Monday, April 13, 2020

Made it home.

We hit the California coast about three weeks ago, but since then we have been severely 'internet challenged' and combining that with self isolation, etc, the blog has not been updated.  I would have loved to have created a post or two while isolating, but the awkward Blogger editor requres that you be online for the entire time, and that was just not possible.  With Live Writer working, I could have designed the posts at home, then posted whenever internet was available.
Anyway,  we spent a bit of time out on the coast near Westport, enjoying the warm sunny weather that the forecasts had said would all be rain and cool.

California was just taking steps to start locking down, and in hindsight, maybe we should have isolated ourselves there, in the nice weather, instead of being at home!  We continued up the coast spending nights along the coast near Humbug mountain, and Eureka, Ca.

A small herd of elk watched us from the slopes above.

Hailey was glad to get out and see if the mice needed further training!

I sure hope this isn't a fellow blogger, but I saw this unfortunate couple bogged down to the axles on the beach at Port Orford.  I watched as the tow truck arrived, but the tow truck was not about to go out on the sand and get stuck as well, and a direct pull from a safe location would have pulled the van directly into a huge pile of driftwood logs.  Several other 4x4's showed up to assist, and by using a jeep as an anchor point to deflect the pull in the correct direction, eventually they got it back to solid ground.  The poor fellow's femal companion did not look too impressed!  Luckily, I think it was high tide at the time, so they weren't about to get flooded at least!

Like most seaports worldwide, there were plaques listing the name of those who did not return from the sea.  There were more historic plaques nearby, but they had to expand the memorial to add more recent names :-(
Unlike most ports on the coast, there is not really a protected harbour here, so all boats, from the smallest car-toppers, to some pretty big commercial fishing vessels are raised out of the water by huge cranes and set down on their trailers, and parked nearby.
Check out the videos!

Continuing northward we turned inland at Lincoln City Or, and spent the night as usual at the Evergreen Space center in McMinnville, home of the Spruce Goose.  Making good time, we spent another night on the lake just south of Sandpoint, Id, and ran for the border in the morning.
Crossing over the border was smooth, with a warning to go home and stay there!

A bit of snow started to show up in the ditches as we moved further north.

 As sometimes occurs, with these early arrivals, the snow was too deep and I had to drop the trailer in a plowed lot, while bashing my way in with the truck, getting stuck, and doing it all over again.
Roads were poor, and even with 4 wheel drive, getting up a couple of the last muddy hills was a challenge.

 After a couple days, the guy came through with the plow and opened it up a bit.

It was almost nice, for a day or two, and Hailey was out enjoying the sun, waiting for the first few blades of grass to poke through.

But then, the snow came again - with a blast!
And, the temperatures dropped one night to -27C!  That's rude, mid-winter temps, not March or April! I'm ready for some global warming!  And if the snow wasn't enough to send us back to Arizona, then the winds came, and turned things into a blizzard for a day or two! Bring on summer, I'm ready!
In the meantime, Hailey and I have figured out that sitting in front of the fireplace is about the best place to be!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Headed north, via the Left Coast

We enjoyed the time out on Indian Pass road, but it was a bit further from Yuma, so with that in mind the move was made to Sidewinder road, just back of the ‘Center of the World’ in Felicity.  Also, friends Don & Donna  were arriving, and Ernie & Deb had just moved into the nearby park in Winterhaven.

We got together for a few social gatherings, but even then were starting to cut down on contacts.  Enjoyed the last NHL game for the season, likely Sad smile.  There was a mixed bag of weather, including some more flash flood warnings.  We were on higher ground, but a ‘moat’ filled up around us, but did not block the exit.
Wind chill around home still about -29C, so all the Corona should be frozen solid!
We celebrated Hailey's 10th birthday, and one year anniversary of losing her leg.
 It's that time of year, and with the crisis ramping up, we all decided to was time to make a move and start heading north.  We took our last look at the border fence and headed out.
Walmart in Parker was a bit shy on supplies, as I walked through, holding my breath!

I wondered what I could find to drink.  It appears there is a good supply and no hoarding of this beer!
It's usually Spring Break at this time of year, so I thought I would stop by Lake Havasu and see if the 'breakers' were practicing safe, err, distancing!  It looks as if this volleyball game is maintaining a six foot spacing?

 Too crowded for us, so we continued on and found us a nice secluded spot in Mojave National Preserve.  The plan to spend the day 'isolating' was scuttled by bad weather approaching.

So ... we blasted west through Barstow, Bakersfield, and some very active oil areas in SW California, on our way to the coast.

Not sure when this slump happened, but it completely blocked the highway about 5-6' deep.  Fortunately, there was an easy detour around it.
 The nice thing about being self contained, is even at a rest area, there is no need to go inside or interact with anyone!
 Wine country!
 This notice came through on my phone, just as we were exiting Sonoma County!

We made it to the coast, but no photos yet as it was raining (and dark) when we arrived.
Wow, the blog is officially up to date.  That has never happened before.  Don't expect it in the future either!
(tried Open Live Writer again without success - hate the Blogger editor.  I also noticed that my blog failed to appear on the sidebars of many blogs where it usually does - thanks again Blogger)

Saturday, March 14, 2020