SHOSHONE DAYS, 49ER ENCAMPMENT DEATH VALLEY, NOVEMBER 2017

 

KICKING OFF SHOSHONE DAYS, BIRDWALK PARTICIPANTS MET AT THE SHOSHONE MUSEUM. LED BY LEONARD WARREN, ORNITHOLOGIST,THE GROUP HIKED TO THE SHOSHONE RV PARK AND THE TRAIL WHICH CIRCUMVENTS THE PUPFISH POND AND RECREATED VOLE HABITAT.

THE RV PARK DISALLOWS WOOD OR CHARCOAL FIRES. OURS IS ABOVE-GROUND AND RUN ON PROPANE. WE WERE THE ENVY OF THE CAMPGROUND.

SHOSHONE NIGHT LIFE CENTERS AROUND THE CORKSCREW SALOON.

THE SPRING FED POOL IS A CONSTANT 89 DEGREES.

MARTA BECKET. A SUCCESSFUL AND DEDICATED ARTIST AND DANCER IN NEW YORK, MARTA VISITED THE CALIFORNIA DESERT AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE EMPTY DETERIORATING BUILDING WHICH SHE EVENTUALLY MADE INTO AN OPERA HOUSE WHERE SHE SPENT YEARS AS A ONE-PERSON SHOW. HER HISTORY IS COMPELLING. MARTA DIED A FEW YEARS AGO. I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO SEE HER IN THE 1970S.

 


CHINA RANCH IS DELIGHTFUL TO VISIT. THE ROAD IS A SCENIC DRIVE. China Ranch is a family owned and operated small farm, a lush piece of greenery amidst the forbidding Mojave Desert near Southern Death Valley. The gift shop is full of antiques and the best part is the date bread and date shakes.

THELONGSTREET CASINO AND RV PARK IS A STRANGE PLACE FOCUSED ON LARGE COWS. IT IS LOCATED IN THE AMARGOSA VALLEY JUST OVER THE NEVADA BORDER.

 

AFTER 5 DAYS IN SHOSHOE AND SURROUNDING AREAS, WE HEADED FOR FURNACE CREEK IN DEATH VALLEY FOR THE 49ER ENCAMPMENT TO CELEBRATE THE PIONEER SPIRIT. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH FURNACE CREEK BE PREPARED FOR SOME SURPRISES. THE FURNACE CREEK INN IS CLOSED AND UNDER RENOVATION. A MISSION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION ACROSS THE HIGHWAY. GET TO FURNACE CREEK RANCH AND THE STORE, COFFEE SHOP, STEAKHOUSE, ETC. ARE GONE. A MAKESHIFT RESTAURANT IS AVAILABLE NEAR THE GOLF COURSE AND THE GOLF SHOP IS NOW A GIFT SHOP/STORE.

THANK GOODNESS THE SPRING-FED POOL WAS OPEN.

TEXAS SPRINGS CAMPGROUND WAS CLOSED BUT SUNSET WAS OPEN. WE FOUND A GOOD SPOT AND ENJOYED OUR TIME THERE. WE COULD EVEN HEAR THE CONCERTS FROM OUR CAMPSITE. FAMILY ARRIVED ALONG WITH SPECIAL GUESTS – TWO FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS. IRENE IS FROM SPAIN, AND JAMIE FROM GERMANY. THEY LOOKED FORWARD TO A CLIMB AT THE SAND DUNES.

THERE WAS A CRAFT FAIR AND AN ART SHOW AND PROGRAMS AT THE VISITOR CENTER. THERE WAS ALSO A PARADE WHERE ALAN MARCHED WITH THE CLAMPERS.

THE DAY’S HIGHLIGHT: THE WAGON TRAIN ARRIVAL

THESUNSETS IN DEATH VALLEY ARE MAGNIFICENT AS IS THE EVENING SKY.

BELOW IS BADWATER, BELOW SEA LEVEL.

