Category Archives: May 2013

More Pics from Crater Lake – 5/29/13

FINALLY got a better internet connection.

Click HERE if you want to see more pics from Crater Lake National Park and Crater Lake RV Resort.  They are pretty high resolution, so give them a second to load in.  Click on any image to then be able to scroll through them.

p.s. We are in Likely, CA right now.  A small town in the NE corner of the state about 180 miles north of Reno — our destination tomorrow for our Anniversary and to meet Matt & Nicole for the weekend.  Forecast = 90 degrees.  Love to all!

Crater Lake…AMAZING! – 5/28/13

DSC05113We left the wonderful resort in Bend on Memorial Day, headed south towards the Crater Lake area in a driving rainstorm. I guess the good side is that we did not waste a day that we could have been doing something fun. Arrived to the Crater Lake RV Resort mid-afternoon and WOW, what a neat little gem we stumbled onto!! (No we weren’t drinking yet.) They have about 10 spots for RV’s and each one backs right up to a little tiny stream that runs through the property. The view we have is out of a magazine! The owners here are the sweetest couple, Jim & Babe. They have owned the place for about 15 years. After being here for a couple days, it has everything you would ever need — mini-store/market, free video rentals, free canoes, horseshoes, pickle-ball and a great group fire pit – an absolute perfect place. Now, it might feel better because we have the place to ourselves, only about 1/3 full, but still very nice and the people are even better.

Ventured to Crater Lake National Park today – rain finally gave us a break – one of the wonders of the world for sure! The deepest fresh water lake in the USA, formed during the eruption of Mt. Mazama 7,700 years ago.  It snowed last night up here, so the fresh snow on the trees just makes it that much more amazing and beautiful. Because it is still very early in the season we have very limited access to the roads, most still covered by this year’s 44 feet of snowfall (Rim Drive still closed). We got some great pictures, hiked a bit down one of the plowed roads to another great lookout, packed a lunch and finished the hike off back at the car with a BL and a BLL (Bud Light Lime for Trace). This is a must-see for sure! Headed back down the 30 minutes to the RV park and looking forward to a nice fire tonight, my favorite way to end an evening.  We are enjoying Captain/Diets and my special super nachos. On towards Reno!

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake National ParkDSCN4255Mike admiring his fire

We’ll post more photos when we get a better internet connection.

Love me some Bend – 5/26/13

IMG_0020We’ve been hanging out in Bend, Oregon since Wed and staying at a very nice place, Crown Villa RV Park.  It has been great to spread out, dry out and get organized a bit.  This is a very cool town and one that we could stay in for a long time.  I can see my brother loving this place.  Lots of fun, active, social people and dogs are allowed everywhere!

Yesterday, we explored the Old Mill District.  Went to the Public Market and completed our Bend Ale Trail tour that we started on Thursday – hit 9 of 10 breweries. Met some great people along the way and of course sampled many local brews.  Our favorites were 10 Barrel and Bend Brewing Company.  When we come back here with a group, we HAVE to do it by bicycle.  Check this thing out…your group pedals and you can drink beer along the way.

Bend Ale Trail by Party Bike

Bend Ale Trail by Party Bike

Traci on party bike

Traci on party bike

We were supposed to golf today, but the rain is back, so we decided to cancel.  Should have known because we washed the car yesterday.  Mike is flushing the water tanks as we speak and I will head over to the clubhouse to do some laundry.  Maybe we’ll hit the food truck scene and Hangover 3 tonight.

Heading to Crater Lake tomorrow.

5 random observations from me:
1. My house is on wheels, so things are going to go wrong.  I’m trying to go with the flow.
2. DirecTV absolutely sucks!
3. Mike & I are both indecisive people.
4. I am feeling unbelievably relaxed.
5. Mike is the most patient person in the world.

Sweet Victory and Maryhill State Park – 5/22/13

Maryhill State Park - Columbia River Gorge (Mike & Mitch)

Maryhill State Park – Columbia River Gorge (Mike & Mitch)

Knights win, Knights win, Knights win!! The WVC Knights win the NWAACC Women’s Fast Pitch Tournament for the first time in school history! Very exciting and huge congrats to the players and our great friend coach Pflugrath.

WVC Knights Fast Pitch - NWAACC champs!

WVC Knights Fast Pitch – NWAACC champs!

We left Portland on Monday afternoon, a bit later than we had hoped. When we were in the RV Park in Portland, we had to switch spaces for the last night as someone who rents there long term had reserved our site, no big deal to move a few spaces over for them. But in the process, Mike noticed an issue with the leveling jacks (there are stabilizing “feet” that gently lift the MoHo off the ground when parked to keep it more stable and relieve some pressure off the tires). After finally getting the jacks retracted, there was obviously a need to have a professional look at it, as they weren’t working correctly. Few phone calls and we found a place around the corner to drop the MoHo for the day while at the game. Unfortunately, they were not able to fix it, and gave us a few numbers to try. As we were heading out of Portland toward our next destination, Maryhill State Park, we decided there wasn’t a rush to get it repaired, we will make due until Bend.

Arrived at the park, and our great friends Sunny and Mitch were there waiting for us to spend the nights as our first house guests!  They went to the tourney as well and this was a place to stop and spend a night together on their way home to Yakima. It was a gorgeous, calm day on the Columbia River, which is very rare this time of year. We had a great night sitting by the fire and meeting some fun ladies camping next to us, two sisters on an 8-day trip. Have a blast Rebecca and Laura! That night we got Mitch to agree they would stay one more night!!

