10-2020 Random Notes


HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


10.01  Waxing and a fix
As I’ve mentioned in a past random note, the coach needed a wax job. As I mentioned then, I just don’t have the stamina I used to have so this job took about 3 days. At this time all has been waxed except the back of the coach. At TTO we don’t have the privilege of washing; so the back portion of the coach will have to wait until we move back to Three Flags.

About 5-days ago our AC had a stroke. At first we thought it was the unit itself, especially having notice a strong odor of burning wire. The more we looked the more we narrowed it down to the thermostat unit. I possibly could have replaced the unit if it were still being manufactured. The unit we have is now being made under a new serial number. The service person, Patrick, was able to find it online. As I have always said, this is a very inexpensive lifestyle, however, maintenance expenses are always popping up from time to time. We  did get to experience a few really hot days.

Of course, last night was the Presidential Debate. President Trump wrongly boasts that the polls had him as the winner; yea sure!. Not even Fox would go that far. How hard is it for him to rebuff “Proud Boys and white supremacists in general. Unfortunately he feels these individuals are a good percentage of his voter group. Time for a change! 

 

Voting time again!



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


9.25-Voting time again.

As has been stated many times this year we must vote as though our life depends on it; So Right! So alone I stand amongst even my own family. It could be so easy to also sip the Trump-ale as they have, but in life it’s important to take a stand even if you stand alone. 

Trump’s been heard saying it is important to have a good an honest vote counting but;

-This administration Okayed the decommissioning of letter sorters that can sort  up to 35,000 pieces of mail per hour. A Judge told the Post Master General to put these 700 sorting machines back into service,  but he said they have been dismantled and cannot be put back into service again.  The argument was that the post office often remove these machines and relocate them, but not this time, they were just destroyed. Says a lot for Trump’s  phony concerns for a good and accurate vote count. A act like this will absolutely helps the voting process. I wonder how much 700 high speed mail sorters cost and who will pay for having them fixed and/or having them  destroyed?

-Trump now feels it’s imperative to replace the opening on the Supreme Court.  Of course the selection is dependent on this new selection be partial towards selecting him as a new President, if the vote moves to the court, once again,  shows his concern for an honest vote. 

-Also he plans to not leave the Oval Office. He doesn’t realize that once Biden gets sworn in, should he get the votes, Trump is no longer the “President’. Actually he becomes a civilian who is trespassing on White House property, something a civilian cannot do.

-Trump insists that the Democrats are planning to hold a dishonest voting this year, but all you have to do is listen to his rants. If you think he’s on track with his thinking than just sit back and enjoy another glass of Trump-ale.

-09.30-Of course, this night is the Presidential Debate. President Trump wrongly boasts that the polls had him as the winner; yea sure! Not even Fox would go that far. How hard is it for him to rebuff “Proud Boys and white supremacists” in general. The day after voters would contribute a little over fifty-million dollars to Donald candidacy whereas Biden took in over one-hundred-fifty Million dollars. 

IT’S TIME TO VOTE THIS PUTIN LOVER OUT OF OFFICE.

Once again I say, I may be standing alone among  those I care for, but there are many of us that must be the ADULTS in the house. I do not understand how these folks can hold these positions but I do feel their position is regrettable.

 

7-2020 Random notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


7.13.2020-Monday

A couple of weeks ago we traveled from 3-Flags in Clermont to Orlando. Shortly after we arrived we were subject to a very severe storm. Everyone got through it OK, especially the awnings.

.Below you can see what a very nice resort this park is.  At times the Wi-Fi is dimished but n average is good enough. We’re now going to the C-Section of this park.

We, like everyone else, must enjoy the views HE presents to us during these Covid-19 days. This sunset was one of  those vistas.

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Scooty’s Birthday. Her gift were a couple of grass plants. She’s now nine-years old.

This day we were treated to a sky-writer. The clouds were challenging. It took a while but eventually the note was “Love U Jesus.”

Honestly thought this park would be much more crowded than this. Guests still come and go but the park is still about one-third empty. 

7.14.2020-30th Anniversary
Yes I remembered! We celebrate simply as travelers, but during these virus days we’ll just enjoy each other and treat ourselves to a 24 ounce Rib-Eye Steak to be followed with a healthy dish of Rocky-Road ice cream. It’s a simple life but still very enjoyable.

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6-2020 Random Notes

 



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


06.21.2020-WOW! I’m back! (Father’s day)

It took me three tries to get the password right, it’s been that long since I’ve posted anything.  We’re back in  Wildwood, Three Flags Resort, until this coming Thursday when we leave to go back to Clermont, The Orlando RV Resort. We’ll stay there for three weeks and return back here next. It’s only a one-hour drive in the coach to go to and from these resorts. We, like so many of us, continue to remain hunkered down during  this Covid-19 episode. We’re living a “Groundhog-Day” lifestyle still. We have no intention of deviating this lifestyle, at least not this year. There’s a lot to be said for “feeling safe.”

As you can tell from the picture above we’re sharing this campground with other full-times and we, for a change, have plenty of real-estate to call our own. We’re not the only ones bouncing between campgrounds, almost everyone here is doing the same dance. All for now. Like I mentioned on Thursday we’ll be back in Orlando. Be safe!

5-2020 Random Notes



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


05.27.2020-Wed.
Well, here we are- it is definitely beginning to feel like “Groundhog Day” is here to stay. I need a hobby. Jut like everyone else we get up in the morning and virtually repeat are same actions we’ve repeated for the last one-hundred days. Not complaining! I know of one-hundred thousand individuals who would gladly change places with me. The mask business has come to a slow down, which gives us one less endeavor to occupy ourselves. This is a “Cat in the Hat Day” with heavy rains coming down for at least the next another hour or two. It’s almost lunch time so eating always fills in the gaps nicely. Take care and continue to be safe.

05.01.2020-Travel day
It does not happen that often any more, at least not this year, but Carla and I still love the sound and feel of traveling, even if it’s only to a campground you know so well that the camp director and camp manager know you by sight and by our first names. Nonetheless, it’s still travelling. We’ve just spent six or seven weeks in Clermont/TT Orlando and that was way to long. It was necessary and we thank the staff and management of Thousand Trails for assuming a “Big Brother” mentality by closing it’s campgrounds from all outside possible people many of them might be virus infected. With our Cottage Industry” of making face masks for family and campers, not one person expressed any animosity towards TT for this decision. We were totally cut off from the outside world for those seven weeks and TT even extended the “stay closed” attitude for another week for those that wanted to stay at no additional fees. We were allowed to take the car or walk outside the campground acres, which few opted to do except for Walmart and pharmacies, and none of us died. The one draw back was taking tour coaches or trailer out of the campground property. You can leave but you will not be permitted to come back to this campground nor may you take your RV to any other TT property.
It irks me to see all those on TV marching in protest of the lock-down and insist on less restrictions: they deserve what they get for these actions. Their argument has been that those living in Nebraska, Michigan, Montana, Dakotas and many other states should not have to succumb to a lock-down. To all those I say tough! We’ll just sit here and watch the tested and death rates rise.
On a different note our trip today only took an hour. We left at 9:30, spent some time a Lazy Days for a coach check-up, the settled in at Three Flags and were enjoying a lunch at just after twelve-noon. We enjoyed a Sudoku puzzle then what do we do next. We turned on the tele and noticed there was a note at the bottom of the Dish Guide telling us we have free Showtime through May 3rd, so we checked out the Showtime programming. What a surprise! On one of their channels was “Back to the Future.” Once that ended a note on the screen was telling us that Back to the Future II would come on next…Awesome! After II was over another note appeared telling us to stay tuned for Back to the Future III. I hadn’t seen those flick since 1985 give of take, and it was a pleasure experiencing them once again. Sheltering at Home is not that hard to take.
Still enjoying our four-hundred-square-foot habitat on our slightly bigger campground site and not minding it at all. Life is Good.


St Vincent de Paul Church



HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



4.26.2020-Live -stream Mass watching

Like many, regardless of faith, we’re tasked with partaking of our Mass devotions using live stream on our computers. At first we did not know just how to accomplish this feat but two-weeks ago we discovered if you begin the live-stream about ten minutes after the Mass begins it come out perfectly without buffering, awesome. Associate Pastor Father John gave an excellent homily as he compared present day circumstances we’re living with to His Gospel. He even topped off the final blessing with a very humorous joke. I would relate it to you in this blog but it would not be quite the same.

 

3-2020 Random Notes



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



03.04.2020-Wednesday
Just another day watching rigs come and go. I know my attention to writing has taken a back seat to the problem I’ve been fighting since mid-November last year. Feels like arthritis on steroids. I’ve been told it might be RA or, possibly, Lupus. Actually, I don’t think there’s much difference between them. Neither is life threatening. I am, however, sick of taking Tylenol for pain and Ibuprofen for inflammation; just can’t seem to get through the day without taking 3-4 of each every day. A really bad day is when I’m lucky enough to sleep through the night only to realize I’ve missed my 4 AM feeding of drugs. Thankfully I’m not taking any of those meds advertised on television all day long. You know, the ones that warn that their medication could cause tears in the stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, heart palpitations and, of course, Stroke in rare instances. Tylenol, after all that, looks like ice cream.Yesterday I got a primary care physician, guess everyone should have on of those, she’s very nice and I’m glad she’s on my team. She wouldn’t venture to guess either RA or Lupus, but encouraged me to keep my appt. for the middle of the month with a Rheumatoid Specialist. Never had one of those before. As far as writing most days I’m not that uncomfortable with the pain, but it does get in the way of my typing. All for now.

3.11.2020-Living in place
First time visiting Clearbrook RVPark. This park has over 1600-sites. Most, and I mean most, are annuals; those RVers that have decided to remain in place and stop traveling. A good percentage of the sites have campground-homes; tiny home, about 400-square feet or less, but sturdier than an RV. Many others are just living permanently at the campground living in their RVs.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is the living style of the future. Living in your RV is much more spacious, since the furnishings are keyed for  the living space available. This viability is due to the inexpensive rents for the site you choose, usually about 400-$500 A MONTH. This rent usually includes water, electric and even cable. Property taxes, home Depot expenses are non-existent and insurance for a motorhome is minimal.

As far as Carla and I go Carla is on her third week with a bronchial cough. I, last night, began to notice a little throat discomfort when swallowing, so it’s on to the salt-water. Hopefully this afternoon we’ll get out and walk around and possibly take some pictures. Ann Cunningham also visited us recently. She too, like Carla, is fighting a bronchial cough. She’s fairly certain Coronavirus is not an item to be concerned about but she doing, just like us, self quarantining. We’re quarantining in an effort to protect ourselves from any Coronavirus contaminants on the outside.

o3.13.2020-Fri-Contemplating travel modifications.
Needles to say we had been planning a very ambitious travel year. However, so much has happen these last couple of months. Corona Virus is not only managing our lives but most everyone’s these days. Right now we may plan to stay put in Florida until at least the end of May. The bumblings of this Administration have left everyone in some kind of Neverland. It looks like the virus will control what we can or cannot do. Traveling through Nova Scotia was our plan for 2020 but with the virus all around us as well as in Canada we have to tread lightly.

We’re not sick yet nor do we plan to come down with the virus but should something happen while we would be traveling Canada Medicare and BC&BS of Florida would be worthless should we become infected and need medical attention. We’re still talking it over but we might decide to stay longer in Florida and possibly travel just the East Coast and visit with family this year. From what I hear on the tube we are not the only ones making alternative plans for the months to come. We’ve committed ourselves, like so many others, to a quarantine life style. Even Mass is going to take a back seat in our lives. Mass attendance in this part of Florida might be as high as 1200-1500 attendees, all of them well over 65-years in age; so we plan to play it safe for the next 4-6 weeks. More later.

03.16.2020-Back at Wildwood, FL
We’re back at Three Flags RVPark. If you look very closely at the picture below you can see our coach on the extreme left side and Ann Cunningham’s camp-home on the extreme right; that’s how close we are to her this time around.

It’s our second day here and my third day enduring this summer head cold. No! it’s not the C-virus. We check temps every day to be sure. Although with all the Tylenol and Ibuprofen I take each day I could be running a 103 temp and possibly not know it. Carla spent a few minutes today cancelling our reservations at the Canadian campgrounds we were planning on visiting, thanks to the C-virus.

Our schedule for today is very much like most everyone’s; Crossword puzzles, Sudoku, read and television. With a little luck we’ll get through the day. Hunker down and stay safe is all we hear on MSNBC, so we try to adhere to those words of wisdom. For now that’s about it!

03.20.2020-Friday-Social distancing
Carla and I are practicing Social Distancing below. I was with her as well as we enjoyed a beautiful morning.

If I had one of those $400 Drones to fly over this campground you would be looking at a very empty-looking campground. Plenty of RVs just not many campers to be seen outdoors. Very seldom do I see even two people at one time. I can’t recall the last time I saw several individuals on a single site, no longer! My neighbor is also keeping himself busy. This has to be the best swept carpet in the resort. We’re not really hung up on sweeping carpets every day but we did enjoy a nice game of Scrabble that made the afternoon go by very nicely.

03.28.2020-Sat. Sunny & Hot today

Hard to believe it’s been a week or so since I wrote last. We traveled yesterday from Wildwood to here in Clermont. This will be our by-monthly exercise for the next few months. Our site, unusual is nothing to brag about, but then again, it’s very temporary. We’re in the “A” section which is generally very sunny but it has 50 amp service throughout. During most of the year we are just as happy with 30-amp service but when your exposed to full-sunlight all day long, the AC is just plain better. 

Since it’s going to be so hot this afternoon we felt a walk was in order while the temperature was still tolerable.  Just as we began our constitution we met our neighbors from Penn. They are full-timers and travel in a Safari Coach. First time we’d ever met up with owners of this beautiful motorhome. Thought for sure it had a repaint, but not so. The exterior finish looks virtually new. What enhances its looks is the simplicity of the paint graphics. I really get tired of every coach looking like it is battle ling a hurricane. So smart looking. They have about an eighteen-inch tall design while the bottom of the coach and top of the coach are a solid color. Just so I don’t forget their names are Bonnie and Bob, that’s Bob doing something to the coach, we haven’t met him yet. Did have a chance to speak to Bonnie and she showed us the “original” painting of two lions on the back of their motorhome, original only to them. Hope we have a chance to spend a little more time visiting with them keeping in mind social distancing of course. We’re here until April 10th, then back to Wildwood, Three Flags.

Clearbrook RVPark




HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



03.12.2020-Clearbrook RV Park in Clermont, FL

First time visiting Clearbrook RVPark. This park has over 1600-sites. Most, and I mean most, are annuals; those RVers that have decided to remain in place and stop traveling. A good percentage of the sites have campground-homes; tiny home, about 400-square feet or less, but sturdier than an RV. Many others are just living permanently at the campground living in their RVs. As I’ve mentioned in the past, this is the living style of the future. Living in your RV is much more spacious, since the furnishings are keyed for  the living space available. This viability is due to the inexpensive rents for the site you choose, usually about 400-$500 A MONTH. This rent usually includes water, electric and even cable. Property taxes, home Depot expenses are non-existent and insurance for a motorhome is minimal. Below you can see at once how tight the individual sites are.

This is a first for us and is, most likely, the reason why there are so many annuals living here. Below you see the daily activity at this RVPark; Golf! Yup!- there goes another happy golfer/camper. Our site is sitting right on the golf greens.

February 2020 blogs and notes




HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING,
you need
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

02.01.2020- Tripping back to Three-Flags RVP
Last night Carla checked the phones and they were predicting rain all night and most of tomorrow. Today is our day to travel back to Wildwood, FL at Three Flags, and the phones were right. It wasn’t a heavy downpour just a constant heavier drizzle. The roads were shrouded in a rain mist plus the rain itself. Visibility was barely one-tenth-mile. You know the type of weather when your windows are constantly fogging up and same with the outside mirrors. On the positive side it was just over a two-hour drive, about sixty-five miles. Eventually we did arrive in Wildwood. Three- Flags is like a second home; we know it well and know we’ll have no surprises once we get there. Carla just reminded me, Mass is at 4 PM. I can’t recall the last time we traveled on a Saturday. Saturdays present a whole new level of stress, especially when traveling to new campgrounds and cities. Wildwood, as I’ve mentioned before, is like a second home, we’ve been here so many times. We don’t have the stress of locating a NEW Church and even more stressful finding a new campground and getting set up on a Saturday.

02.02.2020-Ground-Hod Day.
It was another one of those do-nothing days, with the exception of the evening movie. It be only fitting to view the movie “Ground-Hog Day.”

02.04.2020-Tues.-off to Lazydays
Today was one of those things to do days. We had a 7:30 appt. at Lazydays for the coach, just small items, but they must be attended too. At 2:10 an appt. with Dr. Thomas for a cortisone shot to, hopefully, ease off this arthritic pain I’ve been dealing with since before Thanksgiving. The shot, as expected, was painful, only hope it works. Still no “Blogs” yet since all we’re doing is watching grass grow until we hit the road again.

02.05.2020-Wednesday
Another busy day but all was done by noon. NO side effects from the shot yesterday and my right wrist feels very good. For the first time in two-weeks I had a great nights sleep. First thing this day was off to Goodwill to pick up another hang-around-the-house shirt. It is difficult for me to give up an item I rely on for long periods of time. I do keep a close eye on my grey and white sweat-shirt I’ve had since my teenage years. After Goodwill it was off to Walmart to beef-up our pantry. Later we’ll watch the voting in the Senate.

02.07.2020-Friday
Today is another one of those “watch the grass grow” days. We did have a very fierce rain storm come through last night. Sounded like a dozen base drums all beating at once for about two-hours. We took a few minutes to go visit Ann Cunningham just down the street from us, just to say hi. She had some investment literature telling of a future cell phone that would dwarf 5G. Imagine, 5G being replaced even before everyone has a chance to experience it. I haven’t mentioned it but yesterday I gave up on this “arthritic pain” I’ve been enduring since last November and we drove over to the local Urgent Care in the area. The Nurse Practitioner listened attentively to my array of symptoms and ordered 4-vials of blood work for Saturday. We’ll see what comes back. Thirty-days to go before we can leave Florida, I’m anxious.

