This past weekend we took a friend and her daughter, who had never been camping, to Maryhill State Park on the Columbia River. We rarely camp on the eastern side of the state, but had a great time exploring the area and will return again.
We went Kayaking at Horsethief Lake in Columbia Hills State Park. It was a bit windy, but the lake was perfect for people who had never been paddling in a canoe or kayak. Petroglyphs can also be seen at this park. We plan to go back and do the ranger tour.
After lunch we toured the Maryhill Museum of Art. The museum had many wonderful exhibits that wouldn’t be expected in the middle of nowhere! It’s very well worth the time to visit. The international chess sets and the Marie, Queen of Romania exhibits were most fascinating. I also enjoyed the history exhibit of the Columbia Gorge roads.
Later in the day we visited the Stonehenge replica overlooking the Columbia River.
Maryhilll State Park is very clean and well maintained. The quiet, peaceful setting was greatly appreciated. Considering that the park sits on the Columbia River between two highways and two train tracks, the noise level was quite low. Watching the traffic roll by and the boats floating down the river are part of the ambience of the area.
Shao and Karman had a great time, and now want to try camping on their own!