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Re: North To Alaska
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2012, 07:23:02 PM »
Marsha, were you visiting some family in Ridgecrest a couple months ago? We met a couple in our neighborhood visiting from out of town and they were planning a trip to Alaska in June.
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« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2012, 08:52:29 PM »
Hi Josh....nope wasn't us.  But I will say that I've run into several couples in various campgrounds we've stayed in the during the last couple of months who are planning on going to Alaska this summer.  At the moment we are in Cold Springs, CA 25 miles east of Sonora.  On Friday we head down the hill heading north.

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« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2012, 11:25:38 PM »
Update:

We finished the work at the kid's camp, then headed to Red Bluff, Ca to do laundry, get groceries and rest.  I haven't worked from 8:30 til 5:00 for a very long time.  It was fun; we met a great bunch of RVers who travel around and help churches with things that need to be done.  For several years they have been helping this camp get ready for the onslaught of kids throughout the summer. 

The Red Bluff RV campground was very very nice.  Lots of big trees, grassy sites, pool and laundry.  Since we are no longer using our "on the roof motosat satellite" for internet and instead using our aircards, it was nice to not have to worry about a clear tree free southern exposure.  The campground had cable TV, so we did not bother turning on the King-dome dish.  As Betty B. says:  "life is good".

We left Red Bluff on Monday and drove north to Canyonville, Oregon and are staying at the Seven Feathers RV Resort.  WOW what a nice campground; beautiful rhodendrum (spelling?) bushes all over the place, along with a wide variety of trees.  Strong WiFi although, our air card is showing 5 bars and 3G, cableTV; but we are using our satellite dish so that we can watch recorded programs.  The sites are beautiful, lots of grass and open spaces.  We are not casino people but we went over to eat and <shudder> lost $2.00 at the one-armed bandits.  My problem with the casinos is the smoke.....gets to me every time.

On Thursday we take off for Portland and will be there over the Memorial Day weekend.  We've been lazy so far on this trip.....seems we are taking it slow!

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« Reply #33 on: May 22, 2012, 11:54:58 PM »
Marsha,

The Seven Feathers RV Resort is among the nicest we've ever had the pleasure of staying in.  One time when driving to Coburg in the car we stayed at their hotel and it also was very nice.  They have a decent buffet too.  In fact, the last few times we've been to the buffet they had ham that was so good I asked about the brand.  Turns out it's only sold wholesale but boy we really enjoyed it!

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« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2012, 08:58:07 AM »
Marsha, there is nothing wrong with being lazy and taking your time, it is always nice to be relaxed and safe on a long trip. I'm with you on the casinos as well, I don't care for casinos and I absolutely can't stand the smoke it really bothers me and seems to affect my allergies everytime too which are really bad. Keep us posted.

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« Reply #35 on: May 23, 2012, 11:01:24 AM »
Update:

On Thursday we take off for Portland and will be there over the Memorial Day weekend.  We've been lazy so far on this trip.....seems we are taking it slow!

Marsha~

Marsha, do keep us posted on your whereabouts.  We are right behind you.  We will get to Portland on the 26th or 27th.  We linger where we love, and scoot through what we don't.  We may stay at Fairview RV Park, but nothing is in concrete.  Let us know what park you choose and what you think of it. 

You are good people to get up and work for the kids.  I volunteer in my daughter's class 3 days a week for about 3 hours/day and find it rewarding.  It's too bad you can't see the joy the kids will have at this camp.  When my ex-students would come back or when I was their child's teacher, they would tell me that the time we spent together at 6th grade camp was the highlight of their lives.  They had vivid memories of what they did there.

Thanks for trailblazing for us!

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« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2012, 11:57:48 AM »
    Sorry to have missed you and Tim when we went west this year to Moab.  We would have loved to have done Alaska along with several other framily this year.  However, given time constraints on being in the US, any Alaska trip won't be by way of our MH, unless we curtail our time in Florida.  You two have a great trip, look out for the moose (maybe you'll get to see some there, even if they don't live out there).

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« Reply #37 on: May 23, 2012, 01:24:46 PM »
Thanks for the good wishes everyone. 

Ed, I wish we could have caught up with you guys also.  It's been way too long!  We're thinking about Moab for next year.  Tell Donna, I finally got my act together and am now a DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) which meant tons of ancestry work. 

