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Brief trip north
« on: August 07, 2005, 12:43:32 PM »
We put our overseas visitors off at SFOThursday afternoon then finished loading the coach. Headed out Friday morning on a brief trip to Oregon and Washington. The first leg was 360 miles and we Spent the first couple of nights at Phoenix, OR. The Holiday RV Park there isn't much to write home about, although they have good ratings in the CG directories. The "stream fishing" is also non-existent; They told me the stream is polluted and I wish they'd change their ads to say that.

Yesterday was a day trip to Crater Lake. It hasn't changed much since we were there 18 or so years ago, but there were lots more tourists. Checked out a few campgrounds on the way - NF and state parks. We wouldn't fit in a NF CG but the SP we visited had sites up to 80 feet and the surroundings are much nicer than the private park we stayed at.

It was 104o yesterday. Hopefully it will cool down as we go further north.

We are now back on I-5 headed north on our way to Eugene/Coberg for a couple of nights. Our measuring appointment at Davis Cabinets is tomorrow morning. This leg is only 200 miles.
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2005, 02:28:29 PM »
Hi Tom,

We'll have to keep that SP in mind. I want to see Crater Lake someday. Unfortunately we've only been up that way when there's snow. :)

Wish I knew of some good restaurants to recommend but the one we knew, the Vault, has changed hands and isn't the same. Food isn't bad but the atmosphere isn't as nice as it used to be. It's in Harrisburg and used to be a bank, hence the name the Vault. You used to be able to eat in one of the vaults. Nice private area. :) The Vault is on the same street as the post office.

There is a decent restaurant for breakfast but I don't remember the name. It, too, is in Harrisburg on Rt. 99 on the right hand side. I believe the young lady in the office knows the name.




 
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2005, 03:09:24 PM »
OK thanks Jim. I'm BBQ'ing tonight, but we'll check out the restaurants for other meals/days.

BTW the SP was called Joeseph Jackson SP. Recollections from our prior trip say that all the SPs in OR are quite nice.
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2005, 05:09:58 PM »
Tom,

From what little I've seen the State Parks in OR are nice.

BTW, the former Vault is now owned by a hunter. Quite a few mounted heads but not as many as the bar where you took us. :)

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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2005, 08:19:58 PM »
We're staying two nights at Premier RV Resorts in Coburg (the place Russ recommended). This is a nice park but, when we arrived, they'd given our reservation away and there was no room at the inn. They eventually gave us a small site (compared to all the others) and it's in the slow lane of the freeway. But we're glad they found us a site.

Took a ride over to the Monaco Coburg plant and the Harrisburg service center, just to check out where they are. Also drove to Davis Cabinets in Junction City, so we know where to go  in the morning.

Visited a couple of dealers and looked at new coaches. We really liked the 45 foot quad slide Essex by Newmar. Tomorrow we get to look at the Marathon Prevosts.
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2005, 08:56:52 PM »
This morning we made our measuring appointment at Davis Cabinets in Junction City. Met with the owner Shaun Davis - what a neat guy to do business with. He also gave me an additional 30 minutes of his time telling me where to go fishing, techniques and fly patterns. Several other coaches were there, either for measurement or installation.

This afternoon we got to see some Marathon Prevosts and tour the Marathon plant in Coburg. I'm sold! Later we looked at several new Monaco and Holiday Rambler models at the Monaco factory.

Tomorrow we leave for Newport, on the OR coast.
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2005, 09:11:15 PM »
Tom,

We thought you would be impressed with Shaun.  He is really good at his trade.  I know you will be pleased with his work.

Have a great time.
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« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2005, 09:14:31 PM »
Thanks Ron. I've seen enough examples of Shaun's work to be confident he'll do a great job. I'll be posting before and after photos when he's done.
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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2005, 09:15:49 PM »
Tom,

We are liooking forward to your post on this project.
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2005, 05:57:04 AM »
Tom,

When you return for your cabinets you can always tour the Country Coach Prevost conversion factory. Then you can compare the two.

As Ron said, you won't be disappointed in Shaun's work. We sure aren't. :)

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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2005, 07:51:26 AM »
Hi Jim,

Where is the Country Coach Prevost factory? I'm not sure I could take another day of drooling though  ;D
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2005, 06:49:58 PM »
I've been slow to update this discussion with the remainder of the trip.

Attached are a couple of photos from our prior day trip to Crater Lake.

