As we ventured toward the west we stayed at a private campground, Peach Beach. It was the Goldendale observatory that committed us to this campground for a few nights. Unfortunately, the observatory was closed because it was going through its first major renovation. Sadly, I didn’t get the opportunity to look through their amazing telescope or even see the main telescope dome.
However, they continued to offer presentations at the nearby Maryhill Stonehenge War Memorial. They even had a portable telescope to accompany the presentation! With great dismay, it started raining and the telescope was decommissioned before we had the chance to look through. Rats.
Besides that, the presentation was interesting and worthwhile. Astronomy is so fascinating, complex, and limiting to us regular people. It peaks my interest as I enjoy learning about it, yet simultaneously it makes my head hurt because the complexity of it makes it difficult for me to wrap my head around it.
To get to the War Memorial, we rode our bicycles up Stonhenge Drive, a steep mountain (literally). My legs have not been worked out via riding up hill for more than half a year. Pictures absolutely does not provide any justice with illustrating how steep that rode is. I kept thinking to myself “we can do this, its not that steep” with only having pictures off the internet help me make that determination. Needless to say, we made it there and that is what counts (we were very sore when we got home).
Okay, now my thoughts about the campground. It was a quiet and clean campground nestled within a private fruit farm. It resides east of Maryhill State Park and just north of the Columbia River bank. It had a wonderful tree canopy to protect the RV from the sun. However, the branches haven’t been trimmed for awhile, so it was one more thing to watch for when parking. The Columbia gorge area is prone to high winds and the trees protected us from it (which was nice). The roadway throughout the campground was large gravel rocks. Not too bad when driving and it made for a good workout when bicycling.
Our site was a back in site (site 7) that was bit small, tight, and not very long in length. There was not a lot of room for a car to be parked in front of the RV and the campground had a vehicle overflow area outside of the campground. Our neighbors were probably about five feet from our RV on each side. The layout of the campground was odd and not efficient. For example, there were no one ways causing traffic jams from all directions when people were moving in and out. Also, because they pack you in like sardines, we had to encroach upon other sites when backing in as we are very long and we needed the wide radius to swing wide.
All in all, it was a nice campground. Next time, we’d stay at Maryhill State Park. The sites were bigger and more spread out. Having the room and space to maneuver our studio apartment on wheels is nice for RV newbies such as ourselves. Also, there was plenty of space for Ace to run when he needed his exercise.