2.09.2020-Sunday-Wash Day
And your saying why do I want to hear about doing a wash. Not much, but aside from doing Sudoku, calling Dennis and watching a little TV there’s not much more to talk about. Yesterday was Mass, of course, at St Vincent Du Paul Church. They have a major constructions project to the church going on and everyone was curious about what they were seeing in the former church business building, no longer there. Prior to the homily Father John explained That what the parishioners saw on the ground were all the walls and supporting structures that will be used to erect the building to be constructed. A Crane will come in in a couple of weeks, allowing the cement to cure a bit, and it will lift each section into place then secure each section to itself and to the ground for support.  It should be awesome to watch it take form in the next 3-4 weeks. Sadly we’ll be gone but will check it out next yer when we return again. Yesterday and today have been almost live-able as far as my arthritis pain goes. As I may have mentioned the blood work has ruled out Rheumatoid Arthritis or RA should I might have misspelled the word. Right now I have no sensation in my left wrist which is why I’m enjoying this typing session but not so good for my left shoulder or right arm, but I’ll take anything I can get in hopes that this condition might be clearing up a bit. My trustworthy writing assistant, Scoots, her spelling is not much better than mine, so I give thank for Spell-Check.

Scoots is sitting on our travel sheet but I think we’ll be at Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL. Our scheduled date to leave Florida is march 10th plus-or-minus a day, so the 30-day count-down will begin tomorrow.

2.14.2020-Valentines’ Day
Yes, I remembered. Even Scoots remembered.

I know this isn’t one of my better pictures, but at 1 AM and without glasses I did think it was much sharper than this. I did not think Scoots heard me slip away last night, but she did. It’s protocol now, that when I sit at the table to write or work on the computer, she feels she’s of assistance. I did not realize that my auto focus was not set, and sadly I missed a Hallmark moment. In about 15-minutes we’ll be leaving to go to the Harbor Light Restaurant  about 16 miles from here; Ann will be with us.

Harbor Lights Restaurant
To say the least the food was quite good, service was fast and very cordial. There’s more to be said about the restaurant-go to the blog of 2.14

02.15.2020- St. Lawrence Church

The parishioners in charge of the construction were both smart and frugal. The size of the church reflect the Catholic community it services. At our 4 pm mass the church was filled to capacity. 

02.17.2020-Uneventful weekend
The weekend was just that, uneventful. Today, Monday, however, Carla has made plans for us to visit Giraffe Ranch on Wednesday. More on that trip later. Today at the campground is a perfect Florida Winter day. Temps around 75 with no humidity- bright and sunny.

02.20,2020- Giraffe Ranch
We awoke this morning with great optimism, our first filed trip of the 2020 Travel Year. The weatherman appears to be on our side, low humidity and mid to high eighties. 

We will visit the Giraffe Ranch which is owned and managed by Les Salisbury and wife Elena Sheppa.

02.21.2020-Friday-Is this Florida or New England?
Left the windows open last night but closed them by 4 am. It only got colder from there. No one is wearing shorts today. It’s sweatshirts, hoodies and hands in pockets.

02.24.2020-Monday-Dwight
Today we plan to spend part of our day with Dwight from New Port Richie, FL.


02.25.2020-Michael’s Birthday.
NO, not my Michael but Abby’s Michael. Not knowing this would be his birthday we were not able to prepare for it, but there’s always next year.


02.26.2020-Ash Wednesday.
We did prepare for Ash Wednesday very seriously. We finished off the open bag of Hershey Chocolates remaining in the fridge. We also feasted on “Fat Tuesday” with an awesome pork meal with salad. Ash Wednesday was Mass ans ashes in the morning then we enjoyed the day fasting and abstaining from eating between meals all day. I did wake up last night for Scoots, just after midnight, and treated myself to some Oreo’s before going back to bed.

02.29.2020-Happy Leap Year Day

Today was a moving day. We left Bushnell, FL and traveled thirty-minutes back to Wildwood, FL in Three Flags RVP. Our site is just about right where we were on our previous visit.

Carla contacted Ann, a resident of the park, and told her we were back. Below is a file picture of our last meet with our former Director Cindy Lango, she’s the young lady in the white blouse.

Once Ann left us we gave Cindy a call in reply to a text she sent us. All is doing well with her family. She’s another very close friend to both Carla and I. I often relate to Abby as our surrogate Grand-Daughter, Cindy would definitely qualify as our surrogate Daughter. When she was in our employ she had daughter Kate who attended our Greenacres, FL Child Care Center. I think she was about six or seven and she’s the youngster you see on the right-side of the picture. Cindy told us she is expecting in September 2020. Needless to  say, both Cindy, Paul (husband next to Cindy) and Kate are our virtual extended family.  

We’ll be in Three Flags RVP for only eight-days. Our next trip will be to Clearbrook RVP for another seven days.

Dinner with Dwight



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

02.24.2020-Monday-Dinner with Dwight

I’ve mentioned Dwight in the past. It was our pleasure to meet up with him, and his traveling cat companion, Dennis, now deceased, on our Alaskan Tour back in 2016. Dwight acquired a new coach last year and is making plans for traveling this year. Did I forget to mention that Dwight is ninety-years-old. Like all of us over seventy, he too has a medical problem or two. 

Upper left is a quick picture of the two-bedroom home he has in New Port Richie in Florida. His home has a beautiful floor plan which looks and feels much bigger than it really is. His two sons live nearby which is nice. This was our first time to this area. Needless to say, like all of Florida, it’s building like there’s no tomorrow.

The high spot of the day was his choice for an eatery. The Thai Bistro in New Port. The food and service was excellent, especially the calamari. The visit went by so quickly. We continue to keep in touch with him, not as mush as we should, and our happy to hear the different venues he’s gone to, even some that we’ve visited as well. It took us about an hour to travel each way and by the time we got home again it was time to feed Scoots. I treated myself to a fifteen-minute siesta before a light dinner.

Giraffe Ranch



HAPPINESS,
is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



02.19.2020-Wednesday- Giraffe Ranch

We awoke this morning with great optimism, our first filed trip of the 2020 Travel Year. The weatherman appears to be on our side, low humidity and mid to high eighties. We will visit the Giraffe Ranch which is owned and managed by Les Salisbury and wife Elena Sheppa.

 

Carla is standing in front of the Ostriches not just for looks. It goes without saying they are tall, they are! Almost six-feet or more. Shown above are Les and Elena, the Zoo-Keepers, owners, guides and, I’m sure, “fill-in when needed staff” as well. Carla and I know that position very well from experience.

   

This location is the registration office and gift store. Above you see the many expedition packages you can opt for. A family of four just ahead of us are writing a check for over fifteen-hundred dollars opting for an experience package much more expansive than what were opting for.

                 (Pantagonian Cavies)             (Lemur pops, I think) 

You’ll have to basically enjoy the pictures since there was no way I could record all the information that was imparted to us this day. Below is a family of rodents. Pantagonian cavies, Actually they are the fifth largest (in size) of all the rodents in the world. Did you know that a rabbit is a rodent…It IS!

There are many turtles on this ranch. These two will be joined by a third at the end of our trip. I’ll let you use your imagination as to what you think they might be doing. It’s Florida. Just wouldn’t be fair not to have a family of alligators on the ranch.

We will enjoy this forty-acres ranch in the comfort of the Safari-Jeep, actually I think it was a Chevy. It may not look like it but it was very comfortable. We were given behavior instructions in the beginning and the group were excellent in following these safety instructions throughout the trip. Carla examines the “bony” horns as our guides and owners give us a short history on the biophysical formation of these structures.

The Camel Expedition. This, I think, might be one of the more expensive day-trips. It’s not shown in this photo but  the owner-guide will give this tour on his Segway. Given the two options I’d probably opt for the Segway as opposed to a camel as well. As you can see in the picture below many of the animals are permitted to intermingle all over the ranch. The objective of the ranch is to provide, as much as possible, an environment similar to what the animals would be enjoying in a jungle.

Above is a portable chicken-coop. Up to two-dozen chickens will inhabit this domicile for 3-4-days then a worker will relocate it to another location which will continually give the chickens a clean and grassy home. I wish my brother Rich was reading my blog since I’m sure he’d be interested in this product.This is a far-away shot of possibly one-third of the cages and caged-walkways located on the farm. Even those animals not permitted to wander over  the farm in general are given rambling enclosed cages to exercise as much a possible.

This is a far-away shot of the Registration building and covered open visitors gathering place. These are the guys we came to visit; Giraffes! They are permitted to wander freely over a large portion of this ranch but have been passively trained to understand that when the Safari-Jeep appears it means it’s feeding time and time to mix with the visitors. Even I got into the act and tried my hand at feeding these awesome creatures.

 

As you can tell from the pictures they are not shy. They are surprisingly tame and friendly. Here you see Carla feeding just one of many that came begging for treats. Our guide, Elena, encourages us to get involved and feed as many as possible. She even turned the vehicle around to allow those on the other side to lend a hand as well. Carla just proof-read the blog and liked it but insisted it was light on Giraffe pictures, so I added a couple more. Sadly this has to be a distance shot. They look like deer but they’re not. In particular please notice the one that is third from the start; just a baby!

(Blackbucks, I think)

The baby, once again. We’re told that this species have a single mind-set; to follow their leader which is always a female-maybe they know something we don’t! Zebras! And others. If I recall correctly we were told that the Zebra to the left is still a youngster. Its’ stripes will develop after a while. A youngster asked if flies bother the Zebras? I never gave it  thought, of course they must! But NO, they don’t! The zookeepers tell us the the stripes of the zebras confuse the flies, so as a result, they just keep picking on the horses. The ranch has no horses but we did notice that flies have no qualms about annoying rhinos.

Enjoy the pictures since I do not remember who these critters are.

The ranch originally was a “dry”ranch with no lakes or small bodies of water to tap into. To acquire water they were forced to drill down over seventy feet to find the water they needed for the animals. Then a couple of years ago they had to endure a three-hurricane season. As a result they lost many of their big oak trees that could not survive the forty-eight inches of ground water the flooded the ranch. An oak tree shows the water line on one of the many trees that survived the ordeal. A small lake was the by-product of these storms and the lake, as you saw in a previous picture, which continues to retain a generous amount of water for all. Below is the Rhino. He and his kind are doomed for extinction possibly in our children’s lifetime. Zookeepers all over the world are trying to breed  and grow the heard in captivity but it’s a slow and expensive process. 

The zookeepers here have been desperately looking to do the same, however. Their rhino is experiencing a dermatitis as a result of inbreeding. This affliction is why they have not been given the opportunity to help the cause. Scientist feel their rhino is not a good candidate for breeding. Once again, just enjoy the pics. If you know what these animals are please comment and I’ll edit the blog with your information.

 

Another shot of the extensive caged and enclosed walkway system this ranch has provided for their  inhabitants.

Our first and most enjoyable trip of this Twenty-Twenty Travel season. Would we recommend this trip…absolutely! This is not one of those venues that are in your face every time you turn around. This is a mom/pop endeavor they have been working at for twenty-one years. Previously Les managed a large zoo for 21-years, so experience abounds. Elena, his wife, is equally credentialed. I have just tried to acquire more information on the Giraffe Ranch through Facebook but failed. We both really enjoyed this experience and will edit this blog as more information becomes available.

It’s been years since I’ve done this but for more information

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Sumter Oaks RVP



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NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

02.15.2020-Sumter Oaks RVP in Bushnell, FL

Our trip here was nothing to brag about. The total distance was about twenty-six miles. We did pick up some fuel so it took us a little over an hour to make the trip.

This campground is a first for us. We have recently joined Escapees, and this is  one of their campgrounds. Above is the clubhouse.

The clubhouse is used for everything involving a large group, like Bingo and/or cards.

You don’t find this to often, a room for Crafts and sewing.

 

Above again is another library and office with all the office toys one would need. Next is an Audio/Video room for DVD or TV watching with 6-8 Lazy-boy lounge chairs.

It’s always nice to find a pool table, one that is in decent shape.Outdoors are Shuffleboard and a community fire ring.

This is about all there is here to see. It’s only a ten-day stay but should I find more I’ll post it.

January blog and notes



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is to have EVERYTHING,
you need.
NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.



 

01.26.2020-Sunday
We’ve moved along quite a bit this week. Most importantly are our travel plans. They now extend to July 02, 2020. The coach looks like brand new with the Diamond Shield now having been removed. A couple of days ago Scott Russell dropped by to say hi. Carla and I will be paying the family a visit in the next couple of hours. As of now our plans call for us having dinner at a local Texas Roadhouse this evening. Most importantly I have finished converting all the posts up to 2020 into the PDF format. These links can be found on the right hand column on the Web Site. In some cases these files may take a few seconds to download, but once downloaded they open up instantaneously. This PDF format produces a very clean-cut product and very easy to read. The best attribute of the PDF format is that the pictures will not move around nor will they fail to materialize.

I am giving an example of this PDF: 2014-RV Travel PDF FINAL 1.19  They’ve only been available for viewing for only a few days but they have received quite a few hits already. In the meantime we continue to view the Impeachment broadcasts.

01.27.2020-Monday-Carla continues to firm up our reservations
for 2020 and points North.

Spoke to my daughter Cheryl and we’ll try to meet up with her and husband Paul in May. It’s taken several months but all the PDFs for all our travels since 2014 are complete and I’m already having some hits on them. Yesterday we spent some time visiting the Russell’s especially since they’re just a stones throw from our site just to catch up and exchange travel stories. Shortly after visiting them we opted to take ourselves out to Texas Roadhouse for an early Dinner.As always the experience did not disappoint. Carla and I want to thank Cheryl and Paul for their Texas Roadhouse gift certificate again. We each had the 6-inch Filet but I had mine with shrimp; delicious! It’s hard to believe that our 2-week stay at Orlando Thousand Trails is coming to an end. Tomorrow, Tuesday, a day we normally would do tanks, won’t be the case.  We’re not sure, but, we think that Tropical Palms (TT) will not have a sewer option, so we’ll wait until Wednesday to pull tanks for a change.Are stay there is only for three-nights than off again, this time back to Wildwood, Three-Flags Thousand Trails Resort. After Three-Flags we try something new. We’ll head just North of Wildwood,FL to Bushnell RVP an Escapees Resort. We’ve just joined Escapees this year.

01.28.2020-Goodbyes to the Russell’s.
We continue to bump into friends, both new and old. We’ve kept in touch with Scott and Vanessa since the first day they began RVing full-time. Little Kora, now ten, will not be “little” much longer considering how fast she is growing.

Right now their plans are to stay at this campground possibly for the year, but it’s still up in the air. I have no doubt we’ll be running into them in the near future, or at least next year at this time. Today we work on the kitchen sink. Yea! Even RVs have sinks that can get clogged. Scott gave us a powdery substance, he says, works well, so we’ll give it a go. Today is our last day here, tomorrow we move to Tropical Palms RVP in Kissimmee, FL. This is a whopping ten-mile drive from here. This will be a short stay, four-nights, basically a gap-filler, to logistically allow us to get into Wildwood, Three-Flags RVP, once again.  With so many campers staying here from the North, not to mention Canada, we have to sometimes do these gap-fillers to make everything work. Once again, we try very much to stay for free whenever possible. 

01.29.2020-Wed,-TROPICAL PALMS, Kissimmee, FL
For a change we took on a 30 minute drive to this RVP. The trip was so short and quick we had to hang out at a local Lowe’s to kill about forty-five minutes to facilitate our arriving at the appropriate time of 1 PM.  By 2 pm we had found our site and are now looking to the skies for a possible shower. This is an Encore(ENC) and Trails Collection (TC) which means we stay duty free. The park is quite nice, the roads, however, are very narrow and do require patience and some skill while backing in to the sites. As we were told the resort provides 50-amp, cable, satellite availability but no sewer options except for a pump-out station in the park itself. 

01.31.2020- End of month again
We’re enjoying our last day at Tropical Palms. It’s been very relaxing but four days was enough. It was a free stay and I would not hesitate to re-visit this RVP again in the future. On a political note it look like Trump will dodge another bullet. It appears that it will be up to the populace to render a verdict now. Once it warms up a bit I’ll have to refill the fresh-water tank and that’s about it since none of  the sewer hoses are out. We closed out the month of January with a movie as usual. Anything was more relaxing than watching the Senate vote on the need for discovery and first hand witnesses, but that’s another story. The film we chose was Les Miserable. Without a doubt it is in the top-ten of our DVD library.

Coach New-Look



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01.14.2019-New Look for an old coach
Today is the day I’ve been waiting four-years for. All coaches when they leave the assembly line are fitted with a piece of plastic called Diamond Shield. This Diamond Shield was supposed to last the life of the coach, but in actuality they were lucky to get five-years before the mold and mildew began eating away at the product. Once this happens the front of the coach starts to look old fast. There’s no way to prevent this from happening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This rash of mold and mildew has been spreading for years. Dennis’s Christmas check to us made bringing the front of the coach back to what it looked like back in 2006. his was not a cheap endeavor. On top of that the front will require additional waxing and upkeep, but it is our home and now it looks like a brand new coach.

Tripping, Connie & Pincher’s



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is to have EVERYTHING,
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NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


 

01.13.2020 Monday-PDF Blog, Travel, Connie & Pincher’s
The trip to Ft.Meyers took about four hours and thankfully was uneventful. The city and those around it  have changed so much. Apartment buildings and single family homes are popping up all over. The campground is one of the oldest but very nicely maintained. All the camp road ways are paved but are very narrow. They do provide assistance to newcomers which we took advantage of. We made it to our site without a scratch.

By mid-afternoon Connie and Sharon, family of Carla’s were visiting us in the coach. We had a delightful meeting with them who were also RVers camping nearby. We must have talked ourselves hungry so we opted to visit Pincher’s Seafood Restaurant. Our server, Britt, was delightful and very knowledgeable. she was great in helping Carla with her “carbohydrate-free” meal. We also enjoyed an awesome sunset over the water, made possible since we’re on the Gulf-coast of Florida. I haven’t even mentioned the calamari appetizer. It was a bountiful dish and we made short work of it. After returning from Pincher’s I finished the PDF conversion of the 2019 blogs and journals.

 Please check it out by clicking on: goto Monthly Directory Page

By clicking on this link will take you to a directory of 2019 travel destinations by month. All the blogs for that month are contained in this PDF format. I like it and welcome comments. It’s a very clean format with no chance of losing pictures or even having them get dislodged. Once you get to the Directory Page you’ll need to click on the month of your choosing then click on the file address. The PDF will open instantaneously.
Leave comments on what you think of it.

Fort Meyers,FL




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01-01-With the end of Journals, I have to consider using each blog for possibly multiple entries. Basically, I enjoyed the journals. They permitted me the option of  mundane notes to readers or just a quick insight into our comings and goings. 

01.02-Our objective this month is to plot out our destinations for 2020. Nothing concrete yet.

01.13-Monday-in Ft. Meyers. FL
We got an early start this morning in preparation for out trip to Golf Air RV Resort in Fort Meyers, FL. We were here no more than an hour when Carla made contact with Connie, a fellow RVer although part-time and family, to join us this later this afternoon. Our purpose for this trip here is to have the Diamond Shield removed from the front of the coach. We contacted him as well, but have not heard back from him yet. We were optimistic for satellite but that was not to be thanks to a tree intersecting the line of sight needed. The campground does offer cable but we haven’t figured it out yet. This might turn out to be a two-day stay for Carla and I to keep each other company.


