got and headed east toward Reno on down HW 395 and felt good about it.
Stressful California (we were planning on going down the east side of the
Sierras) but that will have to wait for a time in the future.
landed at Desert Rose RV park in Fernley, NV 40 miles east of Reno.
made the decision was the severe weather alert that hit my computer screen
this morning right after I logged on. I then call the RV park and
made sure we could get in and stay for the weekend and wait out the storm.
They were busy and would check and call back. They did and held a
great spot for us, and at Passport America rates for all three days.
that we have landed we of course went to Walmart just back down the road
for a shopping fix.
did make sure we stopped for late lunch so we wouldn't go nuts in the food
Walmart is right next door to the big Amazon shipping center out here.
How many times have I seen this address on things shipped to us.
are relaxed and happy right here in this fine RV park. Time to chill out
for the weekend and get prepaired to SLOWELY explore Nevada oun our way
south to Quartzsite.
the next two pictures below show HW 395 in southern Oregon and northern
California sucks. This is the view over and over and over again.
of like driving through Nebraska but without any people or buildings. Next
time it will be down HW 97 me thinks.
big event was to hit CA. Not sure why as just more of the same.
time for the map.
We have landed in Susanville,
CA at where else but Susanville
RV park. I'm not even going to reveal the price for a nights stay.
You can check out their web site. But a fine park to be sure. All
cement pads. We're not used to such treatment or cost. The office person
was super friendly. So that took some of the sting out of the cost.
I'll get over it now that I'm on getting SS and a defined pension, both
of which hit the bank this week. The SS for the first time.
we are having happy hour and making up our minds as to where to next. This
is the place for that. The road splits right here.
to choose. Either west on HW 36 to Chester and south on HW 70 into CA.
OR east on HW 395 to Reno and over to HW 95 and south into NV..
think we have made up our minds but I'm not telling till our next post
when you will see where we landed.
is one of those to be continued stories. You never know we might wake up
and change our minds... Isn't that what fulltimers do. The weather forecast
could change and we move like snowbirds. Oh not that term...
More like migrating fulltimers... We are a species, all to our own. A strange
elusive breed hunted by RV dealers, RV parks, Camping World stores, propane
dealers, gas stations, insurance and mail forwarding services, and of course
by Walmart to name a few. Stay flexible and get your butt down south
soon... the weather is a changing... Me thinks...
wind was blowing and clouds and in the mid 30's so we slept in and spent
the day right here in Burns, OR at the Casino RV park. Later on we had
a couple of snow showers. Terry did his thing and took a big mess of clothes
to get washed. Now he is making chicken soup from scratch with homemade
noodles. With us being plugged in we can run the heat pump and it saves
big time on propane usage. We do run the furnace when we go to bead to
keep the basement and holding tanks heated. The heat pump does not
heat that area. Just looked and it is to get down to 22 here tonight. We
are at 4160 ft altitude so no wonder it gets, shall we say, cool at night.
BUT it is still what in Quartzsite... Me thinks this is a early cold
spell up here and will warm up a bit later on. The Aspen still haven't
turned big time yet. So there ya go cooler up north and still too hot down
south. A fulltimers challenge is to travel and stay in their weather
comfort zone. We missed this one by a day or two but at least there is
no snow drifts looking outside at the moment.
will hit the road in the AM, off to new adventures on down HW 395 to Alturas,
looked at the weather forcast and hooked up and took off mid morning. Headed
a little east to Arlington and up from the Columbia River on HW 19.
follows the railroad so you know the grade is not that bad.
is high dry wheat growing country after you come up from the river gorge.
What a difference a few miles can make.
can see forever from up here and I was a tad bit worried about the wind.
It was blowwing but we did OK.
This shot below was not
from on this route but from a day or so before, futher west. But me thinks
it expresses the wheat country in Oregon.
I really like this photo.
Notice the winter wheat just planted as it is starting to come up.
(below) was a true delight. The land around Condon was not as good as the
more dry and not as good for farming. But they still were trying to make
it with wheat growing.
we would have stopped and walked around the town. They have a movie
theater, city swimming pool , fairgrounds. The county seat, always good
to keep a town alive. A well kept small city. So many miles off the beaten
path, how they continue to do that is a wonder. You can see the railroad
made this town years ago and now it is gone and this high plateau wheat
country small town, is still here and looks to me doing just fine thank
you. They even had a football field, as I wonder how many students they
must have to support that. Bet each and every boy gets to, or has to,
go out for the team and play. Wonder if they let a few girls play to round
out the team. And just who do they play... the bus trips to
games must be long and interesting. This town is like on top of the world
as you can see forever in all directions. Rural is this towns middle name.
this is a route if you have not driven it is a great drive. The town of
Spray further south is on the John Day river and is a neat town that we
could tell is very RV friendly. They were installing a new dump station
right along the HW. And have a city RV park on the river.
Along the John Day River.
This goes on and on and on and on. Great country.
