We’ll start off with a couple of photos from Travertine Hot Springs, near Bridgeport, Ca. High mountains across the valley were snow covered, but it was nice in the valley bottom, though it would dip below freezing at night.
As previously described, we headed across northern California, hitting the coast a couple days later near Fortuna. We stopped for the night at our usual spot on a high cliff overlooking the ocean. Fishing boats plied the waters at night with their high intensity spotlights. In the morning, the waves and sand dunes provided some hunting opportunities for the rare coastal cougar.
Impatience got the upper hand, and before long we were back on the road north, following the coast of Oregon.
As usual, there was lots of construction happening along the coast route, where roads keep slumping down toward the ocean.
Another night was spent close to the surf, off Seven Devils road.
With the weather starting to deteriorate, we bailed on the coast route and headed over to I-5 at Eugene, and continued north to Portland. Along the way, a rest area provided the chance to use the rv dump. Attempting to close the valve on the black tank resulted in the entire long handle coming off in my hand. With the whole belly of the rig enclosed, there was no way to access the valve, which was now stuck wide open! I guess that provided another reason not to waste time along the road! Besides, it was almost time to winterize once again to prepare for the inevitably freezing temps ahead.
A couple of vultures were snacking on a roadkill along the road.
Through Portland there was a bit of stop and go driving, but things speeded up again when we headed east on I-84 along the south shore of the Columbia river.
After a night along the river at the John Day dam, we booted up through Spokane, Washington, then Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, making a run for the border. Snow started to fill the roadside ditches in the bush approaching the border. No hassles and a quick crossing, and we were back in Canada! One more night with friends at St. Marys River B&B, and we were off for home.
Roads never really got poor, but there were some sections with packed snow and slush.
Things were a bit different at home, where I had not had the driveway plowed all winter. Leaving the rig at a nearby plowed lot, we approached the driveway!
Snow was knee deep and of course my sandals weren’t of much use on the first approach. Once inside, I found some snow boots and snowshoes, and used them to carry Hailey and the first load or two inside, while turning up the heat and turning the water back on.
After breaking through the icy ridge at the edge of the road, and taking many runs at the banks, we managed to get a bit of a trail broken in. Snow was so deep that opening the doors hit the banks. There were also some ugly ice layers hidden under the snow.
Decks front and back were covered with snow and ice, and the ‘summer camper’ also had a deep layer on top.
But despite the weather, it will be nice to relax for a while with unlimited water and power, and a big screen TV to watch the playoffs. And the rig can be hooked to shore power for the first time since October. Blogging will likely be even less frequent unless I get involved in something interesting, or get called back to work with Forestry. I hope summer will arrive eventually, especially since ‘fire season’ officially started here almost 6 weeks ago!