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Betty Brewer

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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #30 on: June 28, 2012, 11:04:02 AM »
Josh,
Your excitement is contagious.  I  wanted to go make  S'Mores the  minute I  pictured your family out there!

It just doesn't get any better does it?

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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #31 on: June 28, 2012, 12:52:49 PM »
Josh:
   We've enjoyed reading about your travels.  Especially about all the things you are doing withy your daughter.  After raising 2 kids who are now 22 and 24, they will tell you the best memories from their childhood are all the times we went camping.  The have both acquired tents and camping gear of their own and have been camping on their own now as adults.  It really makes you feel good to know that they had such great experiences and they do eventually thank you for all of those memories.  But of course, that's after the "teenage years" are over.  Try to remember this when the are wild and crazy tennagers!

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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2012, 04:56:24 PM »
Glad you're enjoying Coloma Josh. My wife wants to go back there again with the grandkids. I'm just a little worried about that bridge; it's a long way down to the river if it gives way  :o
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #33 on: June 29, 2012, 06:12:38 PM »
Josh:
   We've enjoyed reading about your travels.  Especially about all the things you are doing withy your daughter.  After raising 2 kids who are now 22 and 24, they will tell you the best memories from their childhood are all the times we went camping.  The have both acquired tents and camping gear of their own and have been camping on their own now as adults.  It really makes you feel good to know that they had such great experiences and they do eventually thank you for all of those memories.  But of course, that's after the "teenage years" are over.  Try to remember this when the are wild and crazy tennagers!

Steve

My daughter has had a total blast on this trip and I really do hope she remembers these moments. We just returned home a couple hours ago and when we got in town my daughter asked where are we going? So I replied "home", she instantly replied I want to go camping! ;D We may go to Lake Isabella tomorrow and dry camp on the lake to watch the fireworks extravaganza tomorrow night then return home Sunday.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #34 on: June 29, 2012, 06:27:00 PM »
Glad you're enjoying Coloma Josh. My wife wants to go back there again with the grandkids. I'm just a little worried about that bridge; it's a long way down to the river if it gives way  :o

We did enjoy Coloma and we left there early yesterday morning to begin our return home which I will add my summary report to this later. You don't need to worry about the bridge, I watch 4 big Class A's, a couple Clsss C's (including mine), a dump truck, a garbage truck, and several smaller cars and trucks cross it with no problem. We walked across it a couple times to visit the museum and do some gold panning on the other side as well.

BTW, I now know what you meant by the water really rushes in quite quickly when they open the dam. The area below our campsite was all dried up yesterday morning when we got up and I took a 20 minute walk then returned with about a foot of rushing water flowing through. It was amazing how quickly it rushes in and fills up. The staff said there is no set times as to when they open the dam, it all depends on what the farmers request or if the lake above is overfilling.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #35 on: June 29, 2012, 07:02:21 PM »
Thanks for the follow up Josh, much appreciated.

Your class C is probably significantly lighter than our 38' class A, but I understand what you're saying. Do you recall what the max weight rating on the bridge is? IIRC it was posted on the highway side of the bridge, but I don't recall what it was.

Sounds like the river is quite a bit lower than when we were there. I carefully waded out to some high ground in the center of the river behind our campsite in my chest waders. When I tried to cross back some time later, I had a tough time finding somewhere to cross where the water wouldn't come up to my chin. Thanks also for the comment that the dam release doesn't happen at a set time; Something for me to remember next time we're there.
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« Reply #36 on: June 29, 2012, 11:11:08 PM »
Thanks for the follow up Josh, much appreciated.

Your class C is probably significantly lighter than our 38' class A, but I understand what you're saying. Do you recall what the max weight rating on the bridge is? IIRC it was posted on the highway side of the bridge, but I don't recall what it was.

Sounds like the river is quite a bit lower than when we were there. I carefully waded out to some high ground in the center of the river behind our campsite in my chest waders. When I tried to cross back some time later, I had a tough time finding somewhere to cross where the water wouldn't come up to my chin. Thanks also for the comment that the dam release doesn't happen at a set time; Something for me to remember next time we're there.