01.13- Monday-PDF Blog, Travel and Connie
What a full day. In the morning we packed up and traveled to Ft. Meyers, FL. By mid-afternoon Connie and Sharon, family of Carla’s were visiting us in the coach and by evening I had finished transferring the 2019 blogs to PDF format.  The PDF format is so easy to read, but it does take a few seconds to DOWNLOAD. Currently PDF format is up and published for 2019 and 2018 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Diamond Shield is off and above are a before and after view of the project. I’ve waited almost seven-years for this day,but it was well worth the wait.

PUBLIX-Thank you for Mary Beth



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12.21.2019

It was Saturday night before Christmas. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church had just ended and we found ourselves in the parking lot unable to get in our car since I left the keys in it. Then came Mary Beth. She saw my wife, Carla, with that look of despair on her face and offered to drive us back to our coach to pick up our back up set of car keys. It wasn’t that long a ride but we were very thankful for her offer. She’s an employee of Publix in Lighthouse Point. Florida. I am very certain if we had been parked next to an employee at Walmart we would still be by our car waiting for AAA to come to our rescue. She weill always be remembered as our Christmas Angel of 2019.

Thank you, once again , Mary Beth.

Paul and Carla Grenier

30th Anniversary of our 1st Date.



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11.03.2019-30th Anniversary of our First Date

It was exactly thirty years ago his day. A relatively shy middle aged guy was about to meet a young lady who struck him very interestingly with just a couple of phone calls. I had met her about a year ago when I fell off the garage roof, Mike was playing with his friends in the back yard and I did not want to disrupt his day. I was hurting and was seriously concerned about driving myself to the hospital, but I did make it. Insurance is great, I was seen very shortly after arriving at the hospital and the doctor, as expected, decided he needed x-rays prior to making any decisions. I was taken to the x-ray room and, as again I expected, it was cold there.  The young x-ray person was very personable but this was not meant to be a social call. She did her job and took her pictures and took the x-ray envelop to the next stop and eventually to the doctor. The x-ray tech was not very talkative but reassured me I was not going to die, but I was still in a lot of pain. Shortly I met with the doctor, we talked, and he told me I would be okay and was going to send me back home with – no pain pills, good try Paul!  Little did I know I’d be taking this x-ray tech out on a date in the near future. 

It’s been thirty years since that first date. Not what I had been fearing, awesome! I’d been almost five years back in the single life, maybe I’ve grown up and matured during those years as well. It’s not to say there haven’t been a couple of bumps along the way, but to this extent, I rarely ever give them a second thought.

I picked up Carla about 7pm and we had dinner at the Ye Olde Tavern on Bank St in New London, CT. That evening we enjoyed a meal for two of Chateau Bryon, it was delicious and the last time we would ever enjoy that “meal for two” ever again. That would be our first joint decision of the hundreds we would make from that day on. Even the Tavern is no longer there. Shame that so many folks in this day and age, will be deprived of such a great kitchen.

I can only wish that every guy, especially one coming out of a marriage that had not been working, the same luck that Carla and I have enjoyed over the years we’ve been together.  

It’s been  A Wonderful Life! 

 

 

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Boondocks Restaurant




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11.02.2019- Boondocks Restaurant

Not that many pictures of our dinner at Boondocks. This restaurant is located in Port Orange, FL. Back, a few years ago, Carla and I had a weekend retreat at Seabird Island only a few miles from the restaurant. Mary Ann lived at the Island full-time.

It’s not that we patronized the restaurant that often, , we’re not that well off, but we did go occasionally. The picture at the bottom is a fast action shot using a very fast camera and shutter speed but the action of the fish as thousands of them attacked a small portion of fish thrown into the water by someone eating who just wanted to see the speed at which the fish will go after anything edible.

The visit was excellent only to be surpassed by the delicious food we consumed. Hopefully next time we visit the East coast we’ll do this again.

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2019-Tour Comes to an end.



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10.26.2019-2019 Tour comes to an end.

We are ending the tipping about two weeks early. We cut short our stay at The Oaks in Yemassee, SC. Guess we we’re just getting tired of traveling. The campground was OK but not great. Wi-Fi left much to be desired but TV reception was the pits. We were imbedded in tall Oaks (what else!), but they did offer cable. The cable was the pits, always buffering; you know that little red arrow that keeps going round and round. So we stayed there only one night. Shortly after leaving the campground, a little south of  Yemassee, we saw the Ridgeland water tower. Abby can relate to that. It was our four and one-half hour marker indicating the half-way point between Maggie Valley and Titusville. Since we were only going as far as Port-Orange, FL the trip was even shorter. We decided to make ourselves comfortable and go all the way to Florida. We arrived in Port Orange around 3:30 which as OK with me, no more traveling for awhile.

We’re staying at the Rosebay RV Park. We’ve stayed here before, it offers everything.

Our tripping, this year, began right after New Years. Since then we stayed and enjoyed 23 different states, 18,100 miles of US highways, 283 enchanted evenings, for the most part, and 28 new campgrounds in those 23 states.

For now and the next few months we will spend our time with family. Carla’s sister, Mary Ann, lives in Port Orange and with my brother, Dennis, now living in Boynton Beach, FL. We will also be spending quality time with Doctor visits and, I’m sure, possibly more tests. Hopefully in three-years the Doctor part will be less intensive than this and last year’s. Things we’re looking forward to will be Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Christmas Boat Parade at Dennis’. Most, if not all the, entries from now until we leave again will be in the Journal pages only, since the blogs are mostly related to new experiences. For now we sit in Air Conditioned comfort with 84 degrees outside and 89 percent humidity, remising about Oregon and its cool temps.

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however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Blowing Rock



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10.17.2019-We visit Blowing Rock

Traveling the roads of North Carolina is always such a pleasure. I only wish I had the space and band with to post all the scenic views we experienced.

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Mountain tunnels. We came across quite a few of these on our Alaskan tour but these were the first we’d seen stateside.

The story behind the Blowing Rock from the BR Historical Society

Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”. Two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening sky signaled to the brave that he must return to his tribal duty, and the maiden urged him to stay with her.

Below I capture Carla exemplifying her youthful climbing skills. I’m very happy just taking her picture from a safe distance.

His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below, while the maiden beseeched the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of the John’s River Gorge blew her lover back into her arms, and this legend about The Blowing Rock is still told today..

Before 1752, when Moravian Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenberg visited the Blowing Rock area, the windy cliffs of the area were home to the Cherokee and the Catawba Indian tribes, hostile to each other, and the basis for the story of “The “Blowing Rock”. Two star-crossed lovers, one from each tribe, were walking near The Rock when the reddening sky signaled to the brave that he must return to his tribal duty, and the maiden urged him to stay with her. His desperation in choosing between duty and love caused him to leap from the edge of the gorge toward the rocks below, while the maiden beseeched the Great Spirit to bring him back to her. The famous winds of the John’s River Gorge blew her lover back into her arms, and this legend about The Blowing Rock is still told today.

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will you have enough time?

Miraclelette from Bishop Sheen



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10-13-2019-Archbishop Fulton J Sheen-As I’ve said before, it’s my blog and my platform.

I know, you’re saying there’s no such thing as a miraclelette; you’re right! For me that would be a small miracle. And you’re saying he’s getting back into the pulpit again, possibly. So there’s no need for many to read any further.

About a month ago I talked Carla into buying a 3-gallon empty bottle at Walmart. We drink only Walmart or filtered water, from one of those water-dispensing machines. Best buy for the best water about thirty-seven cents a gallon. To get back. Once we got home I began filling the one-gallon bottle in the refrigerator. It only took a few seconds and I knew I’d aggravated a shoulder tendon just like I did a couple of years ago. I knew a cortisone short would fix it so I wasn’t as concerned as I was the first time. So I decided to suffer quietly, telling Carla we would be sticking with the one-gallon bottles as before. The pain, though tolerable, began as a three on the ever loving pain meter but rose to a five or six in very little time. But I was hoping it would just go away. Within a couple of weeks I was conservatively up to a seven or eight, to the point it was painful to make corners when driving in the coach. But suffer I continued still hoping for the best.

One of our field trips a couple of weeks ago was to the Bishop Sheen Museum and the Cathedral of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception. I was thinking back on that trip as I uncomfortable rested in bed about a week ago and could not help remembering the feeling I had as I approached the resting place of Archbishop Sheen at the foot of the alter of the blessed Virgin on the left side of the main Alter. At the time I didn’t give much thought about the visit. When I was a pre-teen the family would never miss an episode of his on television. But getting back to my pain…

I was just lying there and I was going to go back to my St. Jude to help me with this pain, even though I knew a simple shot would rid me of it. He’s always come through for me in the past but  that’s another story or stories. Just then a simple thought crossed my mind, how about asking Bishop Sheen for some help. No! He’s not a saint, at least not yet. So, in a very informal prayer,  unlike St Jude, I made a pitch for his help. Actually, as with St. Jude they themselves don’t grant the answer to prayers, but rather, they intercede to Him for the person in need of help. Knowing that Bishop Sheen wasn’t a saint I kept my request simple. I would be very happy if he would, at least, rid me of most of my discomfort. I just did not want to push the edge of the envelop by asking more than necessary. That was about a week ago. For some reason about three days ago I remembered the prayer as I was refilling our drinking bottles for the evening. The pain was no longer with me. Actually it hadn’t been with me for a couple of days now. 

I’m the first to admit this granted request does not fall into the categories of making the cripple walk and the blind see, but if you have a pain and it goes away it’s worth mentioning.

Once again I will now return to my seat and leave the pulpit and let you ponder on this episode for yourself. Thank you for patiently reading through the essay.

 

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October 2019 Blog.


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10.05.2019-Sat.-Blog season comes to an end.

   

I’ve decided that officially the blog season for this blog is officially ended. All we’re going to be doing for the next two months is biding our time giving Florida all the time it needs to get cooler and rid itself of its humidity. Next week we’ll be in North Carolina for a couple of weeks then Yemassee, SC for 7 days then we dip into Florida. For the sake of convenience and conserving space, which is not that serious a problem any more, I think I’ll just add to this blog for the month of October. We have absolutely no place to visit or explore. The rest of 2019 will, most likely, be spent traveling south and reconnecting with family. By the end of the year we would have covered over eight-thousand miles, seven-thousand to this date. We continue to enjoy our stay here at Diamond Caverns and watching the rigs come in and our. As I said, Wednesday morning it’s jacks up and going to Lenoir, NC. This will be our first time visiting this campground and we’re hoping for continued cooler temperatures. Once again we will be attending St. Helen Catholic Church. It’s just as we like it, a 5pm Mass. This gets us home in time to feed Scoots by 6pm, not that she looks underfed.


10.05.2019 Flue shot day
We were given the senior flue shot and it looks like we tolerated it well.

10.08.2019-Day before leaving…


10.09.2019-Wed
We get a 9:30 start on the first leg of this 2-day trip to Lenoir, NC.


10.10.2019-Thurs. Leaving Knoxville, TN
We left Knoxville, TN by 8:30 and arrived in Lenoir, NC  at 2pm. The trip was uneventful except for the last half hour. Driving through small or even larger towns or cities is often very tense. Once we arrived at Green Mountain Park Resort the navigation got even more challenging. The park is so big and complicated they had to give us a staff person to show us the way to our potential site. The park road are barely as wide as your coach. The last turn to reach our site was a strong right angle and steep incline at the same time. The entrance road and it does go quite a way into the park is paved, possibly last paved in 1954.


10.12.2019-Attended St. Francis of Assisi Church.
No inside pictures yet, possibly next weekend.

  

I did get a chance to say hello to the pastor. On the alter with the priest and alter servers was a gentleman, I only supposed he was a Seminarian. Spoke to him on the way out after Mass, and he confirmed he wasn’t a Seminarian, just a lay person helping with the Eucharistic Celebration. No inside pictures yet, possibly next weekend. I did get a chance to say hello to the pastor. On the alter with the priest and alter servers was a gentleman, I only supposed he was a Seminarian. Spoke to him on the way out after Mass, and he confirmed he wasn’t a Seminarian, just a lay person helping with the Eucharistic Celebration.


10.13.2019-Sun-
We continue biding our time at Green Mountain RVP. It’s not much to brag about. Some sections are decent, not great, whereas the section we’re in looks more like a vacant lot with utilities. Verizon Wi-Fi has a no better rating than a 2. I don’t understand how it can show 5-bars and yet be as slow as molasses. 


10.15.2019-Tues-Green Mountain Waterfall
The one thing we knew, from the beginning, this field trip was just going to be a fill in our time expedition. We were not expecting much once we reach the “falls.” 

The trail soon disappeared and we were left looking to tree markers for references. About half way up we were given a choice; the yellow trail or blue trail. We began on blue and stayed with it.; we still don’t know where the yellow trail would have brought us. The trail marker, at the beginning of the trail was marked “Challenge.”

What you see is what we saw. In its own way it was a little relaxing but mostly uneventful. The thirty minute walk was at least good for us as far as getting our exercise for the day. It’s hard to see but there’s actually three very small, and I stress small, streams flowing through the rocks.

On our trip back down the trail we see another SMALL stream and another nice but very small waterfall about ten feet off the trail. All in all, not much to see or even write about.


10.16.2019-Downton Abbey movie
Today began with moderate rains as scheduled so laundry is high on the to-do list. We were told by friends that Downton Abbey was a must-see movie so for the first time in two years we’ll spend a buck or two and take ourselves to the movies; the movie did not disappoint. What’s even better is that it gave the viewing audience sure signs of a possible sequel in the future. Sitting there watching the flick was like visiting family after a long abstinence. The movie lived up to every expectation.


10.17.2019-Thurs.-Cold
We had planned to visit “Blowing Rock” today, but the temps are scheduled to be no higher than 64. Tomorrow is supposed to be a little warmer, around 68-70 degrees. We’ve rescheduled for tomorrow. In the meantime we keep the fireplace on and spend the day just killing time; at least I don’t have to go out and fetch wood for the fire. We hope for a more interesting day tomorrow.


10.26.2019-Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church in Port Orange, FL

I’ve done a write-up on this church a couple of times. If we’re in Port Orange, which is where Seabird Island is located, we go to Epiphany.

Way back, almost ten years ago, we had a weekend home on Seabird. A weekend home is a bit generous; more like a 1955 trailer with a really nice addition, but for several years it was our weekend home.


10.31.2019-End of month
We continue enjoying our Winter months in Port Orange. Mostly Carla has been giving her sister, Mary Ann, the attention she needs to catch up on a few items on her ‘Things to do list” she’d not been able to do otherwise. As expected our day or hot and humid. Hopefully this will end soon.

I write this addendum to the October blog actually in the month of November, but it belongs here. Today is my two-year anniversary of my cancer operation. I’m gaining about a half pound a month, on average, in weight but am still not at 100% yet. But I give thanks to Him for helping me along these last two-years. 


Something to ponder;
Will there be MONEY ENOUGH to retire,
or worse still, will there be TIME ENOUGH to retire?

 

Circle Printing



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9.23.2019-Circle Printing

The last six months I’ve been working diligently trying to convert all our Journal and Blog files for the last six years to Word.

Circle Printing is locally own and operated
by Jan & Monica Gunter for 7 years. Below is the forgotten member of this mom and pop team, Rusty, their dog. These folks do it right the first time every time which is probably why they do business from all corners of the country as far East as Maine.

Today I finished 2018 so it was off to the printer today. Circle Printing in Greensburg, IN, just outside of Batesville. Jan and his wife are making it happen for us in under 24 hours.

Circle Printing, 130 W Main St, Greensburg. IN 47240….812.663.7367

For more information go to www.circleprinting.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know about you but seldom do I ever find a company that will do what ever it takes to get my business. Mostly it’s a take it or leave it attitude from those big box stores. Circle Printing is a not that small a business and it’s a little congested but they make it happen as I wanted it to happen. On a thumb drive I gave him five-files containing over one-thousand pages of Journals and blogs, and all he did was smile and told me he should have my books ready by 3pm tomorrow. In fact he asked us to stay around while he downloaded the 2014 book and put it together so we would be certain to be happy.

I’m still working on 2019 and he volunteered that if I email it to him he’ll download it and bind it just like the other books he’s done and mail it off to us at whatever address we give him.

Wow! Business the old fashioned way.

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however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Visiting the MacDougall’s family



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9.03.2019 Visiting Don, Joyce and Family

Don and Joyce will be wining and dining us for the next two weeks. Visiting here is as close to visiting home as I could ask for. Below is just a small part of the MacDougall clan; Paul, Ivy and Little Paul. Below right is Duncan and Malcolm.

 

Above and below we enjoy a night out at Noodles and Company. This is getting to be almost a tradition to visit this restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The MacDougall residence. Their home may appear to be a little small but this home has a heart as big as you can imagine. Yes, if the light poll in the picture above left appears to be leaning, the answer is yes. Not sure if the leaning pole was intentional or whether the area experience a mild quake; who knows? Before the two-week visit came to an end, Carla and I were treated to a host of family dinners…Awesome!

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will you have enough time?

Squaw Creek, Cedar Rapids stay.



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9.02.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL
We awoke around 6am to prepare ourselves for an 8am departure. Needless to say the 175-mile journey went flawlessly. Our stay at Winnebago was fruitful but not everything was repaired.

The paint touch-ups were good, the TV was remounted is now sits perfectly lines up better then the old set and the rear electrical receptacle was replaced. The fireplace was checked but would have to be serviced by a Dimplex service center, which we’ll try to do on this coming Wednesday. The ceiling fabric would be unchecked for lack of time. We have an idea or two on that as well. The repair to the front of the coach was very important and critical and it did get resolved.

Almost forgot, the LED reading on the odometer dash. It was fixed by the technician in a couple of minutes, no major problem. All in all it was a very fruitful visit. Another problem we’d been experiencing was the TV.

 We arrived in Cedar Rapids around noon, traveled through Cedar Rapids to the town of Marion, IA to Squaw Creek State Campground just off root 100. We’re in Loop A site 14. We have everything except sewer; it’s doable for two-weeks. Don and Joyce invited us to dinner that evening which was bountiful and delicious.

After replacing the Dish receiver we deduced it was the TV, so we purchased a 43in Samsung. After buying a new receiver we discovered that its malfunctioning was probably a result of it being stuck in the cabinet above where the heat does go to extremes. Hanging it from the cabinet may not look that good but, it’s a motorhome. We have to make accommodations occasionally, a problem those in real homes may not have to contend with. It’s on Carla’s side of the cabin but she doesn’t seem to even notice it any longer.

