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Pendleton KOA, near Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton KOA, near Pendleton, Oregon

A Stop on the Phoenix's Grand Fossil Tour

By Jim Fulton

I spent six days at Pendleton KOA, near Pendleton, Oregon. None of my target destinations were there, It was just a place to relax, to enjoy the sunshine, to get some work done, and to get back into the routine of travel.

Arrival Day of Tour
Nights Stayed Departure Mileage
Map Actual Odometer Accumulated
2019/5/1 GFT 489 37 2019/5/1 283 314 51,841 GFT 29,147
GFT 2 1 GFT 2 314
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Pendleton, Oregon

Pendleton is a small town in northeastern Oregon.Wikipedia It lies nestled in valley of the Umatilla River and the rolling hills alongside. To the south and east the town is ringed by ridges, at that time a soft, velvet green as spring was taking hold, spotted here and there with branching gullies and occasional groves of trees.

A wool-scouring plantPhoenix Popup was built there in the late 19th Century, and eventually became the Pendleton Woolen Mills, widely known for its blankets and jackets.Wikipedia The company has since moved its headquarters to Portland, Oregon, but a small retail facility still remains. Of much greater claim to present importance is the Pendleton Round-up, an annual rodeo that commands an extensive stadium and grounds.

The Journey to Pendleton

After struggling through the Wednesday morning commute on I-405 east of Seattle, I turned east onto I-90 and climbed over Snoqualmie Pass and past Keechelus Lake. By the time I reached Cle Elum, the familiar, tall-firred hills of Western Washington were behind me, and the forests were reduced to small patches, interspersed with miles of grassland and wheat fields, most of which still awaited spring's plow.

At Ellensburg I turned south, past Yakima and down through the vineyards of Washington's wine region. I crossed the Columbia near Umatilla, and was soon in Pendleton.

Maps of Journey

Maps of the Phoenix's journey to, around, and from Pendleton.Phoenix Popup

Previous Location: Lake Pleasant RV Park, Bothell, Washington
Route of Journey to Pendleton, Oregon, from Bothell, Washington
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Current Location: Pendleton KOA, Pendleton, Oregon
Route of Journey from Pendleton, Oregon, to Twin Falls, Idaho
Route of Journey from Pendleton, Oregon, to Twin Falls, Idaho
Next Destination: Twin Falls / Jerome KOA, Twin Falls, Idaho

Around Pendleton

Like most towns, Pendleton seemed typical to an outsider: typical businesses, typical architecture, typical superficial friendliness. Its uniqueness of its character lies in the specifics of its geography and terrain, and of its history, the latter requiring a lifetime to understand. As I walked through the downtown, I noticed little that would have been unusual anywhere else, except that there seemed to be a large number of watering holes and eating establishments, more than the coffee shops in Seattle, of which there were few.

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A Pendleton Middle School. What message does painting a school bright yellow send to the students?
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Pendleton KOA

The KOA here is located on a ridge, overlooking the wide valley south of town. May's sunny weather showed it off to beneficial effect. The park was relatively small for a KOA, a single loop of paved sites, most designed for smaller trailers to back into, with a large number of long-term residents. It was clean and well managed; the staff was friendly and helpful.

My site was quite large enough to accommodate my trailer and truck. A grassy lawn separated me from my neighbors. My internet during my stay was slow, indicating some distance from the nearest cell tower, but it was adequate.

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Address 1375 SE 3RD St.
Pendleton OR 97801
Home Page https://koa.com/campgrounds/pendleton/
Phone 800-562-7560
541-276-1041
Associations
Rate (net US$) $45
Features
Amenities
Sewer   Fire-Ring
Picnic Table   Paved Patio
Pull-through   Back-in
Paved   Gravel
 
Site Type
Lane Surface
Site Surface
Paved   Gravel   Grass    
50 30   20
Playground   Swimming   Golf
  Tennis   Waterfront   Other
Power
Play Areas
 
Reviews (as of 2018/10/25)
Reviewer
 
Rating Out of
Campground Reviews 7 Good 10
Good Sam 9 10
KOA 4.5 5
Tripadvisor 3.5 5
Phoenix 7 10
Attractiveness 6 10
Friendliness 8 10
Tree Cover 6 10: Dense - 1: Treeless
Site Length 9 10
Site Width 7 10
Ease of Access 8 10
WiFiPhoenix Popup 5 10
Pros
  • Attractive views
  • Convenient to interstate
Cons
  • Slow internet

Pendleton Round-Up

What is unique to Pendleton is the Round-Up, an annual rodeo that brings 50,000 people to its 16,000-seat stadium.Wikipedia Although I was there several months before the September event, there was still some bustle as people lead their horses among the many holding pens. The stadium is west of the downtown, along the Umatilla River. I had a nice walk along a paved trail that separates the river from the stadium grounds, as the photos below reveal.

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Onward

My next stop after leaving Pendleton was Twin Falls, Idaho, another place to work, relax and enjoy the scenery of the Snake River valley.

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Route of Journey from Pendleton, Oregon, to Twin Falls, Idaho
Next Destination: Twin Falls / Jerome KOA, Twin Falls, Idaho

Revisions to This Page

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Preface to Revision of 2018, December

The Phoenix has revised the appearance of this itinerary and of new entries in his journal of his Grand Fossil Tour: The various sections are sometimes collapsed under their respective titles. Click on the + to expand any section you choose; click on the × to collapse it.

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I have always embedded Google Maps™ of my routes from place to place. These maps not only gave you a general overview of where I was, they allowed you to open that route in Google Maps itself, to zoom in and out as you willed, in order to look more closely at the geography of my travels.

I am sad to report that I can no longer show you Google Maps™ of my routes. Google, in its infinite corporate wisdom, now charges a fee to embed such"advanced" features, a cost which a pro bono site like this cannot endure.

From now on, I will only show you Google Maps™ of the previous, current, and next locations where I stay (at least until Google gets even greedier, and puts a price on those too). In addition, I will show you non-interactive images (screen shots) of maps of my routes. All maps will be included in the Journey section of the blog (rather than having the next destination map at the end).

Nonetheless, you can still view my route, in Google Maps™, at no cost to either of us (yet). On either the Current Location or the Next Destination map:

  1. Click on "View larger map" to open the map in Google Maps™.
  2. Click on the "Directions" button.
  3. If you opened the Current Location map, replace"Your location" with "Bothell, Washington".
  4. If you opened the Next Destination map, replace"Your location" with "Pendleton, Oregon".
  5. Hit Return.

Of course this procedure doesn't show you which among alternative routes I took, or what side trips I ventured on, or what strange adventures my phone's GPS might have sent me down, but I will give you an approximation of my route.

The mention of wool-scouring caused my rememberers to perk up. A life-time ago, while I was a lowly, impoverished grad student, I took a summer job in just such a plant in southern Massachusetts. Vast quantities of wool from all over the world was blended, washed, dried and combed into coils to be sent elsewhere to be made into fabrics. The task of lowly grunts like me was to watch the machines to make sure that the wool they were supposed to process was coming in at a suitable rate, fast enough to keep the process going, but not so slow as to clog the machines. When they did clog (several times a day), I had to unclog them and get them running. I quickly discovered that I am not suited to machine-watching. Nor to pushing a broom over the same clean floor until the machine gave a definite task. But I made it through the summer at a good wage, and even got a week of triple time while most of the workers left for the company vacation week.
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