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Panther Meadows

October 11, 2016 Comments off

After renewing at the campground for another night, we headed to the Visitor Center to find out what to see.

The list was Panther Meadows; McCloud lower, middle and upper falls; and Castle Lake.

OK, then, off we set up the hill to around 7,500 feet (only half the elevation of Mount Shasta) and Panther Meadows. There’s a primitive campground there with quite a few folks staying. By the way, it was cold (39 deg) this morning at only 4,000 feet.

Gorgeous.

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Then we wound down the hill and decided to have lunch – at Burger Express – and guess what we could see out of the window whilst we ate?

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More later about McCloud Falls and Castle Lake.

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Interregnum

October 10, 2016 Comments off

The Lance Owners fun can be found on This Thread (requires registration, but no payment).

So, we set off this morning, kind of starting out on our way home. South. Towards the warm.

First stop, Lake Siskiyou. Views of Mt. Shasta.

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And Lake Siskiyou and Mt. Shasta

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Tomorrow, relax day, pootle around, since today, B got laundry done and we went grocery shopping, so the time is going to be completely free.

Categories: camping, Uncategorized

Devil’s Lake

September 29, 2016 Comments off

It was an easy drive from Champoeg to Lincoln City. Much easier, in fact, than driving through Lincoln City itself, where despite reasonable speed limits, the average speed was about 5 mph.

It’s a bit colder by the ocean, but not horribly so.

We got some chores done, including purchasing a higher quality hose to replace the cheapo one that kept falling out of the holding tank spritzer inlet. The new one is cast brass rather than stamped, and it fits and holds much, much better.

So, this is Devil’s Lake:

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with B at the end of the boat launch.

First lake that we’ve come across that isn’t way down. Sold its soul? Nah, it’s connected to the ocean.

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Down the road to History

September 28, 2016 Comments off

Detroit Lake was so pretty and the light was so great that 2 more photos are presented:

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A pair of fearless ducks just strutted around our camp site and preened for the camera!

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It was an easy, and for the most part, a very pretty journey to our current location, Champoeg State Recreation Area, where it is alleged that the process of Oregon becoming a State was begun. There’s not much of the town left as a flood washed it away.

The state park is full of trees, and the cottonwoods are losing their leaves fast.

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We can’t visit somewhere on this trip without taking a photo of water, so, here’s the Willamette River.

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Eastward Ho!

September 21, 2016 Comments off

We headed East from Ashland on Oregon 66, which was pretty darn twisty for the first few miles (but now we’ve done Scott Mountain, it was a breeze). From then on it was high plains to Klamath Falls, and then 140 further east after a couple of 5k feet passes to end up at Junipers Lake RV park, where interestingly, and not remembering, we’d spent a night maybe 7 years ago in another trip to Oregon.

The park has changed a lot since then. It’s tidied up, has decent facilities (including functional wifi and a laundry) and is currently hosting a Lance TC and another Lance TT 🙂 .

We thought of heading east from here, but we decided to leave that to another trip, as it’s kind of high in elevation in that direction and it’s getting kind of cold around here.

Plan B is to head north. We have reservations at LaPine State Park for Friday and Saturday nights, so we only have to fill in for tomorrow night and there are multiple choices along the way.

So we are kind of circling around central Oregon with a view to finding ourselves at Joseph H Stewart State Park on the 7th October for a Lance group hug.

Categories: camping, Road trip

Eureka to Yreka (amongst other places)

September 20, 2016 Comments off

After our sojourn at Eureka, we headed across country to a fine little RV park, (named BigFoot) in Junction City, which is perhaps not aptly named as it is neither a junction nor a city.

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Camped in the woods

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The Trinity River

We poked around the Weaverville Museum, which is mostly a collection of domestic items donated to the museum – I imagine because the owners no longer had any space for them. But it was fun to see the history of the place laid out.

Next day, we took Highway 3 north, past the almost empty Trinity Lake (which is amazing, since the last time I went past here was in 1999 on the motorcycle, and the lake was nearly up to the road. Now it is a hundred or more feet down).

The road was great until we ascended Scott Mountain, which was, shall we say, ‘technical’ for towing a trailer. I recall being down to walking speed on some of the curves riding the motor cycle, so I leave it to you to imagine how tight the curves are.

But down the other side and through Scott Valley was a breeze, and a completely different landscape of farmland instead of trees. At Yreka, we hit I-5 north and exited at Ashland, headed for Jackson County’s Emigrant Lake campground. We were lucky to find a spot, surprising on a Monday, and it quickly filled up after we arrived. It’s a beautiful setting, but again, the lake is empty.

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We took a look at Golden Townsite- an old mining village. Heck, that hydraulic mining was destructive!

Indian Flats

August 3, 2013 Comments off

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Indian Flats campground is an isolated place. About 7 miles North of Warner Springs, CA along a choppy, twisty road, we’d been there many times in the Westfalia camper. This was the first time using the Xterra. Quick comparison: for getting there, there is none, the Xterra blows the VW out of the water in terms of handling, sure-footedness and performance; for ‘style of residence’, oh, we do miss the convenience of the Westfalia.

But here’s a thing, it’s early fire season hereabouts. There’s only one way out of Indian Flats in the VW, because it probably couldn’t cope with the gnarly dirt/rocky road over to Chihuahua Valley Road westward. But the Xterra can, and that’s a comfort thing.

Anyhow, the place was deserted except for us, and it was oh, so quiet, not even aircraft to disturb us. Idyllic.

And brunch at the Orchard Restaurant at the Santa Ysabel Casino for $9.09 for two  (Country Breakfast). Outstanding.

