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Dean & Linda Stock

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Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:06:40 AM »
This is Part II of our Alaska trip, which never happened.  Instead, we had exciting adventures in Portland’s wonderful hospital and 4 days later arrived home.  Dean spent 4 days at Long Beach Memorial and 6 weeks on IV antibiotics at home.  The good news is that Dean still has all his toes and hopefully a little more sense. He may realize that he’s not Superman and that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound (or 2 months) or cure.  The great news is that for a $36,000 hospitalization, we paid $235.  Thank you, Medicare, and his Aetna supplement.  The bad news is that it is far too late to go to Alaska, so we’ll have to go next year.  However, we will get to see glaciers in Glacier National Park (and maybe a bull moose?).

August 21, 2012      Day 4      Lakeview, OR

We left for Glacier NP and spent Night 1 in the Merced Walmart parking lot—super noisy with train whistles A LOT during the night punctuated with police and ambulance sirens blaring. 

Nights 2 & 3 were in South Lake Tahoe with the coach parked behind Harrah’s and with us enjoying lovely weather and all the amenities of the hotel.  Tahoe has never been lovelier.  They have taken down the trees that were infested with pine bark beetle, and the new small trees are loving the sunlight and growing as we watch.  I think the water of Emerald Bay should be in the Top 10 Bays of the World.

Today we encountered lots of smoke from the Berry Hill Fire which was/is huge, and we are camped right down the road from the Fire Base Camp.  Hundreds of little individual dome tents were all over a field, and I watched a bright red water-dropping helicopter land.   I always wondered how they did it, and I assumed there was some sort of hydraulic crank that let them bring the bucket inside.   NOPE.  They set down the bucket and land next to it.

I recently found the website “rvpark reviews”, and I find it very helpful.  Unfortunately, as I looked up town after town that we were approaching, the reviews for all the parks showed druggies, criminal activity, dilapidated facilities, tight spots, erratic power, creepy people, and there are no large parking lots (think Walmart), so we drove until 7:30.  I love the park I found in Lakeview, and I’d like to stay another day and see the birds at the reservoir and just relax.  However, Dean hears the call of the glaciers, so I imagine we’ll be leaving.  This is like an oasis in a huge desert.

Staying at Junipers Reservoir RV Resort—FHU, shade, spacious sites, 50 amps, hiking trails, free fishing with rainbow trout 2’ long, birdwatching, wildlife on a large working cattle ranch. No bad smells or flies.  It’s 11 miles off US 395, but well worth the drive.  We were escorted by the host, and I’d rate this 9/10.  It doesn’t have a pool, but I didn’t bring a swimsuit anyway. $16.25 (Passport America) or $30 for all others

August 22, 2012   Day 5      Hermiston, OR

We fell asleep to a soft lullaby mooed by the resident cows, and woke up to a bullfight!  I love this place!  Two macho bulls had literally “locked horns” and were pushing each other around a large grassy field while all the other cows watched.  It reminded me of  a combination of wrestlers trying to get the other guy out of the ring and junior high kids watching an after-school fight.  Occasionally they would disengage, then lower their heads, and go at it again.  They ended up on the other side of the cows who blocked my view, so I never got to see the winner.

The drive was long, almost 400 miles, with quite a few curves, some of which weren’t marked with a “reduced speed” sign, but they were marked with lots of rubber on the pavement.  We found a good park close to the highway, and it was early—only 6:15.

Staying at Pioneer RV Park—50 amps, FHU, grass & asphalt, nice managers, well-maintained, $16 with Passport America (50% off), but the best at any price in the Pendleton area.  Superb for a travel-through, but not scenic.  No trees, and they have excellent WIFI.  They also have cable, but Dean doesn’t remember how to connect it, so we will have to read.
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 11:52:15 AM »
Linda:


Glad to hear you're back on the road and that your driver is able to perform.

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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 02:43:22 PM »
So nice that you can be back on the road and sharing your travels with us, Linda, and happy to hear the good news about hubby's health.
 
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 08:14:21 PM »
Linda,

Sorry we will miss you. We just left Glacier a couple of days ago - headed to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone with a couple of stops before at Dillon, MT (Virginia City and Bannack) then Arco for Craters of the Moon NM.

Enjoy Glacier.

