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.

 

St. Vrain State Park

After leaving Cherry Creek State Park we traveled to St. Vrain State Park, which is in Firestone, CO, a few miles North of where we used to live.  This is a nice campground, and very quiet.  That’s why we picked this time of our stay to stay here – the 4th of July.  No fireworks were allowed in the campground.

We will be here until the 14th of July, when we head to Chatfield State Park.

Still in Colorado

After leaving Salida we traveled to Canon City and stayed one night at Royal View & Royal Gorge campground.  It was a very clean, nice campground and with a short uphill walk to see a view of the Royal Gorge Bridge.

We then traveled to Elizabeth, CO, and stayed one night at Casey Jones City Park.  This is a rustic campground, but has full hookups.  We had to stay here because our reservation at Cherry Creek State Park didn’t start until the next day.

The Colorado State Parks are all reservation now so I made my reservations six months ago.  This is one of our favorite State Parks because of the grass, closeness to the water and very clean sites.  While here we have seen lots of our kids and grandkids.  We have had dinner several times at each of the houses and have taken Camille and Kai out for their birthdays, which I didn’t get to do last year because of breaking my hip.

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I even figured how to cook bacon in my Air Fryer outside so no smell or smoke was in the motorhome.

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We will be staying here 2 weeks before heading to our next reservation – St. Vrain State Park in Firestone, CO.

 

Continuing through Colorado

After leaving Ridgway State Park we traveled to Gunnison, CO, and stayed 2 nights at Palisades SR. RV Park. This is a really neat park that supports the SR. program in Gunnison.  Most of the people spend May – September and they have lots of activities.

 

After the 2 days here we traveled 16 miles to Elk Creek CG in the Curetani National Forrest.  This was right on a lake and very nice, so we decided to stay a week.

While at Elk Creek we took a day drive to Crested Butte.  A very touristy town but lots of neat stores.

From Elk Creek we traveled a short distance to the Salida East BLM Land which is now run by Colorado State Parks. No longer a free camping site which we stayed in many . times.  Now, with very little improvement, it is $28.00 a night, plus the Colorado State Vehicle Day Use Fee of $8.00.  Luckily we bought this pass last year and ours is still good.

Next post will be as we continue traveling through  Colorado.

 

Finally into New Mexico and on to CO

After leaving The Ranch we drove to Albuquerque where we stayed at one of our favorite campgrounds, Enchanted Trails.  We stay here every time we go through Albuquerque.

From Albuquerque we traveled on the 40 to Gallup, NM, where we stayed at the USA Campground.  We have stayed here before and were in a different area than this visit.  The area they put us in this time was kind of close to other rigs.

After leaving Gallup we head to Cortez, CO to visit with Cathy and Charlie, our neighbors at Jojoba.  We stayed here two days and had two great evenings with them.  They built a home here last year and it was beautiful.  While there we stayed at LaMesa RV park.

 

Because of a huge rock slide just outside Dolores, we had to change our route and went through Dove Creek, the pinto bean capital. We headed to Ridgway State Park, in Ridgway, CO.  It is a really nice park, with pull throughs and views of the lake.  Although the water was down we still were able to see it.  It rained while we were here so I’m sure the lake will be filling us soon

I will post again as we travel through Colorado.