Linda we are staying at Fairview RV Park in Portland Thursday through Monday.  Then we are off to Port Townsend, WA (on the point) and will be there for 5 days or so.  Port Townsend was recommended to us by some folks we met in Palm Springs who live in the area.  Apparently there is a ferry we can take across the bay which drops us right into downtown Seattle.  So we will use Port Townsend as a base.  We've not spent much time in either Portland or Seattle, so it should be fun.

FYI, diesel is #3.84/gallon here in Canyonville.  It's cloudy with the sun peeking out now and then, high of 59 degrees.

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« Reply #38 on: May 23, 2012, 01:32:58 PM »
    Well, we're here in SLC and I drop Donna off at 9 AM when the LDS Research center opens, and go down to pick her up around 6:30, hoping to get her out by 7:30.  She comes back to the coach, eats a quick supper, then reviews what she did for the day, and what she'll do tomorrow.  We're booked in for 2 weeks, then a mad dash for the Alberta border so that Uncle Sam doesn't get mad at us.  We've got to be out by the 15th.
   As for Moab, we loved it, but a 4,500 mile detour won't happen every year, so maybe in a few.

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« Reply #39 on: May 23, 2012, 01:37:06 PM »
We'll be a few miles north of Portland, but probably not until after Memorial Day.  Dan's brother will be visiting until June 1.  Then, we'll take off for Alaska.

Our first stop will probably be a paragliding site east of Vancouver, BC. 

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« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2012, 01:40:23 PM »
Hope we cross paths, Jeannie.

I think I need to set up an Excel spreadsheet for keeping track of all of us going to Alaska this year.

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« Reply #41 on: May 23, 2012, 06:27:17 PM »
Marsha, If you've never done the Seattle Underground Tour, it's a lot of fun. And be sure to visit Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, a good start for the rest of the park. Fortunately, we've been to the Seattle part of KLGO; unfortunately, we've never been to the Alaska part.
 
Send lots and lots and lots of pictures. We may never get there live and in person :)  :(
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« Reply #42 on: May 23, 2012, 10:39:27 PM »
Thanks for the Seattle tip Wendy. 

I actually made reservations for a 1/2 day city tour of Portland for Friday, then the underground tour of the shangahi (spelling) tunnels for Saturday.  I'll be sure and check the Seattle info.

There are so many Forum members going to Alaska that hopefully you'll have bunches and bunches of photos.

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« Reply #43 on: May 24, 2012, 12:33:57 AM »


 Then we are off to Port Townsend, WA (on the point) and will be there for 5 days or so.    We've not spent much time in either Portland or Seattle, so it should be fun.

Marsha~

Portland and Seattle are 2 of our favorite cities.  Dean worked for Boeing, and he spent a lot of time in Seattle and never saw the city--just flew in, worked, flew out.  So BMH (Before Motor Home), we spent a week up there.  I'm sure you'll see the famous sights, but a hidden wonder is the Weyerhauser plant in Federal Way, just a few minutes down the road, which has the most beautiful collection of bonsai plants from all over the world, and each is elegantly displayed in its own "frame".  It is my one place I have to go when we are in the area.  I was so disappointed that it was not given a "Gem" rating by AAA that I wrote them a letter.  It is the only time I have recommended an attraction for Gem status.

In Portland, consider the Japanese Gardens at Washington Park.  They are the best we've seen anywhere in the U.S., and I stop at them all. 

You might want to also consider Northwestern Trek in Eatonville.  It is fabulous.

We've spent a lot of time in Portland and Seattle, but know nothing of Port Townsend.  Tell me more...  I gave you the highest highlights on P & S.  If you want more info on Portland and Seattle, let me know.

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« Reply #44 on: May 24, 2012, 01:52:40 PM »
Marsha, I'll be following your thread with great interest.  You are headed up the same way we will be returning.  We have to be in Klamath Falls Oregon the first week of September for DH's 50th high school reunion.  We are looking forward to getting back to the west coast part of things.
I'll keep a lookout in Alaska for the other allegro bus!