While there take the trip up to Polebridge, check out the Mercantile, Bakery/Store (*it is the town!). Either take lunch or buy it in Polebridge and head back into the park just north of "town" and go to Bowman Lake. Have lunch on the lake shore. Warning it is a narrow gravel road up to the lake, but cars do it all the time. It is a walk to the lakefront from the parking, but Dean can drive you down - follow the road to the boat ramp.

http://www.polebridgemercantile.com/about-the-merc/

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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2012, 08:46:44 PM »
Hi Linda and Dean,

Glad to see you are back on the road and Dean is ok.  We were in Glacier two or three weeks ago and sorry we missed you.  Check our blog for our report.  Enjoy the park and if you see anyone using my driver's license and golden age pass tell them that is illegal ;)   Where are you going after Glacier?
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2012, 09:14:28 PM »
Glad to hear you got your wheels rolling again. And why didn't you post sooner to tell us that everything was ok? Tell Dean to behave himself and stay well or we'll smack him around. Where are you headed on this trip other than Glacier? We stayed at Pioneer in 2006 on the way to Seattle. I really don't remember anything about it so it must not have been fabulous or awful... but it was $12  :)
 
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 09:30:47 PM »

August 23, 2012   Day 6      St. Regis, MT

We made a lovely 300-mile drive on US 395 and I-90 and saw lots of quaking aspens and forest with streams, beautiful deep blue lakes, and of course, the large Columbia River.

We went into the tiny town of St. Regis (pop. 300) and bought the sweetest cherries I’ve ever enjoyed and huckleberry ice cream.  They had blueberry everything—pies, pancake mix, preserves, syrup, taffy, milk shakes, and lots more.

Staying at Campground St. Regis, a destination camping park.  50 amps, FHU, good WiFi, nearby hiking, bike riding, and fishing, lots of trees, but good satellite reception, very friendly hosts      $31.24 (with Good Sam)
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 09:46:56 PM »

Sorry we will miss you. We just left Glacier a couple of days ago - headed to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone with a couple of stops before at Dillon, MT (Virginia City and Bannack) then Arco for Craters of the Moon NM.

While there take the trip up to Polebridge, check out the Mercantile, Bakery/Store (*it is the town!). Either take lunch or buy it in Polebridge and head back into the park just north of "town" and go to Bowman Lake. Have lunch on the lake shore. Warning it is a narrow gravel road up to the lake, but cars do it all the time. It is a walk to the lakefront from the parking, but Dean can drive you down - follow the road to the boat ramp.


We are really sorry we missed you.  It would have been such fun.  We should have been there before now, but we bought a lift for my scooter to give me total independence in case Dean were ever again incapacitated.  When it came, $2100 later, it was missing two important advertised features, so we talked  back and forth and finally convinced them to take it back.  We had to get that done before we left, lest they say we had it too long. 

We'll definitely do Polebridge and see Bowman Lake.  Your specific details about how to get to the lakefront is so helpful.  I hate to sound like a wimp, but how were the mosquitoes?  I have become increasingly allergic to their bites, but I am trying some new protection this time.  Hopefully it will work.
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 10:12:43 PM »
We were in Glacier two or three weeks ago and sorry we missed you.  Check our blog for our report.  Enjoy the park and if you see anyone using my driver's license and golden age pass tell them that is illegal ;)   Where are you going after Glacier?

I'm so sorry we couldn't get together.  When I finish this, I will check out the blog and use it as a guide.  What a pain to not have your license!   You can use Ned's Golden Age Pass, but you need your license for everything.

We are going to ND, MI, WI, MI, OH, Indianapolis (if we get that far before we boogie home for Thanksgiving), with the bulk of our time in Wisconsin and Michigan.  We want to see the pretty fall leaves in Upper Peninsula (my teaching partner was a "Uppie") and thought we might come south with the leaves.  I didn't do my usual pre-trip post asking for suggestions because I wasn't sure we were going to be leaving until right before we left.
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 10:30:40 PM »
>>I hate to sound like a wimp, but how were the mosquitoes?  I have become increasingly allergic to their bites, but I am trying some new protection this time.<<

Mosquitoes love me and I didn't have a problem. But that said, I would still use some kind of spray or ??

Have fun. It was our second trip there and we really enjoyed it. It wasn't in our plans, but we changed our plans several times this year!

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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2012, 10:40:23 PM »
Linda,

I forgot to mention that as of a few days ago the "Inside North Fork Rd" out of the Fish Creek Campground is closed about six miles up the road, so take the Camas Rd to the "North Fork" road to Polebride. If you take a left at the Mercantile you will go north to the northern park entrance. Signs there will direct you to Bowman. THe Camas and most of the North Fork are paved, but from before the town and on is gravel. Note the Inside North Fork road is all gravel.

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2012, 11:35:57 PM »
Hi Linda and Dean,

Glad to see you are back on the road and Dean is ok.  We were in Glacier two or three weeks ago and sorry we missed you.  Check our blog for our report.  Enjoy the park and if you see anyone using my driver's license and golden age pass tell them that is illegal ;)   Where are you going after Glacier?

Sorry, Lorna, but Dean is the Computer Guru, and he's asleep.  I found the Meriweather blog, but I can't find the Glacier NP blog.  Can you give me the route (computer route) to get to it?

