Sunday, July 24, 2011

We have a plan!

We've been wavering on our wanderings lately.  But as of today, we have established a plan for the next couple months!  

Our new plan?  We will be leaving Carl Washburne SP on the 28th of this month and moving to an RV park in Grants Pass, close to our house there.  We’ve reserved the space for one week.  After the week, we will move our trailer onto friends property, and leave on the Harleys for awhile… how long unknown… exact destination or route unknown.

We received a call this afternoon from Linda, the host coordinator/park ranger at Prineville SP.  She invited us to come in September and be cabin hosts again.  We thought it sounded good, so we accepted.  So there it is… plans for August and September.


We just got back from a trip to Grants Pass on the bikes.  We headed out on Wednesday morning for Crescent City, Calif., but turned West at Coos Bay and rode directly to Grants Pass and Medford instead.  The change in plans worked out well, for a few reasons…

We stopped at the rest area just out of Grants Pass, to make a phone call.  We pulled over in the upper lot, and were surprised when we looked down at the truck parking and saw Jeff’s brother parked there.  It was great… they hadn’t seen each other for 9 months.


Then, we were really glad it worked out that we were able to meet up with Jeff’s son, Jon, in Rogue River for a short visit.

Father and Son enjoying a beer together

Jon is convinced he can teach Sheryl the secret to winning at video lottery

 After a couple beers, some casual chat and entertaining games…  Jon’s girlfriend, Brooke, came to give him a ride home.   They went home, and we continued on our way to Medford.

Our ride to Medford  took us by Kenny’s cross.  Ken is my late husband.  He was in a motorcycle accident at this site, and later died.  What is the really great part of the story, is that my husband, Jeff, knew my husband, Ken, only as an acquaintance;  Yet for whatever reason… he felt that he needed to make a cross to place at the site.  This cross was made and placed to honor my late husband… by my husband.  Isn’t that just the coolest thing ever?  GOD was definitely involved here.

The Cross has definitely seen its days.  It has been weathered in these past 4 years and 4 months, but someone has been giving it attention.  The letters have been re-glued then screwed on, by someone.  Some of the words written remain, but most have faded away.  The marker was still there, so Jeff wrote some words.

In Medford, We were going to my parent’s house, where we would stay the night.   We knew they had friends staying with them, so we brought our tent and air mats.  It also made a good trial run for our motorcycle trip in August, since we plan on tenting it.

At my parents house, we set up our tent home… then some of us relaxed, while waiting for our dinner.

Paul did the barbequing, and seems to know what he’s doing. It was all good.

My mom did an awesome potato salad, fruit salad, and corn on the cob (that my dad was out buying when we arrived).  It was ALL wonderful!!

Mmmm.... Summer Corn on the Cob

My mom made her awesome pies, as usual, and one of us at least made an attempt to work it off…

After a good breakfast, we left for our home on the coast.  Since we will be back in Grants Pass next week, we left my bike and I rode with Jeff on the Touring bike.  It was a great ride in both directions… beautiful weather!

 The night before our trip, we noticed a mouse had been getting into one of our kitchen drawers.  So we set a trap.  The first thing I did when we got home, was check the drawer.  We got the critter!!


Tuesday night we had a host potluck at our site.   A few didn’t show up, for various reasons, but most of us were there and we enjoyed a great time together.

(Left to Right) Jim, Harry, Richard, Ranger Dave, Jeff, Jeff

(Left to Right) Back: Pat, Bernie, Betsy, Maryann,
Front: Patty, Sheryl, Dizzy, Drina

Well... I have much more to tell and show, but I've run out of patience for this sitting.  I will post another blog very soon.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

UPDATE July 13 - Part 2

Part 1 left off with Carmen and Ed with Family leaving for home in Canada.

So what was going on before their visit??

The day before they arrived... Sheryl's sister, Glenna, and her husband, Ed were here for an evening visit.  They would have stayed the night if we had been able to connect, but the message they sent, went unread.  So they had taken a motel room in Florence.