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CRAFT FAIR DEC. 9, 2017 AT ANDRES DUARTE STATUE PLAZA & GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

VENDORS:

FOLLOWING IS VENDOR APPLICATION.  IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE PRINT THE APPLICATION, COMPLETE AND MAIL WIITH CHECK.  DETAILS WILL BE PROVIDED PRIOR TO THE EVENT..  THIS IS A GREAT LOCATION, ON ROUTE 66 IN THE HEART OF DUARTE.  WE WILL OCCUPY THE STATUE PLAZA AND THE GRACE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH PROPERTY.  THE FAIR IS SPONSORED BY THE DUARTE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM.  ANY PROFITS FROM THE VENDOR PARTICIPATION FEES WILL SUPPORT THIS ALL-VOLUNTEER MUSEUM.

VENDOR APPLICATION

WINTER SOLSTICE CRAFT FAIR & FLEA MARKET

SATURDAY DECEMBER 9, 2017 AT DUARTE STATUE PLAZA (9am-4pm)

1551Huntington Drive, Duarte

Name:    _______________________________________________________

Address, City and Zip:____________________________________________

Phone:   _______________________________________________________

Email:   _______________________________________________________

No. of spaces desired: ______ ($40 for 10X18; $70 for 2 10X18 adjacent spaces for same vendor; 6 5X5 spaces available at $25 each.) Vendors provide their own equipment.

What do you propose selling?  Limited to handcrafted goods including baked goods (nothing that will spoil), and vintage wares pre-1970._______________________________________________________________

Limited electricity available.  Do you require electricity?  _____

VENUE:  We will occupy the area around the Andres Duarte Statue on Huntington Drive (Route66) across the street from City Hall, and the adjacent property of the Grace Fellowship Church.  Church and street parking are available for customers.  Vendors will unload then park in the city parking lot on the south side of Huntington, returning via crosswalk.

The Craft Fair committee will provide helpers, unleash a publicity campaign and organize the event.  Proceeds support the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, an all-volunteer non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of local history.

For information contact:  Karen Levein, (626) 201-1449 or k.levein@gmail.com.

MAIL check payable to the Duarte Historical Society & Museum, c/o Claudia Heller, 277 Opal Canyon Road, Duarte CA 91010, together with this completed application. A confirmation will be sent with more details.  No applications will be considered after November 30 or after 50 applications have been confirmed whichever comes first.


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GOFFS: STUDY THE PAST

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ON OLD HIGHWAY 66 IN THE MOJAVE DESERT IS A COMPOUND CALLED “GOFFS.” Established by the foremost author on the history of the Mojave Desert Dennis Casebier, it is now called The Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association. We have been privileged to be members for the past 20 years and enjoy the group’s annual Rendezvous held in October each year. These are dedicated souls with a passion for recording and enjoying the history of the area and mainly The Old Mojave Road. It starTed out as The Mojave Trail when local Indian tribes used it to travel to trade areas (all the way to the coast). It grew into a wagon road where settlers traveled and mail transported. Due to attacks by Indians, the government set up posts along the way for protection. Much evidence still remains along the road with remnants from old posts, spring heads, petroglyphs, old cabin runs, etc.

A DIRT-COVERED VEHICLE IS PROOF YOU TREKKED THE OLD MOJAVE ROAD!

THE ROCK SPRING LOOP TRAIL TAKES YOU TO THE SPRING AND TO A CABIN. The Rock House was constructed by Bert Smith in 1929. He came to this area to recover from poison gas exposure suffered during World War I. Doctors told him he didn’t have long to live, but the dry desert air proved so beneficial to Smith’s health that he lived here for 25 more years! The second long-term resident was artist Carl Faber, who lived and worked at the rock house in the 1980s, selling his artwork to passing travelers.

While on the trail we shared a picnic table with a youth group from Bishop. They were installing water guzzlers for small animal desert dwellers!

BACK AT GOFFS WE ENJOYED THE ACTUALLY WORKING STAMP MILLS AND A GIRATOR. WHAT DEDICATION IT TAKES TO RESCUE THESE OLD DESERT REMNANTS AND GET THEM INTO WORKING ORDER.

And our favorite is an old canon which is set off as one of the Rendezvous highlights:

 


 The anchor of Goffs is the old 1914 Schoolhouse which served the area for many years. Abandoned at one time it was deteriorating dueto vandals and the harsh desert elements, but was rescued by this group and now serves as a museum and office at Goffs.

