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.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Week with Family & Friends

14-19 May 2019

Our days back in Redmond have been filled with family, friends,errands and beautiful snow capped views of the mountains.

Finally a sunny day so captured Three Sisters and Mt Jefferson.

Three Sisters

Mt Jefferson

Hope fixed a tasty dinner and beat us at game of scrabble. A beautiful view of Smith Rock from deck. The home remodeling is done and what a difference from last September. They have done a very nice job and still lots to do on outside buildings..projects in the works. We have attended several of the grandsons ballgames and practice, visited all the animals including Cade's 4 pigs, Colt's steer and the two horses Rocky and Katy. Will post photos later. Grandsons are showing at Deschutes County Fair in August. Can't get over how Cade and Colt have grown since September. Will post pictures of them later, also.


View of Smith Rock from Deck

Scrabble Game

On the 18th we went over to our good friends, Alinda and Ernie for dinner. As always Alinda prepared a delicious meal of fried chicken, asparagus,salad and a most unusual potato dish. An evening of wine, dinner, conversation and time with the doggies Rodyo and Buffy. They have a lovely, inviting and warm home filled with many western art themed pictures and objects. There yard of many flowers, bushes and other plants a gardeners paradise. Alinda gave me a jacket made from a sweatshirt..very different and innovative. She is so creative in her artistic ability as is Ernie in his many horseshoe items ranging from a lampstand, to kleenex holder, to outdoor plant stands. Should have taken some photos. We always enjoy our time with them.
Thank you dear friends for a wonderful visit.

Ernie & John with Doggies

Photo with Ernie & Alinda & Doggies

International Potato Recipe

Sweatshirt Jacket Alinda Made

On Hope's Smith Rock today with Harley she spotted an eagle. Wish I had been with them. Not a common sight in the area.

Smith Rock

Eagle at Smith Rock

On Monday we have our eye checkups and later in the week John has to renew his driver's license. More rain in the forecast for the coming week. Having Stanley Steemer out on Saturday to clean the dirty carpet. Have used them for years in the Motorhome.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Drive to Central Point & Arrival in Redmond

13 May 2019

Early departure today from Crescent City,CA to Central Point,OR via Hwy 199 to IH 5 in Grants Pass. Not a drive we would like to do often...very winding, narrow,two lane, but scenic. Fortunately lots of pullouts.

Drive to Central Point

We went to C & C tires to get our new Michelin tires installed. We used them in November 2013 when we had the blowout on the inner back driver's side tire and used the FMCA discount. We then checked in at the KOA Gold Hill for 3 nights;however, due to impending weather of thunderstorms, we decided to stay only 1 night and they graciously refunded the 2 nights. This was our second stay here and would definitely recommend. It is very clean, quiet, FHU and friendly staff.

14 May 2019

Left around 930AM for the 188 mile trip to Redmond OR and next stop until the 30th May, Deschutes County Fairgrounds RV Park. A very nice park with concrete pads, FHU, good space between sites and well maintained. Normally we would stay at Hope and Shawn's, but with their new home there are no hookups and turn into property rather tight. Price here with Good Sam is $35. The only place to stay in Redmond.

Site C-18

Will be Full This Summer

Checkin and Laundry

Our drive today had some rain and again rather precarious taking Hwy 62 to 230 to 138 to 97 into Redmond. Worse part of drive was 62 out of Shady Cove and parts of 230. Got up to 6000 ft elevation and there was still snow on ground. Stopped for picnic on Hwy 97 and John felt the tires were over inflated. He was right as 5 of the tires had 120 PSI instead of the 95-100.
So he corrected and plans on notifying C & C.

Drive to Redmond

A bit of Snow

Enjoying the View

Raining when got to campground and motorhome and car filthy from the drive. More rain expected in the next week. Juniper is in bloom and the pollen is giving John misery. The cedar in Texas had the same effect. His eyes are watering and he just feels miserable.  A slight clearing so we went to see Colt play baseball. His team won 11-5. Cade was practicing on another field preparing for a tournament in Klamath Falls this weekend.

It is good to be back with family. Will go over to Hope and Shawn's tomorrow for dinner.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Last Days at Crescent City

12 May 2019

To our daughters Hope,Christine,Elizabeth and daughter in law Cindy I wish you a very special Mother's Day. You are all loving and nurturing mother's and a blessing to our family. May your day and everyday be special.

Tomorrow we depart for Central Point,OR at the KOA. While there we are getting new tires (6) for the Motorhome at C & C Tires. We last got tires from them when we had a blowout enroute to same place in November 2013.

On Saturday we drove the 20 miles to Brookings OR to view the Harris Beach SP RV park. What a nice surprise. The park sits on a bluff above the Pacific with commanding views. This is a definite stop next year. Took some photos of the views. The park has 65 FHU sites and 29 E/W.

We did not do the Trees of Mystery tour due to the many foggy days. Will try and do it from Brookings next year.

We had to move our site due to electrical issues. They are still trying to figure  out problem. Lots of fishing boats in campground.

Crescent City has been devastated with Tsunamis in 1964 and 2006. The town for the most part has rebounded.

Looking forward to getting back to Oregon family and friends visits.

Friday, May 10, 2019

WW II Radar Site & Drive Thru the Redwoods

9 May 2019

Today we drove south on 101 stopping first in Klamath at the WWII Radar site.

This radar site was established in late 1942 and early 1943 after the Japanese invasion of Alaska and subsequent bombing of Dutch Harbor in 1942. The fear was that the West Coast was next and that if the Japanese were able to establish bases in Alaska they would mount air attacks against the West Coast defense industries and cities. This radar site was  part of the air defenses of the West Coast.

We then drove the Davidson Road to the Elk Viewing area for a picnic. Unfortunately no Elk in the meadow. Very peaceful setting for a picnic.

Our next stop was the Kuchel Visitor Center where we bought two very nice jackets and walked down to the beach. Weather was still somewhat foggy and cold so the jackets came in handy.

On our way back to Crescent City we drove the Newton B Drury Scenic Parkway thru the Redwoods and hiked to view the Big Tree. Photos do not give a full perspective of how magnificent and beautiful are the Redwoods. Some can grow to a height of 380 ft and live to 2,000 years. Bark can be 12 in thick and the base 22 ft. They are reproduced by seed and sprout. If a Redwood is felled or badly burned, a ring trees often sprout from burls at the base. Saplings use the parent tree's root system. The root system penetrate 10  to13 feet deep, but spread out 60 to 80 ft.

Below are some photos of the Ocean, Beach and Sea Lions within walking distance of the campground.