9.03.2019-Travel to Cedar Rapids, FL


We awoke around 6am to prepare ourselves for an 8am departure. Needles to say the 175-mile journey went flawlessly. We arrived in Cedar Rapids around noon, traveled through the to the town of Marion to Squaw Creek State Campground just off root 100. We’re in Loop A site 14. We have everything except sewer; it’s doable for two-weeks. Don and Joyce invited us to dinner that evening which was bountiful and delicious.

9.04.2019-Wed.-Day 2

Day 2 at Squaw Creek. Our main concern moving forward is the fact that it is, most likely, to get colder more than warmer, especially at 2am in the morning. Our fireplace would be our first line of defense against the cold. We went online and found Colony AC in Cedar Rapids, IA. Henry, from Colony, came to diagnose the condition of the fireplace. A new part will be ordered and, hopefully, early next year it will be back in business again. We enjoyed a delightful afternoon and evening with Don and Joyce.

9.05.2019-Day 3

 

 

 

 

 

We had everyday chores to complete and then we spent the rest of the afternoon with the MacDougall’s but had to leave in order to feed Scoots. We completed our visit with Dinner at Noodle’s. The food, as always, was delicious.

9.06.2019- Mike’s Birthday
Had a chance to speak to Mike in the morning and wished him a Happy Birthday. Still find it difficult to hear him speak of home ownership and work challenges. We hope to drop in at Don and Joyce’s to do laundry.

9.12.2019-update
The day to day writings are in the Journal for September, but in general, we continue enjoying this beautiful State Park Campground and the delicious meals at the MacDougall’s. Between rain showers I found time to pull the tanks. We’ve been lucky to get about 5-days on the tanks. Push it to six and the sinks have a tendency to begin to back up then I MUST go out, rain or shine, and take care of the tanks. Not a big deal. On average it only takes us one-half hour for this odd job from the time we start to close up the coach to the time we get back and let the slides out for another 5-day period on the day we leave Squaw Creek. Wow! It was mid-afternoon and there’s a sudden heavy knocking on the door. The camper outside stated; You don’t belong on this site! We politely disagreed. We were able to find the park ranger and he agreed; We were supposed to vacate the site at noon today! We had no leg to stand on. The ranger volunteered that he could find us several suitable site in Loop B we could move to. Sure enough! Site 30 in Loop B had everything we needed and we owed the campground 5-days in fees. Our fault for not reviewing the confirmation sheet and not picking up the error earlier.

9.13.2019- The Amana Colonies.

 

 

 

 

 

The MacDougall’s called and we decided to experience the Amana Colony with them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry, from Colony AC, arrived to our new site by 10am. The new fireplace blower was fully installed by 11am.  After leaving the Amana Colony we experienced Lilly Lake.

9.14.2019-Sat.Day 12
As it says, day 12 of this stay in Cedar Rapids. It’ll be jacks-up come Tuesday morning. We have no filed trips planned for the next couple of days. Our new site in Loop B is as comfortable as the previous site. Carla is hopeful of trying to do laundry today before Mass. We used our new rejuvenated fireplace last night as the temps outside hit the low 50’s and the coach temp dropped to 67. Not sure if there’ll be anything more to write the next couple of days but we’ll see,

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however, once you feel you have enough money,
will you have enough time?

Ellsworth AF Base

 



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8.21.2019- The Ellsworth Air Force Base

Above right is the first powerhouse rocket, Titan. Below is a B-1 Bomber. This plane can fly to and deliver a full load of armaments anywhere in the world, with perfect accuracy. There’s also a gift shop, as always.

We are now inside the missile silo. This rocker is big! If and when this missile is ever implemented the force of the rocket will ultimately destroy this silo. The truth is the government will never activate just one missile. Should one missile be needed ALL 153 missiles will be activated because the use of this nuclear bomb will constitute an almost end of days scenario.

Behind Carla is a stage-like structure. Should a new rocket be needed this enclosure will be opened to allow placement of a new rocket. Behind the truck-like unit behind Carla is the cover protecting the rocket inside. This cover weighs way over one-hundred tons. It is totally pneumatic if needed to be open. The purpose of this is to guarantee that no computer or mechanical glitches could interfere in the opening of the silo tube. We were told it would only take fifteen seconds to remove this cover. Top right and bottom are some views of this small city with a city. Everything any military personnel would need or want to do is on this property.

Pictures above are of the control centers for this silo. Military personnel here work 24-hour shifts. Below is the plane that was used to fly a candy-drop to build public relation’s in the ’40s.

Left is a B-1B Bomber. My question was what happened to the B-1A bomber. The “A” bomber was built by another contractor than the “B” version. It was twice as fast, going well over mark-2 and was twice as expensive. It had other problems also. The “B” version flies at mark 1.2 but was only half as expensive, so the decision was made for the, I think, Boeing product. This plane has the ability to adjust it wing formation to increase both its speed and stealth abilities.Just as a side note for air-products that have been awesome is the B-52 Bomber, a product of the 50’s. This plane is no longer being built but the Air Force will be leaving this product in service until 2030 or longer, only because it has been such a perfect plane. It continues to be updated and upgraded as new technology presents itself.

This text is courtesy of AirplaneMuseums.com

In January of 1942, the U.S. War Department established Rapid City Army Air Base as a training location for B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber units.

In July of 1945 Rapid City AAB was placed on standby status as the Army Air Forces began to demobilize with the pending end of World War ii.

Rapid City AAB was again reactivated in October of 1945, and designated a permanent facility by the Army Air Force. The base briefly trained weather reconnaissance and combat squadrons using P-61 Black Widow, P-38 Lightning, P-51 Mustang, and B-25 Mitchell aircraft. The airfield was again temporarily closed from September 1946 – March 1947 for a major construction program to upgrade the temporary wartime facilities to that of a permanent base.

When operations resumed in 1947 the base was a new United States Air Force asset. The primary unit assigned to the base was the new 28th Bombardment Wing (28 BMW) flying the B-29 Superfortress.

Today, Ellsworth AFB continues to be a major active military facility and a major contributor to the economy of the Rapid City area.

The host unit at Ellsworth is the 28th Bomb Wing (28 BW) assigned to the Air Combat Command’s Twelfth Air Force. The 28 BW is one of only two B-1B Lancer strategic bomber wings in the United States Air Force, the other being the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas.

The base is named in honor of Brigadier General Richard E. Ellsworth (1911–1953), who was killed when his RB-36 Peacemaker aircraft crashed near Nut Cove, Newfoundland during a training flight.

Custer State Park


 

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8.19.2019-Custer State Park -pictorial mostly

This is going to be mostly a car-tour of the Custer State Park. In all it will take us three hours to completely experience only two of the many routes of this park. As usual we begin with a visit to the Visitors Center.

 

This little guy is far from family. We see no other members of his herd anywhere around, but that’s somebody else’s problem. Upper right is the first of two tunnels we travel through. Absolutely no place for the coach. Rock formations abound at every turn.

Tunnel number two. This tunnel, unlike the first one, will bring us to one of the parks famous rock structures, Needle Rock, as seen below.

Being Seniors, especially seniors from Florida, we have a hard time passing up an eatery, especially one with such an awesome reputation. We’ve been told by several folks not to pass up the Purple Pie Place in the town of Custer. At this point we have not yet reached our destination, but the food was great. We enjoyed apple pie and ice cream and Carla enjoyed strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

From a distance we spotted a large group of dots on a hillside. We could only hope we would find wildlife. Yes! A herd of bison were far up on the side of the road with dozens of cars and onlookers viewing them. As we were pulling up to the herd they all decided it was time to come down from the hillside and cross the road we were on. It could not have gotten much better then this.

As if the Bison were not enough, about a mile later we came across a small group of mules enjoying the company to the visitors. Must give credit to the people who saw the bison herd, all remained either in or by their cars. A always the day does come to an end and we have a 66-mile drive back to the coach.

 

 

Hart Ranch, Rapid City, SD *****



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8.14.2019-Hart Ranch history-from their Web Site

This write-up courtesy of the Hart Ranch Website

His name was John Harrison Hart, and he settled the ranch in the 1880s. It is only fitting that this land bears his name today.

Hart was straight from the pages of Old West history, and he carved out his ranching empire while Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane roamed the streets of Lead and Deadwood.

There is much about him which is legend, but far more which is fact. This bull driver, Civil War fighter, scout, pioneer, and frontiersman blazed a reputation remembered even today by those who live around the ranch. The legend says he arrived in the Black Hills with only $15 in his pocket and survived the first winter by chopping wood for 75¢ a cord. The facts show his hard work, entrepreneurial skill, and innovative mind parlayed what little he had into a successful freight line from Pierre to Rapid City and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The legend says he never learned to drive a car, even though he lived to see World War II. The fact is that you still can find people who remember driving him around his ranch when – too old to ride a horse or wagon anymore – he just couldn’t stand being away from the land he loved.

The final chapter of our story is the purchase of the 13,000 acre Hart Ranch in 1983 and the construction of the Camping Resort. In 1984 the membership was deeded the 195 acre resort. There are several companies associated with the Hart Ranch name – Hart Ranch Arena, Hart Ranch Golf Course, and Hart Ranch Development Company. The Hart Ranch Camping Resort Club is an independent and separate corporation.

John Harrison Hart came to the emerald forests and creek-carved canyons of the Black Hills during the gold rush days of the 1880s with $15 in his pocket. Tapping his entrepreneurial skills, Hart soon bought a 13,000 acre ranch for himself. But he didn’t let success get to his head. Hart was a true cowboy, driving cattle by horseback on his ranch until his death.

The Western life was all he knew, for though Hart lived to see World War II, he never learned to drive a car. Today, Hart Ranch is South Dakota’s premier recreational resort, but like John Hart, we haven’t let success give us a big head.

We may have swimming pools, hot tubs, and tennis courts, to name a few, but our greatest amenity is the simple Western lifestyle Hart Ranch has represented for over a century.

Just a short post-note to this blog. All campgrounds offer storage areas. This is a parking-lot for RVs, campers, coaches and 5th wheels. Hart Ranch has this tractor trailer truck that works all week bring the RVs that belong to families who decide to visit for a weekend or much longer. These owners notify the camp director as to when they will be arriving and the camp puts the tractor trailer to work fetching the RV from the storage lot and delivering it to a site ready for the campers for when they arrive. I guess all campgrounds do this, it’s just that with over 500 sites, the retrieval ritual is repeated all day long some days. Shortly after the campers leave to go back home or somewhere, here comes the truck to take the RV from the site and store it once again. The cost for storage of an RV is relatively cheap especially when you consider the delivery and removal services.

 

 

 

EF-1 Tornado-Hardin, MT

 


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8.11.2019-EF-1 Tornado, in our Big Horn County

It was around 7:30 pm and we were watching a Superman movie. The scene was Clark Kent’s father being sucked up by a horrendous tornado.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast forward to 8:30pm the wind was picking up, the extended awning on the coach was moving radically, our door is locked in the open position and the screen interior door is rattling violently. Carla instinctively told me to get the awning in and after I would try to close our door. The awning retracted with difficulty but the door would be a different story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I stepped down our steps and unlatched our door and then it happened. The wind came up so violently I could barely retrace my steps back into the coach. The unlatched door would not break away from the wind forcing it against the coach. I tried again to close the fixated door by leaning out the door opening desperately holding to an inside boarding bar in the coach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Within seconds after leaning out to try to close our door my body felt as though it was in the clutches of an invisible force. This force was desperately trying to pry my body out the open doorway and away from the coach and the door continued to affix itself to the coach. Finally after about 2-3 minutes the wind suddenly died in force for about 15 seconds. I took advantage of the break to close the coach door. Within seconds we had all the windows in the motorhome closed and we immediately retreated to the presumed safety of our bedroom. Instinctively we positioned ourselves at the foot of the bed and pulled our foot-thick Denver mattress over our heads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It did not take a person with a PhD in weather anomalies to know we were in trouble. In the minutes it took me to retrieve the door I could not remember seeing a  funnel cloud, but the clouds were so dark and ominous they could only have come straight from hell. The wind began again with seconds of our closing the door and we were spellbound, lying perpendicular to our bed on the floor.

The sounds of the wind outside beating up the coach in every direction was a horrendous roar. Did it sound like a train I did not have a chance to think of that. The coach was shaking left to right in endless motions. Lying on the floor with our mattress as our make-shift ceiling cover  was frightening. For fifteen minutes or more the floor shook, it never ceased bouncing up and down from just an inch to much more over and over again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The heat under the mattress was almost unbearable. We both had difficulty in breathing but we felt relatively safe. Was it a tornado, yes; but not directly over our location. Were we afraid I’d say yes, we’ve experienced many challenges in the past, even a brush with hurricane Irma from a few years ago, but this was life threatening. Not having seen any funnel cloud in the direction of the wind, minutes ago, I felt fairly certain we would not be sucked up into the upper atmosphere, but I felt strongly the chances were very good this might just be a Microburst. The type of weather phenomenon that could easily crush and flatten our coach, hopefully our mattress might cushion us from severe injuries with this possibility. Another possibility is a chance that a high-enough wind could topple our motorhome to its side or that another RV, with a strong enough wind, being jammed into us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For 15 to 20 minutes we huddled in place frightened, praying and feared life’s worse scenario. The tornado, an EF-1, was located mostly in the Billings, MT area, not far from here, but we were experiencing the outer winds of this very heavy wind. By 8:50 the heavy winds subsided and we extricated ourselves from our shelter. The pictures of the clouds were after the weather phenomenon had ended. The clouds just twenty minutes ago were so black I doubt I would have been able to take a decent picture. We and many of the other RVers here began to go out and ask if everyone was okay.

Never want to experience something like this ever again!

Courtesy of the Northern Wyoming News:

WORLAND – The National Weather Service completed their site investigation to a storm that hit Powder River Pass on June 19 and has categorized the storm that caused damage to trees and snow fences as an EF-1 tornado.

According to a release from the NWS Riverton office, on Wednesday, June 19, a thunderstorm began to develop on the border of Park and Big Horn counties around 5 p.m. As this storm moved east it strengthened and reached its peak intensity in extreme southeastern Big Horn County. The storm crossed into Johnson County and produced a tornado on Powder River Pass in the Bighorn Mountains just before 7 p.m.

Considerable tree damage occurred along and near US Highway 16 as the tornado moved east along its 3.7 mile path. Hundreds of conifer trees were uprooted or snapped at their trunks. Additionally, several large wooden snow fences were torn apart, with fencing debris thrown in all directions. This tornado was unusual in that it occurred at a high elevation of just under 10,000 feet along its western path.

The damage produced by this storm was consistent with an EF-1 tornado, with estimated peak winds of 110 mph. The time of the tornado was estimated by comparing the location of the damage with radar imagery, according to the NWS release.

The maximum width of the storm path was 250 yards.

Travel to Hardin, MT


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8.08.2019-1st stop would be Idaho Falls, ID.
Last thing I saw last night was a caution light on the dash saying “Oil level low-Check!” It would have to wait until tomorrow morning, to dark right now. Windows open , Scooty slept through the night, Carla is sleeping like a log and here I am at 4am thinking about the oil level in the coach. Just like last night, it’s to dark to do anything else but think about the situation. To make a long story short I did find the 5W30 motor oil and we did make it to Idaho Falls, safely.

 

 

 

 

 

The sky, as you can see, was always a little threatening, but nothing came of it, at least not today. In the next picture you can see what it looks like to be homeless, as we and many others are, and enjoy the lifestyle of free stays at a Walmart.

 

8.09.2019 Next stop Butte, MT -now Bozeman, MT

 

 

 

 

 

What an early start, around 8am, rarely happens. Then we checked out the GPS and it projected we’d be in Butte around noon, give or take. 

 

With a 300-mile trip on Saturday. So we decided to extend the travel today 85-miles to Bozeman, MT.

  

 

 

 

 

 It was all highway with, once again, some very awesome sights. As we travelled West we caught a glimpse of the Rocky Mountains to our south, not to mention thousands of acres of corn, wheat and potatoes. Below, I thought, might have been a plant to convert corn to the oil for possibly fuel, but no! It was a oil distillery. They get their oil on trains from Canada to make fuel to be distributed throughout this region. Below, we often see, are these huge water falls. This picture does not do it justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see from the picture above, the rain did finally come. Not a heavy downpour, just a constant heavy drizzle. For some reason the coach seems to love this type of weather. It moves us along with just a slight hum from the engine. It could almost put you to sleep; not good for the driver, however! We did arrive in Bozeman just minutes before 2 pm, cold not ask for anything better, considering the distance.

8.10.20`19-Sat. travel to Hardin, MT for a 4-day stay.

 

 

 

 

It was a very easy ride, almost boring, if it had not been for the awesome views along the way. It is so hard to believe that our farmers manage such big farms, and, by the way, who eats all this corn and wheat they produce.

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve seen farms that must have been over one-thousand acres of just corn alone. Wheat and hay was  produced as far as Bozeman, MT  with the assistance of vast irrigation systems. As we pushed forward, closer to Billings, MT we saw farms producing hay and wheat with no irrigation systems at all. I believe we were told that these acres were producing “dry-wheat.”

 

 

 

 

 

All they do is let it grow then cut, bail, stack and watch the next generation of wheat to come out of the ground. Livingston, MT was just before Billings. The rolling hills were awesome. Tom Brokaw has a farm here, and we think it might be for sale. As we arrived in Billings at the Petroglyphs cave we saw this sign.

 

 

 

 

 

The inducement to take this walk was this paved walkway, that would soon change.

 

 

 

 

 

We did make it to the first of the three caves. I don’t think either of us were that impressed with the pictographs; we’ve seen better. In the picture below is a cropped version of a cave painting.

 

 

 

 

Above possibly a gator or crocodile. I’ll let you decide what the picture in the upper right might depict. I see a fish in one spot. Like I said we’d seen drawings from the ancients that were much better. Definitely not his or her calling.

 

 

 

 

 

Upper left just right of center you’ll notice three black spots. Those were added in the last fifty years to indicate the level of the floor before the archeologists began tearing things apart. Many artifacts were discovered in this cave. But we have two more caves to investigate.

 

 

 

 

 

The pathway has become either gravel or crushed stone, still not bad to walk on. Upper left is our new destination. cave #2. Dead center in the picture below is where we saw the first cave. The second unimpressive cave is below right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make this long story short the walkway to worse and we decided to pass on cave #3 and start back to the coach. You can barely make out the coach in upper right pic but it’s there, we just have to walk back on this gravel path. This was the first time we’d taken the coach to a venue, usually we get to the campground and drive back but the campground in Hardin is forty-five miles from here and we were going right by it so we coached it to this venue, possibly never again. From here were going to travel to the Grandview Camp and RVPark. Not much to brag about but, nonetheless, I gave it it’s own blog.

