News Ticker

The Dalles of Oregon

I love the Dalles for a million reasons. One of the best memories took place there…

…Jai and I took our little girl “Peahes” – a 4lb. tea cup poodle out one day for hike at the Dalles. We ended up hiking 1 mile, across 3-5 foot boulders to reache what the locals call a “hot hole”, to hang out for the day.

A “hot hole”, is a natural formation in the rocks, along the Columbia River, that look precisely like a hot tub, except they’re carved naturally – by water – out of the rock itself.

When you climb in and rub your toes around in the sand at the bottom of the clear pool, the thermal vent releases hot water. As long as you wiggle your toes around it just gets hotter and hotter. Once it reaches the temperature you like, you lay back and enjoy it. Then…

…when you’re cooked like a lobster :), you climb out and jump in the river water a few feet away, to cool down and repeat the whole thing over again.

Peaches didn’t go into the water. She laid herself down on the edge of the hot hole and watched us bob around… as she usually did.

We stayed out there until dark, then packed Peaches back into Jai’s backpack, and picked our way back along the boulders, to the car.

It was a wonderful day.

I think about that everytime we drive through the Dalles of Oregon.

– Andrea



Andrea Steward

Andrea Steward

Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
Andrea Steward

Latest posts by Andrea Steward (see all)

Do You Bellicon?

Andrea Steward
About Andrea Steward (143 Articles)
Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
Contact: Website

3 Comments on The Dalles of Oregon

  1. Hi, Andrea… Lived in Washington all my life (except mil service, Vietnam era) but I don’t think I have ever taken the time to run the Columbia Gorge! Now that I’m retired maybe I’ll get the chance… aaa No, I’ll make the chance! Thanks for posting. Simple times like the “hot hole” are the BEST!!

  2. Hi, Andrea:
    Not yet…. still planning to make plans! 🙂 There’s a Youtuber who lives down that way, so I may try to include a visit with him. Currently post divorce and no car (long, sad story) but looking into a motorhome life.
    But planning a trip to TJ to visit your dentist. Broke a tooth recently and wanted to get back to TJ for a visit anyway. Incisor, so needs a crown; plus a loose filling or two: way cheaper down there. Hope you’re having a good HomeTime; know you’re busy!
    Not to worry you… but does it freeze hard in that area of Oklahoma? When I saw what happened with your gravel delivery, I got a bit concerned about frost heave in the driveway. I’m doubt that you plan to drive Max in there loaded, but even bobtailing, still lots of weight on that front axle. I’m probably just being redundant; I remember you talked with the owner when you looked at the property; just wishing y’all the best! Later, Ed

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


*