Bishop and back to Jojoba

We took the short drive on 395 to Bishop, California.

 

IMG_0209After calling 4 campgrounds we finally got a spot at Brown’s Town Campground.  The electricity was a very weak 30 amp and it was starting to get busy so we left.

We traveled a few miles to the Eastern Sierra Tri-County Fairgrounds.  Ironically, the Ventura Motorcycle Group (both of us lived in Ventura many years ago) was coming in later in the week and had booked the whole Fairgrounds   So we stayed in the Boondock area, with full hookups for one night.

From the Fairgrounds we traveled only a few miles to J. Diamond Mobile Ranch.  This place was really nice; a little tight but other things made up for it.  It was right behind Schatt’s Bakery, right down the street from Starbucks, best WiFi we have come across on our travels, good Verizon, and quiet.  The hosts were extremely helpful and friendly.  We were only going to stay 3 days ($40 a night) but decided to stay four ($120.00).

We left Bishop and drove 57 miles to Lone Pine, California.  We had intended to stay a week at Boulder Creek RV Park, but decided to stay only 2 days.  We didn’t get the site we reserved but we had one that was OK.

From Lone Pine we drove back to Jojoba.  We will return to Boulder Creek RV Park for our Annual Thanksgiving Camping.

 

 

Sparks, Nevada and beyond

After leaving that bad campground, we drove to Sparks to stay at Sparks Marina and RV Park.  This was a beautiful campground with full hook ups and good wifi. It was close  to shopping and restaurants.  We even ate breakfast at the Black Bear Restaurant.  The employees were friendly and helpful.  We would definitely stay here again.

From Sparks we continued down 395 to Bridgeport, CA,  where we stayed at Paradise Shores RV Park for 3 nights.  It was a funky small campground right on Bridgeport Reservoir.  It has 30 amp electricity, water, dump, and good wifi.

.  While in Bridgeport we drove to Mono Lake.  On our way back to the campground we ate at the Burger Barn in Bridgeport.  Highly rated on Yelp.  John had a great hamburger (he said) and I had a chicken sandwich with green chilies and it was very good.

The next day we drove to Twin Lakes, which was a beautiful area.

From here we will head to Bishop, and that will be my next post.

As we travel in Nevada

We left Susanville and continued on our travels on 395.  Our next stop was at Bordertown Casino and RV Park, outside of Reno.  The spots were very big and the wifi and Verizon was good.  We stayed here two days.

Our next drive on 395 took us to the 84 and Gold Ranch RV Park.  This park was very quiet, and good sized sites.  While here we drove to Tahoe City to meet fellow Jojobians Judy and Ed Stuart who are hosting at a NFS campground in the area.  We met them for a Happy Hour at a great local place. We stayed at this campground for two days.

From this campground we drove on the 580 to the 395 to Lake Washoe State Park.  This was a first come/first served campground and we arrived early Monday morning and got a great site.  We were deciding where to go next and enjoyed this place so much we stayed  six days.

The weather was great, and we drove over 600 miles checking out this area, Washoe City, Carson City, and all other areas, looking for the place we might want to settle when we stop full-timing.

Our next travel on the 395 South was to Silver City RV Park.  This campground was nice, clean and expensive – $60.00.  Unfortunately one of the workers had a big dog that started barking every morning at 6:30 and then continued all day whenever someone walked by.  This dog was left in a fenced area, unattended, and no one ever stopped the barking.  Thus we would never stay here again.

Next post will continue our travels in Sparks, Nevada.

 

Traveling 395 South

After leaving Hermiston we traveled South to John Day, Oregon.  We wanted to stay at Clyde Holiday Recreation Area, but when driving through found there were no available sites.  So we went on to Grant County Fairgrounds.  We stayed two nights here, as it was very quiet and had good electricity and cell service.

Next on our travels South on 395 we came to Lakeview, Oregon.  We checked the Fairgrounds here and they were less than desirable.  Then looked at a Passport America park, but it was way out of our way.  So we decided to stay at Base Camp RV Park.  This had only an adequate 30 amp and weak Verizon cell service.

Continuing South on 395 we came to Goose Lake State Park,  which is on Goose Lake which is on the border of California and Oregon.  This was a neat park, but had only 20 amp electric service – thank goodness it wasn’t hot – and a fellow RVer loaned  us a 20 amp connection for 30 amp

On May 28, 1969 the Oregon State Highway Commission directed that a plaque be placed within Goose Lake State Recreation Area to recognize the late C. W. “Jim” Ogle, Lake County Judge whose personal efforts were so instrumental in securing the land for this beautiful park.

This campground had lots of big trees, including a quaking aspen in picture 2.  In fact, John and Sadie walked under one of these trees and they both got stung by a bee.  Thank goodness neither had any adverse reaction.  The Hosts at this park told us about a neat campground in Likely, California, so that’s where we headed next.

Traveling down South on 395 we came to Likely, CA,  below Alturas. The Likely Golf and RV Park was located here.  This was a very nice campground, quite a ways off the highway.  It had a 18 hole golf course and lots of RV parking.  They gave us a map showing a one mile nature trail and John and I took it.

