Tucked in the middle of nowhere is a fabulous little lake- called Pine Hollow Reservoir. It’s in Tygh Valley, technically Wamic, OR. About 30 miles south of the Dalles. We were introduced to this place about 6 years ago. Turns out, Jim remembered going there in his teens with a friend!
I don’t like rivers and deep lakes. I don’t like to be wet. I don’t like to be cold. This is why I love Pine Hollow. The water is WARM. The water is not dark and scary, you can actually see down about 3-4′. It’s shallow along the banks, for a long way out. And it’s HOT there- usually 90-100 degrees when we go. So you hang out at camp until it gets too warm (usually by 11:00!), then go down to the lake and hang out for a few hours until you get hungry, go back to camp, eat some lunch, maybe take a short nap, then head back out to the water around 4:00 for an afternoon swim. Love, love, love it.
The kids all brought their bikes. There’s an adjacent field with a couple of jumps, and a dirt track with lots of steep hills and jumps at one end of the campground. Lots of bumps and bruises, a few scrapes, of course. Riley took a pretty big collision and ended up with a nasty road-rash on her back, and still has a lovely greenish bruise. Poor kid. Trevor ran over himself- well, scraped his leg with his bike pedal and got a nasty oozy skin scrape early in the trip.
Brooke still doesn’t ride a bike without training wheels, and earlier in the week we took one of our old bikes and pulled the pedals off, making it a glider bike. She would scoot it up the hills and coast down them. She has the balance down and could ride a bike if she tried, but still has no desire. She’s doing great, though, and has a bit of daredevil in her!
We got the same 2 campsites as last year. They are perpendicular to each other, so share a big open area. The site adjacent to us is actually designed to be parked backwards so that all 3 campsites can share an open area- perfect for group camping! We’ve just never found a 3rd family who wants to join us. Wonder what that means….
Enjoy the photos!