The sign I took a photo of showed the following weight limits:
14 tons
21 tons
27 tons

Now, let's see if my photo comes through as an attachment.
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« Reply #37 on: June 29, 2012, 11:56:14 PM »
Day Twelve

The entire family started the day by waking up around 10am, I don't remember the last time I slept in that late but it was refreshing. My daughter saw a couple of the raft boats the day before so she asked me if she could ride one today so we called a couple of the companies in the area but she is just a little too young yet. She was sad when I told her the news but it didn't last too long when a little girl from one of our neighbors stopped by to ask if she would like to play.

In the afternoon we took another walk across the bridge and checked out a few other historical buildings in the area. My wife really enjoyed watching the blacksmiths working and was quite entrigued at how it was done. I think she spoke with them about 30 minutes or so. We enjoyed a peanut & butter picnic in the picnic ground that was big and spread out which also provided plenty of room for my daughter to run of some energy. Once we finished lunch we walked down to Sutters Mill and followed the trail about a half mile then walked in the river on the return where along the way we came in contact with the ducks and geese again. We fed them the little bit of bread we still had remaining then they left. We started gold panning again and pulled in another chunk of flakes and we were beginning to feel good. When we returned to our campsite we had some new neighbors which was an older couple that had been coming to this area once a year for gold panning and relaxing. He went with us down to the river and showed us the proper method for panning for gold and he looked at the flakes we had and said it was all fools gold.  :'(

Later in the afternoon we had a group of young girls appeared to be around 10 y/o having a camping birthday party just a couple sites down from us. These girls were just running all over the place, but they were really nice and polite. In the early evening one of them was dressed up in a really pretty dress and she began playing the Harp and this was so soothing to hear. She was amazing with the music she played and within the next 20 minutes there were about 20 other people that were not associated with the birthday party including us standing around their site listening to this girls music. The evening was very comfortable and the moon was shining bright through the trees. Once again we started up the campfire but this was going to be our last night for campfires and we had plenty of logs so we had a campfire with our neighbors right next to us until 1am just chatting and roasting S'Mores again.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #38 on: June 30, 2012, 12:22:02 AM »
Day Thirteen

We left Coloma Resort late morning to begin our trip home. The road out of Coloma south to Hwy 50 was short, narrow and windy. We turned east on Hwy 50 at Placerville and began the long climb in the mountains headed for Lake Tahoe. The drive was beautiful with some tremendous views which we pulled off to take in some of the views and take photos. There was a stretch of the road that was narrow and right on the edge of a cliff in which I dropped to lower gears and didn't get over 45 because I was scared what would happen if I were to lose control.

We pulled into a Visitors Center when we arrive at South Lake Tahoe and ate some lunch before beginning the next stretch of road. We took hwy 89 from here and let me tell you, if you plan to take this drive be prepared for some tight spots and some really tight hairpin turns along this route and much of it you won't get up to any speed. The climbs along this road are quite steep and I had several times that it sounds like my Ford 450 V10 engine was jus gasping for air to help it get up the incline. Once you get to the top it is time to come back down the mountain on similar roads with really large boulders which appear to be hanging on the cliff above you by a thin string.  :o When you leave the Hennan Lake is where the downhill begins and it gets quite steep. I had to drive in lower gears the entire drive down with some sharp hairpin turns again but holding the brakes down rather than the gas this time. The views coming down this road are absolutely breath taking but don't get caught up with the views too much if you are the driver, this is a long stretch of road and dangerous. We finally met Hwy 395 just south of Lake Topaz which is only about two miles west of the Nevada stateline.