A MEMORIAL GARDEN GIVES US TIME TO REFLECT ON THOSE WE HAVE LOST. HERE ARE BRICKS FOR MY SON BEAU, AND FOR MY PARENTS. MY FATHER WAS A MEMBER OF THE MDCHA AND COLLABORATED WITH DENNIS CASEBIER WHEN WRITING HIS BOOKS.
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DEBBIE MILLER’S TRIBUTE TO OLIVE OATMAN WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF THE RENDEZVOUS.  Olive Oatman is not the only well-known captive who was recovered and returned to her home community, but her story does exemplify what happened to women who were captured by Native American Indians and the ongoing emotional trauma they experienced when they were returned to their families.  AMAZINGLY DEBBIE MADE THIS DRESS HERSELF – A REPLICA OF ONE OF OLIVE’S OUTFITS.  You may know Oatman as the burro roaming town on Route 66 near Laughlin.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A STOP ON THE WAY HOME:  THE SALTON SEA

WE ENJOYED THE SOLITUDE AS THE ONLY ONES IN THE CAMPGROUND. ALTHOUGH WE SPOTTED BLACK NECKED STILTS, PELICANS, EGRETS AND HERONS, THE AREA WAS NOTICABLY DEVOID OF THE USUALLY ABUNDANT BIRD LIFE. DEAD DRIED TILAPIA LINED THE SHORE, TESTIMENT TO THE OXYGEN-STARVED SALINE LAKE. A WATER SOAKED PICNIC BENCH IS TESTAMENT TO THE FLUCTUATING LAKE LEVELS.

THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR SALTON SEA CAMPING HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE BRILLIANT SUNSET, BUT IT WAS RATHER SUBDUED THIS TRIP.


WHERE OH WHERE DID COWBOY MAN GO? HE WAS MISSING FROM HIS SPOT IN MECCA AT AN OLD STRIP MALL. I STOPPED TO INQUIRE AND WAS TOLD HE WAS SOLD TO SOMEONE IN APPLE VALLEY. I’D LOVE TO FIND HIM. PLEASE REPORT IF YOU RUN INTO HIM!

 

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FALL COLORS PAINT THE EASTERN SIERRAS

BRILLIANT FALL COLORS PAINT THE EASTERN SIERRAS AT DIFFERENT TIMES IN THE FALL, DEPENDING ON THE ELEVATION. A CHANGE IN AIR TEMPERATURE AND DECREASED DAYLIGHT ALSO AFFECT THE TIME AND SPECTRUM OF THE COLORS. OUR TRIP WAS IN LATE SEPTEMBER. SOME AREAS WERE COLORFUL, OTHERS NOT SO MUCH. THE WEATHER WAS CALM AND MILD WITH BRILLIANT BLUE SKIES AND LOTS OF TOURISTS EVERYWHERE.
WE MADE OUR USUAL STOP IN BISHOP TO VISIT THE MOUNTAIN LIGHT GALLERY. THE FANTASTIC PHOTOS OF GALEN ROWELL TAKEN ALL OVER THE WORLD ARE A WONDER TO BEHOLD. GALEN AND BARBARA ROWELL WERE A DYNAMIC COUPLE, NEVER MORE AT HOME THEN THEY WERE IN THE EASTERN SIERRAS. SADLY A TRAGIC ACCIDENT TOOK THEIR LIVES IN 2002. THEIR CHILDREN OPENED THE GALLERY TO HONOR THEIR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

TO OUR SHOCK WE FOUND THAT THE GALLERY IS ABOUT TO CLOSE ITS DOORS. WE WILL MISS THIS ALWAYS ENJOYABLE STOP.

WE STOPPED AT THE EASTERN SIERRA MUSEUM IN INDEPENDENCE AND TO OUR DELIGHT THEY WERE SELLING THE BOOK WE AUTHORED IN THEIR GIFT SHOP: CURIOSITIES OF THE CALIFORNIA DESERT. WE ALWAYS ENJOY PERUSING THE MUSEUM, AND WANDERING THROUGH THE OUTSIDE YARD WHICH FEATURES SO MUCH LOCAL HISTORY. ADDED THIS YEAR IS A NEWLY RENNOVATED LOCOMOTIVE.