A shot going through the
John Day Fossil Site area.
continued south on US 395 up higher to passes at about 5200 feet and stayed
up there. Never coming down big time after the pass.
leveled out into vast high parks and we didn't come down much to even get
to Burns, OR.
whole area is high country, not what we had expected. That's why we travel
to see and explore.
now stopped for the night in Burns, OR. at the Indian Casino RV park at
$22 a night. After $9 a day at the last COE campground we thought why not.
casino is in the tent like building in the picture. Seems these casinos
start out in a small building tent affair but me thinks in a few years
this one will bloom into a mega building and this RV park will have a pool
and sauna installed. Indians were screwed and now at last they are reaping
the way I'm getting a signal of 55 on the sat dish. No loss of signal for
tired as we saw more than we expected today and are now in high country
at 4200 feet here in Burns.
Ten High is tasting pretty good right now. Time to relax and enjoy life
as we know it...
stay here another day or head on south to Alturas, CA. I spot a Passport
America RV park there.
with more comments and links. 7 PM Pacific time.
what, we went for another day trip on Sunday. Why would we do a thing
are on the Columbia River and just like Lewis and Clark, It needs to be
exploried don't Ya think.
went from Rufus (we are camped at LePage COE park on the John Page River
5 miles more east) to the bridge over to the WA side on HW 97 and then
west on HW 14 to Cascade Locks.
views just never end. Mt. Hood up and behind Hood River as wiewed from
the WA side on HW 14.
gorge goes way on beyond but we didn't want to get into the Portland area
and this looked like the last bridge across the river before all the congestion.
Me thinks we need to leave somthing for later when back in the area.
We went to the COE
Bonneville Dam just west of Cascade Locks. The have a great fish viewing
facility to watch fish climb the fish ladders.
If you go to the above link
you can watch the fish cam. As you can see this is where the Columbia River
the Cascade Mts. meet.
crossing back to the OR side, on a see through wire mesh deck bridge called
of the Gods which even I didn't like driving over.
(picture from the above web site)
go to the above link to read about the Ancient Bridge
believe that about 1,000 years ago, a giant landslide from the north shore
of the Columbia River blocked the Gorge and stopped the river's flow. This
natural dam created an inland sea in eastern Oregon, Washington, and into
Idaho. Over time, water eroded the dam and created an awesome natural stone
bridge. Eventually, this bridge fell, creating the Cascade Rapids.)
now the Modern Bridge.
Bridge of the Gods as it exists today was created in a much less dramatic
fashion than the original bridge, but it sits in beautiful contrast to
the powerful scenery of the Gorge. The cantilevered bridge is the third
oldest bridge on the Columbia River).
above Bridge of the Gods link has much more about this area, so you can
read more about it.
back on I-84 and a great drive on OLD HW 30 between Mosier and The Dalles.
Now the sights on the south
side in OR. along old US 30 going back east.
traffic speeds by below.
Now an America's Byways Historic
Columbia River Highway .PDF
of the area.
is Interstate I-84 below, but me thinks this is the way to travel. I grew
up in Iowa along US
30 was part of the original Lincoln Highway in Iowa.
So it's a treat to see where
US 30 ended up here on the west coast and to be able to drive it still.
The old Lincoln Highway
split off from HW 30 and went south to San Francisco I believe.
We are watching the weather
as a Severe Weather Alert has been issued for Tuesday,
A TRANSITION FROM MILD SUMMER
LIKE CONDITIONS TO MUCH COOLER WEATHER
WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY AS
A COLD FRONT PUSHES EAST OF THE CASCADES.
We might just stay right
here for Tuesday night and see what Wednesday brings.
Now if I could just keep
the satellite dish locked on the bird in the sky.
It is trying to stay connected
through a tree and the signal goes up and down with the wind.
Got back online... It was
touch and go. As you know we have a DataStorm Dish and it has worked great
for many years now. But right here our signal is a little low so I had
to work hard to get back online. BUT I did get a signal strength reading
of of 35 after tweeking the dish settings for an hour or so.
A normal reading is about
50. Ya know at times it's hard to lock on to the satellite 22 thousand
miles up in the sky.. Since I'm on the edge if it rains me thinks I'm screwed
and will be off line again. We are aimed through some trees killing our
receive signal. Looks clear but must not be.
The weather reports are
not good with wind and falling temps for early next week, so we might have
to stay here till the weather clears. We shall see.
More on the weather later.
Anyway how about a day
Another wonder high atop
the Columbia River.
Do go to this
Link to their web site.
Many of the displays can
be seen on their site as flash photography was banned.
Terry looking excited as
he was about to enter the museum.
Right off the parking lot
was shade trees and a great bench to sit and take in the the views.
A person could sit here
all day and take it all in.
They have an outside sculpture
garden with peacocks roaming the grounds.
Ya know I hate going to museums
and yet Terry did manage to drag me to this one. He said )our friend) Tad
would be upset if I didn't go.
