Sorry Bigdog, but the Huskies whipped up your Cougars!! :B
FINALLY - the Dogs beat an Oregon team!! I know, I know, I'm late gloating on that one! :B
Civil War a fun game to watch - was really hoping that the Beavers would stick it to the Ducks and really pop the Duck balloon!
Saw that incredible Alabama - Auburn game and what a finish. Left me breathless!
Now, go Hawks on Monday night!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We had clear skies, sunshine and low to mid 70's. Ate dinner out in the Arizona room in comfortable temps!
We should be signing closing papers and getting the keys on our new digs down here in Sun City on Wed. We found a house on one of the two "lakes" here in SC with a southwesterly view down the lake with the White Tank Mts. in the distance and sunset views. We are very excited and Carolyn has her head full of color, carpet and tile samples!! Would like to start moving in before end of Dec. and have this house on the market as quick as possible.
Hope your all staying dry and warm!!
Come on up to Sun City and visit us. We are about a 3-4 hour drive on past Yuma and LOTS more to do and enjoy!! Since we have been here, it's only been in the 70's several times! It is overcast - for here - and the temps dropping into the low to mid 70's for several days, then back up!
It's real rough down here, but someone has to enjoy it!:B
Had a lot more fun and an easier time watching the Hawks Sunday than the previous 2 weeks. Disappointed and disgusted with the Huskies first 5 minutes of their game!
Glad you enjoyed the clam chowder at Florence. We had several excellent chowders in Westport on our way down, but the Firehouse is still the top one on our list.
WAY off topic(s) - just saw tonight's 60 Minutes and they did a segment on Lamborghini's 50th. anniversary. Just last week we stopped at a RC hobby shop south of here in Avondale. There was a brand new Lamborghini parked out in front (still with the temporary paper license) and a young dude inside the hobby shop buying a nitro powered RC truck. He was some new young baseball phenom and he said he would be back for spring training!! Must have been a nice signing bonus to run out and buy a $400k Italian car. Said he had already gotten a warning ticket!!
Still back in the low to mid 80's here! Hope you all survived the wind storm yesterday up there.
Just did that route on 99 and 58 several days ago. As Bob said, good luck in Louisiana!! At least you haven't run into wind so far.
Got the rig unloaded and put into the storage lot down here. Mid to upper 80's, may hit 90 - 91 Wed. & Thurs. LOVE IT!!
We just got into Sun City this afternoon and in the house. I'm kind of assuming that your using I-10. If so, you will be about 15 miles south of us as you approach Phoenix. If you want to have a "real" shower and bed for one night, you guys are more than welcome to spend the night here with us at Sun City. We left Indio CA this morning and it is a 250 mile run from there. You may want to keep an ear open about wind forecasts down here on the desert as they said it would be "breezy" tomorrow - whatever that means. I will feed you any reports that may impact your route. If you think you can make this a stop, let me know and I will pm our cell numbers to you.
Not sure what your budget is, but will echo some of the comments about equipment already mentioned. Didn't read all 8 pages, but here was what I thought was our most valuable advice when we were looking for a used rig -
Stay with a 2000 or newer Class A, because by that time, all of the major manufacturers had gone to the wider wheel base like a diesel pusher/bus. Prior to that Class A's (gas) where on the narrower wheel base and you were/would be continually fighting the wheel ruts in road surfaces. Believe me, that's NO fun!! No expert on Class C's, but they may have the same problem.
Good luck - take your time and kick LOTS of tires. There are more sellers than buyers out there!!
10 years in a row now. This is really getting tiresome!! From the report I got, the Dogs made too many mistakes. Well, as they say, NEXT YEAR!! :B
David - be sure to visit St. Augustine when you get down there. As Bob said, great history. Take the student led tour of Flagler College as well. Original Louis Tiffany chandeliers and stained class in the student dining room! See our blog and pictures about it.
The Lodi Elks was full when we got there tonight, so parked at a Flying J next to I-5 for the night. Beautiful drive down 101 and through Mendocino and Napa Valley wine country. Didn't take time to stop this time as it was a long day - for us!! Back in shorts and t-shirt now!!
We had a sailboat for almost 25 years and whenever we headed out for extended cruising in BC waters, I was somewhat nervous and anxious leading up to departure time. Once out on the water and on our way, that dissipated.
When we changed to land cruising, the same feelings were there, even when we were full timing for 5 years. Now that we are just doing extended travel between the northwest and our winter home in AZ., I get the same feelings. I find that it is worse the last week or so before departure while taking care of last minute details, afraid that some careless driver will mess things up and delay our departure!! :B
I attribute it too making sure all the details are in place and the excitement and anticipation of getting on the road.
You will be fine once you realize that you are really free and on your way down the road! Relax and enjoy, you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner!
Wow David, congratulations and good luck on the new venture and job. I'm assuming your towing the trailer down with you. We will all miss the work and effort that you and Laura have put in on the rallies the past number of years, even though we were only able to get to 1 or 2 of them!!
Please keep in touch with all of us through the thread and drive safe on your way there.
Forgot to add from my childhood memories of traveling from Seattle to Portland. It was an all day trip on old Highway 99. Now you can make the roundtrip in one day, if you start south of Seattle!!
Also the camping trip from Seattle to Denver and down through the southwest and back. All 2 lane roads but still remember not only the national parks we visited (which we have redone in the motor home) but also the Jack Rabbit Trading Post; Tepee Motel and the dinosaurs around Holbrook AZ.!!
I'm sure that trip is what whetted my travel and wanderlust as well.
