Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Road Back Home

Well it is 8-17-2011 and we are starting our long way back home. Wish we could have stayed out longer but all things have to come to and end for now. Sure did not want to leave our new friends we met at Paradise Cove as they were great. We left at around 9 AM. and drove south to Tillamook where we picked up HWY. 6 to Portland then to HWY.84 to HWY.82 where we stoped for the night after driveing 286 miles at Pioneer RV Park. Real clean park for the price. (ckeck reviews) Will leave here in the AM. and go north to HWY.90
8-18-2011 Well we headed out at 9am this morning and drove to Kellogg ID. where we stayed at a  park not to be mentioned. It was billed as a Passport America park but when we got there they had dropped the membership. So it cost us full price and that was way too much for this place. They told us they were going out of business and I can see why. Ok for one night but should be marked off the map. We will leave here in the AM and head to Montana for the next night. Learned to call ahead to see what all -is right with the Books and Internet on the parks.
8-19-2011 Ok we are in Garrison MT. for the night. We left Kellogg at around 8 AM.  and got here around 12:30 with the time change. we are at River Front RV park and it is a ton better than the last place. Has everything and is real nice. We will leave here in the AM for Reed Point.
8-20-2011 Well today we left River Front and headed to Old West RV Park in Reed Point. Only about 235 miles. It is a nice place and nice people running it. Met a bunch of people who belong to the Escapees Club two of them were Roger and Missy Pierce and had a nice time talking to them (about 15 of them) and learned allot about there club. Wish I could remember the names of the rest but you all know my all timers. hehe May join some day in the future. Will leave early tomorrow as we have a long drive to Sturgis about 375 miles.
8-21-2011 We left early at 7AM and got to Sturgis around 2 PM with a stop at the Little Big Horn Monument. Sure was nice to see some of the artifacts and the grave stones and all the stuff there. Would have been nice to spend the day there and walk the trails of the battle field. Sturgis RV Park is nice but real open and no shade. Yes it is hot here..... The town is dead now that the rally is over but did check out the Knuckle Head Saloon and have a beer or two. Hope to get to Deadwood tomorrow and lose some money... Ok Win some money.

8-23-2011 Well we did go to Deadwood and just did the tourist thing. Tried the slots some but came out OK. Did the ride to Spearfish and up the canyon sure was a nice ride. We left Sturigs This morning for the short drive to Rapid City. We are staying at our new home here in South Dakota. That would be Americas Mail on Americas way. This is a mail service that gives us a permanent address here and residency in South Dakota. They have a small trailer park for us to stay in. We ran over to Cabelas as I had never been to one. It was nice but not all that great. Tomorrow I will go get my South Dakota drivers license and maybe the next day will do the tourist thing.. Link to Pictures around here::

8-25 Today we took a bike trip to Reptile Gardens and spent about 3 hours just looking at the Gators and Snakes. What a place to see all the stuff you would never see. Left there and went to Mount Rushmore and had a great time just looking at all the history. We also went to a place called Ft.Hays where some of the movie Dances with Wolves was filmed. Neat place with all the old time stuff. Sure was a hot ride back to the trailer. Link to Pictures of  Reptile Gardens and Rushmore:

8-26 Today we took the bike to Custer State Park. Now that was a great ride. Will have pictures on the site soon. The road to the park was cool with some real tight turns and some that go full circle. Also had some great tunnels to go through. Would not want to have tried to get the trailer through them. Once in the park we saw some Buffalo's but not as many as I would have thought. Alos saw some Burros and some Antelope also a Deer. Then we hit the Needles Hwy and that was great too. Some great rocks and tunnels and some good pictures. Was a great ride and would advise all to do it. Will leave tomorrow morning with a stop in Wyo. for the night then home. Bummer as we have had a great time. Well I have, you may have to as Gloria. hahaha Yes she did too. Link to Picture here:

8-28 Well our First extended trip is over. We left South Dakota the 8-27 and headed home. We spent the night in Lusk Wyo. and then finished the drive home. We have a ton of things to do around the house like weed and get all the things that were destroyed during the hail storm. We will head out again some time in Nov. or Dec. and head down south we hope. So keep in touch and we will do the same.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rockaway Beach OR. Paradise Cove

Got to Paradise Cove at Rockaway Beach early 8-10 with no trouble at all. Park is nice but not as nice as we have been use to. We did not do much today just set up and sat around and watched the bay and the people bring in there fish and crab.
We took the bike out and went to a meat smoke house where Len got some beef sticks that he loves.... Also went to the Maritime Museum in Geribaldi. It was interesting and would advise the stop. Also went to Rockaway Beach but not much there. Also took the bike north up the coast towards Sea Side just to see what was up that way. Got some nice pictures of the coast. Was a great ride.
Today we went to the Tillamook County Fair. It was a good time. We watched a horse race, checked out exhibits and lots of animals. I even had 2 scoops of Tillamook Ice Cream and that was real good.
When we got back to the trailer our neighbor gave us two small crabs that they had cooked and you guessed it Len had them right then. And no Gloria did not want any..... I Have Posted some new Pictures on the web too if you haven't looked lately.
Saturday one of the guys we met (Herman) ask if I would like to go fishing with him on Monday. I of course said yes as it was my birthday and that would be a great gift. Had also met Allen and his family and he needed some minor work done on his boat and asked if I could do it. I did and he ran me up to the store to get my license. He also wanted to know if I would like to go fishing with him on Tuesday and again I said Yes. So on Monday Herman and I went fishing for Salmon but didn't catch any but sure did like it and learned a lot. On Tuesday Allen, Marv and I went out early but we put out crab pots first then went fishing. We did not catch any Salmon in the morning so went back and checked the pots. Wow there was lots in them and limited out. Brought them back to the dock and Gloria and Sonja cooked and cleaned all 24 of them. We went back out fishing and Marv caught a Silver Salmon. Said it was a small one but to me it was Hugh. I didn't catch any fish but sure had a great time.
We are leaving 8-17 to start working our way home. 
Link to Pictures around Paradise Cove:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pacific City OR.

We arrived at Pacific City Resort 8/3/2011 and found a full hookup site. It was the only one left so we were lucky. It is a nice site but there is no phone service for Verizon and the air card does not work either. So we have to us the Wifi at the club house. Park is spread out all over the place and is hard to walk as there are some bad hills. From where we are camped you have to drive to the club house as it is some distance away.
We went to Pacific City for a look around. It is about all you can do right around here. Stopped at the Pelican Pub as friends said we should. It was a nice place and that makes its own beer. Found one I liked but that was about all. We had lunch there too but it was nothing to right home about. High priced and taste was about average. Watched one Dory boat come in and that was a kick. As they head for the beach at full speed and run the boat as far up the sand as they can. Then the load them on a trailer and off they go.
Ran to Tillamook on the bike to run around and had a good time. Went to the cheese factory and did the tour and had some ice cream. Also went to the Air Museum and if you like old planes it would be great. I liked it but not really into planes. Also got two new tires on the front of the Freightliner as the old ones were not in good shape. Also went to Fred Meyers to stock up on Beer and food.
Also spent some time at the beach watching the Dory boats come in. That was real cool to see more than one do it. They sure are fast at getting them on the sand and loaded and gone. Seen some real nice fish and crabs in the boats. No they didn't offer any to us. Bummer.... Also found a place on the north end of the beach that had rocks covered with Barnacles and Mussels. That was nice but you cant take any live ones off the rocks. We did find some dead ones that we could have.
We left 8-10 and drove 45 miles to our next stop.