We had time to enjoy a barbeque, a fire, chat and games.

They stayed late, and even set the car alarm off so the campground would know they were leaving!

Before their visit, which kicked off weeks of visits, life wasnt that exciting! 
We always enjoy the others that share our site:

We enjoy our time on the beach...

We enjoy time with the other hosts...
Art and Janette were the main camp hosts in June

Harry and Drina are lighthouse hosts in June and July

Jim and Bernie are lighthouse hosts in July

Dave and Heather are interpretive hosts for June and July
Jack and Micky were lighthouse hosts in June

There are more hosts, but they will have to be introduced next time. 
We are late getting out of our room here in the motel.  Time to pack up and go have some IHOP breakfast, before hitting the road.  Looks like a nice day for a ride!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

UPDATE July 13 - Part 1

I had trouble coming up with a Title for this post.  The post I did a few minutes ago, was started a couple weeks ago, and it had a subject matter.  Now I'm just playing catch-up!
Where do I start???

We are half way into our second month at Carl Washburne SP... and we are ready to move on!!
Two months without the convenience of phone service and internet at home is too much.  Not to mention the lack of hot summer sunshine.  We usually have either clouds and rain, or sun and wind.  But really, despite the weather, we have enjoyed our time here.  The beach is awesome and we have made many friends.  This park has many hosts, most of them working at the Heceta Head Lighthouse.

I will start with today, and make my way back over the past couple weeks...

Right now, we are at a motel in Eugene, Oregon.  Today and tomorrow are our days off and we wanted to get away.  We have fast Wifi here!!  Yaayy!
Our friend, Ginny, has been visiting us for a few days and she was heading back today, so we rode part way with her, then after a stop for lunch, we rode north to Eugene, while she went south to Grants Pass. 

We enjoyed some good times while she was here.  The last couple days we had some rain, and when she first got here we had some strong wind, so we did spend some time inside watching movies or chatting, but on the nice days and evenings, we enjoyed...

Walks on the trails and on the beach...

This is the "Hobbit Trail"

Evenings around the fire...

Fire nights would start with us... then a couple more... then a couple more...

Good thing we keep finding chairs!  Campers tend to leave chairs behind, so we use them!  We have 9 chairs now, and they all get used.  This night they all got used, and one couple brought their own chairs, so we must have had 11 people!  The "fire party" went late, and we had a visit from the night ranger.  Poor campers... who do you call to complain about the loud campers, when the Camp Hosts ARE the loud campers!

Another good time was had on Sunday at Tahkenitch Lake...

Our friend "Taco" Ron had sent us a text that he was camping out at Tahkenitch Lake with his grandkids and boat.  So with all of us having no cell phone signal unless we go for it... we couldn't connect.  We decided to ride down to the lake and see if we could find him.
We found him... and he said "Lets go for a boat ride" and we said "OKAY!"

There you have it...  the highlights of Ginny's visit.

Prior to Ginny's visit... 
We had my niece, Carmen, her husband, Ed, and three of their kids, Hanna, Mateah, Ivan, here for a visit.

We had a great time with them... so glad they came.  They live in Canada, near Calgary, Alberta, so we dont get to see them often.

 Ed took my bike for a ride with Jeff... but it was a very windy day, so the ride wasnt far.

We took a trip to the lighthouse... There is a steep trail to hike to get there, and that part was enjoyable.  But there was a long wait once there for the tour of the lighthouse, so Jeff and I waited awhile, then left them to take the tour and we went home.  We aren't much for crowds of people in tight spaces.  (My favorite mug is one I got in Florida at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.. it says "I NEED MY SPACE!)

We had two tents set up for them, with comfy air mattresses, lights and space heaters. They seemed to sleep comfortable... and we all had our own space!

Some times young boys need to be silenced from ones space!!  And Duct tape can come in handy!

All good times must come to an end... They left us Thursday, and headed back to Canada. 

Ok... that is part 1 of this two plus week update.  I want to publish.  I will continue on part 2.