Next day the weather turned a bit and the rain and cold arrived.  We headed out to do some local wine tasting. First stop was the Waving Tree Vineyards & Winery. The owners were there labeling some bottles, and invited us in for some wine. Evelyn & Terrance, great people with lots of local knowledge. We bought a case of vino from them between the four of us.  Very reasonably priced and nice quality wines, would go back anytime! Evelyn told us of a place down the road about 30 minutes where we might want to go for a quick adventure. The Klickitat River runs down a very steep canyon where Native fisherman stand on wooden platforms and use huge long poles to “dip” into the river to catch Salmon and Steelhead. She gave us perfect directions and we went for it. When we arrived, the place was vacant, but quickly someone showed up and he was “dipping” his long pole instantly. First “dip” and there was a very nice 6-8 pound salmon in his pole, wow! He proceeded to catch a total of four fish in the next 30 minutes while we explored around the fish ladder area. We talked to him on the way out and he said the platform he uses has been in his family since his grandfather. During the fall salmon run, he and his family can pull out over a ton of fish in a day — 2,000 lbs of salmon! Something we would love to come back a see in person!

Fisherman on the Klickitat

Fisherman on the Klickitat

Quick stop at the Maryhill Winery (one of the most amazing views you will ever have at any winery in the world, and summer concerts are amazing here!) on the way back to the campground. Returned to the MoHo for dinner, and the wind and rain were there in force. Mike decided to try the microwave/convection oven and cook up our pork loin inside vs. out in the weather on the grill. We set it up and 35 minutes later we had a perfectly prepared dinner, some very nice wine, followed by a long game of Dominoes. (The girls crushed the boys!)

View at Maryhill Winery - Cameron's & Miller's

View at Maryhill Winery – Cameron’s & Miller’s

Yummy dinner in the MoHo!

Yummy dinner in the MoHo!

Next morning, Sunny and Mitch are out early heading back home.  Thanks for staying with us for a couple of nights; we will see you in July! There is heavy rain and cold weather expected in our next location, Bend, Oregon. But, it is looking better for Memorial Day weekend.  Our plan is to stay for 4-5 days and try to get the MoHo maintenance taken care of. Talk to you all soon!

Off and Rolling

Mt. St. Helens day!

We headed out for our first big trip on May 16th, 2013 — destination Portland, OR. The last minute details started to rack up and we just decided to “toss” everything into the MoHo and MDX and hit the road knowing we would have plenty of time to organize down the road. (For those of you who know Traci, that was a huge dilemma not having everything put in its place before we left! Needless to say, “organized Olly” felt a bit out of sorts.)

We had the Miller MoHo serviced on the 15th with an oil change and toad car breaking system repair. A part had to be ordered and overnighted to Infinity Coach in Sumner, WA. We stopped by the shop on our way out of town and picked up the part, then got down the road and found a parking lot to hook up the MDX and install the part. When we pulled into the lot to connect the car, Mike noticed something was awry. There was oil all over the back of the RV! Quick look and there it was — the oil cap had come off, but how much oil was missing? Fortunately, not enough to see any significant loss, so lets connect the MDX and get going.

Car is connected and all of a sudden there is a big 18-wheeler behind us wanting to deliver to a store in the parking lot we are parked in. We hurry into the MoHo and off we go. Minute or two later, Mike asks Traci “did we make sure the parking break was off on the MDX?” Neither can remember, but wheels are turning fine so lets keep going. About 2-3 minutes later, some guy motions to us on the freeway to pull over! Oh #*%#, the break must still be on. Hurry off the freeway to the shoulder and sure enough the back end of the MDX is smoking hot and stinks! Take off the break and lets just deal with it later, at this point we can’t do anything more – ROOKIES!!

Arrive in Portland at the Columbia River RV Park about 4:45pm, a couple hours later than we wanted, but we are here! Unhook the MDX and do a quick check to make sure it drives and stops, seems to be no issues with our error thank goodness – we won’t make that mistake again! Check in is quick, drive to site #99 and we are here!!!  It finally is starting to feel real, we have been planning this for so long and now we are settled in our first site! Now we get to start organizing, and let me tell you, there is a lot of organizing to do. We basically just tossed all our dry food into the MDX and the rest of our stuff into the MoHo and hit the road. We spent the next couple hours trying to find room for stuff, and in the process decide we just have to toss a bunch of junk we had held onto for too long and will never ever use – the purge is a very good feeling.

While here in Portland, we are attending the NWAACC Women’s Fast Pitch Softball Tourney, rooting for coach Pflu’s mighty Knights from Wenatchee Valley College. Day one the Knights get two wins, the second game is a very entertaining 18-3 blow out! Day two of the tourney starts out with a rain delay – time for us to update and post this blog report! We will let you know how it all goes, but needless to say, we are very happy with our MoHo and the Knights are kicking some tail in the tourney!

Practice Run to Anacortes

Fully hooked up!

Fully hooked up!

Mike here. We did our first weekend trip to test everything. We towed the MDX (RV lingo is “toad”) up to Anacortes and back with no issues! I can feel the extra weight, but the MoHo still has plenty of power to get up the big hills without causing a huge backup behind us. All went well, and I am happy to report that I think we are ready to hit the road!
Now that we are both done with our jobs, Traci’s last day was Thursday, we can finally sit down together and go over some of the little details. I am excited to bring her up to speed on a lot of the stuff I have learned, she has been super focused on finishing work, and leaving things organized for her replacement. This week we will be busy packing up and getting the last items loaded onto the MoHo for the first 3 ½ month trip!

View of Mt. Baker and Padilla Bay from our campsite

View of Mt. Baker and Padilla Bay from our campsiteWatching the Kentucky DerbyWatching the Kentucky DerbyFirst dinner in the MoHoFirst dinner in the MoHo