one saw us coming...
That is, in our
arrival to Quartzsite, AZ and the Long Term Visor Area. The guard shacks
were closed. Sign sez open 9 AM to 12. Seems they should be open late afternoon
to catch the later arrivals. Again this year cost is $40 for two weeks
or $180 for full season Sept. 15 to April 15. As you might expect prime
season is not here yet by any means.
Tyson Wells vender area... empty
All except K and B Tools which comes early
and stays late.
The big tent show area... pretty bleak.
Now our site just inside the LTVA La Posa
West. Dish up... locked on satellite internet and DirecTV HD.
BTW full bars of Verizon 4G w/unlimited
data in case I need faster internet. You can view our location
Nice having a just washed and waxed truck
and trailer. Lookin spiffy. Now to get the trailer rug shampooed.
Yep.. first order of business a campfire.
BTW the truck trip odeometer reads over
10,200 miles traveled this summer.
not to miss tourist trap of Oatman, AZ
Since we are staying
in Laughlin, NV we jutt had to day trip to Oatman,
AZ on historic Route 66. This is a not to miss stop if in the area.
Even if I do say
so myself and Ya all know how much I hate tourist traps. I even got out
and walked both sides of the main street.
for a picture tour of Oatman... Enjoy...
66 in AZ
Riverside Casino and RV Park Laughlin,
On Monday Oct 27 we pull out of here and
head to Quartzsite, AZ for fun and adventure... Remember I made it through
the CA inspection station with a firewood check and got a thumbs up as
"looking good" by the inspector. Have been hauling all that firewood from
Washington state in the back of the truck. Got to find that perfect boondicking
site so we can have many great capfires in the BLM.
turn down the heat.
We got the trailer
and truck washed and waxed today by a service located in the Laughlin Riverside
RV Park. Alex at 702 509 0416 so if you pass through here, that is who
to call for gerat service at a great price. Alex was good to work with
and was honest telling me what they could and not do to the five year weathered
gelcoat finish on my trailer. But after the three person crew were
done, using a cleaner-wax, it looked very good. We were happy and
we gave Alex extra above the quoted price for all their hard work as our
trailer was not so clean after all of our summer travels. But now it shines...
still needs some work for us to do on some sections on the gel coat, but
we can do that as we have done similar work on our last trailer. But right
now we are very happy campers.
Now for the weather....
we are scheduled to leave Laughlin, NV tomorrow Friday after being here
for a week. I have told you about the special they have for returning customers...
$99 for a week. Since it is hot and we don't want to get to Quartzsite,
AZ in this heat. Upper 90's we called and we can extend our stay for the
same discount as their special. Normal nightly price $27.50 but for us
$15.50 so we may stay 3 more nights as it is to cool down 10° by Monday
in south AZ. Geez why move from here so fast. Trailer and truck are looking
good and there are more buffets to vist, like as in tonight. Not to worry
we are not into playing the slots. Me thinks one of the few vices I don't
If you remember we
also had trouble with our A/C yesterday. The compressor would start
but the fan would not spin unless you went up top and gave it a spin to
start it. Then leave it on non auto so it would not stop. Well the
Mobile tech from Wardens RV Repair came out and fixed it. Replaced
the fan capacitor. $40 to came out, $36 labor, $20 for the part, $95 total
and all fixed ... we are happy campers and think we got a fair price.
So might ask how
did I find this mobile tech.... I had just installed a app on my smartphone
called GoMechanic (on android or iphone).
Clicked on it, selected
RV, and it gave me the Mobile RV techs in the area. Very slick... now I
don't want to have to use this very often but when I needed it it worked.
in Laughlin, NV
Do go down and read my Oct 17 post first
as I am doing both these posts together.
We love to stop here in Laughlin, NV as
the Riverside Casino and RV Park offers for returning customers a week
stay for $99.
We are up high on the top level in the
RV park.(Red Dot) The have about 550 sites. Terry got up early to take
the sunrise shot.
Me I was stilll in bed.
There is a RV wash and wax service here
which we are going to use to have our 5er washed and waxed along with our
But to add some excitment to our lives
our A/C stopped working. It's very hot here (90s) and that caused a bit
of panic. The condenser comes on but the fan doesn't run. Quickly researched
this on the Internet and it seems the most likely cause is the big capacitor
in it. Terry went up top and took the cover and looked it over. Since the
fan was not running he tried to spin it and it took off and started working.
Since it was still hot outside the A/C continued to run till it stopped
after we had gone to bed. This am the condenser came on but not the
fan again, so up to spin it to start it. Called a local RV mobile
tech which will be out this afternoon. They have the parts so we shall
see if they can fix it.