Petroglyphs and Carla’s Birthday*


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8.05.2019-Petroglyphs of Celebration Park in Melba, ID.

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The Petroglyphs in these pictures are from Melba, ID. They are, however, found all over the country. The boulders found in this area date back over 15,000 years. The Petroglyph images go back to the 1300’s. Most pictures are primitive for the people living in this area at the time.

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Exactly what these images portray no one is sure. The inhabitants of this area were, most likely, had no knowledgeable of the Gregorian Calendar. Rocks exemplifying dots might have been the primitives trying to keep track of days, seasons or even marks indication each new arrival for that year. Below left is a star image and the mark in the 9 o’clock position is 0.06 degrees of true north but when the professionals calculate for shifts in the world crust the 9 o’clock marking is exactly focused on true north and is also aligned to the North Star called Polaris, the star you find at the tip of the Big Dipper that stays in the same position at all times.

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Above is a picture of Henry a Park Service Person. If it were not for him we would have gone home with a big feeling of disappointment concerning this trip. A quick look of the Snake River in this area. The inhabitants inhabiting this area centuries ago were not annual inhabitants. They would arrive in the late fall and leave the area in early spring. With no air conditioning yet, they had no incentive to endure the heat. Below left was a possible image of a sheep. The dots may be explained as their way to show shading on the animal, or possibly, a primitive method of keeping track of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a very dry area with the great option of the Snake River for irrigation. The road picture is just a depiction of how desolate and even boring traveling some of these Idaho roads. On a positive note for Idaho, their roads are in excellent condition. In our stay here I’ve seen only on major pothole.  Below is the 8000 Series Precision irrigation system. It delivers water to very dry land masses. It will pivot at the beginning and send water through the piping at the top of the unit to a distance of 2800 feet, almost a one-half mile in length. It then pivots in a semi-arch very slowly covering hundreds of acres of land.

 

 

 

 

 

Carla’s Birthday:
We did finally get home a little after 4pm. We both needed some time to unwind. For dinner we had the usual, a salad, followed by a 4-ounce cheesecake, in place of a small birthday cake and finally one of Carla’s favorite movies; SAVING MR. BANKS. This was a movie on the origins of Mary Poppins. No pictures this year, maybe next year. We will to a nice dinner once we find ourselves in a bigger city with more restaurants to choose from.

 

 

Mountain Home, ID&RVPark


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8.01.2019 Preparing to travel
Can you believe, the end of another month. At the same time we’re preparing for our next move. I’ve pulled the tanks and filled the fresh water tank so we’re 90% ready to go. Our next destination is about 450 miles from here so we’ll be doing an Walmart overnight in Island City, OR our last time to experience this gorgeous state. We’ll leave Island City on Saturday and arrive in Mountain Home, ID for a 5-day stay. All I know about this will be an RPI resort and will cost us ten-dollars a night and they warn it’s dusty there, still cheap enough. We will leave Mountain Home on the 8th of August. During our stay we plan on experiencing more petroglyphs from the past. As hard as I’ve tried I’m still one-blog behind, but will make it happen soon. We said good-by to Dawn and Dick, a very young couple possibly in their early forties, in their Zephyr motorhome. It made our couch look like a classic from the past, but it’s home to us.

8.04.2019-Sunday-Would be wash day.
The washers and dryers here come in at $1.00 and $1.25 per load cheapest we’ve seen in months if ever. Does not mean that they’ll be fully dry but it’s cheap. I relocated some of my winter clothing to a closet chest below and found my bathing suit. Yes, swimming might be on tap later today. High 90’s today but the coach is almost cold inside. I really thought today was going to be one of those do-nothing days but out of thin air Carla asked if we could goto the pool here at Mountain Home RVPark. So off we went, expecting to do not more than waddle around and talk to each other but what a surprise. We had the pleasure to meet the Thorne family; so awesome to be young as they were.  Not only that but their son Chase visited this Web Site, something neither of my kids ever do, and left a comment. It will be a long time before we forget the pleasant visit we had with this family. When we got back to the coach who shows up but Chase and a family member. Chase had our Web Site on his tablet, something I did not have until I was 70. They all enjoyed Scoots and Scoots was nice enough, this time, not to run and hide from them. Thanks to this visit we now have a few more ideas on venues to visit while we work our way East and eventually back to Florida. For now it’s back to my Sudoku.

 

 

The Multnomah Falls


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7.30 2019-We visit Multnomah Falls

 

 

 

 

 

Multnomah is pronounced-Malt-no-ma. Regardless of how you pronounce it over two-million people visit this venue annually. Above, to the right, is the Columbia River. Below is the visitor center, restaurant and gift shop and more importantly restrooms. Also below is a far-away shot of the falls.

 

 

 

 

 

Above is a beautiful shot of the grounds leading up to the falls. Below on the left is the new bridge that spans the falls. The left is the original bridge made of logs; not sure when it was replaced.

 

 

 

 

 

It is very difficult to see, you might have to enlarge the photo, but half way up the hill you can see individuals climbing to the top of the falls. This waterfall is the second tallest in North America at 620 feet. Number one is in the Mount Rainier area and is a two-DAY hike to visit this fall, so very few have seen it.

In the past visitors arrived here by  boat train and even a raft. There’s always a gift shop.

 

Mount Hood Ski Resort


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7.23.2019 Field trip to Mount Hood.

The Mount Hood Ski Resort is called Timberline. It’s elevation is at 8000 feet ASL  whereas the mountain itself is at 11,235 feet ASL. It is categorized as a stratovolcano; in other words, it’s not a solid rock or a big pile of dirt. It’s formed through layers of ash and lava.

 

 

 

 

 

This picture of Carla and old Smokey was taken at the Zig Zag Ranger station, right Zig Zag, I don’t know why. As we were traveling to Mount Hood, there it was, in the middle of the road.

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Hood is a potentially “Active” volcano. It has erupted only three times in the last 1800 years and the chances of an substantial eruption in the next thirty years is negligible, but not ruled out. For all purposes it is considered to be potentially dormant. The last eruption took place about 200 years ago.Above is a picture of just a small portion of the parking for this lodge. To the right is a picture of the many ski slopes the mountain offers. Timberline is the only lodge that offers “year-round” skiing in America. The highest and longest ski trail would start at the 8000 foot elevation.

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor pictures of the lodge. Not shown in the pictures are hundreds of really healthy skiers both young and older carrying skies, sleds and snow boards. It’s enough for me to feel even older than I am.

 

 

 

 

 

Timberline is populated with apartment and condos all over the grounds. It’s a playground for the rich. As we were checking out our purchases a group of youngsters were paying cash for their items and they had more hundreds and fifties in their wallets than I could count.

 

 

 

 

 

From this elevation you can see forever almost. We missed the first set of waterfalls but caught the second group. Below are just a couple of shots of how beautiful this area is. Not sure when we’ll be back, but for sure we will return for a longer stay next time.

 

 

Mount Angel Abbey*


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7.25.2019-Thursday-Abbey

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We’re off today to experience Mount Angel Abbey. The property it sits on is mostly a butte. As we have discussed in the past; a butte is a hill, both small and tall, made up of dirt, stone and in this area, a combination of volcanic ash and/or magma from thousands of years ago. We begin our tour at the first building on the property, the Press. It is here that the monks legally print documents or reprint books or booklets of interest to the seminary. Below Carla is asking the best way to view all the buildings. to the right is a shot of inside the Press Building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the pictures above are two dormitory buildings. There is an option to attend, for a while, either on or off campus. If the grounds look awesome, almost as perfect as you would see at Disney, it’s probably through the assistance of the seminary students, the beer they brew and sell, the Coffee House of course and the tuition they charge to attend the seminary. Annual tuition, including room and board, runs a little over $36,000 per year. So, a four-year stay could be as high as $150,000. That’s much cheaper than going to Pharmacy School. At Mass. College of Pharmacy tuition, without room and board, is running over $50,000/year. Below are two more dorm buildings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, I believe, is the Chapel, on the left and school building on the right. Our next stop for those building we can enter is the College Museum. If this is all we saw it would have been well worth the one-hour ride here. Below right is a replica of the “Crown of Thorns” that Jesus had to endure. I said replica. The Crucifixion was over 2000 years ago but the bramble bushes having these thorns thrive in the area of Mount Golgotha in Jerusalem, where Our Lord was crucified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above left, once again, the museum. to the right is the Seminary Chapel. The architecture of the chapel is Romanesque. Below right is the chapel Organ. It’s a Martin Ott Pipe Organ in the choir loft featuring 2478 pipes. Below left is the entrance to the chapel.

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In the foreground just to the left of the alter is another smaller organ. Also noteworthy is the seating configuration in the church. Very similar to what you might find in many of the English Churches and especially Cathedrals. I believe these are Choir Pews. Above right is the seminary library; awesome in size and décor. Above is about all we were permitted to experience. Below right is the walk-way to the Coffee-house, brewery and hundreds of acres of farmlands used to grow hops and almost all the other herbs needed for their beer.

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It would take several pictures to show off the many acres and variety of products grown on this property. Above right is the Coffee-House. They offer many unique beers, produced on the property and a short, simple menu to nimble on while enjoying your brew. Below is the inside of the Coffee-House and an Historic picture of the devastating fire that destroyed every building on the campus. It took over eighteen-months before classes would be held on the school grounds. I think this took place in 1926 or there about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below left is a peek of the distillery. The staff here were so awesome. Very informative and once lived in the vicinity from where we came from.

 

 

 

 

 

The ride home, in Oregon, is always a pleasant experience.

 

Salmon River and Cookout*


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7 .21.2019-Sunday-River Walk and Fire
Nothing much planned for today.

Shortly after breakfast we began a walk to discover the Salmon River, adjacent to the park. Then try to find our way back from the river relax at the coach.

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And now we have dinner on our picnic table and cook a steak on the fire. We Topped the evening off watching a documentary on understanding the Mueller Report.

 

 

Mt. Hood Village RVP


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7.19.2019-Mt. Hood Village RVP

In the above picture is typical of the last few miles of our drive here from Portland, OR. Once we left Portland it was one small town and another, mostly on 4-lane divided highways. Navigating small towns in a big bus does not make for a relaxing day but we made it without a scratch.

I definitely have nothing to complain about concerning this campground. The trip was only around fifty miles but we ended up taking almost two-hours to get here. They call it a village, rightfully so. This is also a Thousand Trails Encore Property; which means it’s a free stay. Our site is embedded in trees so tall they’re almost immeasurable. Just to recap Thousand Trails (TT). By joining TT you are a member in Equity LifeStyle Properties, offering all forms of camping, vacation get-always and rentals overseas. This campground is the best we’ve seen from TT. There are nicer properties but we enjoy the more rustic, back to nature venues.

This is our site and yes the coach is back there in the shadows. We also have a corner lot which means we possess real-estate. Even on the driver’s side of the coach we have and almost unobstructed view. This campground, unlike the Pacific City Encore, looks like heaven. In this Village we have Wi-Fi, Verizon cell service, sewer, no satellite but we do have cable TV; Awesome! Everything you hoped Pacific would offer but did not get.

I’ll definitely have more to say on this in the days to come.

Travel to Portland, OR


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Travel to Portland, OR

7.16.2019
Wow! to quote that famous movie line; “We’re Back!.” It’s been three arduous weeks hibernating in Pacific City.

We endured no Verizon phone service, no Wi-Fi, no sewer and no in-house bathroom conveniences for our last three days. The bathroom thing arose from the limitations on our black-water holding tank. When full, or almost full, you must forgo using it. It’s usually good for 5-6 days and it did last 5 days then we were delegated to the campground facilities. It wasn’t a big hardship since the facilities were about a one-minute walk from the coach, but it did rain a lot and then there’s always those 3am emergencies, but we survived.

Our newest rant is an old one; our driver’s-side slide-out. It’s acting up a bit. It does work properly. It’s just that the bottom of the slide, on one occasion, dislodged mostly because of the terrible campground roads at Pacific City, so I didn’t want to chance an incident on our travel to Portland. Just a quick picture on this beautiful city of tall glistening building and multi-level over-passes.

At the local Ace Hardware in Lincoln, OR, I think, I had two 2×4’s cut to the exact depth of the slide, which was twenty-nine inches. The measurement was perfect and when we retracted the slide we wedged one board on each end of the slide between the slide bottom framework and the interior wall of the coach just to insure it did not wiggle lose as we traveled today, and the slide behaved nicely.

 

 

 

I almost forgot to mention Scooty’s new-found friend. We’ve seen this fella several times, it suffers from a very damaged ear on the top of its head. Scoots never gave it a name, but since we had a bunch of left-over cat food that Scooty refused to eat, we fed it to, let’s call him “Peter.” Peter ate a full-bowel within ten minutes. So we put out a much fuller bowl and when we woke the next morning, our travel-day, it was just about cleaned up. Before we left we put out another bowl and can only hope the future inhabitants of this site will take pity on him as well. How did the saying go; “feed the hungry and less fortunate.” The author probably didn’t have Peter in mind, but it worked for us.

29th Wedding Anniversary


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7.14.2019- Anniversary Dinner 29

 

Yes, I remembered! Unlike those that are encased in a stick and stone building, we cannot indulge in frivolous, but relevant, gifts. We settle for a better than average dinner and the, all important, anniversary cards. We decided to try the Riverhouse Diner in Pacific City. You must remember Pacific City is a village, actually a fishing village. We both indulged in a Calamari meal in a excellent sauce. Carla had a pannacotta desert and I played it safe with a Cheesecake dish. The restaurant was small, but once again Pacific City is small.

I counted tables and chairs and could only come up with seating for twenty-four, but that’s alright, I like small. In this picture is about half the dining room.

 

 

From the exterior it isn’t that impressive but the food was very good. The calamari was a little on the salty side but good nonetheless.

 

 

 

This is the river it borders. Throughout the meal we saw this young family kayaking up and down in front of the restaurant, very relaxing.  

The Brown Scapular


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The Brown Scapular:

(The following text taken from the Carmelite Web Site and the Sunday Bulletin of St.Joseph’s Church on Cloverdale, OR.)

One day, a long time ago, walking the streets of Rome, three outstanding men of God bumped into one another. Friar Dominic of Guzman was recruiting members for the Order of Preachers, later known as the” Dominicans,” Which he had founded. Brother Francis of Assisi, the Poverello, had just brought together some men to serve what he called Lady Poverty. The third, Friar Angel, had come from Mount Carmel in Palestine, and was called to Rome because he was a great preacher. Illuminated by the Holy Spirit, the three recognized one another, and during the conversation made many prophesies. Saint Angel, for example, predicted God would give Saint Francis the stigmata, And Saint Dominic prophesied, “One day, Brother Angel, the Blessed Mother will give your Carmelite Order a devotion that will be known as the Brown Scapular, and to my Order of Preachers a devotion that will be called the Rosary. And one day she will save the world through the Rosary and the Scapular.” On the spot where that meeting took place, a chapel was built which exist in Rome to this day. In addition to the special grace of eternal salvation, connected with the Scapular, Our Lady gave another, which became known as the Sabbatine Privilege. The following century, on March 3, 1322 she appeared to Pope John XXII, communicating to those who wear her scapular, “As a tender mother, I will descend into Purgatory on the Saturday after their death and will deliver them and bring them to the holy mountain, into the happy sojourn of life everlasting.” What are, then the specific promises of Our Lady?xxxx

  1. Whoever dies clothed with the Scapular, will not suffer the fire of Hell. What did Our Lady mean with these words? First, on making this promise, Mary does not mean that a person who dies in mortal sin will be saved. Death in mortal sin and condemnation are the same thing. Mary’s promise undoubtedly translates into these words, “Whoever dies clothed in this scapular will not die in mortal sin. “To make that clear, the Church often adds the word “piously” to the pledge, “he who dies piously will not suffer the fire of Hell.”
  2. Our Lady will free from Purgatory the person wearing her scapular on the first Saturday after his or her death. Although this privileges often interpreted literally, that is, the person will be freed from Purgatory on the first Saturday after his or her death, “everything that the Church has officially stated on several occasions to explain these words, is that those who fulfill the conditions of the Sabbatine Privilege, through the intercession of Our Lady, will be freed from Purgatory shortly after death, and especially on Saturday.

The Blessed Virgin assigned certain conditions which must be fulfilled:

  • Wear the Brown Scapular continuously.
  • Observe chastity according to one’s state in life (married/single).
  • Recite daily the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin (STILL WORKING ON THIS)
  • OR Observe the feasts of the Church together with abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Saturdays
    OR With permission of a priest, substitute some other good work.
    OR With permission of a priest, say five decades of Our Lady’s Most Holy Rosary” 

    I hope to have more information on the “Little Office of the Blessed Virgin” in a few days.

     

     

    Haystack Rock, Pacific City, OR*


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    7.12.2019-Cape Kiwanda or Haystack Rock

    This is the beach in Pacific City. It’s known as Cape Kiwanda.

     

     

     

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    What the beach is really known for is the rock that sits within site of the beach area. This looks like just another rock sitting in the water but this rock is over one mile off the coast. On top of that it’s well over three-hundred feet in height.

     

     

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    This is a view of this beach town from the road approaching the beach. So much like Cape Cod.

     

     

     

     

    Above, thanks to cropping, is a sand surfer. this is a very big mound of sand and must be steep enough to use it as

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    Below is a boat. More specifically it’s a “Dory.” The Dory is configured to make it a boat which can handle the strong surf this beach has year-round.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    7.12.2019-Pacific City, OR-

    The biggest store in town was Chester’s’, about the size of a Walgreen Drug Store. I’m not knocking it. With what they’re charging the Chester’s are doing quite well. Corn at Walmart 5-for $2,00. Chester’s was having a special, 80-cents an ear down this week from $1.25 an ear last week. Doesn’t that inspire you to buy a 5-acre mini-farm and supply Chester’s every week! Below are pictures of the Pacific City Beach Area.

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    Pacific City RVP-must improve*


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    To sum up this RV Park:

    NO sewer (only one pump-out station available)

    Few Restrooms-(mostly portal-potties)

    NO cell service from Verizon

    NO satellite service from coaches

    NO Wi-Fi (minimal from the Clubhouse.)

    Few descent camp roads- many very precarious.