 Thanks, Linda
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2012, 11:51:14 PM »
(my teaching partner was a "Uppie") and thought we might come south with the leaves. 
So who was that?
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 08:17:45 AM »
Sorry, Lorna, but Dean is the Computer Guru, and he's asleep.  I found the Meriweather blog, but I can't find the Glacier NP blog.  Can you give me the route (computer route) to get to it?

Linda, all the blog entries are in date sequence, but here's a link to the entry on Glacier NP.  Lorna is off to Victoria today.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2012, 06:10:48 PM »
So who was that?
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Most recently, Bonnie Morey, but also Carla Woodruff.  Millie Goldschmitt was in 4th grade, and we taught together for many years, too.  CSD used to recruit heavily from Mancato and the surrounding area, and they would recruit in the winter.  It wasn't too difficult to convince them to come out to sunny California.  There were also rumors that our asst. supt. had a female acquaintance there who made life enjoyable for him while he recruited. 
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2012, 06:19:05 PM »
Linda, all the blog entries are in date sequence, but here's a link to the entry on Glacier NP.  Lorna is off to Victoria today.
Thanks so much.  It looked so professional that at first glance I thought you had copied a brochure, and then I read the words.  Wow!  Are you into scrapbooking?  I have lots of pics that I need to work on getting into my books!
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2012, 06:27:19 PM »
Ned is a computer professional who has probably forgotten all that most of us have yet to learn.  ;D   I've been following their travel blog for some time and think their new format is really super!  Years ago he wrote a program called Rolling Stock which makes keeping records for all things RVing very painless.
 
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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2012, 06:29:16 PM »
Thanks, we just try to remember the things the docents tell us and what we read on the various signs.  Sometimes it takes a bit of looking on Google to refresh the memory :)

We don't do scrapbooking, it's enough work just trying to keep up the blog and our itinerary pages and still hang around here.

The blog is built using WordPress, so simple even an RVer can do it :D
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2012, 07:00:26 PM »
August 24, 2012   Day 7      Coram, MT

We really enjoyed the lovely drive today and saw hundreds of cherry stands (no exaggeration!).  They also sell elk and buffalo jerky and “hucks” (huckleberries).

Flathead Lake is HUGE and beautiful.  Every family took pride in their orchards and homes. 

We got some sprinkles today, and it is cold, but tomorrow will be nice.

Staying at North American RV Park – 50 amps, FHU, grass & gravel, nice spacing, excellent WiFi, well-maintained, tree sites or satellite-friendly sites available, very close to Glacier entrance.
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2012, 09:31:43 PM »
Nice Park, we've stayed there twice. Used to honor PA rate in the summer, but still a good park.

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« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2012, 09:17:59 PM »
Nice Park, we've stayed there twice. Used to honor PA rate in the summer, but still a good park.

ken

I've become aware of more unusual, kind services they offer, like curbside trash pick-up daily, book exchange, games, puzzles, guest computer, TV, microwave & coffee maker available in guest lounge 24/7, a well-stocked general store, and free iron and ironing board available.  It's truly like we are guests!

We are going to Polebridge for breakfast tomorrow and taking it to Bowman Lake, providing the weather is in the 50s or better (I confess to being a wimp!).
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2012, 09:20:40 PM »
Thanks, we just try to remember the things the docents tell us and what we read on the various signs.  Sometimes it takes a bit of looking on Google to refresh the memory :)

We don't do scrapbooking, it's enough work just trying to keep up the blog and our itinerary pages and still hang around here.

The blog is built using WordPress, so simple even an RVer can do it :D

I had heard you are a computer whiz!  I was teasing about scrapbooking.  I keep busy enough during the RVForum log; having a blog is more than I can handle yet, but if and when I do, I'll contact you re WordPress.
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2012, 11:25:33 PM »
having a blog is more than I can handle yet, but if and when I do, I'll contact you re WordPress.

I'll be here, just holler.  Or stop by and see us in Texas again and I'll help you set it up in person.
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2012, 12:29:24 AM »
I'll be here, just holler.  Or stop by and see us in Texas again and I'll help you set it up in person.
We may take you up on that next spring!  We had such a good time in Texas, but we never do "repeats".  However, I feel a strong magnet pulling me back to Texas and Alaska, and Sherlock thinks your park is the best he's ever visited!  We're in a great park now, but no birds or leaves.  He hopped in Dean's seat when we first came, uttered a "HMMPH!" and turned his back on the window.  I laughed until tears fell.
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2012, 12:41:46 AM »

August 25, 2012   Day 8      Coram, MT

We got up before 7:00 to see wild animals.  When we left at 8:30, it was 32°.  Hot coffee sounded good, so we stopped at the first café inside Glacier NP at Apgar.  Coffee and service were great; breakfast was passable, but not worth $26.  Lake McDonald was a disappointment—brown in color (I think it was a reflection from all the dead trees on the other side of the lake) and all the harlequin ducks have migrated. 