After leaving Coburg, OR, our next stop was Pacific Shores Outdoors Resorts in Newport, OR. Marathon Coach owns some sites here and, while touring the Marathon plant in Coburg, we picked up a couple of half price coupons for this resort. The park is located on a bluff looking over the Pacific. 20 miles north is Depoe Bay, a small harbor with a very interesting entrance. They also have their share of tourist/t-shirt shops.

Next stop was the Astoria/Seaside KOA, near the mouth of the Columbia river. I'm not a big fan of KOAs, but the state park across the street was full, thanks to the opening of the "buoy 10" fishing season. Although this KOA has a number of paved sites, we had to settle for a couple of dirt sites.
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2005, 06:59:42 PM »
Tom, nice looking lake.  Weren't there any fish in it?
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2005, 07:12:27 PM »
On to the Columbia River RV Park at Portland, OR. A clean park under the flight path of a nearby military airport. The Portland Yacht Club is within walking distance, as is the Columbia river.

A visit to the Bonneville Dam hydroelectric project was well worth the trip. In addiiton to exhibits and videos, they have a fish ladder with observation windows where you can see salmon and various other species of fish making their way upriver.

A day trip along the Columbia river gorge revealed a number of waterfalls. For the hikers, there's a great trail that runs along the hillside with spectacular bridges over some of the falls. A 2-hour trip up and down the Columbia on a sternwheeler provided more spectacular views.
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Re: Brief trip north
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2005, 07:13:53 PM »
Weren't there any fish in it?

The photos are deceiving; That lake is a long way down and I'm not sure if fishing is allowed even if we could get down there.
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« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2005, 07:40:16 PM »
Next stop - the Columbia Riverfront RV Park in Woodland, WA. This park lives up to its name in addition to being a nice park. Looking out the windshield of the coach we observed fishing boats and large ships travelling up and down the river.

We came up to WA in search of some stream fishing, but the Columbia is a little bigger than a stream. We were wishing we'd brought the bass boat along.

We took a drive up to the north fork of the Lewis River, approx 55 miles from the campground.  FWIW this is one way to Mount St. Helens. Wonderful scenery and some great trout fishing spots on the river and other streams. We passed several pictureque lakes on the way. We also checked out a couple of small private campgrounds, a National Forest CG and a power company CG, hoping to camp closer to fishing; They were either full or couldn't accomodate our coaches.

Next, back to Oregon. Yesterday we pulled into the Kah-Nee-Ta resort on the Warm Springs Reservation. Another nice, clean CG, but getting here was a bit of a white knuckle drive over narrow and very twisty mountain roads. The resort has a golf course and casino, although we don't play golf or gamble. The CG is in a small valley and there's no cell or GPRS service. so last night I put up the DW dish.

Yesterday afternoon I checked out the local fishing on the Upper Deschutes River. I bought a 1-week state fishing licence and a 1-day reservation fishing permit. Fished for an hour on the reservation side of the river late yesterday. This morning I left around 6.00am and headed to the state side of the river. It's a 15 mile drive from the CG. Had a great morning fishing and caught some nice rainbows. I use barbless hooks and practice catch-and-release, so no fish photos.

While looking for a place to buy a fishing licence yesterday, we stumbled upon a fly fishing shop called The Riffle Fly Shop, hidden from the highway near Warm Springs. The shop has a small campground that could easily accomodate our coaches. It's also a hop, skip and a jump from the river. I was very tempted, but our travelling companions don't fish.
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« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2005, 10:36:25 PM »
On to the Columbia River RV Park at Portland, OR. A clean park under the flight path of a nearby military airport. The Portland Yacht Club is within walking distance, as is the Columbia river.

A visit to the Bonneville Dam hydroelectric project was well worth the trip. In addiiton to exhibits and videos, they have a fish ladder with observation windows where you can see salmon and various other species of fish making their way upriver.

A day trip along the Columbia river gorge revealed a number of waterfalls. For the hikers, there's a great trail that runs along the hillside with spectacular brides over some of the falls. A 2-hour trip up and down the Columbia on a sternwheeler provided more spectacular views.

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     Those falls are Multnomah Falls.  Sorry about that.

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« Reply #17 on: August 18, 2005, 10:51:21 PM »
You may be right Ron and I might have got the photos mixed up. If I haven't mixed them up again, here's Wahkeena and Horsetail falls.
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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2005, 10:39:39 PM »
A few photos of Kah-Nee-Ta resort on the Warm Springs, OR reservation.
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« Reply #19 on: August 20, 2005, 11:52:08 PM »
We're slowly working our way back towards Junction City and Harrisburg. Today we pulled into the Crown Villa RV Resort in Bend, OR. This is definitely one of the nicest, cleanest RV parks I've stayed in, although it's a little pricey. Someone occupied our site the night before, and they asked us if we'd mind wating while they "cleaned the site".

