river and makes a good stop if you are there in the late afternoon and evening and don’t want to push on to Silver Falls. Otherwise, head south via Highway 213 to Silver Falls State Park. You will want reservations for your time here. There are many waterfalls and hikes and you could easily spend 2 days exploring this lovely spot.

Once you have had your fill of the waterfalls, take Highway 22 to Highway 18 to the coast. Go south on 101 to Beverly Beach State Park. Explore Newport or just to relax at the beach. Don’t miss the Yaquina Lighthouse and Devils Punch Bowl which are both nearby. When you are ready to head north, a sweet spot to aim for is Cape Lookout. Along the way, stop at Cascade Head and Cape Kiwanda to stretch your legs and gaze at the Pacific from a beautiful headland trail. There is also lots to explore in the Three Capes scenic area. You could even rent a small boat and try your hand at crabbing in Netarts.

Then don’t miss Oceanside Beach with the tunnel to a truly magical beach sometimes covered with agates and peppered with sea stacks. Rosanna’s has been around for decades and serves a great meal. While you are on the Three Capes Loop - Visit Cape Mere’s Lighthouse and the Octopus Tree. You can make a stop in Tillamook at Blue Heron Cheese Company or the Tillamook Factory before returning to Portland.

This blog was written by Chris Beard, owner of Tilly Jane and Mr Mike, and GoCamp's resident concierge.

(Side note: This trip can be done in 5-6 nights, though several spots warrant 2 nights - such as the lakes near Mt Hood, and you could spend a whole week at the coast. How long you spend in each spot depends on how much you want to hike and explore. The beauty of camper vans is that set up is easy so you can maximize your exploring time.)

Sweet 16 on the Ohanapecosh -- oh my gosh!

My daughter turned 16 this week so we headed off in the van called Tilly Jane to celebrate. We spent two nights in Mt Rainier National Park at the Ohanapecosh Campground and did lots of hiking and swimming. The Silver Falls Trail starts and ends in the campground and on a hot summer day you can cool down after the hike by jumping in the river. Brace yourself though, it's cold! We also really enjoyed the Naches Peak Loop Trail just up the road from the campground. It connects with the famed Pacific Crest Trail and offers magical views of the park and surrounding area. Plus there was a mountain lake, so more swimming. 

Beyond the hikes and great views, the best part about this trip was just spending time with my daughter. A classic teen, she was out the front door with a quick "see ya, gotta go" about 10 minutes after we got home. But she gifted me the video below as a thank you for the trip, so I forgive her for not helping me unload the van. You're welcome Zoe.