A long portion of the 395 here is through the canyons with many great places to stop and get out to stretch out the ole legs. The only thing I had planned for this day was to drive and enjoy the scenery and find a place to park for the night. I was shooting for June Lake which we discovered once we got there that we needed gas since we were planning to drycamp the night and we may need to run the generator at night. Each location we found for drycamping around the lake was all taken up by fisherman and or other RVers and we couldn't find enough room to park so we decided to go for Mammoth. This just happens to be the week of a really large motorcross bike racing event that occurs every year in late June so there was nowhere to really park. Eventually we decided to drive down the mountain and stopped at the Paiute Casino for $5 with no hookups and security. We met some other RVers that happened to stop here on their way back home as well so it turned out to be a good spot to stop.
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #39 on: June 30, 2012, 12:57:30 AM »
Summary

Well, our maiden voyage in our new MH has come to an end this afternoon.

Miles covered:
1643
Expenses
$1736
Campgrounds
Bakersfield RV Resort, Bakersfield, CA
49er RV Ranch, Columbia, CA
Burney Falls Trailer Resort, Burney, CA
Shasta Lake Campground, Lake Shasta, CA
Beale AFB Famcamp, Marysville, CA
Camp Far West, Camp Far West Reservoir, CA
Coloma Resort, Coloma, CA
Paiute Casino, Bishop, CA
Campground Rank
1. Bakersfield RV Resort, Bakersfield, CA
    Positives: This resort is in a beautiful setting, swimming pool, putting green, bar & restaurant, full hookups, friendly staff, clean park and near CampingWorld.
    Negatives: I couldn't find any in the one day we were there
2. Shasta Lake Campground, Lake Shasta, CA 
    Positives: This is a remote campground right on the water, great forboating, skiing, fishing and the sites are spread out. The campground is on a penisula and the views are nice. The boatramp is right next to the campground so easy access to dropoff and pickup your water toys.
    Negatives: The roads to get there are tight and narrow with some sharp turns and the sites are cramped. If you have a rig bigger than 30ft you may want to look elsewhere, it was tight for me to get there with my 30ft.
3. Camp Far West, Camp Far West Reservoir, CA 
    Positives: This is a remote campground right on the water, great forboating, skiing, fishing and the sites are spread out. The campground is on a penisula and the views are nice. The boatramp is right next to the campground so easy access to dropoff and pickup your water toys.
    Negatives: The roads to get there are tight and narrow with some sharp turns.
4. Coloma Resort, Coloma, CA 
    Positives: Beautiful setting right on the American River. You back in to your site with the river literally about 30 feet behind you a little below your parking spot. They already have canopies setup at each site. The staff are very friendly and willing to assist with just about anything. The spaces are quite spacy with plenty of room.
    Negatives: Central dump station only, I wasn't told this upon registration so we were taken to our site then told there is only one dump station which we had to drive to.
5. 49er RV Ranch, Columbia, CA 
    Positives: Quiet and lots of deer roaming through the park.
    Negatives: Too far away from everything. Without a tow vehicle you are stuck with nothing much else to do. There is only one site for campfires which is always with a group, there are none at the individual sites.
6. Burney Falls Trailer Resort, Burney, CA 
    Positives: Location, this park is located one mile south of Burney Falls and the owner of the park is really sweet
    Negatives: Old park that needs some updating, everyone staying there actually live there. There is a handful of mobile homes in the park and some of the residents look a little creepy.
7. Paiute Casino, Bishop, CA
    Positives: $5 with security and a casino
    Negatives: It is still located in the desert so the daytime is hot
8. Beale AFB Famcamp, Marysville, CA
    Positives: Quiet
    Negatives: Forever lost, absolutely nothing in any direction that is close by, GPS is jammed so your GPS won't get you there, the owner was kind of rude and it is located in a vacant open field.

Well, I believe that pretty much sums up this trip and we intend to have many more like it and hopefully get a chance to meet some of you on this forum. This has been an adventure full of memories and great family time. I will post some photos from the trip when I get the chance.

Well, that's it folks! ;D
Josh
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Re: Our Maiden Voyage in the new MH
« Reply #40 on: June 30, 2012, 02:27:24 AM »
Good summary of your trip Josh. Thanks for sharing it and the day-to-day updates.

That sign says our coach is almost too heavy for the bridge into Coloma RV Resort (14 tons for a 2-axle vehicle).
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