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Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« on: June 14, 2012, 02:37:32 PM »
We will begin our maiden voyage in our new Thor Chateau 28Z MH tomorrow for northern California. I'll turn on the refrigerator when I get home this afternoon then off to the grocery to pick up last minute food items.

We will be visiting the following destinations:
  • Bakersfield RV Resort
  • 49er RV Ranch
  • Burney Falls Trailer Resort
  • Coloma Resort
  • Dry camping at Lake Isabella

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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2012, 12:05:54 AM »
Josh,

I hope you have a wonderful trip.  It's so exciting to be starting this chapter of you life!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 12:14:25 AM »
Another day, another adventure.  Have fun.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 09:06:37 AM »
We started up the refrigerator and loaded the dry foods and snacks last night. My wife will finish loading the cold items today now that the ref and freezer are cold this morning. I will be home in a little over three hours then load up the family and last minute items and fill up the gas tank then on the road around noon today.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2012, 07:35:48 AM »
Wow!  Have an awesome time!  Can't wait to hear about it!
We've yet to make our maiden voyage but we'll have a test overnight in 1 week. Maiden voyage in a month.
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2012, 08:21:41 AM »
Have a great trip. Your itinerary sounds great and the map looks good.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 07:27:25 PM »
First day of our Maiden Voyage

We left the Bakersfield RV Resort yesterday morning around 10am and arrived at the 49er RV Ranch around 2:30pm. The drive north on Hwy 99 was really quite bumpy and we had one of our kitchen cabinets come open during our transit, thankfully nothing fell out. Once we got off the 99 the drive was so golden with the tall golden grass in every direction we could see. The roads were all two lane roads in the golden back country roads with plenty beauty. It was tight driving through downtown Columbia because the street is very narrow and the cars are parked all along the street and it scared me on a few occasions when I though my mirror was going to hit a mirror on a couple trucks parked on the street. Unfortunately my GPS got me as close as 0.3 miles of the ranch, we ended up missing the turn and had to drive another half mile down the road and had the fun of turning around in someoneís driveway. We finally arrived at the Ranch and we were met immediately by a serious man at the entrance and he guided us to our space.
 
We checked in with the Registration desk and the lady at the front desk was a rough looking lady but turned out to be a great person and helpful with several questions we had. The temps here were about 100 degrees with high humidity and we have been sweating like crazy. We took our first walk around the ranch and we came within about 50 feet of a deer just starring at us, quite a site since we donít have any deer in the desert. We have already met several of the other people staying here and they have all been very friendly and helpful. Well, it is time to prepare for bed and get ready for a busy day tomorrow. Good night everyone.
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 07:30:45 PM »
Second day

Today I woke up at 6:45 feeling fresh and ready for another fun and relaxing day. I started off the day eating pop tarts for breakfast, it has been more than 10 years since I ate pop tarts and they still tasted very good. Jayda was still sleeping so I took a walk down the hill to the town of Columbia. The walk was just a little over a half mile with nearly no traffic on the road, a slow flowing creek, and a deer grazing the grass just about 100 feet from me. When I got to the bottom of the hill they were hosting an antique car show so I had to stop by to check out the vintage vehicles. Shortly afterwards I began the walk up the steep hillside road for a good workout. This was the perfect start to such a beautiful day.

Once Jayda woke up we packed up the backpack and walked down the hillside road together. We had intended to walk the full 1.5 miles to the airport to watch the Fatherís Day Fly In show then some new friends we met at the campground drove by and offered us a ride that was much appreciated. There was a multitude of old vintage airplanes participating in the show which was filled with plenty of different types of events throughout the day. Jayda didnít seem to be very interested in the airplanes (maybe this is due to daddy working on a Naval Air Base) so she went to play in the bounce house. Some of the events of the show were flour bombing, place landing, corvette vs. racing plane, plane rides and so much more.

We departed the show via a trolley to visit the California Forestry & Fire Air Attack Base. We were able to view the firehouse, firetruck, helicopter, communications plane, and tanker plane. Just before we left they were called to a real fire near Mariposa so we were able to experience what really happens at the station as each of the firefighters dressed out and boarded each of the aircraft and departed within about 10 minutes after the call. It was quite impressive to see these guys in action and how effective they were at loading up and getting out.

We made it back to the old town of Columbia and we walked around the antique car show. Later Jayda spotted some horses pulling a carriage so we bought some tickets and rode the horse and carriage in the countryside of Columbia. We were attacked by bandits and they asked the women for rings, the men for Cuban cigars and the kids for candy. Somehow we escaped and no one lost anything during the tense moments.