Tad is a retired Art Instructor.
It was a nice outing, even though my arm was still hurting from being twisted
behind my back.
Our plans are to explore
the Columbia River Gorge big time on Sunday going west from Rufus and cross
over north into WA and take HW 14 to Cascade Locks and back on I-84 on
the south side as on the return trip it would go faster at Interstate speeds.
Looks like a great road trip and will post pictures when we get back.
moved south after almost three wonderful weeks staying with Tad in Roslyn,
WA. Here coming down into the valley to Yakima, WA.
We were headed to Aubrey's
RV Center in Union Gap to get our water heater fixed. It doesn't want to
start on gas most of the time.
We have to go out and tap
on the value.
Now for the rest of the story
of how hard it is to get things repaired as fulltimers on the road.
We had stopped at this place
a couple of weeks ago to make sure we could get in and for em to have the
value we needed when we headed south later. Not a problem we were told
just stop on in on the way through. I called a day in advance and was then
told no way could they get to us now. Well as you can imagine that didn't
go over so well. As I had gotten the same response in Great Falls, MT several
weeks earlier. This is not so much a RV service center problem as we can
schedule an appointment, but with how the warranty service works with like
Suburban, Norcold, etc. You can't get parts shipped till a service
center looks at the unit and then you have to wait for days for them to
be shipped. Now if it was a vacation trailer you can do it that way
but us fulltimers don't live that way, stationary for long periods of time.
Anyway we got there and
we came to an agreement on how they could work with us to get things resolved.
They had what they thought was the part but after the old one was off it
turned out not to be correct. Calls to the factory didn't go well as they
said they would have to ship the part out. Well we were not going to wait
that long so the old value was reinstalled. Messing with it now caused
it to work as we re lighted the water heater several times without fail.
So we shall see if it lasts. The catch twenty two is the factory refused
to ship the part to another service center on down the road till we showed
up there and then waited for it to be shipped to them. I'm sure I'm not
telling any of you fulltimers anything new here. But still what a
crock it is. But now I will say Crystal at Aubrey's tried her best
to help us and I would recommend them if you need service in the (Union
Gap) Yakima, WA area.
The Columbia River where
HW 97 crosses. Wanted to put this shot up to to get things going.
We actually crossed over
after coming down HW 221 at Umatilla as we wanted to check out the Plymouth
We didn't think we could
get satellite service there and it was not right on the river. I know picky..
Next off to where the John
Day river connects to the Columbia for another COE campground.
A grain terminal at Umatilla,
We later landed at Le Page
COE park at the confulance of the Columbia and John Day rivers.
We got one of two sites
left and it was good for only the one night. I asked why so busy and was
told this is prime fishing season and they come from all over to be right
here. Me thinks I didn't know that. The gate attendant (Ray) was very accommodating
and told us the site numbers that were to vacate in the morning and to
pick one and come back after 8 AM and he would see if we could got one
of those. He went out of his way and I told him how much we appreciated
it. In the morning we got a first come, first served site
#20 which meant we could stay for 14 days if we wanted. And after FRED
or satellite went round and round forever it finally locked on and we had
Internet. Now wer'e cooking. 50 amp service and with my 50% off senior
$9 a day. Oh and I checked
when I had the Sat. dish up and connected, my FIRST SS payment hit my checking
account right on time. SO VERY COOL ME THINKS. Now I know it's in
CAPS but when you get your first SS check you'll pit it up in CAPS too.
Terry took this from up
on the one way entrance road to the campground. You go up and over the
campground and drop down in a loop to the lower level.
Later in the day we went
for a ride down to the HW 97 bridge and across to visit Stonehenge. The
lead off picture is taken from there.
Terry thinking what the
real Stonehenge must feel like.
Even this reproduction causes
a person to be in awe of what man (or visitors to earth) created on this
Now as they say Read
more about it.
Next will be post of our
visit to Maryhill Museum another high up on the bluff wonder.
7 PM on Friday night: Now back online. We were
loosing our satellite connection at times today and then it went out completly.
So me says this late post
is not my fault. It hurt but even without Internet service for just (now)
a few hours didn't drive me tolally nuts as this area is so grand as to
make us feel so small and insignificant in the big picture.
I called MotoSAT customer
service and since it was after hours didn't think they would call back.
But they called called right back and confirmed our software settings and
equipment were good, just not getting a good signal from the sky. Me thinks
our sig strength is very low here at about 35. should be higher me thinks.
Will just have to deal with it for now. I was worried it was a hardware
problem. How do you get parts sent to the outback on the Columbia
River in Oregon. Don't want to even think about going that route.
Anyway back on line for now
and SO HAPPY.
Terry is grilling up a couple
a steaks and all is well....
Terry set up the the ground
tripod DirecTV dish today so we are getting HDTV. It took us all of 30
seconds after he had it level to swing it around for us to get good sig
numbers for service.
Life is good and hope also
for you tonight.
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