    Need I say more

     

     

    Fourth of July Eve*


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    7.03.2019

    I know the importance of this great day, it’s the 4th of July eve. It’s also the fourth anniversary of my mom’s passing. After four years it should only be a foot note in this journal, but I haven’t gotten there yet. As everyone knows only one person can be the driver of a car and there’s only one captain of a ship, in my mother’s case the responsibilities of her care and well-being fell on the shoulders of my brother Dennis. I know that Carla and I could have stopped gallivanting around the country and tried to help him and her but that would have been too many cooks in the kitchen. Dennis was the person, due to his proximity to where they both lived, to devote himself to her care, along with her caregivers. For that I will always be most appreciative for. On a relevant note I may be the only one, but I still wish to have had another hour with her, and for that matter, my father as well. Another hour to share tea and toast in the morning or just a chat on the porch. An hour to thank them and, most importantly, apologize for my shortcomings and ask for forgiveness. But as life would have it, we always feel there’ll be time the next time I visit.

    Why this train of thought; just a word to any of my readers to take time, once or twice a year, and touch base with someone close to you. Don’t let time rob you of the luxury of mending a fence or two. It doesn’t have to be a parent, per se. We all have someone we’ve let slip though the cracks, someone we used to be close to and even someone you might have had a difference of opinion with. Don’t procrastinate, pick up the phone, or better still, pick up a pen and touch base the old-fashioned way; snail mail, and for heaven’s sake, don’t e-mail or text. If this personal dissertation reaches only one person to re-connect with someone in their past, then this posting has served its purpose. Mom and Dad, I Love you!

     

    HHR Tires at Ocean Tires*


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    TRAVEL ITENERARY

    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m).
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m).
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n).
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n).
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n).
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n).

    Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
    Aug 10th Billings, MT
    Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
    Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
    Aug 29th Forest City, IA


    06.26.19-Monday-Tires-at Ocean Tires

    Well, hopefully we’ve lifted ourselves out of the flat-tire syndrome. We took ourselves to Ocean Tire, as recommended by our AAA guy, we asked for four Michelin tires for the HHR. We were told he could order them and have them come in the day we leave the area. He reminded us that they are very expensive. He had a recommendation and we listened. We ended up with four tires with sixty-thousand miles possible life-span. The price was much better than Michelins. The best part of the situation was yet to happen. The HHR has been pulling to the left for some time, so I assumed alignment, right! That’s what I thought. When we asked for an alignment he told us it would be a waist of money because the tire-rim on the right-side rear tire had sustained very slight dent and was not perfectly round and for that reason it would not allow a good alignment process. We asked him to use this rim for our spare and put the four new tires on the other rims. I was concerned that the damage to the rim would cause early wear to the tire on that rim, and he agreed. What I did not expect was that we had absolutely no pulling to the left as before and the car was driving in a perfectly straight line on its own. The damaged rim now sitting in the trunk must have been causing the car to feel as though it was out of alignment. It was then back to the coach and enjoy the rest of our day.
    Only one more full day before we leave Newport but I am seriously in love with the area, we’ll be back again.

     

    South Beach Fish Market*


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    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)

    Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
    Aug 10th Billings, MT
    Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
    Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
    Aug 29th Forest City, IA


    06.23.19-Sunday-South Beach Fish Market

    Sundays are very much like Saturdays. The script has been reenacted on so many Sundays in our past, very much like many other families. A little shopping at Walmart then munch our way through the day with a nice but simple dinner to end the evening. Today was very much like all the Sundays of our past with a little twist at the end of the day. As I’ve mentioned a few times the last couple of weeks, we’re not exactly in the heart of Newport. In Newport is where you can easily find Wi-Fi and, most of all, cell phone availability. No, we’re about eight miles south of Newport over where many of the well know beaches can be found, like South Beach and Nye Beach. Today, however, we’re facing a count-down to Wednesday morning when we will depart this area and go to Pacific City. We’ve mentioned in the past we adhere, as much as possible, to a very simple and inexpensive lifestyle, but occasionally you have to do something different.

    On each trip into town we travel past the South Beach Fish Market, I actually thought the name of the place was the Crab House do the outdoor billboards on the building. So today we decided to experience this roadside fish eatery. There are people waiting to enter all day long, so after a couple of games of Kings Corner we left the coach around 4pm to go eat. We no sooner got to the Ocean Highway didn’t the car begin  to handle funny, something was wrong. I got out and sure enough we had another flat. This was the second flat in two weeks. My brother Dennis, as he does each year, renews his and our membership to AAA. We hadn’t had the last flat fixed so now we had to rely on the donut tire. AAA estimated a one-hour wait and as promised he arrived in one hour. He had us up and going in twenty minutes.

    The next stop would be the Fish Market. This is one of those eateries visible to everyone but whose reputation is best know to only the locals. It’s not very impressive, but what a menu. All the fish is fresh. Halibut, Shrimp, Chinook King Salmon, Prawns, Scallops, Tuna and Wild Fish, served in so many combinations you must allow an extra twenty minutes time to study the menu. Carla enjoyed Halibut and Scallops, which I help her eat and I partook of Calamari and Onion Rings. Our meals were awesome. Torty minutes later we were slowly driving our crippled car back to the campground. Needless to say, tires will be our primary objective tomorrow morning especially since we’re leaving on Wednesday.

     

    Comments flagged “ON.”.*


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     -NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.


    TRAVEL ITENERARY

    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)

    Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
    Aug 10th Billings, MT
    Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
    Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
    Aug 29th Forest City, IA


     

    06.22.19-Comments are now “ON.”

    I’ve been doing this journal since 2014 and you would think I would have it down pat by now, but I continue to learn. We were told by our Iowa family that they could not leave a comment. Could not figure out why no one left comments. Did a blog on “Comments.” I’ve never had any learning on creating and writing blogs. I’ve mostly learned through errors.

    What the reader sees and does not see is as follows. Everyone sees the final public version of the blog. If, done right is neat, pictures are properly placed and misspelled words are at a minimum. Behind the public version is an authors version, which looks exactly like the public version except at the bottom is the word “edit.” This version allows me to see what the final public version will look like and, if something is not as I would like it to be, I can click on “edit” and it will bring me to the “worksheet” version directly behind the author’s version. This version is a barebones looking version of what the public version will look like. It basic black and white on a white background. It’s on this version that ninety-percent of the work is done. It’s very much like a “Word” document except NO color. This version, for the most part, could be ready to go public, but sometimes the text may not be as organized as I would like or the same for pictures. For this you go to the version behind the “author version” called the “text” version. On this page you see all the text you’ve added and the pictures are in “code” form. Little things like indentation is coded and can be moved around on this version unlike the other version. Lines and color are added on this version. You will not see the color except on the author or public version but it is there. The same for a line. What you see is <hr />. It looks harmless but does appear as a line on the other three version. So where am I going with this!

    Behind the “text” version are dozens of pages of  “settings.”  One of these setting options asks “Allow people to post comments on new articles”. Turns out I never checked that box. It is now checked so it should work, I hope. There are dozens’ of pages and sub-categories allowing me and others to do or not do things to this blog. So I will continue to do my best and hope everyone will continue bringing “blog abnormalities” to my attention.

    At present, in order for me to conserve “space” on this platform I’ve deleted and moved all the blogs and journals for the years 2014 to 2017 to the “Years Remembered (drop-down)” tab which can be found at the top of the page in every menu. These moved blogs don’t always read as well as they did since many of the pictures had to be deleted to save space on the platform.

    Any questions please use the “comments” box and I’ll try to take care of it and remedy it if possible.

    Newport, OR (Waterfront)*


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    you need. 
     NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

    TRAVEL ITENERARY

    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)

    Aug. 7th  Butte, MT
    Aug 10th Billings, MT
    Aug.12th Wyoming somewhere find  RVP
    Aug 14th Rapid City, SD
    Aug 29th Forest City, IA


    6.21.2019- Newport, OR

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    Newport is the largest city on the Central Oregon Coast with its remarkable history and rich cultural heritage.

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    Newport was originally inhabited by the Yacona Indians who had lived in the region for at least three thousand years before the arrival of the first Euro-American settlers. During the establishment of the Siletz Reservation in 1855, Yacona Indians were relocated.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Many of these pictures have been posted to give our Abby some additional food for thought.

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    This Historic Downtown is so comfortable. For me it takes first place for us to settle down to when the time comes for us getting off the road and hanging up the keys..

    The 19th-century is a period when people who migrated from the different parts of the world discovered that Newport was a great destination for their businesses and prosperity.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The picture upper right is about a slightly curved piece of glass with a slit in the upper portion to insert a picture for viewing. Does anyone print out pictures anymore? Maybe that’s why these have been discounted 50% from $60 to around $30 each.
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    This is a resident kitten that’s a rescue cat. It took a lot for me to not bring it home with us. Although I don’t think the person holding the kitten would let it go.

    In 1852, the schooner Juliet was stranded by storms on the Central Oregon Coast. Its captain and crew explored the bay and river and discovered oyster beds in Yaquina Bay. This great discovery and demand for oysters brought entrepreneurs and new settlers to the region. In 1863, two oyster companies were opened.

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    Above left are a string of glass blowing kilns. They hold classes for those who might want to learn the trade.

    .In 1866, a former soldier, Sam Case built the first hotel in Newport at the northwest of the Yaquina Bay to help accommodate the greater number of tourists. The building was named Ocean House after one of the best hotels in Newport in Rhode Island.

    (The bold and italics’ text has been taken from: PDX History-The Oregon Encyclopedia)

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    Had a chance to speak to the fisherman on this boat. Turns out the only reason he fishes is to keep his cat fed every day. He was fishing with no bait, and surprisingly, before we left him, he had caught a baby salmon.

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    Sam Case continued with his mission of building houses and cottages. Later, on July 1868, he established the first post office where he became the first Newport postmaster. In 1868, the town was named Newport after a town in Rhode Island.

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    The picture lower right is weaving scarfs. She was nice enough to spend time with me explaining that she took a ten-week course in college to learn how to do this trade with many types of materials. Carla then came along and she had questions for her as well. So talented. These scarfs sell for sixty dollars each. Below left is a picture for the MacDougall’s our extended family. It’s a trade he’s been very involved with for several years now.

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    Sisters Rodeo*



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    6.09.19-Sisters Rodeo

    The italicized text is from the Sisters Website
    What a beautiful day. Temps around 80 degrees. I only hope I can sort out the important and entertaining pictures on the Rodeo experience. Strangely it was exactly three-years ago to the weekend that we attended our first rodeo, the Cody Rodeo in Wyoming.

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    Announcers: Curt Robinson & Wayne Brooks
    Bullfighters: Danny Newman, Ryan Manning & Logan Blasdell
    Rodeo Clown: J.J. Harrison
    Specialty Act: One-Armed Bandit

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    As it should be, a Rodeo is about fun, excitement and, of course, the kids.

    Many attending were father/daughter and father/son days together.

    The Darlings of the Rodeo opened the event.

    In the era when life still moved slowly enough for daydreams, and neighbors visited each other on front porches, cowboys competed in the first Sisters Rodeo. These cowboys, both amateurs and professionals, wore cloth squares hand painted with numbers pinned to their backs and waited for their events. Because the small-town rodeo offered purses of $500, equal to Pendleton and Cheyenne, the cowboys tagged Sisters Rodeo “The Biggest Little Show in the World.” The year was 1940.Local couples had pooled $10,000 to produce the rodeo east of town on land next to the site that became Sisters Airport. Two years later, they purchased land on the west end of town and held rodeos there for the next thirty-four years.

    Except for the announcer and the stock suppliers, the rodeo was an all-volunteer production, a tradition that has not changed.

    The afternoon began with the “cowboy having to saddle a Wild Horse.” None of the cowboys made it. Final score Horse 1 cowboys 0.

    The Hitchcock Mill, north of Sisters, donated timber that was milled by rodeo volunteers and used to build the arena and a few stands. Ellis Edgington’s Buckaroo Breakfast was initiated, with pan-fried bread and wild buffalo meat. Twelve years later, wild buffalo herds were so diminished that this part of the tradition ended in 1953.

    The rodeo attracted the best in the business from the beginning. Mel Lambert, one of the first inductees in the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, announced at Sisters for nine years. World Champion cowboys competed every year, and the rodeo’s reputation grew. The stock came from local ranches, the McCoin Ranch in Terrebonne and Henry Durfee’s cattle ranch in Redmond.

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    And once again, it’s about the kids. Here they participate in a dance routine with the Rodeo Clowns.

    Rodeo Queens in the first years were chosen from a selected group of princesses who competed for the prize by selling raffle tickets for a steer. The young woman who sold the most tickets was declared the queen. Mary Saxon of Terrebonne held that first title. Over many years and a few hazardous escapes of steers, this selection evolved to a competition of horsemanship, speaking ability and presentation.From 1956 through 1960, Sisters Rodeo was an amateur event sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars. Their profit built a small theater in the night-life-starved town, but dwindling interest in amateur rodeo led the VFW to step aside after five years. It appeared that Sisters Rodeo had sent its last cowboy out of the bucking chute.

    A legendary pick-up rider and competitor, Pat Fisk, produced the rodeo at a loss the next year because he “hated to see the rodeo die.”

    Salvation came in the form of Mert Hunking, a cowboy “born with rodeo in his blood.” Hunking and a one-year partner ramrodded the rodeo in 1962. Then the Hunkings produced the show on their own: Mert as arena director and organizer, and his wife, Martha, in charge of tickets, concessions and the Buckaroo Breakfast.

    In 1963, the rodeo reorganized with Hunking, Clifford Ray, Fred Ferrian and Homer Shaw as the officers of the new association. The stock was supplied by Son Bain of Redmond and Christianson Brothers Rodeo Stock Company. With this quality of rodeo stock, the best of national rodeo cowboys made Sisters part of their circuit to compete with local amateur cowboys.

    In Pink, one of the contesters. His uncle, lower pic. in sunglasses, attends for his father.

    Hunking, Richard Rollins and Jerry Kosh formed Sombrero Stock Company in 1971, which supplied consistently fine rodeo stock until 1988, setting a pattern of excellence which fans came to expect.

    Still, the rodeo had problems, especially with new government regulations. Outhouses were in need of replacement. The fire marshal wanted overhead sprinklers installed. The weather was always unpredictable, often reducing spectator numbers. The inventive rodeo board responded to the challenges as well as they could: they brought hundreds of feet of hoses from their homes for fire safety, revamped the outhouses and even had to pump the grounds through the night to continue rodeo the next day after a flood in one of those year.

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    The dude in the Red shirt in both pictures is unique; he’s called a One-Armed Bandit. He was once in the Rodeo but now trains horses, even with one arm.

    By the mid-1970’s, the obstacles seemed too great and the income too low. The rodeo grounds were sold, yet; local citizens did not want to see their rodeo disappear. They held a meeting for “anybody who has a horse or interest in the rodeo,” resulting in another reorganization with Homer Shaw as president.

    In 1977, the rodeo was held on Hunking land east of town (behind the elementary school) with borrowed bleachers and temporary fences. For the next two years, it was on the Topping Ranch on Harrington Loop (west of the current site). The structures (fences and bleachers) continued to be borrowed or rented and were hauled by members from as far away as the Willamette Valley, only to be returned after that year’s rodeo.

    The events included

    bull and bronco riding,

    calf roping, bulldogging,

    wild cow milking and wild horse races.

    Tripping to Albany, OR*


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     NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
    Time to travel East


    6.13.19-Thursday-Traveling to Albany, OR

    We were comfortably cruising through the countryside admiring the beauty and size of the evergreens banking each side of this road. 

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    Then out of no-where came the Detroit River, if I recall correctly. We are traveling through the town of Detroit, OR.


    Now it’s a serious babbling brook.

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    And before we realized it, the babbling brook turned into the Detroit Reservoir. It’s kept in check with a dam in the foreground.

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    A few miles down the road we continue to enjoy the Detroit River. In the picture below the river, once again, is kept under control by another man-made dam.


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    Whaler’s Rest-Newport, OR(TT)*



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    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
    Time to travel East

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     We actually arrived here yesterday, the 14th. It was a very short uneventful ride of less than one-hundred miles. Nothing any bigger than a two-lane undivided highway and, at times, a country road. This is a pretty good size campground, not so much as number of sites but how big it is. The big attraction here is across the street; the Pacific Ocean. You can see it in the picture below. Below is also the town of Newport. It’s a typical small coastal town, like Mystic or New London, CT
     

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    Another look at the ocean. We’re just now crossing over the bridge that will bring us into Newport. As a person who still has a love for boating this marina is awesome. Below, once again, crossing the bridge.
     

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    This is another Thousand Trails RV Campground and it’s a first come- first serve basis as far as choosing a site. They’ve gotten very organized. Our primary objective is Wi-Fi and Satellite for Dish, we got both.  They actually gave us a print-out of each site designating which had line of sight satellite with either carry-out or roof-mount availability; awesome! Why can’t they all offer that convenience. The last time we were here Wi-Fi was a zero except for directly inside the camp buildings. Verizon, on the other hand, does not exist here, at least not at this time. No phone service at all. If you catch a break it’s very broken up and not worth the effort. 
     


     Today the 15th and yes, Father’s Day, and I won’t go any further on that. We were getting antsy and needed some exercise so I suggested taking a walk to the ocean. It’s not far, about a half mile, half of it on a small windy trail to the ocean, but we did it.


     Today is very cool and breezy around 53 deg., unlike Boca at 85,  and Greenfield, MA t 64.  The wind is very strong but it does feel good. Once again, unlike New London, CT you just don’t get that strong mist of “salt-air,” I miss that sensation.


     We hung out at the ocean for about twenty minutes and decided we’d had enough so it’s time to go back to the camp.


     Below is the camp game-rooms.


     Today, being Father’s Day, all the dads were being treated to a free hot dog. It’s free so we stayed and each had a dog. Just prior to the dog we chose a DVD for this evening viewing, since we have no Verizon connection, and chose Skyscraper. Haven’t seen it before, most likely a B movie. About half way home I noticed I had my camera and soda but no DVD. Went back and looked around. I distinctly remember putting it on the table when we ate, but got the table mixed up with the table we went to, to get our dogs. Got to give RVers a little credit. Thirty minutes after leaving it on the wrong table, it was still there, and Carla retrieved it, Thank-You Lord!

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    Blue OX in Albany, OR*


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    Unlike most RV Parks we stay at this one is one of the select few with paved roadways. In fact each site has a concrete pad. Does not get much better than this. For us this will be only a sleep-over on our way to Newport, OR.

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    Possibly not this park, since I’m sure we could not afford to allocate one of these pad as our “home site”, but the area is very addictive.

     

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    This is a true pull-through. We never bothered to detach the tow-car.

    Big Country RV Redmond, OR*

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     NOT the need to have EVERYTHING.