Today has been a very fun day with the family and we had the chance to discover Columbia. Much of the town is still in the original condition with the saloons, old hotels, jail and so much more. If you want to experience a little of what the original gold rush days were like then Columbia is one place where you can see and experience some of the life during the rush.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2012, 07:36:33 PM »
Sounds like you're already a confirmed RVer. Enjoy.
 
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« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2012, 10:10:13 PM »
Day Three

Well, yesterday was kind of a wasted day for us. We wanted to go to Railtown in Jamestown to ride the 1897 steam engine but found out that is only runs on the weekend. So, we decided to take the bus to Railtown anyway to check out the station and museum but discovered the bus took nearly two hours to get us there and Railtown was closing in 15 minutes when we arrived. We got back on the bus and rode it another hour to return back at the RV Ranch. For some weird reason the bus lines come out to Columbia then go to Sonora then to Jamestown, then Sonora then Jamestown, then Sonora and back to Columbia. The bus driver explained to me that the locals understand the route but visitors don't. :o

When we got back to the ranch there was a new RV family that showed up with 4 kids and my 4 y/o daughter was so excited. We all sat at the campfire roasting marshmallows, hotdogs and smores and just had a great time relaxing and telling stories to end the day on a positive note. I packed up the MH and had everything prepared for an early departure in the morning.
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« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2012, 10:48:41 PM »
Sorry to hear that Josh.
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« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2012, 11:19:56 PM »
Day Four

Today was a long day in our trip but we have arrived at our farthest north destination tonight. We left Columbia at 8:30am and drove north on Hwy 49 and have some really terrific views. The drive on the 49 was quite beautiful and tense at some moments with some narrow areas in the road and I smacked a tree limb pretty good with my passenger side mirror when a semi came rolling down the hill and around the corner and I had nowhere to escape.

We drove Hwy 49 north to El Dorado then had to fill up the gas tanks. When I pulled out of the gas station I wasn't sure if my GPS was showing a left turn or right turn so I turned left then it began recalculating and told me to follow the road for 12 miles to Hwy 50. This was a back country farm road that was barely wide enough for two horse carriages, fortunately I didn't come across much traffic coming from the other direction. I did end up with a log truck streaking along from behind at a high rate of speed the he rode my bumber until I could finally turn off and let him by.

I decided to take the Fwy 99 NB which eventually turned in to a two lane road and traveled through many small towns and slow speed limits which seemed to take an eternity. Once we passed through Chico the traffic smoothed and I was able to kick in the cruise control all the way onto and up the I5 NB until we reached our exit towards Burney on the 299. We ran into one lane construction on the 299 where we were parked about 20 minutes so we took advantage by filling up our drinks and using the restroom then sat down and still waited about another 5 minutes before moving again. The drive to Burney was great with a few moments of the drive we could look to the north and see Mt. Shasta and see Mt. Lassen to the southeast and both still snow covered. We finally arrived at the Burney Falls Trailer Resort about 5 miles north of Burney at 6pm making the drive 9.5 hours which = Long Day.

Tomorrow we are planning to take a walk to Burney Falls and spend some time around the water and take in some of the sights. Well, it is late and we need to rest. Good night RV Forum.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2012, 09:37:31 AM »
We ran into one lane construction on the 299 where we were parked about 20 minutes so we took advantage by filling up our drinks and using the restroom then sat down and still waited about another 5 minutes before moving again.

Ah, you've discovered one of the joys of RV traveling. You come upon stopped traffic for road construction and you can take a break to fix drinks, use the facilities, adjust the GPS. Think of the poor schmucks in cars who have to cross their legs until they get thru the construction and find a rest stop :)
 
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« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2012, 10:39:15 AM »
Josh, You write some very nice reports. I love reading it.

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« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2012, 11:57:12 PM »

Ah, you've discovered one of the joys of RV traveling. You come upon stopped traffic for road construction and you can take a break to fix drinks, use the facilities, adjust the GPS. Think of the poor schmucks in cars who have to cross their legs until they get thru the construction and find a rest stop :)

Wendy, I was thinking the same thing because I remember those days parked in the car for long waits and wondering how far till the next potty break or to get out of this cramped car burning up since the A/C doesn't work well in a car if it isn't driving. We were quite comfortable with our refreshing break, the generator running and the cool feeling A/C blowing down upon us.
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« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2012, 11:58:32 PM »
Josh, You write some very nice reports. I love reading it.