Tomorrow at 7 AM the wash and wax guys
are to show up. Need to start early so they can get done before the heat
and sun of the day.
Friday we are off to Quartzsite, AZ to
see what kind of trouble we can get into there. We will be boondocking
in the BLM.
have been on the move
We left Newport, OR as the weather was
closing in on us and it was time to get the hell off the coast. So east
on US 20 and to I-5 heading south. We had never been down the center of
CA. We have in the past always gone east from OR and gone down through
NV to Las Vegas. So this would be a kind of adventure for us. We can NOW
say we have been there and done that. And will never take that route again.
Our summer and fall RV adventures seem
to be more a tour of area hospital ERs. Terry had a Peri-Rectal Abscess
burst and bleed. So off in the middle of the night hooking up the RV and
pulling out of the RV park we were staying at for the night and off to
the nearest ER room. That was in Yreka, CA. on Oct. 14 if I remember correct.
It gets to be a blur after the fact with these things.
They were very nice and we kind of bonded
with them as they asked lots of questions on how we travel full-time. The
ER nurse was orig. from WI so we talked on how she got here and how we
They lanched and drained the abscess and
later we moved to the local Walmart parking lot (I think this is the first
time we have dry camped at Walmart) to wait for the pharmacy to open in
the morning so we could fill his scripts and be on our way again down I-5
Some people tour the country going to
baseball parks, we tour the country looking for ERs, me thinks.
But later we found out more of why we will
never take this route again... I-5 from Yreka to Redding was some the worst
stretch of highway we have ever traversed.
Up and down with very heavy traffic. If
you have ever driven this section you know what I mean.
Oh and Lake Shasta is empty as in EMPTY.
Truckers not staying in their lane and all of us trying to pass to keep
momentum so we don't bog down and overheat.
We at last found Flag
City RV Resort at the Lodi exit on I-5. a Passport America affiliated
park and at 50% off, our cost is $27.
We stayed here for a second night to get
caught up and JUST slow down a bit. We have to be nowhere fast so why rush.
use his new sitz tub.
AND for me they have a heated pool and
spa. The spa was just what I needed after and hard day driving I-5.
Terry of course can't use those, poor
boy. He is in no pain. If you don't know how a sitz tub works lucky you...
So the next day we took a day trip to
Located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills
about 45 miles southeast of Sacramento, Amador County is quickly becoming
an area known for beautiful scenery, excellent wine and its rich historic
experience. Amador County bills itself as "The Heart of the Mother Lode"
and lies within the Gold Country
Our next stop was at another Passport America
RV park at Tulare, CA. We called ahead and when we got there he had saved
a pull through (one of only 3 that they have). Now let me tell you tight
is tight but this was tight. That's my slide on the right.
After that we continued on down I-5 and
the traffic didn't get much better as you can see.
We had no idea that they had so much grape
production as this went on forever.
At last we turned east from Bakrersfield
on HW 58 heading to Barstow and on to I-40 to Needles and later Laughlin,
This is the view off the central valley
up and down toward Barstow.
Today found us driving
up to a Yaqiuna
Head Lightouse see the picture below. (do click on this great
site which is a "Friends of Oregon Lighthouses" .org site... well done.
This web site is
about ALL the Oregon
Lighthouses a great site to learn much about the history of the
Yaqiuna Head Lighthouse
is a fee area by the BLM so we got in free with my golden age card. This
may just have been the highlight of our coastal trip. Let me say
right here about fees... In Washington each state access site wants $10
a day to walk on the beach. Now here in Oregon the beach access sites are
Love this lighthouse
as you can get up close and personal to it.
This point is made
up of lava that flowed 300 miles all the way from Idaho way back when.
As I stated in my last post the surf is
WAY up to about 19 feet do a Low front off the Alaska coast.
The waves were something else again.
Looking off the lighthouse point.
Later we went down to the Bayfront Warf
Later we had to shop
at the Fred Meyer mega store as we don't have those where we normally shop.
A Walmart on steroids. They had an escalator to an upper level for petes
On the way back to we had to stop for one
last time for seafood. Terry had a razor clam basket and a small clam chowder,
I had a combo basket. My oysters were tasty but the rest was nothin to
write home about. My food at this place was ok but over deep fried
if you ask me. This place is a real dump. Not clean at all, but they do
have a large customer turnover. Web site South
Beach Fish Market I tried some of his clams and didn't take a
shining to them at all.
