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Mom’s Adventures

Well, we do not know many details yet but we did find out mom made it to Athens… many many hours late.   She missed her connection in Amsterdam due to the security issue on her plane at SeaTac so was there 8 hours before she left for Athens.   She made it there at 4:00 a.m. and according to her is tired, having fun and will not call til she is home (or I assume something way too exciting happens!)  Oh, and she said she had LOTS of stories already.   Hope she is taking notes.  I can’t wait to hear about her adventures.

 


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Home!

We made it safely home yesterday afternoon.   Seven days – 1430 miles, give or take a few.   Our backs and other body parts were getting tired and sore.   Our last night on the road was the best RV spot… It was just north of Depoe Bay and was called the Sand and Sea RV park.   The spot we got was not huge but was so close to the ocean we were almost in it.   We were just settling in when a friend called me to chat and when I said we were near Depoe Bay she said that we HAD to stay at the Sand and Sea RV park.  Told her we were there.   We were just 6 spots away from her favorite place.   It is not only right on the ocean, but beautifully laid out, super clean and pretty and friendly.  It is not huge (another plus) and very close to the fun in Depoe Bay.   So now I am just waiting to hear about my mom’s adventures.  She left yesterday for a 2 week land/cruise trip to Greece and Turkey.  Her adventure started early at SeaTac when there was some type of incident and the whole plane was de-planed and everybody’s stuff was gone throught.   We hope to hear tonight that she is safely in Athens.  She is so excited about her adventure and ready for anything.


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Boondocking

Our goal for Saturday night was to find a nice place on the river to boondock away from everyone else and have a nice bonfire.   We wandered down a narrow river access road just north of a little town called Happy Camp and found the perfect spot.  It was right by a little launch area people who might launch a small inflatable for fishing or river rafting.   There was one motorhome tucked back in the trees but we never saw anyone.   The bonus was being so close to Happy Camp gave us cell phone and XM radio so we got to listen to the Huskies and Cougs.  Well, we listened  until it was too sad, so we switched to Garry’s favorite channel – Willie’s Place.  Boondocking managed to show us that we still have some motorhome issues.   The inverter works well when you don’t care, but when you want to make coffee or toast in the morning it runs for a few minutes then shuts off.  Bummer.

I was extremely disappointed in myself the next morning.  I am known at home as the Marina Lady because I know everything that goes on.  Well, I slept through someone driving down to launch something Sunday morning.  There were tire tracks where they turned around right up by our campfire… just a few feet from us… and I never work up.   Sheesh!

Anyway, Sunday was more driving along the beautiful Kalamath River.  We were listening off and on to the Seahawk game on XM radio and then Garry decided to take a river access road down to where we would have some lunch.   Well, it was beyond white knuckle getting to the bottom of the hill.   In hindsight I should have walked back up rather than ride, but we made it.  And it was really a great spot for lunch.

Unfortunately, as the day went on we got closer to civilization and more traffic.   We hit Hwy 101 around 3 p.m. and continued on to Crescent City.   The weather has continued to be gorgeous and looks like it will be cooler but sun most of Monday and Tuesday.   The goal is to be at Depoe Bay tonight and home on Tuesday.

Remember that leftover Mexican food from Friday night?  Well, it fed us for another lunch and another dinner.  Yummm.

Lunch site on Sunday


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Yreka on Date Night

Life continues to be an adventure while on the road.  Gar cleverly repaired the poopie problem, but used up most of our fresh water while testing for leaks.  I mentioned (more than once) we might want to add water, but no, that was not what happened.  What did happen was I made him take the first shower in the morning and of course we were out of water.   Which had shut off the hot water tank.   He learned that part after going outside in the icy morning to put water in, and get back in the shower to have only cold water.   So, we hit the road toward Klamath Falls and after a beautiful drive along the lake and then up into the hills we pulled over for lunch and were able to take nice warm showers.  He finally agreed with my observation that the motorhome water tank is much smaller than the boat one.  By about 200 gallons!

On the boat I am the primary navigator and I usually do that with the RV.   I plotted this great side road – Hwy 66 – from Klamath Falls over to I-5 where we would have a short hop to the California border and on to Yreka for the night.   It was a really gorgeous drive, but the last 10 miles were downhill switchbacks.   I am a white-knuckle back seat driver- especially on roads like that.   The good news was that I was on the side not looking over sheer cliffs down into never never land.  And Gar drove slowly so I didn’t freak out too much.  Great weather and little traffic made it tolerable.

We got to Yreka about 2 p.m. and hit a few stores including gas and propane.   We stayed last night at a nice rv park that was a short walk to the recommended Mexican restaurant for our Friday date night.   We had great food and a fun time but have enough leftovers to last us til we get home!

Today we are going to leave late morning and take the scenic byway along the Klamath River over to the California coast.  We will probably boondock along the river tonight, then hit the coast tomorrow some time.  The weather continues to be awesome.  Low 70’s yesterday most of the day.  It is sunny and clear this morning and hope the drive along the river is as pretty as we remember.

Probably no wifi for a day or two so no more adventures til then.

Bonfire Thursday night


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RV? Boat? It’s All The Same

I am so not happy.  I just spent 45 minutes writing on the blog and then it disappeared.  So now I am starting over and it won’t be nearly as good.

Boating and RV-ing are very much alike except with an RV you don’t worry about rough water or an anchor dragging.  Other than that it is really the same.   Like boating you have to figure out a route.  One of our goals is to use few freeways, so heading to Oregon, just before Vancouver we cut east along the Columbia River Gorge.   It really is a nice drive – at least until we hit (literally) the Hood River Bridge.  Thank goodness the brigdge was having repairs done and we were only going about 2 mph but it is a very very narrow bridge and when the opposing traffic is a semi you have a tendency to move to the right.   That move resulted in a loud screeching noise and two people looking at each other with wide eyes.   Once we got across the bridge and were able to pull over we were able to determine that one of the hub caps is slightly narrower than it was earlier in the day.

We continued on and on a whim to a side road to Kah-nee-ta Indian Resort/Casino/RV Park.   It was very pretty but seriously overpriced but it was getting late so we stayed.   Free cable tv got us energized into hooking tv up and watching our usual Wednesday night shows.

We took off this morning around 10:00.  It is beautiful plateau driving and warm days (mid 60’s).   Unfortunately, like a boat, things break.   We had just repaired our black water/grey water leaking at the drain site, but it started up again…   Oopsy poopsy.   So we stopped at several places to buy parts to repair it again.  As I am typing I hear Garry with a saw cutting black pipe to repair things.  Sure hope it works.  I don’t think my bladder will last all night!

We are about 80 miles north of Klamath Falls at a great RV park.  Free wifi, cable, and a fire pit so we can have a fire tonight after repairs are done.  It is supposed to get down to the mid 20’s tonight.   At least our furnace works good.

One of the problems we have is that we do not use the RV often we forget how to work things like the GPS and it doesn’t help that someone (Theresa? Jason?) changed the language to Spanish.  But I have it back in English and even discovered it has a feature to find RV parks.  We checked out 5 different ones today until we found the one we liked.

So, I am going to try to upload a couple pictures, then work on some dinner.  More later.

Mt. Jefferson