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    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
    Time to travel East

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    6.13.19-Coach has a booboo and needs to be serviced. Several weeks we were here and our problem was diagnosed.  The needed solenoids and Winnebago Relay board were ordered and delivered as promised. Today was the first day Big Country RV had an opening and Kim slid us into the 8am time slot. We were told to expect they repair to take five-hours but Randy, our technician for the repair, had the job completed by around noon. On top of that he had heard us tell Kim that we were told to check the hydraulic fluid at east one a month. He took it on his own to do a very specific check to see, if indeed, we had leaks and he determined we did not. What’s more important here is the time he spent with me on one occasion and both of us after the repair was completed to explain to us the mechanisms and how they worked and why our slides were not working properly. He went into detail to explain to us that the Hydraulic Fluid is under an extreme amount of pressure and if there were any leaks they would be very noticeable; he could not find any leaks to speak of.

    We were all set to take the keys and leave the premises when I asked him is he had a chance to take care of the window stripping?  He immediately went back to check the work order. This was a last minute item that I’ve been unable to fix and not really that important but he insisted that it would only take a few minutes  and he would take care of it while we played and checked the operation of the newly fixed slides. The slides operated so nicely and quietly and we went outside to tell Randy how pleased we were on the job he completed.  At the same time he had taken care of the rubber window stripping.  What we did not realize was that not only was the right side stripping lose but the left side was also beginning to break away from the groove it rested in, he fixed that as well. We truly appreciated his taking that initiative.

    It was a very pleasant experience. We’ve had work done by so many so called “top of the field” RV service departments and have been disappointed many of them. Big Country RV did not disappoint and made me wish I were living in the area so they could watch over our coach all the time, but were not that lucky.

    It is nice to know where coach owners can bring their coaches, our home in our case, and know someone reliable would be there when we call in, like Kim, and know that that person also has the wisdom to designate the right person to first diagnose the problem properly and then to assign the right person, Randy this time, to be knowledgeable enough to fix the problem the first time.

    Our thanks to the management and especially

    the staff of Big Country RV in Redmond, OR.

    Paul and Carla Grenier

    pjgrenier44@gmail.com

     

     

     

     

    Birthday Celebration*



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    6.06.19-Birthday celebration
    Thank goodness it only comes around once a year. I heard from so many of the Ozdarski family and got a text or two from my kids. The height of the day would be the excellent dinner Carla created. To say the least it was an Iowa feast.

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    Earlier in the day we were greeted by these two inhabitants of the surrounding woods. Very few can boasts of enjoying scenes like this.

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    Stuff, as I’ve mentioned in the past, is not part of our lives. But there’s no reason why we can’t enjoy an afternoon together, read a funny card or two and definitely enjoy an unusual meal. Even if I had to cook it myself these two Rib-Eye Steaks were going to make both of us very happy.

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    I call this an Iowa meal. We have very close friends in Iowa, they’re really like family, and this is the way they eat more often then I could ever imagine. Steak, fries and great corn, from I don’t know where, rounded off this beautiful day.

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    Oregon Observatory*



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    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
    Time to travel East

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    The following text is from the Oregon Observatory Website.

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    This small building was not what I was expecting. I thought we’d have to drive up to the top of a mountain then look into a many ton telescope, but no, not here. It’s personal. Workers and volunteers abound everywhere. Below, a view of the sun in mid-day, is exactly what you see in the “white telescope” you see a couple of pictures down.

    The Oregon Observatory. Billions and billions of sights to see. When our roofs disappear we have the largest collection of telescopes for public viewing in the United States. Feast your eyes on faraway galaxies.

    Brian, seen below talking to Carla, and an older gentleman Bill were so helpful in tutoring us on the use of their telescopes.

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    Witness a meteor shower. Get a glimpse of globular clusters, nebulae and deep space binary stars, as well as our closest star, the Sun. There’s no better place than the Oregon Observatory at Sunriver.

    The white telescope below is not outrageously expensive; around a couple of thousand dollars and the computer that locates the individual stars will cost you about six-hundred dollars.

    All these telescopes plus another dozen in the back of the building are is use on Wednesday and Saturday evening for as many as two-hundred to as many as four-hundred guests to use. We visited during the day and returned in the evening to experience the telescopes. The roof on the building actually slide to the back exposing all these scopes to the open skies. If it wasn’t for the extreme cooler temperatures, around 55, it would have been a perfect day.

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    Sunriver’s elevation, pitch-dark surroundings, and crystal clear air make it perfect for stargazing. At the Oregon Observatory, you won’t be lining up just for one quick peek. We have many of our telescopes set up for your enjoyment, from Tele Vue refractors to our 30-inch Newtonian. So if you really want to see the sights of Bend and Central Oregon, then we want to see you at the Oregon Observatory. Astronomy and rocketry conveniently located in Oregon’s most popular destination resort, adjacent to the Sunriver Nature Center.

    Above is the dead trunk of a “dead tree,” but it’s only dead if it does not contribute to the environment. The, so-called dead tree trunk is called a “snag.” Wood-peckers and a variety of other birds will adopt this tree for their sustenance. They will knock themselves out pecking away on the wood and even find foods in the form of bugs and insects to eat.  In other words it’s either this tree trunk or the wood siding of your home.

    All of this made possible by our supporters and friends. All telescopes, equipment and buildings made possible by generous donations. (The italics texts is courtesy of the Oregon Observatory Web Site.)

    The amphitheater above is used to instruct audiences of all ages on the many constellations of our universe.

    6.05.19-Oregon Observatory
    This day began cool and got slightly cooler. A few days ago we dropped by the observatory and were greatly impressed. We will go back to the Observatory this evening, and it will be cold. The temp will not go above 55 degrees.

     

    Mount Newberry Experience*



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    6.10.19-Mount Newberry Experience
    Mount Newberry is about thirty-miles down the road. I thought it would be a one-topic venue but discovered that we enjoyed the Paulina Lakes, the East Lake, Paulina Falls and finally Obsidian Peak.

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    Once again we see the specter of this mountain range. This time were at a roadside viewing point. For the first time we also have the names of these mountains. The Sister Mountains, back in the 1800’s were once know as Faith, Hope and Charity. Bachelor, extreme left, appears to tower over the others, but in actuality it’s only just over nine-thousand feet. Two of the Sister mountains are over eleven thousand feet. The area on the topographical rendering is about the size of Rhode Island. This entire area was covered with lava rock from twelve to five-hundred feet deep.

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    In the center of the picture above is the result of its blowing its top. Center of picture is Mount Newberry. When the incident happened it spread lava all over up to thirty miles away. Where Carla’s finger is, at the top of the picture is Sunriver, the town we are camping in. Once again, Center picture are those two blue areas. Right now we’re visiting the pool of water on the left, Paulina Lake. Below are pictures of this area.

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    Above is a blow-up of the top of Mount Newberry. It took thousands of years but after the initial blow-up the insides of the volcano actually fell into itself. This formed a “Caldera.” This is very similar to what happened to the Volcano involved with Crater Lake. In the case of Newberry we got two lakes, one a little higher than the other.

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    The mountains above have no relation to what were to see today. Mount Newberry is our challenge for today. It was back about 30,000 years ago that Newberry began to grow. And grow it did, reaching over 12,000 feet at one time. Then around 10,000 years ago, as one youngster put it, it blew its top.

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    Above is Obsidian Peak. You cannot drive to the top but there is a trail you can hike to it. Below is the Paulina Lake Lodge, closed at this time.

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    Below another picture of the Lodge and above you find a Telephone Booth. When did you ever see one of these.

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    Now we’re off to experience East Lake, the blue body of water in the picture at the top of the blog.

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    Need I say we’re still going up and I see no smooth super highway ahead. Below is a BIG example of Obsidian Rock. This type of rock, if you look closely is almost “glass-like.” In fact it is glass. Commercial glass is 99.7% pure silica (sand). The rock in the picture below is 77% silica but still qualifies it as being glass.

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    I’m tired and ready to leave but we have one more stop. Above we saw a picture of Obsidian Rock. Below is a picture of the mountain we were walking around and it is a solid piece of Obsidian Rock about thirty-thousand years old.

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    We decided to put off viewing the lower point of the Paulina Falls until just before we leave. Here goe the National Park Service enticing us with this wide flat walk-way, I wonder what really lies ahead.

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    The walkway did not disappoint, it actually got better and above is what we saw all the way up to the falls. Yes I said UP! Below  are the falls and it was well worth the uphill climb.
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    Above we’re looking DOWN the rough rocky barely visible trail and stopped to decide will it really be worth traversing this path. Below we decide not to pursue the journey and take everybody’s word on the fact that it’s a beautiful site. We’re older, NOT OLD, and we know it. No need to take chances, we do enough of that on a regular basis.

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    Sunriver RVP*



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    6.07.19-Walk around the campground.
    We were getting itchy feet and needed to get out and get a little more use from the new camera, so we took a couple of pictures. The Rodeo and the Paulina Lakes are still on the to-do list.

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    The roadways here are, unfortunately, laden with crushed stone that looks like it gets replenished often unlike the roadways in front of the individual sites. The sites are left with dusty gravel.

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    Plenty to see and do in this area.

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    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
    Time to travel East

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    5.28.19-Tuesday-Lava Land and Lava River Cave
    Finally no rain, a beautiful day around 65 degrees. We leave the coach about 9:30 and were on our way to Lava Land. It was both educational and informative. Take time to read the blog on Lava Land. We enjoyed a great visit to Lava Land and got are cardio workout by walking possibly about 3 miles.

    When we arrived and I saw this mound of lava residue, I was awed at the idea of being so close to a volcano. Wrong! This was not a volcano, this was one of over 400 “vents” that were created some 10,000 years ago, more or less by the Newberry Volcano some, believe it or not, twenty-five miles from here. This entire area makes up the Newberry Northwest  Rift Zone.

    This entire area within the 25 mile range of the Newberry Volcano became very active about sever-thousand years ago. Vents were created by this volcano for the purpose of releasing gases, steam and lave from below the earth. This particular vent here in Sunriver, OR is about five-hundred feet in height. When it was first formed it was pointy (a lava dome) but after many active years the top of the vent caved in as you can see in the picture above.


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    The Newberry Volcano is not actually  visible in the picture above but if you can locate the TWO patches of snow and/ice Newberry is in the center of these two patches of white. Once again it’s over thirty miles from here. The Newberry Volcano is Oregon’s largest volcano and hopefully we’ll have close-up pictures of it in a few days when we visit it. Back 7000 years ago it’s lava flow and vents, as I mentioned earlier, extended as far out as forty miles, possibly as big as the state of Rhode Island, I’ve read. The creation of Newberry did not happen overnight. Over the course of 400,000 years through many eruptions, it continued growing taller and bigger.  Eventually, after the eruptions stopped some 7000 years ago the top of the volcano did collapse within itself forming a “Caldera.” This Caldera now covers over seventeen square miles and has two lakes which we hope to visit in the future. These lakes are Paulina Lake and East Lake. Below is a view from the top of this vent mound looking down. All that black stuff is volcanic ash from 7000 years ago.
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    Above we decide to set out and walk the rim of the vent depression you saw in picture below. The depression at the top of this butte is 17 square miles and to walk around it is over a quarter mile in distance. The area is just to vast and big for a regular lens. Picture above is courtesy of Wikipedia.org.

    This picture is about all you can capture with a 55 mm lens. The cavity in the center drops over 150 feet.

    Above, once again, they are not volcanoes, just buttes or vents courtesy of the Newberry Volcano. For the most part they are all dormant except Newberry. It still exerts vents with steam coming from it and warm water lakes. Below is the view from the road of the volcanic rock/lava from Newberry from 7000 years ago. it looks as pristine as if it were only a few days old.
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    In the picture above is a topographical rendering in the Visitors Center of Newberry Volcano with its two lakes, Paulina and East Lake. Carla has her finger on the spot that were currently at, Sunriver, some 30 plus miles away. All the green stuff in this picture is how the lava spread out those 7000 years ago and the area it covered. The thickness of the lava buildup goes from a few dozen feet to more the 500 feet in some locations.
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    5.28.19-Tuesday-Lava Land and Lava River Cave

    Finally no rain, a beautiful day around 65 degrees.  The Lava River Cave is only a few miles from Lava Land. We really enjoy caves and caverns and this one should be one-of-kind and it was. I’ll have a blog on this as well.

    Only a few minutes ago we were at the Lava Lands venue. Now we’re going underground; a lava river cave. Above we arrive and we’re properly dressed, we thought. Below our next experience always begin with our first steps. We begin by walking down probably fifty to sixty feet to the opening of the cave.

    This section leading to the cave entrance was also part of this enclosed cave structure however the upper portion of this section collapsed into itself.

    This should be an awesome experience. This cave and former canal we’ve been told is a mile in length. They’ve told us to allow about two hours for this trip. Below the opening  to the river cave. Did you know that back one-hundred-thousand years ago, more or less, the lava flowing through this cave would have reached over 2000 degrees F.

    Ah!  The entrance. Yes, we just entered the river cave. To get to the cave bottom we’ll have to walk down 150 steps in total then we get to walk the cave. It’s getting very cold.

     Above is a metal walkway. This made me happy, I’m not very fond of walking over a rocky floor. The metal is ice-cold but the metal path is great. Below that’s ice on the rocky floor of the cave. From here we walk cautiously over the rocky floor, yes, the fancy metal walkway left us about one-hundred feet ago and we’re left with only a very cold metal rail for safety and balance, but that will soon change. Within a few minutes even this would leave us not to mention it is so dark in here you cannot see your hand even if it was touching your nose, and did I mention, it’s freezing.

     

    Above is what we’ll be walking over, the rocky floor of the cave.

    Ah, you say the metal walkway…NO! Once we passed the ice patch in the lost picture we also lost the assistance of the metal rail. This is now getting seriously dangerous so in the picture above you see us departing this venue. If it looks fairly bright in the picture above it’s because of a family of eight each with a light. We did about one-tenth of a mile but not much more, the walking was just to dangerous. Below, just as seeing the entrance in the beginning, seeing the entrance now gave us assurance that we would survive this ordeal. We would not recommend this outing to anyone especially a family with young children. If you should attempt this cave bring a very BIG and powerful light. One light for two individuals will not cut it. I was extremely disappointed with this experience.

    Bend, Oregon

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    5.27.2019-There was no thought of an eventual town or a city at the present Bend locale in those pioneer days. But on a spring day in 1900, there arrived on the present site the covered wagon of Alexander M. Drake, a Midwest capitalist, who heard of irrigation possibilities in the upper Deschutes country.

    He founded the Pilot Butte Development Company, and the nucleus of Bend began with the construction of a lodge. Bend became incorporated by a vote of the people in 1904, with officers taking over their duties in January, 1905. A.H. Goodwillie was the first mayor.

    The town of Bend, OR is really not just a town, more like a small city. Not as big as Orlando yet, but more like a Sanford or Melbourne, FL. You can find anything you want in Bend, the bigger cities only have more than one of everything. Actually Bend has four Ace Hardware Stores…Awesome! So  to take pictures of Bend is what you’d find in almost any town so you have to go to the outskirts of this town, namely Sunriver. In this town, just outside of Bend you’ll fine Lava Land. I believe I read that this county has four-hundred volcanoes of various sizes. Above is one of the bigger ones. I read that this entire county is built over dozens to about three-hundred feet of lava rock..

    A Name for the Town Earlier, when Bend’s future was still uncertain, there was a controversy over a name for the new hamlet. In the late 1870’s, William H. Staats filed a claim on the Deschutes near the “Farewell Bend” Ranch (which had been obtained by John Sisemore from John Todd) and made a rival bid for travelers. Each maintained a stopping place and each for a time had a post office. .

    Staats platted his town as “Deschutes.”  Some called the community “Staats.”  Drake favored the name “Pilot Butte” and a bid was made for “Farewell Bend.”  But officials in the Post Office Department in Washington, DC, decided Farewell Bend was too long and they finally approved the name “Bend.”  After Bend’s incorporation, it gradually absorbed Deschutes.

    This is Mount Bachelor (I hope to have a better picture should it ever stop raining.). It to is just about ten miles out of Bend also in Sunrise, OR. The official address of the Mountain is in Bend, OR. Just a little info on this awesome mountain. The overall height of the mountain is just over 9,000feet. The volcano lies at the northern end of the 15-mile long Mount Bachelor Volcanic Chain, which underwent four major eruptive episodes during the PIE. (PIE, the Paleo Indian Era roughly about ten-thousand -years BC.) So its been dormant for quite awhile. Being about twenty mile west of Bend gives it its popularity as a major ski slope. It offers over four-thousand acres of skiable terrain. It is also the highest skiable lift at over eight-thousand feet ASL in both Oregon and Washington states. It is also known for its light fluffy dry snow. It has a reputation of being one of the largest ski resorts in the US. It also boast of its long ski season beginning at Thanksgiving and lasting well into May. Lastly it a beautiful, majestic Mountain to just look at. It is visible from some of the areas in this campground.

    Form of Government Bend changed in 1929 from the council form of government to that of City Commission – Manager form, with three commissioners. George P. Gove was the first mayor under the new form of government, with C.G. Reiter as the first City Manager; the mayor being elected by the other commissioners from their own ranks.

    The charter was later changed to require seven commissioners and in 1995 the Charter was re-drafted to change the title for the elected representatives from Commissioner to Councilor. The Mayor continues to be elected by his or her peers.

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    Source: All About Bend, Oregon Compiled, edited and published by the League of Women Voters of Bend, Oregon May, 1967

    Crater Lake

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    TRAVEL ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th Pacific City, OR @ Cloverdale RVP (T3 x14n)
    July 16th Portland, OR @ Columbia River RVP (PPx2n)
    July 18th Welch’s, OR @ Mt Hood (T3 x12n)
    Time to travel East

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    5.23.19-Visiting the Crater Lake venue was awesome. Our tip can be set up into three divisions. This is almost June!

    Tripping to the Lake

    Experiencing the lake

    and the Fossilized Steam venue.

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    A Cherished History

    Crater Lake National Park is a place where you can experience diverse wilderness in a setting of breathtaking beauty. More than 7,000 years ago, a fierce eruption shook the 12,000-foot-tall Mount Mazama, triggering the mountain’s collapse. The area’s Klamath tribes witnessed the volcano’s eruption, and their histories include many stories about how Crater Lake and its features were created. 

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    In the hundreds of years after the eruption, rainfall and snowfall filled the crater and formed the lake. No streams run into or out of the lake – its levels depend entirely on precipitation, evaporation, and seepage. At nearly 2,000 feet, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. That depth, combined with the water’s purity, gives the lake its remarkable deep blue color.

     

    This is now what the top of Mount Mazama looks like today.

    Above is the Welcoming Sign to Crater Lake National Park. Below is an Information Kiosk and, more importantly, behind it an outhouse.

    As you can see snow is beginning to show itself on both sides of the road.

    The entrance to Crater Lake National Park.

    Above and below is the Administration Building. I wonder if they ever call a no-work day because the snow has buried the entrance?

