Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Furford Cranberry Museum-Grayland,WA

11 August 2018

Today I visited the Furford Cranberry Museum in Grayland which showcases the history of the community and cranberry farming in the area. There are displays of what life was like in the 1920's,30's and 40's. The museum is located on Hwy 105, open every day and donation accepted in lieu of admission.

Typical Home

Local Store

Tools of the Day

Amocat Display..note backward spelling

Technology of the Day 

Display on WWII


The showpiece is the Furford Picker/Planter invented by Julius Furford who passed away in 1999 at age 91. This is the machine that picks the berries while pruning the vines at the same time and is still used today.

Furford Picker & Planter

Wet & Dry Harvest of Cranberries


In 2010 Aberdeen residents Chuck and Gwen Tjernberg purchased the property and Mr Tjenberg produced parts for the machines and as of today has built 22 new machines. His wife, Gwen, took on the Museum project collecting many items depicting life in the early years as well as a display on the Finnish community, logging and fishing.

Finnish Article History

Finnish Language

Finnish Families in Area


Logging Tools

Fishing Gear



This is a definite stop if in the area. Gwen gives a very good tour.

Our Next Stop-Grayland,WA & Kenanna RV Park

06 August 2018

Today we drove to Grayland WA on the coast to escape the 100 heat and our home for the next 13 nights, Kenanna RV park.
A quiet park with grassy sites and 30amp. Satellite and MIFI work good, owners very nice and from what I could see in driving around, one of the nicer parks in this area.

Before we got started, John has issue with hooking up the tow for the first time with this car. Kept getting a beeping sound like the door was open. So after around an hour trying different things, he finally figured it out. Since this car has more computerized systems, because he had the door open when connecting brakemaster etc, the system when he closed the door thought it was still open. So he did everything with door closed and the beeping stopped. The old car was so simple.

In driving down 97 a truck pulled up beside us and gave the smoking signal and pointed to the car. We pulled over and sure enough the brakes were smoking. John repositioned the brakemaster and everything was fine. Two things we weren't told during the install.

Our drive today took us Hwy 97 to 26 to 35 through Hood River and IH 84. We stopped at Camping World to purchased a new 50amp surge protector. We then took 205 to IH 5 north and exiting at Chehalis on Hwy 6 to 105.

View of Mt Hood From Hwy 26

Columbia River Gorge IH 84


Nice to be in 60-65 weather. Even though the campground is not on the beach, it is only a short drive via several different roads. Foggy in the mornings and evenings. This will be a pretty much do nothing stay with maybe a drive down to Cape Disappointment SP which we visited several years ago.

Kenanna RV #68

Another View


Our next stop will be Copalis Beach and Driftwood RV Park only 50 miles north for 5 nights before returning to Oregon on 24th for 2 weeks.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Deschutes County Fair

01-05 August 2018

Our grandsons are showing their swine at the Deschutes County Fair this week. This is the 4th year for Colt who is in FFA and the 3rd year for Cade who is in 4-H. Both have York/Hamp cross hogs. They have been working with them for over 4 months exercising, feeding, bathing and training.


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Cade's Pen


Bathing Barbie Q


Cade's Barbie Q is a 7 monthold gilt and he is showing as a market hog. Colt's Tank is his market hog and Missy is his breeder.We wish them a successful show and auction.

As the week progressed, Cade got Grand Champion 4-H for Market Hog and Reserve (2nd) in Junior showmanship championship.Congratulations.

Proud Cade

With the Judge

Family, Judge & Sellers


Colt took 4th in his weight class.

The Auction is Saturday.

Since Cade got Grand Champion he went first for the Auction and got a good price in the bidding of $25 pound. His hog weighed in at 268. Job will done. Money received in bidding and add ons will go toward his education fund and expenses.

Photo wtih Buyers
Barbie Q


Colt got $10.50/lb and Tank weighed in at 277. Not bad. Several years ago he also got Grand Champion Market. His money will also go toward his education and a car.