This place had a little coffee shop for the golfers and we ate breakfast there which was very good.  The campground was very serene and quiet, but had a weak 30 amp service and very weak Verizon.  We would definitely stay here again, however.

After leaving this campground we continued South on 395 to Susanville, California.  We chose to stay at Susanville RV Park for three nights.  We had stayed here years ago when it was Passport America, but have always liked the area so stayed here again.  We went into town and had an Impossible Whopper at Burger King for one dinner.  Then we went to the Courthouse Cafe for breakfast and John said he had the best omelette he has ever had.

Look for my next post as we travel through the  Reno area.

Into Idaho and onto Washington

In American Falls, Idaho, we stayed at a State Park called Massacre Rocks State Park.  It was an older park and the drive thru sites were very tight, and the roads within the park were narrow.  I don’t think it was built for big rigs!!!!

From American Falls we headed to Mountain Home, Idaho, where we stayed the next three days at Mountain Home RV Park.  It had a beautiful setting and was a very quiet place.  Had good internet, nice laundry, and very nice sites.

Baker City, Oregon was our next stop.  We had stayed at Mountain View RV Park several years ago when we had our Lazy Daze.  So decided to spend the night there again.

Our last stay in Oregon was at Umatilla Marina and RV Park in Umatillia, Oregon.  A small park, with great internet, in the city of Umatilla, Oregon.  From here we crossed the Blue Bridge into the Tri Cities area of Washington – Pasco, Richland and Kennewick.  We were heading to the Pasco area, where my sister, Doris, and her husband, Ford, live.

We had made reservations at Hood Park, based on a recommendation from fellow Jojobians – Chris and Carol.  This was a beautiful, tree covered park right on the Columbia River.  We stayed here 6 days while visiting my sister and her husband.

While in Pasco we went wine tasting with my sister and her husband.  We tasted at the 14 Hands Winery and the Airfield Winery.

After Hood Park closed for the season we moved to Franklyn County RV Park.  This was a very centrally located park, near my sister and her husband.  It was quiet and very clean.  Will definitely stay here again.

And Sadie had a great time playing with my sister’s dog, Crosby.

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We spent a lot of time with Doris and Ford;  had a beautiful sunset one of the nights we ate dinner at their house.

We left Pasco on Sunday, September 8 and headed back to Umatilla Marina and RV Park, so we were in close proximity to Hermiston where we will go on Monday for some new tires.

When we leave Hermiston we will be traveling down the 395 all the way back to CA.  On the way we will spend a couple weeks in Reno area.  We plan to be back at Jojoba October 21, after a 7-month long trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, the journey continues

We left Colorado and headed to the 80W.  Our first night we spent at Terry Bison Ranch, outside of Cheyenne, WY.  We have stayed here several times.

From here we continued on the 80W.  Our next stop was at the Sweetwater Events Center in Rock Springs, WY.  This will be the home of the 60th Escapade in June, 2020.  We spent four days here, along with Jean and Duane who are the Directors of the Escapade.  They were at the Event Center making final plans for the Escapade.

While in at the Event Center we attended this fundraiser for the local high school.  The money is used to buy big items for the high school, and help kids pay their money for activities during the year.  I bought an etched glass from one of the vendors and Scentsy wax from another.  My sister, Doris, and her husband, Ford, came through Rock Springs and spent the night on their way from CO to WA.  We met them for dinner at a local Mexican Restaurant.

The next day we went to Green River to their local Crafts in the Park, and walked around for the afternoon.

IMG_0092When we left Rock Springs we continued on the 80W to the 30W to Bear Lake State Park, in Utah, which is a beautiful big lake.  We have passed this lake many times and this was the first time we were able to stay here.  It is a great kayaking lake because there is no wind.

After 2 beautiful days at Bear Lake we continued on the 30W to 89 to 30 to 15 to 86 towards Pocatello.  We stayed one night at Massacre Rocks State Park, in American Falls, ID.  It had great views, but the roads and sites were pretty narrow.  We had to disconnect in order to get into our site.

Next posting will be continuing through ID into OR and ending up in WA to visit Doris and Ford.

Ending visit in Colorado

We had a great two-month stay in Colorado.  Had lots of meals with our son and his family – Sean, Carlie, Connor and Camille.  Also, had many meals with our daughter and her family – Nicole, Harley and Kai.  We celebrated Sean/Carlie birthday, Kai’s birthday and Camille’s birthday.

During our stay we went out to eat with our LD friends – Ed and Carol.  Then we went out to dinner with our previous neighbors – Karen and Pete.  We also had dinner with our realtor and his wife – Don and Linda.

John had cataracts in both eyes repaired and he is seeing great without glasses.  Sadie got to get groomed twice at her favorite groomer, Cheryl.

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Our summer in Colorado was very busy, but we enjoyed staying at Cherry Creek State Park (4 weeks), St. Vrain State Park (2 weeks), Chatfield State Park (2 weeks) and Dakota Ridge RV Park (3 days),

These were from Cherry Creek State Park – our favorite of the ones we stayed at.

We are now heading into WY so that will be my next post.