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Mariekie, I'm glad you are enjoying reading them because I am enjoying the adventure and writing them each night (that is when I have Internet connection).
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« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2012, 12:27:10 AM »
Day Five

My 4 y/o daughter woke up early this morning which was a good thing since we wanted to leave a little early anyway to head to Burney Falls State Park and spend the day. The drive took a whole whopping five minutes to get to the main entrance from our RV park. This was kind of funny because my daughter said "Daddy, that wasn't very long, I didn't see much scenery this time". All I could do was laugh.

I spoke with the Park Ranger at the Entrance and she asked me "Are you overnight camping or Day use only?" I said just Day use. Now the price for day use is $8 so I already had a $10 bill ready. Just as I was handing it to her she said it is $16 so I asked why, your board says $8, she says for cars but your ride will take up two parking spaces so it is doubled. Well, this was one of those times I wished I had a tow vehicle to get around with easier and cheaper.

We proceeded and found an RV parking space at the Visitor Center so we parked and walked to the top view of the water falls. We walked the Falls Loop to the bottom of the falls and the temperature felt like it dropped about 10-15 degrees which was very refreshing. My daughter and I walked out on the rocks and touched the water and it was freezing and my daughter asked if she could swim in it. I was mesmorized by the beauty of the falls and feeling the cool breeze coming from them. We stayed at the bottom for about an hour just admiring the scenery all around us and relaxing. We finally started hiking again around the loop which led us over an arched bridge where we could see a little more of how long the water flows were. The hike going back up was not too rough which made me happy because I was just waiting for the moment my daughter would ask me to carry her on my shoulders. Fortunately she never asked, she hiked the entire trail and never slowed or complained, she was just having so much fun. The trail was 1.2 miles around. When we arrived back at the Visitor Center I noticed a sign next to the RV parking space which I was parked in that said "RV parking for Visitor Center only" (Well, I'm glad I learned to read finally). We drove through the park and finally decided to back into a campsite with a picnic table which are suppose to only be used by overnight campers not Day Use. Well, we stayed there for the next three hours to eat lunch, walk around the campgroun and hike another trail. I guess they don't really check the sites too much.

We finally left the Burney Falls State Park and drove to Burney to replenish some groceries and gas. The town has plenty of large parking spaces so I had no problem parking my rig anywhere in town. While pumping gas an older man pulled up next to me to get gas, when he arrived I was already pumping then he finished and I was still pumping. When he finished, he looked over at me and asked how many gallons of gas does that beast take, I kindly replied 55 sir. He just looked at me and said, "I'm glad its you and not me, I couldn't handle standing there waiting that long to fill up."

Well, we finally arrived back at the RV park and hooked up again and ate a nice bbq chicken dinner. We laid down with my daughter at 9pm and she was asleep by 9:05pm, she was knocked out from all the excitement.

Tomorrow we are planning to go to Lassen Volcanic National Park and check out some trails and the lava tubes, it sounds like another great fun filled day ahead. I need to get ready for bed myself, good night.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #17 on: June 21, 2012, 12:52:57 AM »
Outstanding Narrative Josh!!! Love reading it, Feels like we are almost there with you.

Enjoy and keep smiling and having fun. Build some great memories for everyone.(Especially your Daughter)

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« Reply #18 on: June 21, 2012, 10:53:37 AM »
California State Park campgrounds are mostly on reservations so unless / until the person who had that campsite reserved show up, you were probably ok. Maybe next time you should just stay at the state park campground? For the day use fee, if you plan on spending much time at California State Parks, they do sell an annual pass and you can get an oversized vehicle sticker for the pass. Not cheap but if you were going to visit them frequently it might be worth the cost.
 
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« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2012, 06:44:12 PM »
Well, we have arrived at Coloma Resort a couple hours ago and we have Internet connection today for the first time since Thursday so now I will continue with posting our trip report. We have added many more miles, adventures and memories along the way. Below are some of the events from Thursday June 21st.   

Day Six

When we woke up we decided to cut our stay at the Burney Falls Trailer Resort a few days short. We approached the owner of the park before leaving for Lassen Volcanic National Park in the morning. She was a really sweet lady and I felt bad cancelling three days with her but she was quite understanding and admitted that there really isnít much we could get out and see without a tow vehicle. She gave us our money back for the three nights that we cancelled then we were one road for Lassen.