I have had better fish and chips in Quartzsite,
AZ in the middle of the desert except for the one place in Washington at
the Sand Castle at Ocean Shores where the cod was big and almost more than
you could eat. But Ya know the cod was shipped in. They knew what
tourists like and delivered. Maybe I just like cod and lots of it.
Seems like some of these fresh fish joints only want to give you a taste
like it is gold or something. Got to keep the mystique of it so you'll
think it is so special. Well , me thinks after it is deep fried, who cares
if it was caught fresh or shipped in frozen, it's gonna taste the same.
Yell at me if you will but deep fried is deep fried...
This shot is taken from their
web site.. on Yelp.
This final shot of Newport from the State
Park overlooking it all.
tomorrow inland as we are ready to extract us from this beach paradise...
forcast is not good for next week so we think it is time to get off the
coast. We day triped way down to Readsport and Whinchester Bay yesterday
so we have seen all the coast that we have wanted to see. We have stayed
at Winchester Bay years ago so no need to do that again after viewing it
again on our long day trip yesturday
Ready to spend some
time in the deserts of Arizona. The salt air and fog are doing nasty rusty
things to our truck and trailer.
Yep Quartzsite here
day in Newport
that was at about 10:30 AM since I have to growl like a bear to rise out
of my comphy bed nest and get my decaf (Yes decaf) and a quick fix of my
favorite blog sites updates on the internet. Check emails. Then the USAToday
online newspaper, which I just love because it is the same as the paper
copy but online. Check out this link to get the The
USAToday e-Newspaper. 20 cents a day for the first 2 months
and I think after that about 65 cents. They now are issuing an e-paper
every day including Saturday and Sunday. News stand price I think is $1.50.
And this is the exact same copy of the print paper but online. OK
done with promoting that. After reading that I go to RawStory, Talking
Points Memo, Huffington Post, Politico, and then Daily Kos. I guess you
can tell which side of the fence I stand on. You can google them if you
want. Not going to link to them. You have to want to read them.
Geez the daytrip
started going to Tin Can Henery to get a oil and lub on our truck. They
did a great job and I will use them again if they are on our travel path
in the future. They were right next to Walmart and I was expecting a prescription
renewal to be sent to them. After calling back and forth between Walmart
and my Dr. office it was at the store but not processed yet as they had
it in their computer that they need to confirm my home address. A
simple fix but had to wait as they rushed it through as we waited. As we
travel I have asked twice that me Dr. send it through as a 90 day instead
of 30 day . But it was in Walmart's sysam still at only 30 day. At least
I got it... I can deal with that.
Then to rush the
scropt back to the trailer as it needs to be kept cold.
Now we could go
on our day trip down the Oregon coast.
We went as far south
as Reedsport and continued on to Whinchester Bay.
We should have stopped
at Florence but didn't.
So now for some pictures
of the trip.
We were amazed at
the surf as they have issued a
SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 AM PDT SUNDAY...
SURF WILL BUILD ALONG THE COAST LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE THROUGH
WILL BE HIGHER AND STRONGER THAN IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS.
THEM TO SWEEP FARTHER UP BEACHES AND PERHAPS OVERTOP BREAKWATERS.
SWELL ALONG THE COAST WILL BUILD TO 15 FEET LATE THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
Me thinks you don't want to out walking
on the beach right now.
The locals were out in force to record
this event that does not happen all that often. Those are some big surf
waves, to be sure.
We sat on the tailgate of the truck and
had ham sandwiches as we watched the surf. We will be spending much time
in the non serfdom in AZ later this year so we needed to burn these images
in our minds...
We are now back in our secure Newport
dock dry camping spot looking forward to exploring the local warf
on Sunday as we did the road day trip south today. And watch the weather
forcast for next week to see what our plans will be. Our plans are written
in jello as we can go with the flow.
is where it's at.
We landed at Port
of Newport Marina and RV park right at the Newport docks. This cost
is about $40 for full hookup and for us dry camping for $18 a night. Free
The view from inside our trailer
Beach access at Cape Kiwanda and this is
where we dumped the black and gry tanks for $3 at the Webb County campground.
Pacific City bridge is a popular fishing
We have stopped here in town since I am
waiting for a percription to be filled the local Walmart. I had to call
the Dr. office since when we got here Walmart had no received the order
Looking forward to exploring this area
and eating some more seafood.
Just got the wether report for the Oregon
coast. Huge surf warning and by Monday it's going to get cold and
rainy. We are now thinking of heading inland from Florence early next week
going east on HW 126.to Eugene, OR.
south along HW 101 in Oregon
We had to cross over the bridge
at Astoria. Now that is a big one.