Colt & Tank at Auction

Colt & Tank

Tank


Job well done, grandsons. We are so proud of you and look forward to next year.

We can now Tow and Motorhome Repairs

29 JULY 2018

Today we drove up to Roadmaster in Vancouver,WA to have the tow bar installed for the 2016 Malibu. Since we have a 730AM appointment on the 30th, we had to dry camp in their parking lot. Guaranty was unable to do the install and we are glad as this is a job for the professionals. Trevor spent over 7 hours and did a great job. This tow mechanism is different as the Malibu is newer with more electronics that our 2003. Thank you Trevor. If you want something done right, you go to the professionals. Trevor has been with Roadmaster for over 15 years.

We departed for Redmond, OR around 400PM for the 4 hour drive. Instead of coming back through Sandy we opted for the scenic route with less traffic going up the Columbia Gorge until Hood River and then taking hwy 35 to 26 at Mt Hood and then hwy 97 at Madras.

Weather is still unbearably hot. Looking forward to our 2 weeks at Washington Coast with 60's and low 70's.

Our stay here with Hope and family has been nice and have enjoyed grandsons and visits. John has managed to do many repairs on Motorhome that would not be possible in a campground. Trips to Lowe's, Amazon orders and local RV Country has afforded the many items needed for his jobs. So thankful he is able to do these tasks.

Some of his jobs included painting the white A/C cover black, lubricating the slides and steps, changing the generator oil,changing the black and gray tank valves, washing and waxing the motorhome and other small chores.

I had Stanley Steamer come in and clean the carpets, floor and upholstery . They do a good job and I have them at least once a year. They also replaced door mat which is guaranteed for life. With do much use, it does tend to wear, but it is only type I would recommend..never blows away and is good for getting dirt off shoes.

The Deschutes County Fair is 1-5 August and will write blog about that.

After our 2 weeks on Washington Coast, we will return on 24th until 7th..



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Arrival in Oregon

27 June-2 July 2018

After spending 1 night with family in Redmond we drove over to Junction City to Guaranty RV and Chevrolet for the purpose of buying a used Malibu to replace our tow car resting in a junkyard in Nova Scotia.

After checking into the Guaranty RV park , we went over to the Guaranty Used car and chose a Maroon 2016 Malibu Lt with 30,000 miles. We then after completing paper work, went to the parts department to see what added parts we needed to complete the tow installation. Unlike the first time we bought our other used Malibu in 2009, this did not go as expected. We told them that we had to depart on the 3rd to return to Redmond and they seemed to think the install could be done by then;however, on Tuesday they told us not all the parts were in. So we decided to bag the whole thing, collected our refund check and when we got to Redmond, John called Roadmaster in Vancouver WA and scheduled an appointment for the 30th of July for them to do the install. This is the first problem we have had with Guaranty in the 9 years we have dealt with them and feel that this particular department needs some quality control and more guidance. We will continue to use them for our Motorhome repairs.

2016 Malibu Tow Car


Their RV park is very nice and next to parts store, laundry and cafe. Full hookups, but the price of $44/nt is a bit spendy.On Friday night they had a local western band come in for entertainment..Think it is called Extra Mile. Root beer floats and popcorn served. Enjoyed the entertainment. Met a nice couple, Pamela and Chet from Sequim WA who had just purchased a new Newmar Bay Star. Very nice motorhome and know they will have many good days of travel. Hope we keep in touch.

Guaranty RV Park

Extra Mile Band


While at the park we also visited with our friends from Nellis, Phil and Denise. They have been in Coburg since middle of May getting repairs on their Motorhome. They hope to depart in the next week. We went to dinner at Junkyard Burgers and Brats in Harrisburg. Interesting place and food was good. Will see them again in Nellis this year.