Right now we are in Fort Nelson, BC headed for the Yukon.  We will probably stop at Liard Hot Springs for the night.  DH wants to see if people wear clothes at the hot springs.  His best friend in Oregon asked me to take pictures if that is the case.  Let me tell you, knowing that the park is probably full of retired folks headed for Alaska and bears to chase them, I'm not too sure they know what they're asking for.  LOL.
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« Reply #45 on: May 24, 2012, 09:55:21 PM »
On our way to Alaska in 2001, DW & I stopped by the Liard Hot Springs and was planning on taking a little swim. However, since there was a bear swimming in the springs we marked that event off our bucket list.
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« Reply #46 on: May 24, 2012, 10:19:27 PM »
Marsha:

Hudson Point Marina CG has some great views of the Sound but unfortunately the ferry takes you across to Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, From there it is a 75-90 minute drive to Seattle. Optionally you can drive down to Bainbridge Island (30 minutes or so) and take the ferry from there to downtown Seattle.

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« Reply #47 on: May 26, 2012, 02:53:15 AM »
Hi, Marsha & Tim!

We are at Fairview Space 75.  Hope we get a chance to meet up.  Depending on weather, we will be going to the Japanese Gardens tomorrow.
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« Reply #48 on: May 26, 2012, 12:56:48 PM »
Linda....we are in site 38....I'll come by!

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« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2012, 01:13:50 PM »
Today, Saturday AM, we took Charlie to a large off leash area to run and play and get some hiking in.  This afternoon at 2:00 we are scheduled to do the Shangahi (sp?) tunnel walking tour.  Let's try to touch base this evening.

I'm emailing you are cell phone numbers.

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« Reply #50 on: May 28, 2012, 01:29:31 PM »
Update:

I have to tell ya, I'm a sunny California girl.  We haven't seen the sun for any length of time since we arrived in Oregon.  I love all the greenery, but I miss my sunshine every once in a while.

On Friday, we reserved a driving van tour of the city of Portland.  It was a 3 1/2 hour ride.  We visited nearly every different section of Portland:  China town, Alphabet town, Old town, and the Portland Rose Garden.  The Rose Garden is outstanding.  This town is busy with bike riders, skate boarders and a wide variety of types of people.  They have a saying: "Keep Portland Weird" and weird it is.  Lots of brightly colored hair, outrageous outfits and street people everywhere.  It gives Venice, California a run for it's money.  There were homeless people on every corner.  We learned about the history of Portland and why its' city blocks are shorter blocks than other large cities.  If you have a shorter block, you have more corners to sell which are more expensive, thus more revenue.  There are several large mountains within view of Portland, so the scenery is beautiful.  We love all the different hardwood trees and flowers.  The "Rhodeys" (rhodendrums) as the locals call them are in bloom, but have been a bit beaten down with the heavy rains we have been having.

On Saturday we jumped up early and found a large (1400 acre) off leash park for Charlie.  He had a ball and we got in some good exercise.  It's always fun to go someplace like this because you get to talk to the locals who have great suggestions and info about the surrounding area.

Later that afternoon we drove back into Portland for the "Underground tunnel" tour.   Tim and I had seen an Anthony Bourdein travel show about Portland and especially regarding the underground tunnels where men were knocked on the head, drugged or just plain kidnapped to work on the ships carrying cargo.  The tour we took, said historically there is little truth to the idea that men were plunged through trap doors in the floor, or pushed through sliding doors in the basement.  The tunnels were built to release water under the buildings when the tides came in and out.   They were also used to transport cargo from the ships and from building to building.  We heard lots of stories of the past and got a good feel of what it must have been like in the port city.

We used Sunday as a "relax" day and to have a chance to visit with Linda and Dean Stock who are parked in the same campground.  However after several phone calls we learned they were heading home.  We got in a quick visit, helped Dean unhook, gave hugs and wished them good luck on their trip back home. 

As we were walking back to our campsite, we noticed fluid under the right rear jack....oh boy...what now.  Tim gave it a quick look, but could not see anything obvious.  We got on the HWH website and found an authorized mobile repair guy.  We called expecting an answer machine saying they weren't open until Tuesday because of Memorial Day; but they fella answered and is coming out this afternoon to see what is going on.   I'm sure we could probably limp along, but we didn't want a major problem during our adventure.  Hopefully it's an easy fix....or not...keeping our fingers crossed and little request sent upward.

If it's a quick fix, we will be headed to Port Townsend on Tuesday.

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« Reply #51 on: May 28, 2012, 01:46:56 PM »
I love all the greenery, but I miss my sunshine every once in a while.

My parents live in central Oregon where it isn't so green and isn't so wet. They say there's a reason why it's so green on the west side of the Cascades and it's because of rain !

There were homeless people on every corner.   