We arrived at the north entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park about 40 minutes after leaving the RV Park. The weather was absolutely beautiful when we arrived and there was just so much scenery to take in and unfortunately we didnít have enough time to take it all in. We stopped at the Summit South Lake picnic area to eat lunch the hiked a short trail that went around the lake. From this point the road became very windy, narrow and a steep incline which seemed to take a lifetime to get any distance. We parked for a moment because we wanted to hike a trail to Cold Boiling Lake but the trail was closed due to the snow. We drove on down the road and finally met the highest point of the road in the park at 8512ft then came around the corner to a frozen Lake Helen. We parked and took several photos and we had some snowball fights which was a lot of fun in late June. We finally stopped at the start of the trail to Bumpass Hell, unfortunately it was closed as well due to the snow. Well, again we just had more fun having snow ball fights and making snow angels. This was definitely getting us out of the desert heat so it was worth every mile of the trip.

At this point it was approaching 5pm and we had at least a two hour drive to get back to the RV Park so we turned around and began descending down the mountain  and stopped at several vista viewpoints to take in some more of the natural beauty.

On our way back to the RV Park we stopped at the Subway Cave which is a lava tube. We pulled out the flashlights and warm weather clothing then walked the short trail to the entrance. The temperature dropped about twenty degrees about halfway down the steps before getting in the cave. We all put on our sweaters and jackets then turned on the flashlights. We walked down the cave about 300 feet and found ourselves in absolute darkness and a fork in the cave. Our flashlights werenít very bright and it was getting close to being dark outside so we decided to go back out because we didnít want to take a chance of getting lost in the dark.

Today was a wonderful day with different climates, altitudes, views and good hiking. Once again another great day of vacation.

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« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2012, 06:56:20 PM »
Josh,

How was the bridge over the river to reach Coloma Resort? When you get a chance, walk down to the bridge and check it out from below. OTOH if you do that, you might not leave  ;D

I'd be interested to hear what you have to say about Coloma. It's not a high-end resort, but worked out well for us when we had our grandson along.
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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2012, 07:28:13 PM »
Day Seven

We departed Burney for Mt Shasta in the morning with dark clouds in the sky for the first time during the trip. The forecast was callig for rain during the day and thunderstorms at night. My wife and I were excited because we would finally get the chance to have some rain and check the integrity of the new MH for any leaks. We started north on Hwy 89 the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway towards Mt Shasta. The tall green trees appeared in every direction we could look. The road condition was excellent and the traffic low to make travel much easier.

We jumped on the I5 North for about a ten minute drive then exited at Mt Shasta. When we arrived at the town of Mt Shasta the weather was just beautiful with low lying clouds all around us threatening to dump some rain on us but still holding back. The temps in town were low 60's so I knew it was going to be cold when we reached the top. We pulled over in a local high school parking lot to use the restroom and grab snacks before begging the long climb. The climb on the mountain road was steep, windy and narrow which made me a little nervous at times when oncoming traffic approached. There were some points on the road that I just wouldn't look at the white line on the edge of the road because it was a sheer dropoff to who knows where it would finally stop. When we arrived at the top (For driving) there was a large open parking lot for us to park in. We had planned to dry camp there for the night then we stepped outside to take some photos and it was absolutely freezing. We still considered staying the night while we ate lunch and I called my dad. ;D A few minutes after speaking with my dad it began to snow, and we are talking massive flakes. My daughter and I went out and played in it about ten minutes then my wife and I noticed it wasn't slowing down and it was beginning to show signs of sticking to the roads. Well, at this point we decided it may be a bad idea to spend the night here because we didn't want to find ourselves stuck on top of the mountain.

Well, needless to say we got back in the MH and drove back down the mountain then started looking for a campground to stay the night. We stopped at a couple campgrounds in the Lake Shasta area that were a little dismal so we moved on. We finally came across the Shasta Lake RV Resort and they had two sites available for one night which was perfect for us. The road to get there was very narrow windy and the sites were tight with some low hanging tree branches. The campground was nice and right on Shasta Lake overlooking the Holiday Harbor Resort and Marina. There was a group of RVers parked next to us from Oregon that had a lot of kids for my daughter to play with and the guys played a game similar to horseshoes by throwing small sandbags at a hole on a wooden box.