Eisenhower used the military use of an interstate highway system to get members of his own political party onboard to support it. Attempting to not be political here, but that was part of the politics to build support for it in Congress - I believe it is called compromise!! :B
Now, how could any of the people of age during the 50's & 60's ever have predicted or foreseen the incredible economic and population growth that the highway system helped bring about? Just several concepts to consider: 1 - workers moving out to what was then the "boonies", taking advantage of a "fast" trip into work - total change of thinking about living close to your job. 2. this change of course led to the growth of the suburbs along with higher population growth. 3. How could they have predicted the change of moving goods and products from the railroads to trucks at the rate that happened? 4. As veterans advanced in the work force, they stayed in the areas that had the most job opportunities - not going back to the farms, as well as the young kids leaving the farms and rural areas for the "bright lights" and higher paying jobs. 5. How could have predicted that families got to the point where they had to have 3 or 4 or more vehicles for convenience sakes? That their high school aged kids needed their own wheels to go 1/2 mile to school and park it? 6. Did we totally abandon other forms of mass transit and transportation systems thinking that the highway system would be the be all end all for our transportation considerations? This is only a shallow commentary of the changes that have impacted our highway system.
I have heard the comment about freeways, no doubt taken from a more popular source and movie - "build it and they will come!" Unfortunately, that is so true that I would think that we would somehow realize that we can't just build more highways to help relieve the congestion problems! :h:@
Oh well, we will continue to use the back roads as much as possible!
We are just finishing up our stay here at Bullards SP, heading for Harris Beach SP tomorrow!
Can't help you with a specific Coos Bay recommendation, but see Bernilli's that was recommended earlier while there the other day. You may want to stop at the visitors center and see who they would recommend.
We also drove through Charleston and saw several interesting looking seafood restaurants that we want to try out next time. Nothing real fancy looking, but above a working harbor place!!
Watch for us walking our 2 terriers in the morning and say hello.
Anyplace south of I-10 is the general rule of thumb. When we were traveling fulltime, we wintered from southern CA, Yuma AZ, Valley of the Sun (Phoenix area), Tucson, Rio Grande Valley in TX., the Gulf Coast area from TX on east. Fell in love with Rockport TX. Also a winter in the Florida area, which generally is more expensive than other areas if your not careful.
See our travel blog and pictures for our experiences.
The other answer would be to keep going south until you are warm enough and have enough sunshine!!
Feel free to pm me if you want more specifics,
Good traveling and enjoy, you'll love it!
Great win for the Cougars!
The Huskies shot themselves in the foot too many times against a quality team like Stanford. Unfortunate, as they should have beat them.
Then, had to watch the Seahawks in a pub here in Bandon and that was frustrating. Oh well, don't expect them to go undefeated. Still in great shape yet.
Gorgeous day down here on the coast today. Heading for Brookings and Harris Beach SP tomorrow.
Some good alternative choices: In WA, Salt Creek Recreation Area (near Port Angeles), Cape Disappointment State Park (Ilwaco), Grayland Beach State Park (south of Westport), and any of a terrific array of Oregon State Parks along the coast.
X2 - we are currently working our way south and started at Grayland SP and on down the OR. coast. The Salt Creek Rec. Area is a GREAT location, on a bluff overlooking the straits of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island.
The "pineapple express" that we experienced last week was somewhat unusual this early in the fall. They generally don't start whipping through until later in the fall and winter and then we will only get 4 or 5 of them like we just experienced. Now rain and grey is common from sometime late in Oct. until next .....??
If you decide to come down the Oregon coast, the state parks are great. We are currently at Bullards Beach SP in Bandon. They almost always have easy beach access and provide many Kodak moments. We may want to go on their website, as they do get close to capacity on Fri. - Sundays, especially the popular ones.
Keep in mind, the Puyallup (now Washington State) Fairgrounds has RV parking and the fair is over. The Evergreen State Fairgrounds up in Monroe also has RV parking. Each may have horse shows on the weekends, but both are large enough to have enough space and room for you even if they do.
Oh, on the coast, your temps are generally very moderate, even later into the fall and early winter.
Dick - forgot to mention one memorable "happy hour" at the Pocatello Elks club we had several years ago. Carolyn and I went downstairs to the lounge for a drink. The bartender said "oh, this is happy hour. Buy 2 drinks, get the third one free." :B Sounded like a deal to us, so I ordered margaritas and Carolyn ordered Bloody Marys and that's when the problems began!! First - she used 16+ ounce glasses. Second - she was not stingy with the booze!! :S Halfway through the second drink, we both new that we would NEVER be able to drink the "freebie"! We had her use our tokens for the Exalted Ruler when he came in the next time. We could barely stagger back up the stairs, get the rig door open and drag our drunken bodies into the rig!! :E Take about light weights now! Never had such potent drinks that I can ever remember!
We have remember that at every lodge we go in for a drink, but haven't run into that potent of drinks since then!
Dick - I am somewhat computer literate and use the Elks Lodge RV website as well!! :B I would hope that the website is more up to date as well, but have found a few outdated entries. However, at times it is nice to have the old written page handy for reference while on the fly and don't have the laptop and wifi out running while driving or traveling!
This Elks park here just north of Florence is truly impressive. Nice wide and deep spaces, privacy hedges, very nice picnic tables, tons of gravel on the roadways and in the parking spots which are very level and they have wifi as well. The restrooms we haven't been in nor the clubhouse they have, but both look very nice and neat. They have about 40 W/E hookup spots and another very large dry camping area. They really have a large facility and piece of property here. The only problem is that our Verizon signal is nonexistent and we are only about 1/3 of a mile east of 101. That's not the Elks fault, I'm assuming its the trees and lay of the land from the cell towers, as once we get on 101 heading into Florence we have connection!
Just had a 20-30 minute squall down pour come through and now the blue skies are opening up. Ah, fall weather on the coast!