ENJOYING THE MILD FALL WEATHER WE CAMPED AT KEOUGH HOT SPRINGS. THE DEVELOPED SWIMMING AREA SPORTS A HUGE WARM POOL AND A BIG SHALLOW HOT POOL. IT IS COVERED, HAS FACILITIES, A GIFT SHOP AND FOOD. A SHORT WAYS AWAY ARE THE WILD HOT SPRINGS WHICH ARE CLEAN AND CLEAR AND BEAUTIFUL. BE PREPARED TO COVER YOUR EYES!

WHILE CAMPED AT LONE PINE, ALAN WANDERED THROUGH THE PET CEMETERY.

A JUVENILE COOPER’S HAWK ENJOYS HIS REFLECTION IN A PUDDLE.

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A TREK TO THE ASTONISHING ECLIPSE AND BACK

With the date of the Eclipse looming (August 21) we headed for McMinnville Oregon in the totality zone.  First stop HARRIS RANCH in Coalinga – great food, gift shop, and the much needed restrooms..

BACK ON BORING I-5, WE SPENT OUR FIRST NIGHT IN SACRAMENTO AT OLD TOWN.  THERE ARE AT LEAST TWO MUSEUMS TO VISIT PLUS THE RAILROAD MUSEUM.  LOTS OF EATERIES, SHOPS AND STORES.

A golden bridge reflecting the sun crosses the Sacramento River.

NEXT STOP JACKSONVILLE OREGON – LAND OF NO SALES TAX AND ATTENDANTS AT THE GAS STATIONS FILL YOUR TANK.
WE STAYED AT THE HISTORIC JACKSONVILLE INN KNOWN FOR ITS EGGS BENEDICT BREAKFASTS. WE SPENT THE EVENING AT THE BELLA UNION WITH TWO HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS

AT LAST WE REACHED MCMINNVILLE AND CHECKED INTO THE LITTLE COTTAGE MY SISTER RENTED ON THE STOLLER VINEYARD. OUR FIRST OUTING WAS A WINETASTING PARTY IN THE VIP ROOM AND A TOUR OF THE AREA TO LEARN ABOUT ITS HISTORY.

The family established the property in 1943 and the vineyard fifty years later. Today, it is the largest contiguous vineyard in Oregon’s Dundee Hills. The Stoller family controls every step of the process, from pruning to bottling and everything in between. The result is award-winning wines that are balanced, complex, and consistently exceptional.

THAT NIGHT WE ENJOYED A NINE COURSE MEAL TOGETHER WITH WINE PAIRING. EACH COURSE WAS EXPLAINED AND SERVED ON THE BIGGEST OF PLATES WITH A CHANGE OF UTENSILS. IT TOOK PLACE IN AN HISTORIC HOUSE CALLED “THE PAINTED LADY.”

COUNTDOWN: TWO MORE DAYS TO ECLIPSE!

AWAITING THE ASTRONIMCAL SHOW OF MY LIFE, WE TOURED THE EVERGREEN AEROSPACE MUSEUM, HOME OF THE SPRUCE GOOSE. ITS A TERRIFIC MUSEUM WITH A BUILDING ON AIRPLANES INCLUDING THE SG, AND A BUILDING ON SPACE TRAVEL.  ALSO A GREAT IMAX THEATER.

THE MORNING ARRIVES AND WE HAVE COLLECTED OUR PEEPS AND CHAIRS.  MY SISTER CASEY, HER HUSBAND GEORGE, HER DAUGHTER BRITTANY AND HUSBAND VICTOR, HAVE BINOCULARS WITH CAPS THAT ALLOW THEM TO LOOK AT THE SUN.  WE ARE READY – BUT IF WE TRAVEL 15 MILES FROM OUR COTTAGE WE CAN SEE THE TOTAL ECLIPSE FOR TWO WHOLE MINUTES SO WE DRIVE TO THE LINGUA FRANCA VINEYARD OWNED BY MASTER  SOMMELIER LARRY STONE.  HE INVITES US TO SET UP ON A FIELD WITH A PERFECT VIEW OF THE UPCOMING EXTRAORDINARY SHOW.