At Avalanche Creek, we did the Trail of the Cedars, which was very pretty.  The sound of the waterfall (Picture 1) rushing toward the creek and the cedars were beautiful.  The lack of sound from birds and squirrels was puzzling.  I was amazed at this toppled cedar with its shallow, perfectly flat roots (Picture 2); it was like a work of art.  I expected those tall cedars to have deep roots.

We were lucky to have our Handicapped Placard and that someone was just leaving because the parking lot at Logan’s Pass was jammed with a gridlock of cars going both ways in the lanes.  Note to Me:  NEVER AGAIN GO ON A WEEKEND—it’s a madhouse, and I could picture fights breaking out.  Outside the Visitors’ Center and tiny display area was the second largest glacier we saw (Picture 3).  They say the glaciers will be completely gone in 2030 (just 18 years!) and those that are left are only 25% of the size they were in 1850.  At the visitors’ center, we saw lots of red ground squirrels (Picture 4).  The squirrels, a female moose grazing at the side of the road, and enormous ravens were the only wildlife we saw, and we purposely stayed so we’d be driving around at dusk.  We’ll try again at dawn tomorrow.

We followed the Going-to-the-Sun Road to the biggest glacier we saw (Picture 5) and 2 beautiful turquoise blue lakes colored by the flowering glacial silt. (Pictures 6 & 7)  We made many stops to gawk and had turned this 2-3 hour drive into  6 hours, so we drove about 1 mile out of the park to the town of St. Mary for lunch.  We ate at Johnson’s, which had been highly recommended.  They have been there for about 50 years and bake all their own breads.  Their soup was delicious, and service was great.  It’s worth stopping just to read the interesting Johnson family history on the menu.   The original owner died about 4 years ago at age 96, and his kids (in their 50s +) run it now.  I wanted huckleberry pie to-go, and the waitress recommended that we stop at Two Sisters, which we did on our way to Many Glaciers (a separate part of the NP).  There was no parking lot fairy this time, and we drove around twice and gave up.  I would have liked to see the interior of this original magnificent waterfront hotel.

On our way back to the RV park, we stopped at the St. Mary’s VC in Glacier NP to see the film and exhibits.  I especially enjoyed the 3 flags—United States, Canada, and Blackfoot Nation—all flying at the same level because they all own part of the eastern part of the park—all working together for the benefit of the park and its visitors. (Picture 8)  Two other tribes, the Kootenai and Port____, also own part of western Glacier NP.

Staying at North American RV Park--$77.04/2 nights with 10% discount for registering using internet or Good Sam   
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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2012, 12:44:45 AM »
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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2012, 04:09:11 AM »
Really enjoying your trip writeup.  It seems like I'm living through everyone on the forum.  :)

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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2012, 11:01:09 AM »
Hi Linda,
     I am so looking forward to your upcoming trip postings. Please let me know if you receive this! Thanks. Happy Trails!
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« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2012, 09:44:11 PM »
August 27, 2012      Day 10    Billings, MT

We had a great start to our day with ¼ of the cinnamon roll that we bought at the Polebridge Bakery.  It was wonderful! (Just like Ken told us it would be.) 

We drove about 10 miles from Great Falls Walmart to the Benton Lake National Wildlife Refuge.  As we approached the Visitors’ Center, I saw my first sharp-tailed grouse (the ranger told me what it was).  One grouse chased another into the bushes.  The ranger had a place where he parks his fire truck, just the right size for the motorhome.  We detached the Jeep and made the wildlife drive.

 The lake was really low, and most of the birds were small sparrows and brown ducks.  (Picture 1) We had been here before in the month of May, and there was a lot more activity.  We are between the summer season (many birds have already left) and the migrants from the North haven’t arrived.  We decided to just drive on through, and I had taken off my binoculars when a huge hawk flew low right across our windshield.  He took my breath away.  I have no idea what kind he was because I was so startled.  In the second “lake” there were probably a hundred Canadian geese (Picture 2). 

We chose not to take the interstate and stick to US highways.  There should be no shortage of wheat this year.  There were rolls of wheat everywhere.

Staying at Billings WalMart

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Re: Northcentral US with the Stocks 2012
« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2012, 09:46:26 PM »
Really enjoying your trip writeup.  It seems like I'm living through everyone on the forum.  :)

Robin

Thanks so much.  I'm looking forward to especially great times in Minnesota & Michigan.  If you've been in any of these states, be sure to give me tips.
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