Junkyard

Phil, Denise & John

With Denise


On Sunday we drove part of the coast to Newport and back from Reedsport. Oregon has one of the most beautiful and interesting coasts of all travels. We also saw a herd of Elk on the way from Reedsport to IH5.

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Impressive Elk Herd

Elk Herd


On Tuesday we drove back to Redmond with me following in the Malibu. Nice drive over the Santiam Pass. This car is luxury compared to our 2003. First time driving a car with so many bells and whistles. Need to get the manual out to make sure I don't hit a wrong button. Maybe we get 220,000 out of this one.

Our plans are to stay here until the 20th when we spend 9 nights in Salem on our way to Vancouver. We have friends to visit in the area. We will return to Redmond on the 31st in time for the Deschutes County Fair and the grandsons showing of their pigs. No plans after this.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Journey Back to Oregon

01 July 2018

Back in the land of limited recycling. Many of the campgrounds don't recycle including military bases. Must commend Canada for their strict and diligent recycling program. Even food scraps. They take pride in the environment and pride of ownership and culture.

After departing Oak Haven in Wales, MA on 16 June we drove the 300 miles to Sodus Point, NY and South Haven Campground on Lake Ontario. This was our 2nd visit. Owners very nice and I remembered the puzzle picture in office. Did forget they do not have a laundry so will carry it to Huron River Valley. We are only here for 2 nights.

Lake Ontario,NY

South Shore Campground-Sodus Point,NY

Puzzle in Campground Office


18 June we arrived at Huron River Valley in Huron OH 348 miles for 1 night. Did the laundry and walked around campground.

19 June we departed for Joliet IL 300 miles and 1 night at Hollywood Casino RV Park. Nice Campground with laundry and easy walk to casino. Had dinner in Cafe. Free breakfast is offered in Hotel next to campground which we did before departing. Sites have water and electric and dump station.

20 June we arrived at Timberline RV park in Waukee, IA just outside Des Moines. A beautiful setting and quiet. The resident dogs greeted us and of course had to get petting and lovin. They are so calm and sweet. Wish we had longer here. Only saw 1 deer. Would definitely recommend this place..a hidden jewel.

Nice Site

View from Site

Bought 2 Bottles of Local Wine

Another Greeter

Friendly Greeters


21 June we arrived at Offutt AFB recreation campground after stopping at commissary for some needed groceries. We will be here 2 nights. Our last visit was in 2010. Nice campground on the lake. This date should have been our first night in Newfoundland.


View of Lake
Offutt AFB RV Park


23 June we stayed at Holiday RV in North Platte,NE. Nice campground and staff..convenient off IH 80.

24 June we arrived at F E Warren AFB in Cheyenne for a 1 night stay. This was our 2nd visit since 2009. There are lots of Pronghorn on base and appears many babies born this spring. Interesting to watch the momma and daddy watch over the young ones. Today is John's 81st and he spent day after long drive doing some work on battery cable. We then took walk around the historic part of the base just up the hill. Got some more pronghorn pictures. Early departure tomorrow for 400 mile trip to our next campground Holiday Park just off IH 80 and IH 84.

Large Tree in Campgr

I'll Pose for You

Just Prancing by

Watching the Young

Warren RV Park-#8


26 June we left around 700AM for another 400 mile day to Caldwell ID at Ambassador RV Park off IH84 near OR hwy 20 our route into Oregon..a 300 mile trip.This is a real nice, maintained, organized, great pull thru sites with gravel. Campground is very neat and not cluttered. Very nice clubroom,pool and laundry. Would highly recommend this park. Has easy access at exit 29 on IH84. There is also a flying J with RV islands and great wash which we had them do for $40. Motorhome was absolutely filthy and an embarrassment to park for the night. Wish more parks for a small fee let you wash your RV. Black flies are in abundance and every stop, John has to wash the front.

Ambassador RV Park-#D124


It will be so good to see Hope, Shawn and the grandsons.