Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
We have come to the end of another adventure. We are back in Prescott and love it. Don't get me wrong - I love the RV and seeing the country. But like Dorothy said - there is no place like home.
Monday, October 12, 2009
We left bright and early this morning for Laughlin and arrived around 1. RVer’s can stay for free in the back parking lot of the Tropicanna Express Hotel/Casino. After walking around a few casinos and taking Chica for a walk we went in and had a wonderful Italian meal. Then Dean won almost $200 on the penny machine. What a lucky guy. Tomorrow we should be home in Prescott and our wonderful RV trip will be over. It has been great!!!!
The following I composed while we were in Death Valley since we did not have any internet connection:
We drove to Furnace Creek in Death Valley. What a difference in landscape than we have seen all summer. You can see for mile and miles. The colors on the mountains are beautiful. I know all you non-desert people may think we are nuts, but Dean and I are really enjoying this. And we are really warm. When we got to Furnace Creek it was 94.
Went from Walker Lake to Death Valley and first stop was Scotty’s Castle. We both found Scotty’s Castle very interesting and enjoyable. After walking around the grounds, looking at the stables with a lot of old cars, we took a tour of the castle. Millionaires Albert and Bessie Johnson built the castle and their colorful sidekick, who got them interested in the area, was Death Valley Scotty. The Johnson’s spent 2 million in 1929-31 on this castle.
The interior of the castle was gorgeous with the finest furniture, woodwork, tile, and metalwork. I especially enjoyed the music room and the huge organ, which the tour guide played for us.
After the castle, we camped at Manzanita Springs campground. It is 1800 ft above sea level so it was cool at night but warm during the day.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The above picture is our campground at South Beach on the Olympic Pennisula. The four of us have enjoyed a campfire every night. But there is rain today in the Olympic Pennisula. Of course, they get 140 " per year. Yesterday we had gorgeous weather: sunny, warm and clear. We are in the big town of Amanda Parks today, using the internet and making phone calls.
Monday, September 14, 2009
We are on the West side of Olympic Pennisula. After we left The Rainer area and said our goodbyes to Dick and Beth we drove to the Escapees park in Chimachum outside of Port Townsend, WA. There we meet up with Chuck and Jan our friends from Iowa. Last Wednesday we went into Port Townsend and had clam chowder at Finn's Restaurant and it was fabulous. Then we walked around the town, went to two museums, and the local farmers market.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We are finally out of the rain forest and into civilization. We are dry camping at the Escapees park in Chimcum, WA. with Jan and Chuck. We said our goodbyes to Dick and Beth yesterday and wished them good travels. This is a picture of Dick and Beth at Mt. St Helen's. Here are some writings while we were at Iron Cree campground.
September 3, 2009
We are at Iron Creek campground, South of Randle, WA.,and still have no internet. So I will copy and paste this later. We have been here since Sunday and plan on staying until Tuesday after Labor Day. This camp will be very full this weekend; we are lucky to have a spot. Dick and Beth Miller are with us; they came in on
Tuesday. We have huge trees all around us (solar does not work here) with lots of ferns and moss. Yesterday, the four of us drove up to Mt. St. Helen’s on the North side where it blew in 1980. Forest road 99 is a memorial road with lots of pullouts for views and information on the eruption. The vegetation is coming back a little but it is pretty barren. Lots of down trees, ash and rock. Today, Dean and I stayed home and did a bike ride while Dick and Beth went to Mt. Rainer. Tomorrow we are going to the really big flea market in Packwood, WA.
September 7, 2009
We are still at Iron Creek CGand we are beginning to feel like ducks! It has rained here for three days and nights. Tomorrow we leave and all four of us will be ready. Dick and Beth will head East and we will head West.
Friday we went to Packwood and spent all day at the flea market. It was almost as big as Quartzsite. Didn’t buy much but it was fun looking. The picture below is of Beth with her best purchase - wine glasses!
Saturday because of the rain, we stayed in our rigs. Beth and I did some beading. Sunday Dean, Dick, and I went for a little drive to Iron Creek Waterfalls and to Randle for generator gas. We have both been running our generators about 6 to 8 hours a day because we have NO SOLAR.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
August 27, 2009
Here we are again without internet or phone service. We are at Wilderness Gateway Campground in the Clearwater National Forest, outside of Lowell, Idaho. We have a beautiful spot in Loop B of the campground and paying $4 per night (with the Golden Age Pass). On the way over from staying in Butte we stopped at Lolo Hot Springs for a soak and at the Lolo Pass Visitors center. We found this campground and decided to stay for a few days.
Yesterday we got out the bikes and did a 45 ride around the CG. The weather is absolutely wonderful. Not many campers here at all. Today we hiked up Trail 221 into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness area. We only hiked about 40 minutes in because it was mainly up switchbacks and Chica was with us. Tomorrow we are going to hike along the Lochsa River to an old Forest Service building. We are spending our time reading, working on projects and sitting by the campfire. Life is good!
On Friday I hiked along Hwy 12 to the historic Forest Service Station about 2 miles from camp. There are about five historic buildings that survived the 1934 fire. The "combination building" was very interesting - combination of cooking facilities, office, and supply room.The rest of the day we spent in camp doing laundry and reading.
Dean has turned in to a good laundryman. He washed clothes and kept them in the sun all day. What a guy!