    The Visitor Information Center and, of course, Gift Shop. In this building we bought a couple of items and waited patiently for twenty-five minutes for the next showing of a movie on CL.

    This is what the top of Mount Mazama looks like today. Before Mount Mazama blew its top it was over 12,000 feet ASL

    On May 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the legislation that created the sixth national park in the United States, Crater Lake National Park. When you visit today, you can explore the fascinating volcanic features that date back to the lake’s formation.

    This text was taken from the Crater Lake Website,

    courtesy of the National Park Service.

    In the early 1930’s the Crater Lake region received over seventy feet of snow. On average it usually gets around forty-four feet of snow.

    Yup, I dared myself to stand upon a short stone wall to take this picture. To my right and left are signs stating “Stay-back.” On the lake side of the stone wall is snow, very slippery snow on a steep hill going into the lake. If you survived you might be in trouble with the law since no one is permitted to take a swim in this lake. Like would anyone be thinking of that as they were sliding down into the lake.

    Yes! Here’s that wall that no one is supposed to breach.

     

    In the center is Wizard Island. Elevation of the volcano, yes volcano. is 6940 feet ASL. This is a volcano within a volcano. As you have read the entirety of Crater Lake sits in a volcano. Below is a nothing picture of a car with Massachusetts plates carrying two bikes and a snow shovel, just in case.

     

    Above behind the sign saying “road closed” are some very tiny people in relation to the height of the snow bank. Now, we’ve left the proximity of the Lake and traveled a short distance to the Rim Village Café and Gift Shop. For a change we had a bite to eat this time. Carla enjoyed a bowl of Minestrone soup and I a hot dog. Hindsight being I should have gone with the soup. Below are some of the picture from this two-story building.

    Two ways to look at this! Either Carla is really short or that there’s a heck of a lot of snow behind her. Below we met an awesome couple Berry and Roberta Mullin. Not full-timers but they do travel in a Vistabule Teardrop Trailer. Below their picture is a picture of the Vestibule Trailer they have.

     

     

    We’re both a little tired and it’s about 3pm, Scoots will be looking for her 5pm feeding shortly. We were not that far away from the lake when we happened across the Fossilized Steam Venue.

     

     

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    Sunriver RVPark



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    5.24.2019-Must view the

    Lava lands, Observatory, Lava river Caves, Crater Lake, Mount Bachelor and Newbury Lakes.

    Sunriver is another one of those Equity Lifestyle Properties. One of the big perks of staying here, as you probably know, is that it is a free stay. If we did not belong to this program our stay here, for twenty-one nights, would be close to one-thousand dollars.

    This is by every measure a huge RV Park. Our site is at the top of the site map above in I-26.

    As you can see we are cradled in a bouquet of evergreens. Not sure but they do look as though they reach about sixty feet tall. 

    What is not seen yet is the river that runs along the parameter of the campground, the Oxbow River. More on this later.

    All the roadways connecting the many sections, are all extremely roomy. Enough space to have two coaches pass each other on any connecting road.

     I will expand on this blog a little later, since we’ll be here for 2 more weeks. Below I often mention that this “will be  nothing day.” This is Carla enjoying her nothing day. We did Crater Lake yesterday and that went from 9am to 5pm and we’re a little tired today.


    Looking down the street at from our site. Each site has about a sixteen foot buffer from the next site…awesome! Yurts can be found just around the corner from us.

    Above is one of those blurry pics..


    Above is a community Meeting Hall very suitable for a large group of people. This venue is also located in the recreational section of the campground-two pools, two hot tubs, tennis and pickleball.





    The porches of the large Meeting Hall room both front and back. Off the back porch is a large fire pit venue.


    Sitting on the back porch or enjoying the fire ring you can enjoy the views of the Oxbow River.

    Pictures below are from the new camera. One nice option of the D3500 is the option to have the Date and time stamped onto the front of the picture. In some cases this might be a little distracting but for me it should prove to be very helpful. Below I’m trying to talk Scoots into trying corn.

     

     

    And then we have days like this. Not even Scoots wants to do anything.

    Temperatures is upper seventies and no humidity. If only I had a hammock.

    We haven’t had a fire in a long time, most campgrounds forbid them, especially in the dry season. This area is anything but dry.

    Carla likes her flower pictures. Below we’re not cooking up much, just a dog on a roll.

     

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    May / June ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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    Day 1-(5.13.19)-Tripping to Walmart in Burley,ID
    We got a very good start to the day, 8:30 for a change. Carla took some very nice pictures along the way. Pictures coming up in a day or two.

    We did get to the Walmart and had an excellent evening.
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    We did a drive by on this beautiful lake, man made as you can see from the man-made dam. Below are remembrances from our canyon views.


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    Today our snow-covered mountains are slowly getting fewer by the mile.


    We both enjoyed the shadows made by the clouds over these hills. After 230 miles we finally reach Idaho.

    Day 2-(5.14.19)- Tripping to Vale, OR (priv. Campground)

    Arrived in Vale after a very uneventful, almost boring ride here. We were originally going to trip to Nampa, ID but the trip tomorrow would be 300 plus miles so we opted to extend this trip a little longer. Tomorrow’s trip will still be long at 260 miles plus but it’s better than what it was going to be. I’m trying to update the blog but the Internet service is really bad for uploading pictures so they will wait till tomorrow.


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    We thought this was a lake but it’s more a reservoir for this town, a big reservoir. Below, it’s a difficult view but this is hundreds of acres of solar panels.
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    Another long day of the road but we did get off before 2pm. We added about 30 miles to todays trip to reduce the 300 mile trip scheduled for tomorrow. The sign for Oregon (pronounced here as “Or-gan). Below we see how Oregon is reducing eye fatigue by enhancing it’s bridges and overpasses with a creative look. 

    Day 3- (5.15.19)-Tripping to Bend, OR

    We were up a little earlier than usual to attack this 260 mile trip to Bend, Oregon. Usually for on the road by 9:30, but today, we were on the go at 8:15. We left Vale, ID by viewing a number of murals, all depicting cowboys and Indians.


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    We continue to view so many beautiful lakes. Just past this lake was another solar farm that was so big I could not even guess at the size.
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    Below are a few images of the many picturesque views from the road. The farms were the industries the country is so proud of. From the road they look so pristine it almost  teases the viewer to be part of this industry.
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    If you’ve noticed for the pictures above and below, there is very little traffic either coming or going. We did the trip on a 2-lane non-divided highway.

     

    Family History Library

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    May / June ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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    5.09.19-Family History Library

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    .To find ourselves in this building was the main purpose for the trip.


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    Basically we came here to uncover some additional information on my father Leo Grenier as related to his military service. Below is a picture of him in his younger days. Sadly, isn’t it, that we finally get the urge to learn more at such a late date. Handsome dude, not sure what happened to me. It did not take long to get hooked.

    He looks so much like my brothers Richard and Dennis. Guess I took after my mother’s side of the family. This is the only really good younger image of my father I have. Lots of family pictures, but he was almost always on the wrong side of the lens.
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    .Above this beautiful artwork of Jesus preaching to the multitudes. All the people, both young and old, were so thoughtful, polite and helpful. As part of their religious obligations they are asked to volunteer eighteen months to the cause of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. None of them, young or old, hesitate to graciously speak about their religion and its teachings. It’s very nice and comforting to see so many so strongly routed in their religion. I could never be converted, but if I were not committed to Catholicism this might get some attention from me. Below Sister I Forgot Name, begins to help us dig into my father’s past, and teach us how to work their program.


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    .We’re on the forth floor. Each floor is designated for different areas of data search. The floors below us and one above all look like this.


    .Sister will leave us after about 45 minutes and a twenty something stepped in to help. He worked feverishly trying to collect the data we were looking for on my father, and finally put it all together. Data entry should be an exacting field, but don’t kid yourself. I’d always seen my father refer to himself as Leo Grenier, when in actuality we discovered that the Canadians have a tendency, at least in the past, to give the name Joseph to all the boys and Mary to the girls. So his official name, as far as data searching goes turned out to be “J Leo Oscar Grenier.” Who would have known!

    Above, not seen to clearly, are older men in many locations on the floor, unabashedly talking and explaining the Adventist Religion. I could never be converted but I only wish I had the same grasp on my Catholic faith as I see in these individuals. Maybe I’m just not hanging out in the right places.

    Tripping to Heber, UT

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    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 lay-overs) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) (654m)(x7n)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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    5.07.19-Tripping to Heber, UT

    .What a beautiful day for taking a trip. The coach is humming away so nicely. We’re still plague with a problem with our two slides, but hopefully that will be resolved in a few weeks.


    The purpose for this picture is two-fold. One for the beauty of these huge hills and mountains and second for the reader to visualize the height of these structures by viewing the car on the road in the bottom center portion of the picture, both above and below.

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    I cannot imagine the millions of yeas it too to create the rock structure above. Below are twin tunnels for the railroad to get from one side of the mountain to the other. We will see these tunnels in several locations. In a few pictures you’ll see twin tunnels for the cars.

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    We’re just entering the town of Provo. This is also the home of Brigham Young U. We’re about thirty-miles from Heber. This is one very awesome town very similar to El Paso, TX. Every franchise is represented here. Heber is not nearly this big, but it is growing fast. 

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    I believe this is the Bingham Young University stadium. Below is the Bald Knoll Mountain range elevation over ten-thousand feet. This mountain rang can be seen from everywhere.

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    .I believe this is the Provo Lake Reservoir, a really huge lake.

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    May 2nd Green River, UT at KOA Campground x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) x7n (654m)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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    5.06.19 Mountain Valley RVResort, Heber, UT

    This is truly a “Resort.” Not to often you can rate a campground at a 10, this is one well qualified to be a 10.

     


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    Experience Petroglyphs ???

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    May 2nd Green River, UT at Shady Acres x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (layovers TBD) x7n (654m)
    June 5th Newport, OR at Whaler’s Rest
    June 26th leave Newport, OR
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    May 4th- Experience Petroglyphs ???

    Hope I peeked your interest. pet·ro·glyph, NOUN  are rock carvings, especially prehistoric ones. For more information on this read the May 4th Blog on it.

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    The haunting rock art of Sego Canyon – extra-terrestrials or spiritual visions? 

    The sandstone cliffs of Sego Canyon are a spectacular outdoor art gallery of petroglyphs painted and carved by Native Americans peoples over a period of around 8,000 years.  They are characterised by more than 80 imposing and haunting life-sized figures with hollowed eyes or missing eyes and the frequent absence of arms and legs. Some claim that the mysterious figures are evidence of alien visitation in our ancient past, while scholars maintain that the strange beings represent shamanistic visions produced in trance-like states.

    Above are four Mesas. In about a half hour or so we will be driving down a road in-between mesas two and three. Below is that road. It feels and looks like no one has been here in years.

    Evidence of human habitation in Sego Canyon dates back to the Archaic Period (6,000 – 100 BC).  But subsequent Anasazi, Fremont, and Ute tribes also left their mark upon the area, painting and chipping their religious visions, clan symbols, and records of events into the cliff walls.

     Below is the only wild-life, a young calf, we’ve come across in the last two weeks.

    The rock art of Sego Canyon can be characterised according to a number of distinctive styles, and time periods.  The oldest art belongs to the Archaic period and dates to between 6,000 BC and 2,000 BC.  Some of the most spectacular examples of rock art in the Southwest are attributed to Archaic people. They were nomads, who hunted large and small game animals, and collected and processed wild plants. They did not build permanent habitation structures, but lived in caves and in small brush shelters built in the open.

    Above the road does not get any better. Below is the reason for our being here.

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    Within the Archaic period and beginning around 4,000 years ago, we see the Barrier Canyon Style rock art, a distinctive style of art which appears mostly in Utah, with the largest concentration of sites in and around the San Rafael Swell and Canyonlands National Park, but the full range extends into much of the state and western Colorado. Barrier Canyon Style rock art panels are mostly pictographs (painted) but there are also several petroglyphs (pecked) in the style.

    Above is our looking back. We appear to be going downhill. For this reason, I’ve deduced, the Fremont peoples lived with a source of water. Back a couple of thousand years ago this area might have been totally flooded and this could have been a fairly deep lake, a good source of fish. Once we get closer to our objective our path becomes very primitive.

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    Fremont petroglyphs in Sego Canyon. Photo source .

    Beginning 1300 AD and lasting until 1880 AD, the Ute people inhabited the region of Sego Canyon and carved their own style on the cliff faces. Prior to the arrival of Mexican settlers, the Utes occupied significant portions of what are today eastern Utah, western Colorado, and parts of New Mexico and Wyoming.

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    The Utes were never a unified group within historic times; instead, they consisted of numerous nomadic bands that maintained close associations with other neighbouring groups. The historic Ute rock art is identified and dated by the horse and rider figures.

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    Above and below are the reasons for our visiting this venue.

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    Horses were introduced to North America by the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Other figures, or elements, painted in red and white on the panel include a white bison, a human figure with leggings, several large human figures, and large circles believed to be shields. The Ute people lived freely throughout western Colorado and eastern Utah until about 1880, when they were forced onto reservations.

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    Extra-terrestrials or spiritual visions?

    Advocates of the ancient astronaut theory suggest that the strange figures of the Barrier Canyon style rock art depict extra-terrestrials that once visited Earth. They point to the large, hollow looking eyes and the triangular shaped heads as evidence that the figures were not human.  However, others, like researcher Polly Schaafsma (1999) say that they represent shamanistic art associated with ritual activities of the Archaic people. Ms Schaafsma points to the fact that the ‘spirit figures’ are frequently shown holding snake forms, and their torsos sometimes incorporate water/life-giving symbols. The presence of these types of relational (figure/animal) motifs is considered to be evidence that there was a shamanistic tradition alive, at least during a certain period of time, among these Western Archaic people.  So what accounts for the unusual features, such as strange eyes, legless bodies, and what appears to be wings?

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    According to Ms Schaafsma, shamanic practitioners, with the assistance of various spirits, were said to have the ability to travel to celestial realms and the underworld, in order to communicate with ‘purveyors of power’.  Hallucinations and visionary experiences characterise the shamanic trance experience, often provoked by the use of hallucinogens.

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    “With the aid of spirit helpers, tutelary deities, and divine or semi-divine beings, these otherworldly voyagers contact ancestral and supernatural powers in the interests of curing, fertility, divining, successful hunting, battle exploits, and weather control,” she wrote in a paper on the symbology of the Barrier Canyon rock art.

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    Universally, shamans have communicated their extraordinary experiences through art. Are the Sego Canyon pictographs and petroglyphs another example of this?  No one really knows for sure what the images represent or why they were painted. The god-like, imposing and fantastical figures etched onto the cliffs of Sego Canyon remain an enigma and the true meaning behind them may never be unlocked.

    Featured image: Petroglyphs in Sego Canyon. Photo source .

    By April Holloway

    References

    Sego Canyon Petroglyphs – Science Views

    Trance and Transformation in the Canyons – by Polly Schaafsma

    The Barrier Canyon Rock Art Style – by David Sucec

    Traces of a Lost People – Smithsonian

    Barrier Canyon Style Rock Art – by James Q. Jacobs

     

     

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    Dennis’ B’day & Arches Nat’l Park

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    MAY-JUNE ITENERARY
    May 2nd Green River, UT at Shady Acres x4 nights (159m)
    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (layovers TBD) x7n (654m)
    June 5th Newport, OR at Whaler’s Rest
    June 26th leave Newport, OR
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    5.03.19- Dennis’ Birthday-Arches

    Yes, Dennis’ birthday. No! We did not forget. He did receive our presents in time and enjoyed both cake and pie during his special day. For us we got an early start and travelled an hour to experience Arches Canyon. We did and were so very impressed we the experience.

    By 9:30, after congratulating Dennis, it was off to Arches..

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    The full purpose of the picture below is for the reader to appreciate the awesome height of these mountainous size in relation to the car in the picture as well.


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    I have over three-hundred pictures of mountainous structures we’d seen on this visit..


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    Above is a small section of the Devils Garden. Devils Garden are rocks and cliffs that are saturated with iron.
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    Tripping to Green River, UT..

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    May 6th Heber, UT Mountain Valley RVR (2 layovers) x7n (234m)
    May 16th Bend, OR TT (Overnights and stays TBD) x7n (654m)
    June 5th Whaler’s Rest in Newport, OR.
    June 26th leave Whaler’s Rest
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    5.02.19-Tripping to Green River, UT

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    It  isn’t  very  clear  in  the  picture  above, since I’m utilizing the poor-man’s telephoto lens by cropping the original picture. This is a “serious” cattle round-up of several hundred head of cattle. The purpose for the picture was the munchkin on the center horse. Boy or girl, not sure I was driving, but he/she could not have been older the ten…pretty awesome way to spend a day and possibly bonding with a parent. We were still passing cattle two miles from here. Sure beats watching grass grow.

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    “Humans have lived among these rocks and cliffs for longer than you can imagine. Archeological investigations conducted as part of the Interstate construction across the Swell during the 1970s and 1980s located over a hundred prehistoric sites.

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    The sites show that hundreds of generations of Native American peoples inhabited this rugged land for thousands of years and in all seasons. Archeologists explored sites from the early Archaic Period of hunting and gathering about 9,500 years ago, up to historic ranching sites of the early 20th Century. People survived by hunting and gathering until about the time of Christ., when small-scale agriculture, dependent on corn, beans, and squash, was adopted.

    We’re at a Rest Area for a few minutes and I had the chilling moment that the coach quietly began rolling down this steep road. Just popping in the tire blocks to assure my “moment” never happens.

    Archeological remains of these farmers, whom we call Fremonts, include small settlements of pit dwellings, granaries, outdoor shaded work areas, hearths, storage pits, and trash mounds. the earliest evidence of farming on the Swell dates to about A.D. 500 at the Confluence Site.

     

    Scenes from the Rest Stop. Below was a father/daughter team viewing also. He was visiting from Tokyo…Awesome! Just checked, coach has not moved!

    This site provided important insight into the transition from hunting and gathering to agriculture in the region, and predated previously known agricultural sites by 200 years. Bows and arrows and ceramics were the technological innovations of this time.

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    Researchers found Fremonts sites in the Ghost Rock area, a few miles east of here, which is an upland environment and not well suited for growing corn. Study of the sites told archeologists much about the Fremont way of life, which included hunting and gathering year-round and farming at lower elevations along riverbanks.

     

    Scenic views like this one above and below appear every couple of miles. Below, I’m sure you’re saying, snow again! NO! That’s salt. I hope to have a separate blog on “salt” soon.

    It was a little over two-hours to get here but the scenery was well worth it. We’re staying at the Shady Acres RVP in Green River. Green River, as far as I’m concerned, is an oxymoron. The river is a muddy brown color.