One thing to mention for this day was we didn't really have the big rain or thunderstorms that were predicted in the forecast but we did get a little sprinkle that I guess is better than nothing. This was also the first night I had to close the windows and put the comforter on while sleeping at night because it got really cold at night.
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« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2012, 07:40:03 PM »
Josh,

How was the bridge over the river to reach Coloma Resort? When you get a chance, walk down to the bridge and check it out from below. OTOH if you do that, you might not leave  ;D

I'd be interested to hear what you have to say about Coloma. It's not a high-end resort, but worked out well for us when we had our grandson along.

Tom,

The bridge was a little tight but in good condition. The staff are really friendly and they guided us to our parking spot then we noticed there wasn't a dump station at our site and he drove me over to the dump station in the golf cart so I would know where it was. We found a large log this morning at our last campground and brought it with us but it is too big to fit in the fire pit so their staff came by with an ax and they even cut it for us so we can burn it in the pit tonight. One thing I was hoping for here was to rent a small boat but they don't offer rentals here. We will get out to the town tomorrow to check it out and see what it has to offer. Our site is about 200 ft from the bridge so we have a good view of the bridge from here.
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« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2012, 08:01:38 PM »
Day Eight

Started off the day with a nice one mile jog around the marina and resort and through a trail, I didn't realize how steep the hills were until running up them, I'm not the youngster I used to be anymore. :'( Many of the other RVers in the campground were heading to the water for fishing and skiing, these appear to be the two biggest things happening around there. After eating breakfast we pulled out and drove up the road about a mile to the Shasta Lake Caverns store. We arrived at the store just 5 minutes before the boat was pulling out so we purchased our tickets and ran down to the boat. The boat ride was about a ten minute ride across the lake then we took a ten minute ride to the top of the mountain in a bus. The bus ride was on the edge of the mountainside which was quite scary as a passenger. The temperature inside the caverns is always around 58 degrees year round which was just perfect. Each of the rooms the tour took us in was just breathtaking and an adventure that you just have to take if you are in the area to understand. I really can't think of a way to describe it other than amazing beauty. The tour lasts approximately two hours and is worth every minute. I will say this much, if you are weak and can't walk hundreds of steps upward then this tour isn't for you. I was worried that my 4 y/o daughter would tire and I would have to carry her but she walked the entire tour so I was quite impressed.

We left the Shasta Lake area a little later in the afternoon and I found a campground at Beale AFB. This was a FAMCAMP so we called and they had availabilities so we began our drive. I setup my GPS but unfortunately once we got close it sent me to the north end of the base and sent me in the middle of an empty field with no entrance to the base. We finally called the campground and the lady gave me directions and said that GPS is jammed in the area and that everyone that has come there had to call her for directions because there GPS sends them to the empty field on the north end of the base. We drove about twenty minutes on the base before we arrived at the campground but when we arrived we were depressed about the setting. The base is really spread out and the campground is in the middle of an empty field next to a small pond, which is also located between a GPS jammer and the airfield. Nedeless to say, all we did was walk around the campground, to the pond then back to the MH and played family games together. Well, we can't complain totally it did only cost us $15 for the night. 
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #24 on: June 25, 2012, 08:18:25 PM »
Day Nine

We all woke up late, ate breakfast then quickly departed the campground, filled up the gas tank then off to the town of Yuba City to hit up the local Wal-Mart to replenish supplies. Before leaving Yuba City we stopped at Home Town Buffet and loaded our bellies before our long one hour drive to our next campground. The one good thing that did come out of our brief visit to Beale AFB was that we were informed about Camp Far West Lake just to the southeast of Beale AFB. The day use area was filled with all sorts of water sports extraorinaires with their nice boats, jet skis and whatever else you could possibly think of in the water. The water was a little cold but my daughter and I still spent some time swimming. I noticed she was shivering after we were in the water about 15 minutes so I asked if she was cold and and she answered no daddy I'm not cold while the goosebumps are forming and the teeth are grinding. There were only four campsites being used for the all night stay so the evening was quiet and pleasant. We went out looking for wood to build a campfire just before it got dark so this turned out to be an adventure in itself, I believe we walked over the entire campground before we finally gathered enough firewood. We were finally able to have our first own campfire at our site together and it was so much fun. My daughter had a blast burning the marshmallows then handing them out to my wife and I because she didn't like the taste of them after they were cooked. Me on the otherhand, well I know I ate at least five S'Mores then I stopped counting after that.  ;D
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #25 on: June 25, 2012, 08:20:07 PM »
Looked at your blog but it hasn't been updated since the first day of your trip????
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #26 on: June 25, 2012, 08:38:12 PM »
Day Ten

We spent the morning at the Camp Far West Lake campground hiking around the site and spending time feeding the squirrels. The weather was so beautiful with a nice cool breeze coming in off the lake. The lake was nearly empty compared to yesterday, I guess that has to do something with most of the population having to work today. There were a handful of people using the day use area so this made the walk through the area peaceful.

