Sunday, November 12, 2017

I'm Going to Cover a Lot of Topics Tonight and Bring You Up to Date

Yes, finally, the rv is fixed.  It was a rainy day when we pulled into Tillamook RV Repair for the final installation of the newly made part.  It took 3 months, not the fault of Tillamook RV but because the guy in Ohio who makes this little part dropped the ball.  Anyway it's fixed now and time to move on.

There's a rainbow, it ment good luck was coming our way.

You can't see Morgan but he's under there putting it back together.

Spent a night in Eureka, CA to visit a friend of mine who was holding on to some of my things.  These pictures are of his home/museum. 

This is my old kitchen table that I gave him looking really good on his new kitchen floor.
The remains of our lunch are there, sorry.  It was really nice to be able to sit on one of my chairs.
In the background you can see some of his Fiesta Ware collection.

He's having his collection appraised, wants to sell it.

He also is a gardner. 

Moving on.  We stopped in the Piercy, CA area to visit my friend Diane and to retrieve more things.  So now our car is full of wonderful treasures.  

We spent two nights in Willits, visiting friends and eating at our favorite restaurants.  But while there it started to rain.  We'd had enough rain in Oregon so on we went, to Ukiah.  Cramming into two days what I had thought would take a week to accomplish. 

Eat at the new In and Out in Ukiah.

And what do we have here?  OMG they've started working on the Costco store in Ukiah.

We left on friday afternoon heading to the Santa Rosa fairgrounds, but they were all full of rvers whose  homes burned last month so we kept going to Petaluma Elks lodge, where we dry camped, no hookups, for the night and at first light took off to Lost Hills, CA.  We again dry camped there, parked on a side street.  Left this morning at 6:19am and drove pretty hard so as to get through the Los Angeles area before traffic got bad.  Made it to Morongo Casino by 11:30, not too bad.  Took a break for lunch and give the kitties some outside time and moved on down the road to Salton Sea.

The beautiful Salton Sea.

We'll be home to our little home in Yuma by noon tomorrow.  Lots to do there and looking forward to being there and out of the rv so I can get some things done on/to it.

We are well and glad to be back in the southwest, it is so relaxing here and warm too.

Evie and Joy + Bubba and Missy

A note:  One of my friends mentioned to me that he wasn't able to leave a comment on the blog.  I don't know what to do about that, it must be a blogger issue, which is a google program.  I'm sorry if you're having troubles, unfortunately I don't know what to do about that.

That Missy, she won't hold still for a picture.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

We Drove up the Columbia River Gorge

In early Sept. we had booked a 5 hour boat tour up the Columbia River Gorge but because of the wildfires that started the week before, our tour was canceled.  Last week we drove the rv up to the KOA in Cascade Locks and spent a couple of days exploring the area.

This is the boat that we would have been on, if we'd been able to take the tour.
Zoomed out 10x with iPhone 7.

Native american fishing platforms hanging over the river.

Waterfall photo bombing a tug boat.
Zoomed out 10x with iPhone 7.

We are back in Tillamook, Oregon still waiting for our rv parts to get here from Ohio, and that's all I can say about that without shouting at someone.  Sorry.

Evie and Joy

It's fall.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Oregon City, Oregon

Since leaving Long Beach Washington, several weeks ago, we have been cruising up and down the Oregon coast.  We made a fast trip south to Crescent City California to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew the tags on both the rv and the Honda.  Last year I did the renewal online and it took forever for the tags to catch up with us in New Mexico.  So since we were within striking distance to a DMV in California we decided to drive on down and get it taken care of in person.

Now we're in the Portland area where we've been doing some sightseeing.  Most of the time we've been staying at Elks lodges because they are so much cheaper for members, which we are, to stay in.  But as a treat we are now in a park, run by the city of Oregon City, on the banks of the Willamette River.  I mean we're parked on the bank of the river, what fun.  Just how do you pronounce the name of this river you ask?  I found this on the internet. The correct pronunciation of Willamette is Will-AM-it as in Will-AM-it, damit.  Hope I didn't offend anyone.

Looking up stream, that's the highway 205 bridge.

Looking downstream.  Bubba has the best view, when he's not sleeping.

Oh look upstream, the Willamette Falls.

Looking at the falls from the east.

From the west.

I know you can't read this but it's a good picture of what this area looks like now.
Mostly closed factories on both sides of the river, except the hydro electric plant still running.

This is what it looks like today.  I put these two pics together.

If you want to read more about the falls and see some fantastic pictures click here.

To get to the west side of the river you go over this neat old bridge.

I took a picture looking back at Oregon City and that's when we saw Mt. Hood
 in background and tall white thing in front.

Oregon City has two levels.  Part up on the bluff and part down below.

Mt. Hood

Oregon City was the capital of the Oregon Territory and was started by the Hudson Bay Company.
Read all about it here.

We'll be heading up the Columbia River Gorge tuesday so will be posting lots of pictures of that. 

Evie and Joy + Bubba and Missie

Oh and if you're wondering if the rv has been fixed yet, no, not yet  We're still waiting for the parts to get here from Ohio where they are being manufactured.

Sunset on the Willamette River taken from bedroom window.

Monday, September 11, 2017

More Images from the Long Beach Peninsula

Unique shingle designs.

 Diamonds and balls, I think.

This picture is from the internet.
Sawtooth, Diamond, Octagon, Ball and Spear, Honeycomb.

The Wreckage 1912.

The Chowder House, this is one flat side wall.

 Footprints in the sand.

Our first eagle.

We're leaving Washington tomorrow morning and making a mad dash to Crescent City, California to renew the tags on both the rv and the Honda.  We'll tell you about that next time.

Evie and Joy

A note about these photos.  A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my cell phone to a new iPhone 7 with its fancy camera.  These pictures were taken with the new phone.  The picture below is zoomed in 10x.  The pictures of the eagle were taken in a burst of 100 pictures, as he was flying away from us.  I chose only three to post.  But the burst is like a video, one frame at a time.  Now if I can learn to hold still.

Spider webs in the early morning dew. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cranberries and Flowers

They grow cranberries near where we're staying, here in Long Beach, Washington.

Pictures of cranberries from internet.

Close-up of cranberries starting to turn red.

Now for some flowers.

We see these blooming all around, but I don't know what they are.

Hydrangea in our yard. 

Lily blooming in the McDonald's parking lot.

Weed and bee.

Good year for pine cones.

Evie and Joy

Bubba and Missie