OF COURSE THE PROPER ATTIRE IS CALLED FOR:


WE COUNT DOWN AND SOON THE MOON’S SHADOW TAKES A BITE OF THE SUN, SLOWLY IT STARTS TO DARKEN AROUND US AND COOLER TEMPER-TURES TAKE HOLD.  WE ARE BREATHLESS.  WE SNAP PHOTOS LIKE CRAZY AND WATCH THIS PHENOMENON UNFOLD.  FOR TWO MINUTES THE SUN IS BLANKED OUT WITH FLARES ESCAPING THE PERIMETER AND WE ARE YELLING AND COMMENTING AND BASKING IN THIS EVENT.


IT WAS BETTER THAN EXPECTED! A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE.

BEFORE WE LEAVE THE WILLAMET VALLEY, WE VISIT OUR FRIENDS WHO LIVE IN INDEPENDENCE OREGON (re-located from Duarte). THEY ARE REMODELING A HOUSE ON A FEW ACRES OF LAND WHERE THEY GROW PEARS, PLUMS, RAISE CHICKENS AND ENJOY THIS LITTLE TOWN.


ALAN, CLAUDIA, EMERSON, BRENT, CHRISTA, TREVOR, YOLANDA, CHUCK & DOG. (MC KENZIE TOOK THE PHOTO)

TIME TO HEAD HOME BUT FIRST A STOP AT THE TILLAMOOK CHEESE FACTORY.


THE OREGON COAST SPANS 339 MILES, 80 PER CENT OF WHICH IS PUBLIC.  WE ENJOYED THE RUGGED BEAUTY, THE EXPANSIVE BEACHES, ROCKY COVES, AND STATE PARK AFTER STATE PARK, ALL UNDER CALIFORNIIA-TYPE WEATHER.  AUGUST IS THE MONTH TO BE HERE.  WE STOPPED AT EVERY LIGHT HOUSE, PULLED OUT OFTEN TO TAKE PHOTOS AND ENJOYED SEAFOOD IN THE LITTLE TOWNS ALONG THE WAY.


THE BEAUTY CONTINUED OVER THE CALIFORNIA BORDER. WE FOUND A CUTE PLACE TO STAY IN TRINIDAD AND EARLY THE NEXT DAY HEADED TO ONE OF OUR FAVORITE STOPS: KATY’S. WE BOUGHT SMOKED SALMON AND OTHER FISH DELIGHTS INCLUDING HALIBUT CHEEKS.


QUEEN ANNE’S LACE ACCOMPANIED US ALONG THE ENTIRE COAST. I WAS ABLE TO CLIP SOME FOR MY FLOWER PRESS WHICH I HAD THE PRESENCE OF MIND TO BRING LONG.

I LOVE READING BULLETIN BOARDS IN THE SMALL TOWNS. THEY SAY SO MUCH ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE.

FORT ROSS IS A FASCINATING PLACE. Fort Ross, one of the main tourist attractions between Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg, is a California State Historic Park showcasing a historic Russian-era fort compound that has been designated National Historic Landmark status. Located eleven miles north of Jenner on California Highway One, one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world Fort Ross is surrounded by sandy beaches, panoramic coves, and redwood forests, with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

IT WAS AN EXCITING TRIP, PUNCTUATED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY AND TO VIEW THE MAGNIFICENT SOLAR ECLIPSE TOGETHER. THESE ARE MEMORIES THAT WILL STAY WITH US

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North Coast, Happy Camp, Shasta houseboating, and fishing Hwy. 395

 

 

Dramatic ocean scenes, unique flowers, and drizzly cold weather, punctuated our first leg of this road trip. Later in our trip when the thermometer stayed above 100, we prayed for drizzle.

Above: Just minutes from Eureka, California, the Samoa Cookhouse, the last surviving cookhouse in the West, continues the tradition of serving lots of good food. Food is served in the same style it was and is served to the lumber workers.

While in Trinidad be sure to dine on the pier and stop into Katy’s smokehouse for fresh smoked fish. Great halibut. Lots of smoked salmon for the rest of your trip.