We finally left around 2pm today for Coloma. We only drove about 50 miles but it took an hour and a half due to all the curves in the road and some steep inclines along the way. The drive from Auburn to Coloma was quite interesting with some really tight turns in which some were nearly 180 degree turns making turning a 30ft MH a little more challenging. I found myselft pulling over several times to allow traffic behind me to go by since it was taking me a while to get up the inclines and it appeared that many of the cars getting stuck behind me were from the area and flew by and were gone quickly around the next corner. We finally arrived at the Coloma Resort and had to drive across a single lane narrow bridge and the UPS truck at the other end of the bridge pulled over and allowed us to pass first.

The staff at the Resort were really nice and helpful. The first thing we noticed after we parked was that there wasn't a dump station at our site, the staff employee said they have a central dump station so we had to drive back over there to dump our tanks. After we returned to our site we pulled out a large log we picked up this morning at the last campground and our ax broke so we couldn't cut it to make it fit in the fire pit. The staff came by and provided an ax and the staff member even chopped the log for us. The back end of our MH is parked about 50 ft from the river which is really nice and relaxing to hear the water running. The campground also provides small canopies to add some additional shade next to the RV's. We do have a lot of kids around us and rafting and fishing are the big things to do here.

Well, I believe I have finally caught up on our journal so I will lock up the computer and get out and take a walk to check out the local area with the family.   
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #27 on: June 25, 2012, 08:41:30 PM »
Looked at your blog but it hasn't been updated since the first day of your trip????

I know, I just got Internet connectivity this afternoon when we arrived here so I haven't had the chance to update it as of yet. I have some new photos I need to add to it as well. I don' really plan to spend all my time on a computer while on this trip anyway, I live on the computer everyday at work so this trip is kind of an eye relaxing vacation. I'll let you know when I update the blog.

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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2012, 12:16:58 PM »
Day Eleven

This was our first full day in Coloma. This was probably the most relaxing day of the trip for me because I didn't drive the MH anywhere today for the first time. I really do understand why so many of you recommend having a tow vehicle for your trips now, this trip has been quite tiring for me due to driving so much. I enjoy driving the MH but setting up hookups one day then disconnecting the next day to drive through windy narrow roads nearly 100 miles for the day to see the things we want to see then return to the campground to hookup again is really getting old.

We did find some nice trails to hike next to the Coloma Resort so we walked one just before crossing the bridge. We stopped about a half mile down and dipped our feet in the cool American River water, watched several raft boats and fed and petseveral some ducks and geese, my wife got some good photos of my my daughter and I feeding and petting them. Later we walked across the Coloma Bridge built in 1915 from the Resort to the small historic town of Coloma. We visited the museum for a while and learned more about the Gold discovery that sparked the well-known Gold Rush days.

We didn't pay to take a gold panning class but we did discover the method of gold panning from some of the other campers here on site and one even allowed us to use his pan. I couldn't believe how much gold there really is still in the river, when I got to the water I just looked in and you could see the gold sparkle in the sunlight. I did quickly discover that it isn't very easy to just pick up what you see though. We panned for a couple hours and picked up several flakes before my daughter got bored and wanted to go swimming at the swimming pool. My wife stayed in the river while I took my daughter to the swimming pool. The water in the pool was cold and my daughter jumped in and came out after five minutes freezing so we went to the playground where she met several other girls to play with for a while.

We BBQ on the grill for the first time on this trip with charcoal so we cooked up some tasty chicken and pork and I burned my finger lighting the fire. :'( After dinner we started up the campfire and we couldn't have asked for a better setting for a womderful family campfire. The sky was completely clear and the moon was the giant flashlight in the sky with the comfortable temperatures. We just sat by the campfire the rest of the evening roasting marshmallows and enjoying family time and eating the S'Mores.   
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2012, 02:22:03 AM »
Great updates Josh. It sounds like your daughter is getting some excellent life-long memories started. That's how I got the RV bug... from my parents. My wife and I then passed it along to our daughter (now married with a daughter of her own), and now she and her husband have just bought their first tent. I'm sure an RV will follow.

Keep the updates comin'. Ahhh camping/RVing...  great family endeavor indeed!

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