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Posted: 03/02/14 09:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oy fun times on the highway this weekend. The Northern California storm door is open but as you know a little weather never has deterred us. Wet wild and windy, perfect recipe for fun. Thing were looking up on Friday as my new rubber curb ramps had arrived on time

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So at least the first 30 feet of the trip was going to be smooth sailing. As we tooled down the highway in the early morning light the winds started to kick up, um er really really start blowing. Traffic Radio stated that there was a high wind warning on the Altamont pass of 580. No biggie...wait that's only 5 miles in front of me and we are going over it. Now I am not known for my slow driving but I played right lane road boulder. We really got buffeted but it was controllable at 45 mph with both hands on the wheel. Friday night I had dreams of flyfishing, Saturday on the road I could have sworn I saw Dorothy and Toto fly by. Hiking was going to be this trips activity as going out on the water in winds like this is fool hardy.

We drove down these two lane roads in rush hour traffic

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Beset by miles of stop signs

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We finally reached our destination and to my surprise ther were two class A's two Travel trailers, one Fifth wheel and us in the entire park...Just because it rained 3-5 overnight and the wind was blowing a steady 30mph with higher gusts. I rarely drop my jacks sot stop the rig from rocking and if I do it's usually just the rears. I had to drop all four to the ground.

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I think the dogs liked the wind

Kozmo
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Jake
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Watson
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I decided to hide behind the TC out of the wind and reward myself with a cold bottled beverage.
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Refreshed and with the wind dying down we took a sunset hike
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All that walking worked up an appetite so I hit the galley and whiped up some grub. Strips of sauteed teriyaki chicken breast, brown rice cooked with butter and chopped garlic, and steamed broccoli with grated cheddar cheese
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The stars were really nice

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It was somewhere around 10pm that we spotted the ghost over by the TC

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We chalked it up to too many cold ones and retired for the night

Somewhere around 4am the winds kicked back up and were really rocking the camper and at dawn the new front was rolling in. It made for a great sunrise over the Sierras.

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Breakfast was good
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Well the winds kickicked back up and the temps really dropped as we headed out of the park past the old decommissioned nuke plant

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I had to wonder if you could catch Mr Blinky in the lake?

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Out on hwy 99 in Gault I spotted a potential future adventure
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Posted: 03/02/14 09:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting... I enjoyed your adventure.

we are under extreme weather alert... snow and ice.... and it has started. It was 70F here today.

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As always you are having fun thanks for the post


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Great trip report...Thanks for posting.

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Posted: 03/02/14 10:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Your babies sure are cute! Great pics!


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Sorta wish I had made it down there... Not really! I was looking down at the R.Seco towers around the time you were looking up taking those photos! I got up around 3am, checking around the house to be sure my roof wasn't blowing off. That was really some wind!
Glad to hear you made it up there safe and sound, ate well and the dogs had some fun.

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Yeah Jerry that was some wind. I was guessing it was at least a constant 30 but it could have been more. It was a bit sketchy driving in the cross wind on some of the high crown roads, I just kept it nice and slow. I figured you were hunkered down at home.

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Posted: 03/03/14 06:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great sun rise / sun sets





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Thanks for sharing. We can only dream as the teardrop is still buried in ice laden snow about 4' deep.

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Thanks for the trip report and photos, and the photos that always make me hungry.

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