Thursday, July 29, 2010
This year we finally found a Dog Park that is close to where we like to camp on the gorge. I had search the web before we left and found the Sandy Delta, I just didn't realize how close it was to us and it was on our way in to Walmart and we go to Walmaort almost every single day when we go camping (we have decide we are really city folk who think we like the county). Last year we even went to the dog shelter and asked if there was a dog park near by, they had no resources for dog parks, but they were kind enough to try to find one on the internet, the one they found was not close to the camping spot and it was realy just an open lot with no fences.
Anyway the web side description is much better than anything I can add and it says,
The Sandy River Delta is by far the largest of Portland's off-leash areas, and a treasure for dog owners that love to run, hike, or just wander aimlessly with their pooch. The "Delta" comprises 1400 acres of wilderness trails, nestled between I-84, the Sandy River, and the Columbia River. The majority of the miles of trails within the park are officially designated as off-leash. The main exception to the off-leash rule is the Confluence Trail, which runs from the parking area to the bird viewing area on the Columbia. On this trail, your dogs must be leashed. Many of the trails lead to either the Sandy River or the Columbia River, so it's a great place to take your pooch to swim on summer days. The hike from the parking area to the rivers can be several miles, so be sure to bring along water just in case. The park is immense, will a plethora of wide open fields for stellar games of fetch. Bring your binoculars and camera, as the park is great for shutter bugs and birders. The park has recently been given a major overhaul, and now includes substantial parking, toilets, dog bag stations, and several garbage cans near the parking area. There is no running water in the park, so bring your own.
It nice to have a dog you can take places and get a little exercise. At the begining of our trip we spent a night in a camp spot outside of Missoula and then another three days in one of our favorite State parks in Oregon called Ainsworth State park which is discribe as: Nestled in the awe-inspiring Columbia River Gorge, Ainsworth is equal parts waterfall wonderland, hiker's playground and camper's delight. I may or may not post pictures when Paul brings his camera back to Aurora.