We have landed in Sand
Lake Rec area right on the coast.
This is a FS site so we get the 1/2 off
discount. So only $10 a night. Camping fees on the Oregon coast are not
for the faint of heart. County Parks even want about $40 a night.
State parks we have found have priced themselves out of the market... high
prices $30 a night and tiny sites. Not big rig friendly.
Our next stop is Newport the port has
a campground marina and a dry canmping area for $18 a night. Not a bad
deal at this location.
This is a great campground at the right
price... Large sites... Now if the fog would go away.
The fog is not wanted this for us this
time of year. We take day trips and many times can't see the ocean
views for the fog.
If this keeps up after we move to Newport
we are heading inland and getting the hell off the coast.
Now this a picture that I can't even imagine
existed. I posted it on facbook and it was a big hit.
A outhouse on water. A boat up to shitter
if you will....
We are seeing fishing to be big right now
all along th coast on the bays. Not sure what they are fishing for.
All along the coast it is up and down and
slow going. This is the side road to Cape Meares Lighthouse.
We will be moving down to Newport, OR
See what Newport
is all about on this link. or this link to the Chamber
was a big day of driving on our trip up the Olympic Peninsula.
From Ocean Shores
off we went up to the north coast of the Olympic Peninsula.
Up 101 all the way
to Clallam Bay and then up to Neah Bay. It was about 6 PM when we got back
to Ocean Shores. A Big Day to be sure.
Now for some pictures of the day trip.
The trees do grow tall in this neck of
Taken with my cell phone. Kind of cool
with Terry in the shot.
Neah Bay as far horthwest as you can drive.
On the way back down 101 we took the time
to go from Forks to La Push. We were running late but what the hell we
wont be back anytime soon so we took the side trip of about 20 miles to
this other seaside port. I was all fogged in so we got some foggy shots
of the people on the beach.
At Sekiu this is the town mascot.
Me likes to think it is a shot of my Terry in his new going fishing outfit.
What happpened to the waders...
go any further west.
Leaving Roslyn, WA went I-90 down I-5
to Olympia. West to stop at a nice Passport America RV park in Elma,
We are now as far west as we can go. Right
on the beach at Ocean Shores Washington at the Quinault Beach Resort and
Casino in their FREE RV dry parking section. Lots of room and can walk
to the beach without paying the $10 fee if using the WA State access points.
This will be our home base to explore the Olympic Peninsula before moving
on down the Oregon coast. The weather is great in the 70s.
We stayed in Elma for two nights and explored
over to the coast checking out our next move with the trailer.
Left Elma and drive to Aberdeen on over
to Ocean Shores then up to Pacific Beqch back down to Aberdeen and south
and west to West Port down the coast to Raymond and back up HW 101 to Montesand
and Elma. A big driving day. But checked out some state parks and
found the casino where we are palnning to go to.
Some pics of our day trip from Elma checking
out our next stop will be.
A slow day on the docks in West Port, WA
West Port. This is my kind of fishing
The free RV parking south of the casino.
Lots of open spaces. Perfect for our type of camping. We don't need hookups
as we have solar and a big Honda generator. And we can walk to the beach
Terry on the beach at near sunset. The
tide was out.
Ocean City and Ocean
Shores lots of touristy stuff. In fact I'm sending Terry to explore
while I stay in camp. The best way for me to experience a tourist trap,
don't Ya know.
We did go in for Fish and Chips after we
arived. Went to Bennet's Fish Shack.
We both had the Halibut and two craft
beers $49. Next time will get the Cod as the Halibut was breaded not battered
and kind of thin and we tasted the breading more than the fish. Will try
a different place next time like the Sand Castle Drive In. Rated pgood
On on Saturday we did go to Sand Castle.
We split a 3 peice cod fish and chips and Terry had a big clam cowder.
I tried a smalll chowder and didn't like it so Terry got his fill. It had
a strong bacon flavor to it. Kind of a dive but the fish was huge and very
good. Fries were just the old crinkle standard cut. I think the small cowder
was $3.95 and the 3 piece fish was $10.95
May try some oysters and razer clams later
on in our journey.
From here we plan to head north on 101
up the west side to just explore. Think we will only go to Poert Angeles
and then return back on the west side. See above map. All the way
around would be more than a day trip could handle. And you might remember
I don't get up early anymore, why because I don't have to.
Let me not forget to show you courtesy
our good friend Tad in Roslyn who has timber on his property sent us off
with topping off our wood supply.
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