Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunriver and Beyond

Our neighbors had us over for drinks one evening. Thanks.
One morning we went into LaPine and shared our table with this young couple, Kim & Lee.
They enjoyed our tails of being on the road.
We had these visitor one morning before we left. Had fun watching them all. We had 21 once.
Before we left we had the windshield on the Jeep replaced. Michael did a great job.
We had a long drive afterwards to the American Legion in La Pine. 13 miles.
In the morning we had these visitors.
After getting fuel for us and the motorhome and propane we headed east on our journey to SD.
Our first stop was a BLM campground on Chickahominy Reservoir. 
 It was very hot here but breezy. 96 degrees and 24 mph gusts. One night will be enough.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

First Two Weeks of July

We continued south stopping at the Elk's Lodge in Kennewick at the Tri-Cities.
It was suppose to be a very hot day so we immediately headed to Jim and Kathy Cooper's.
It was air-conditioned splendor and Kathy made a delicious lasagna dinner.
Followed by Donna's birthday cake.

We left there and headed to Bend, OR.
Our friends Denise and Jerry Seigle were parked at a snow park west of Bend.
We joined them and had wonderful conversations and happy hours.

We then followed them into the Sunriver Thousand Trails Park.
Since we had not made reservations early enough to get a site we opted to stay in the overflow where we were out in the sunshine instead of in the forest sites.
 We had different neighbors every few days but this was a special neighbor.

We went out geocaching toward La Pine one day.
 Then had linner with Wendy and Mike Lawrence.

We had to go into Bend several times. Once for our lab work and another time to get the results.
Each time we saw this interesting sculpture made of kayaks.
In Bend if you don't have a kayak on the roof of your car you have a bike. Sometimes both.

Denise and Jerry wanted us to go to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument with them. It was very scenic and very high up.
 The view of the caldera and wildflowers.
 The pictures of Paulina Lake don't do it justice. They were the green color.

Another day we went to the top of Mt. Bachelor for dinner.
We had to ride the ski-lift to get to the top. It was very chilly.
 The view from the top was incredible. Notice the picnic table in the lower right in the snow.
Glad we didn't have to eat there.
 Sparks Lake is far below and one year we camped there and have kayaked it several times.
We would be looking up to where we are standing now.
 Our waitress took our picture. It was very windy as you can see by Donna's hair.
 The trees are all bent from the wind also.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Headed Back to US

We headed back to the border. Crossed into Idaho at Eastport. No problems except we took the wrong turn and had to back up with the car on to get in to the correct lane.

We planned to do it in a couple of days but we did it in one long day. 
Didn't want to stay in the casino in downtown Bonner's Ferry.
We pulled into the Elk's Lodge at Hayden, ID. for two nights.
We had stayed here in 2006 with the WIN's.
We met Jim and Leanna Alcaro for lunch. 
They guided us in 2006 on a Priest Lake kayak trip.

 After lunch we grabbed a geocache just to the left of the fountain.
We then moved onto Moses Lake. It's very hot here so we opted to stay in an RPI Park with full hookups and cranked up the A/C.
We went into town to the Elk's Lodge for Taco Tuesday. We had stayed there on our way to Canada and we were surprised how many people remembered us.

The next day we got in contact with friends from Bend, OR and made arrangements to meet them at the 1000 Trails park there. Lots cooler so we will stay 3 weeks and maybe more. 

We went to lunch at the American Legion for Hamburger Wednesday. Hoped to meet up with Felix and Minnie who we met in May but they weren't there.

Elk's Lodge in the evening for Pizza Wednesday.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ice Field Parkway

We left early in the morning to drive to Jasper seeing the Ice Field Parkway, 150 miles one way.
It was cloudy and occasionally sprinkled, but still beautiful.
 Many glaciers.
 Beautiful emerald waters.
 The Columbia Glacier used to cross over the road.
 They take you out onto the glacier but we didn't go.
 The only privately owned concession lets you walk out on this but it just overlooks a valley.
We didn't do it either.
 We walked to Athabasca Falls for a geocache.
 Saw an elk.
and a big horn sheep.
 Pretty waterfalls.
 Weeping Wall.
 Saw the same emerald waters but on the way back.
Along the roads are high fences with these overpass for the animals to use to cross over the roads.
When we returned home there was a couple who were staying in a car and Bob invited them over to visit. 
Anna and Giuliano are from Konstanz, Switzerland.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Banff National Park

We left Calgary and headed to the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The highway was four lanes most all of the way.
 Very pretty formations.
We found an overflow parking area just south of Lake Louise and headed out to town.
Our first stop was Lake Moraine.

 The next was Lake Louise.

 These nice young ladies from MN & MI took our picture and we took theirs.
We finally reached our goal 2 hours later. Dinner in town. We both had Poutine. Bob's was spicy.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Calgary Zoo Day

We met Marshall & Marguerite when we were in Whitehouse at a restaurant.
They gave us their phone number and told us to call when we got to Calgary.
We did and they came and picked us up and took us out to eat. We had the best pizza ever.

The next morning we went downtown. Bob wanted to see the Stampede park and we think this is it.
 Our GPS was taking us in circles all over downtown so I guess you could say we saw it.

We then decided to go to the Zoo. 
Donna got her hug.
 Next was the penguin plunge. These were from Chili.
 They told us not to miss the Prehistoric area with the dinosaurs.
There were a lot of them and they moved and roared.
Bob wanted to know how modern paleontologist know how they sounded.
 Bob had to get his pic to prove he was there.
 Then we went to the Canadian Wilds where there were live animals.
Now it's time to go to dinner with Glenda and Don. We are leaving Calgary tomorrow.