We went on a tour of Portland a few years ago. The woman who was giving the tour told us that there were no homeless people in Portland, that they all go home at night :)
 
Hope your leak is a quick easy fix and the Alaska trip can continue.
 
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« Reply #52 on: May 28, 2012, 01:50:21 PM »
Marsha,

There is a good RV repair shop just up the street behind the gas station where you turn to get on the freeway.  They bailed us out a couple of times.  oncer required a visit to the park for a jack problem.  They fixed it in a minute or so and wouldn't charge for the call.  Nice people.
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« Reply #53 on: May 28, 2012, 02:12:56 PM »
Thanks Jim,

You are the second person to give that RV repair shop a recommendation.   We are only using this mobile guy because he was listed on the HWH recommended repair people.  But if he doesn't work out, we'll get the one down the street.

Thanks, are you guys getting any nearer to being on the road?

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« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2012, 03:08:29 PM »

Thanks, are you guys getting any nearer to being on the road?

Short answer, no.  I see the neurosurgeon on Wednesday and hopefull he will see something in the MRI I had last week that can be fixed.  I am at least having a few good days but still more bad than good.  I am able to do without pain meds although it can be tough at times. 

Somehow I have to be able to travel to Portland in August for a great grand daughters first birthday.  If all else fails, I will have to fly and even then that will be an ordeal unless I improve significantly.
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« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2012, 07:58:41 PM »
Ok...HWH guy just left.   It was a loose fitting, tightened it, billed us and now we are ready to move on to Port Townsend, WA tomorrow!

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« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2012, 08:09:08 PM »
Enjoy Point Hudson!

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« Reply #57 on: May 31, 2012, 12:33:38 AM »
Jeff....we are enjoying Port Hudson,.......even in the rain!

We left Portland this morning around 10ish and drove to the tip of the Olympic Peninsula.  It was a very pretty scenic drive with small houses perched along the shoreline nestled in trees and ferns.  Quaint little small communities with small restaurants/shops.  Lots of RV spots right along the water's edge.  We saw signs for seafood; coffee shops and some small motels.

After the HWH repair guy left on Monday night, Tim wasn't convinced the problem was fixed.  When he put his hand up around the compression fitting that was supposed to be our problem, he was still getting fluid on his hand and some drips on the jack foot.  So he call the repair man back on Tuesday morning scheduling him to return to see what else was going on.  The repairman arrived late --5:30, climbed under the coach and decided to actually remove the fitting to see if it was damaged in any way.  It wasn't, so he put teflon tape around the joint, retighted and this morning at 6 am, no leak. 

I had cancelled our reservation at Port Townsend campground for fear that we had a more serious problem with the jack; but when Tim found everything dry this morning, he felt pretty confident that everything was OK.  At 8:15 am, I called the campground and said we were coming.  I really didn't have worry about not having a space, there are only a couple of campers here with lots of empty spaces.

The drive was really pretty up I5 and then onto 101N.  101N winds along the water's edge, climbs a bit then flattens out coming into Port Townsend.  We had sunny skies as we got closer and could see all the beautiful Olympic mountains, it's a good thing we got a sneak peak because it is supposed to rain for the next 5 days.  It was a slow drive from Olympia to PT, you just could not make a lot of time.

Port Townsend is very quaint.  Lots of old buildings, lots of good restaurants and lots of road work.  They have torn up the main street to rebuild the streets as well as, it looks like. the water/sever drain systems.  However all the shops and businesses are open.  We went to eat at a recommened restaurant tonight and I had hazelnut smothered halibut....it was fabulous.  Tim had chicken tacos which he said were suburb.  Because we are crossing into Canada in a few days, we've limited our liquor supply, so after dinner we did a "beer" run. ;)

We plan to stay here until Monday morning to visit the park, tour Seattle and eat more seafood!!!

Pictures to come, if it's not too rainy.

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« Reply #58 on: May 31, 2012, 10:47:38 AM »
Marsha,

Enjoy Port Townsend for us. One place we would like to go back to. We had a wonderful time there in July of 2008. The views are amazing and lots and lots to do there.

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« Reply #59 on: May 31, 2012, 11:51:41 AM »
Hi Marie,  I would sure like sunny warm weather where I could actually see things..... ;D   But as my granddaughter's  kindergarten teacher said:  "ya get what you get and you don't throw a fit".  I've taken that to heart.

Where are you guys?  I was thinking of you the other day.  Hopefully you are out RVing somewhere.

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