Tuesday, August 16, 2016

More of Sundance, Burn Out in Sundance and Devils Tower

Sturgis comes to Sundance for one day.
 They do a "Burn Out".
A biker gets up on the platform and guns his engine until a tire blows out. 
Makes for smoke viewing.

Other things to view.
Afterwards we went to the Longhorn Grill for drinks and an appetizer.
One day we did a big loop to Newcastle geocaching along the way.
Saw this pretty red butte.
 We stopped in Upton at Remy's diner for linner.
Lots of moose both inside and out.
 There was a geocache at the museum but all we found was this 2 headed calf.
At the campground we had some very pretty views.
 Even a rainbow one night. Actually there were two but the camera only got one.

 And a not so nice view of the man in the next campsite.
One day we took a trip to Devil's Tower.
 We watched several climbers on different sides.
 The Indians hold the tower as a sacred place and place their prayer stuff on the trees.
 More views.

 And more red rock with the tower in the background.
 We have enjoyed the wildlife here. Deer, antelope and wild turkeys.
No, not Bob, see the deer at the corner of the bathroom.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Idaho and Wyoming, Heading to South Dakota

We left Oregon and Bob drove 346 miles to Jerome, ID where we always stay at the Elk's Lodge.
This time we hooked up to their electricity as it was very HOT. Went inside for dinner and drinks while the motorhome's AC was cooling it down.

The next day we got in touch with Becky and Lonnie. They took us to Art in the Park where for a $7 donation to the Rotary we got to sample 20 different flavors of ice cream.

Then we headed out toward Jackson, WY.  
Passed by the Crater's of the Moon National Monument.
We came across a beautiful lake, Palasade Reservoir that had a boat ramp. 
Donna noticed RV's parked down there and we made a quick right turn.
 Stayed for three nights free with this wonderful view.
There were white pelicans, ducks and ospreys.
We called our friends Ron and Sharon Mead who were workcamping at a KOA just south of Jackson.
They met us for dinner in Alpine and were so glad to see us they paid for dinner. Now that's friends.
They came out to our campsite and visited for a while after dinner. One day we went to Jackson, grabbed some pizza's and met them at the KOA for pizza, pegs and joker's and a tour of the park.
We continued heading east and passed the Teton Mountains.

Across the Continental Divide at Togwotee Pass.
We came to Dubois where major forest fires were.
Past more red rocks.
As we neared Casper, WY we noticed these signs.
Motorcycles headed to Sturgis for their annual biker rally.
 We spent the night at the free city park in Douglas, WY.
Out to dinner at the Depot Restaurant after a nice long hot shower at the parks restrooms.
Douglas is famous for the Jackalope. A cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope.
We went shopping and got T-shirts and a stuffed jackalope.
We took a road we had never been on thru Thunder Basin National Grasslands.
Arrived at Sundance and went to the Horse Park Campground.
We have stayed here several times and love this particular site.
Enjoyed the view.
The wild animals, deer and antelope are our frequent visitors.
When we arrived there were several horse trailers with camping facilities in them.
Then we were alone until this couple pulled in for one night on their motorcycle.
They were trying to avoid Sturgis on their way to Yellowstone.
Mike and Rachelle are from Steubenville, Ohio so of course we are instant friends.

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.