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June 26, 2015

Entering Washington at Maryhill

Entered Maryhill Washington on US97, still east of Mount Hood with the idea of visiting the Glendale Observatory in the morning.  Although a bit off the main line for the upcoming of the Ring-of-Fire, Glendale will still have 98% coverage and great educational support.

Found a great spot for the night at Peach Beach.  Right on the Columbia River, adjacent to a working peach grove and with our own private driving range.  A better stop for us than the neighboring Maryhill State Park.
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Heading north we made the slight detour to visit Stonehenge, WA.  This is a monument to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I.
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But then climbing the hills to Goldendale, WA the RV computer shut the turbo down sending the engine into limp-home-mode.  Without the turbocharger the RV is very sluggish and comes to a crawl on the slightest hill.  Autotronics in Yakima was the closest Sprinter service available. 
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They service the FedEx Sprinters and have a full service facilities, however they were not able to determine the exact cause of our failure.  But they are a very capable shop, and provided a complete set of testing done incase the issue should reoccur.  With the RV again fully operational we were on our way.  Leaving Yakima without an apple nor a wine tasting :(


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Settled in for the night at Dog Lake’s little 7-site campground just below White Pass.
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In the morning we took the hike toward Cramer Lake (TR1106).  The trail starts off easy enough, but soon debris from the past storms block the route.  It's a bit of a scramble to find a detour around some of the obstructions.
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Looking after crossing the scree filed and looking back at Dog Lake
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After getting back on the road the turbo failed again.  The idea was to spend this day at Mt Rainier, but this was as close as we got. 
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We're now safely in Tacoma, WA, while Larson Dodge tackles the repairs.
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