Each of the large sites is comprised of cobble stones (aka small pavers) on which the RV stands, well-manicured grassy areas, and adjacent blacktop for toad parking. Lots of pine trees, so I would imagine that pine needles and sap might be an issue. Satellite is tough, but they have free cable and free WiFi.

This afternoon we checked out the nearby stretch of the Deschutes river and I'm ready to go fishing early in the morning.
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2005, 05:32:49 AM »
Tom,

Sounds like a nice spot. Will have to keep that in mind for our next trip to the northwest.

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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2005, 08:29:28 AM »
Tom,

When do you go back to Shauns to get your caninets installed?  Looking forward to some photos.
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2005, 03:38:42 PM »
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Shaun does the installation this coming Thursday. We have the 'before" pics, just waiting for the finished product to take the "after" pics.
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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2005, 04:35:18 PM »
Tom,

Looking forward to the photos.
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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2005, 07:59:04 PM »
I'm looking forward to the product  ;D
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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2005, 10:06:37 PM »
Had a couple of mornings fishing the Deschutes river near Bend, OR. This stretch of the river gets a lot of fishing pressure and it's also late in the season. The combination of these two means that the big fish are spooked and the only fish that can be easily enticed to grab a fly are relatively small. But the scenery and the ability to "wet a line" made this worthwhile.

Probably the best way to fish the Deschutes is via a float boat. However, you're not allowed to fish the Deschutes while floating, and have to pull over and get out of the boat when you're ready to cast a fly or lure.
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« Reply #26 on: August 22, 2005, 10:26:20 PM »
This morning we visited a Beaver dealership in Bend and checked out the 40 and 42 foot Patriot Thunder and Marquis. The Marquis wins hands down and we took a test drive. We're going to check out the 45 foot at the factory in Coburg. The salesman was quite unique - he used to be the warranty and service manager for Beaver in Bend for 19 years before Monaco moved manufacturing to Coburg. This guy was very knowledgeable and not full of the usual salesman useless "tell 'em what they want to hear".

We then headed over the Cascades, planning to stop at either McKenzie Bridge or Blue River so I could fish the McKenzie River. It turns out that the river flows quite fast in these areas, and was not conducive to wading. So we kept going and are now back at Premier RV Resort near Coburg, OR.

The trip over the mountain was uneventful but spectacular. There was still snow on some of the peaks, as you can see from the photo I took from the navigator's seat.

When we stopped at Blue River I talked with a lady who was born there, but now lives in southern Arizona. She was taking photos of her birthplace. Interestingly, she was of Scottish descent and a couple of years ago had taken a trip to Scotland, Wales and Ireland. She'd been to the small North Wales town that has the second longest place name in the world (I used to think it was the longest, but found out a couple of years ago that a town in New Zealand has a name that's a couple of characters longer): Llanffairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwindrorbethllandysiliogogogoch and she was quite excited that I could pronounce it. She'd also visited actor Richard Burton's birthplace, a half mile from where I grew up.
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« Reply #27 on: August 23, 2005, 08:22:43 AM »
Tom,

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Llanffairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwindrorbethllandysiliogogogoch

Does that have a translation of sorts??

Great picture, but doesn't the 'pilot' know you're not supposed to drink and drive?? ;D
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« Reply #28 on: August 23, 2005, 09:08:25 AM »
Howdy, Tom.

Thanks for sharing your trip. The photos are gorgeous and Jack is drooling!! 

Marathon does a good Prevost conversion. I was told that they will build a double sidewall coach if desired. We looked at Royale, Country Coach and Liberty conversions. But I didn't like the CC's cabinets.

Thanks again,
Jack and Liz in HOT HOT  Houston, TX!
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« Reply #29 on: August 23, 2005, 11:41:31 AM »
Does that have a translation of sorts??

Yes it does. All place names in Wales are descriptive and typically have several words strung together. Another clue - the grammar is similar to French e.g. noun first, followed by adjective. The first word is "llan", which translates to church. The last word is "goch", which translates to red. Oh, I forgot, the first letter of some Welsh words mutate under certain circumatances. The Welsh word for red is "coch", which in this case mutates to "goch". Now you can figure the rest out  ;D

I wonder why the name is often abbreviated to "Llanffair P G"  :)

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doesn't the 'pilot' know you're not supposed to drink and drive??

LOL Karl. After posting that, I just knew someone would comment. Was going to go back and crop the photo, but was too tired.
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