Categories: camping, Xterra

The alert reader might have noticed . . .

June 30, 2013 Comments off

The alert reader might have noticed that we recently have been talking about traveling in our Xterra.  Earlier in this blog, we were traveling in a Vanagon.

For two people camping, the Westfalia camper conversion has not yet been equaled!  We’ve even comfortably taken two-week trips.  And there are single people and even couples who live full-time in VW vans.

But a 1987 Vanagon is an old vehicle.  It’s not old enough that we could do roadside repairs, even if we had the tools or the roadside on which to do it.  But old enough that our mechanic has given up on trying to find parts and diagnosing its various geriatric ills.  The day we decided not to go to our favorite remote campground in case we got stuck there and needed some repair was the deciding factor.

Our next plan is a travel trailer.  In the foreseeable future, we’ll be getting to a situation where we can be traveling more extensively (that is, both of us retired).  So we started hunting ultra-light travel trailers.  The Lance 1575 is currently intriguing us …

We also hunted for, and found, our tow vehicle.  We didn’t want a pickup truck, and we didn’t want a behemoth.  And, off-road capability is a wanted asset.  The candidates were Jeep Liberty and Nissan Xterra.  Jeep Liberty is discontinued!  Ergo the Xterra.

But the trailer … we live in a condo.  We have no place to park or store a trailer!  We’ve been researching storage fees, which range anywhere from $50 to $$$$$$$.  For the cost of storage, could we just rent a trailer when we wanted to go out camping?  Turns out, not so easily.  It’s summer, and they’re in high demand.  They typically rent for a week at a time, rather than a night or a weekend.

Which brings us back to our Shake Out, Shake Down.

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Shake Out, Shake Down, Part II

June 25, 2013 Comments off

Well, it turns out that we are carrying a whole pile of legacy stuff from the VW that we don’t really need, much of it heavy as heck.

We headed back home from Dos Picos, having slept well, and having been only grossly annoyed by the selfish wails of the 6 year old in the adjacent camping spot at 5:30 am. (Note to self, go where other people aren’t)

After a freshen up, we headed out to Cibbets Flat (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/cleveland/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=47426&actid=29). This is a delightful gem of a place in the Cleveland National Forest with  a creek (Kitchen Creek) running through it that, in our previous experience, never ran dry.

I was concerned that on such a lovely weekend, the campground would be full, but, as it turned out, we had very nearly the pick of the place. Here’s where we ended up:Image

Neat shady area 🙂

B. hauled a huge rock from an adjacent camp site to stop the ‘Little  Guy’ from rolling forward, and admonished me that I would have to put it back! Which I did, and it was heavy, brother.

Usual camping stuff followed, hot dogs for lunch and so on, and then Jill and John showed up. Ostensibly, John wanted to find out how all this ‘hook-up’ stuff for towing things works, but in reality, they were decompressing from a really truly terribly stressful week. As can be seen from the following:

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After J & J left, we started a campfire, cooked steaks and had a couple of glasses of wine, and successfully watched a movie, using Bluetooth (yea).

 

The great thing is that the ‘Little Guy’ is a metal tent, no less, no more, and that’s the bad thing – what do you do on a rainy day?

 

It was fine and fun, but I don’t think that a $280 rental price for 3 nights is going to cut it compared to Motel 6. And I don’t think that a purchase price of $6,500 is going to cut it against the purchase price of a small Nomad (http://www.skylinerv.com/?q=node/97)

 

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Shake Out, Shake Down

June 24, 2013 Comments off

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It had been way too long since we had been camping, and ‘her indoors’ was threatening rebellion by making black-outs for the windows of the Xterra, with the notion of sleeping on an air mattress in the back of it.

Horrified by the thought of that, I hurriedly called a trailer rental company about a pop-up camper. No go until after the 4th of July. At the last minute, (Thursday) I called http://www.littleguytrailers.net of San Diego, and they were willing to rent us the trailer you see in the photo (a ‘5-wide’) for three nights.

So, Friday morning, we trundled over to AAA to get an insurance waiver, yawn wait, yawn wait. Thence to U-Haul for a 2 inch ball for the hitch receiver, yawn wait, yawn wait. Then thence to Little Guy Trailers to pick up the little teardrop trailer, yawn wait, yawn wait. At least we got a demo of how to do things, which was helpful, since we had never done them before.

Cutting to the chase, we loaded up the Nissan with all the boxes randomly filled from the VW camper and headed out to Dos Picos campground, about 20 miles away, near Ramona, for a shake-out trip. Which was largely uneventful, except for two things:

1. We encountered Lilli (SP?) and Chrissy, on their way from Ushaia (Chile) to Alaska on a pair of Honda Transalp motorcycles. As soon as I saw those bikes, I knew that there was a story there, as you can’t buy them in the USA. I’m jealous.  Check out www.reise-ecke.at. It helps if you know some German. Lovely people.

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2. Fecking computers. We decided to check out B.’s Nexus 10 for movie watching, and it turned out that we hadn’t brought the OTG cable or SD card adapter/USB hub and disk. Remembering that this was a ‘shake-out’ trip, I drove home and picked up the missing pieces. Later, we loaded Nexus File Importer to see whether we could watch a movie. Doh, no way, it wanted to check the ‘License status’ online, and we did not have a connection for that device. End of session. That really sucks, Google, if you are watching. The whole point of Nexus File Importer is to overcome the lack of SD card support on Nexus devices. If we were online, we wouldn’t need it, as we could use Skifta to connect to our media library. Stop doing this sh*t, Google, it’s inane. As a follow up, when we eventually returned home, both Nexus 7 and 10 worked just fine after once ‘checking in’.

 

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