Eureka is flush with Victorian style homes. On the way there we lunched at the Benbow Inn. It was too hot to dine on the patio and the hotel is under renovation so it wasn’t what I had in mind. Will have to return sometime soon hen it is back to normal.

THE SECOND LEG OF OUR TRIP TOOK US TO “OUR FAMILY RANCH” IN HAPPY CAMP. IT IS ON THE KLAMATH RIVER 100 MILES EAST OF ARCATA on the 101 AND 100 MILES WEST OF YREKA ON THE 5. WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE HEALTHY FOREST AND THE BEAUTIFUL KLAMATH RIVER. HAPPY CAMP WAS A LOGGING TOWN UNTIL THE GOVERNMENT PUT A STOP TO LOGGING THE OLD GROWTH FOREST, SOME SAY TO SAVE THE SPOTTED OWL. IT IS A REMOTE AREA, BUT TRULY A PARADISE. HOWEVER, YOU MUST STAY ON GUARD FOR A BIGFOOT SIGHTING.


FOR THE KIDS, COLLECTING EGGS FROM THE FREE RANGE CHICKENS WAS A THRILL. THEY WOULD FOLLOW KAREN AS THOUGH SHE WERE THE PIED PIPER. THEY WOULD EMPTY THEIR GARBAGE FILLED BUCKETS FOR THE CHICKENS TO EAT, THEN PET THE GOAT AND FORAGE FOR EGGS. EVER NOTICE HOW ORANGE THE YOLKS ARE ON FRESH EGGS? MY SISTER CASEY WOULD COOK UP GREAT BREAKFASTS FOR US ALL, INCLUDING OMELETS FROM THE FRESH EGGS AND HERBS AND VEGGIES FROM HER GARDEN. OH, AND ALWAYS FRESH FRUIT FROM THE PEACH TREE.

FISHING ANYONE? THE CHAMBERS POND IS FLUSH WITH FISH, RATHER EASY TO CATCH (AND THEN RELEASE). THE KIDS WERE THRILLED.

THE LOVELY GAZEBO AND PADDLE BOAT MAKE THE FISHING POND EVEN MORE FUN.

ONE YEAR OLD HARPER LOVED RUNNING IN THE HAY FIELD. THE HAY HAS ALREADY BEEN HARVESTED FOR THIS YEAR. IN THE EVENING THE COWS ROAM THE FIELD TO THE DELIGHT OF THE CHILDREN. OCCASIONALLY BEARS ARE SPOTTED AND DEER ARE ALMOST ALWAYS PRESENT.

POOL TIME IS ALWAYS FUN AND COOL, BUT FOR A LITTLE MORE WET ACTION, RIVER RAFTING IS THE THING TO DO.  FEW SMALL RAPIDS.  MAYBE AN OSPREY OR A BALD EAGLE OR A RIVER OTTER.

The Klamath is the most important North American river south of the Columbia River for anadromous fish migration.[12] Its salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout have adapted to unusually high water temperatures and acidity levels relative to other rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The numerous fish were a major source of food for Native Americans, who have inhabited the basin for at least 7,000 years. (Wikipedia)

 

ADMITTEDLY FOOD WAS A BIG PART OF OUR HAPPY CAMP EXPERIENCE. CASEY HAD IT PLANNED OUT. HERE SHE TRIMS A BOWL OF OREGON SUGAR PODS FOR DINNER. SHE ALSO MADE A TON OF LASAGNA FOR ONE NIGHT. JENNER BBQ’D CARNE ASADA FOR MEXICAN FIESTA NIGHT.  GEORGE BBQ’d MOST OF THE TIME AND TREATED US WITH A LOVELY SALMON DINNER.


NO TIME TO REST. CASEY GAVE A LAVENDAR WAND MAKING WORKSHOP. THE KIDS WERE THRILLED AND STARTED MASS PRODUCING THEM TO ‘SELL’ TO THOSE WHO WERE NOT INCLINED TO MAKE THEM. THE LAVENDAR ON THE RANCH IS PLENTIFUL. THE WANDS ARE LOVELY AND KEEP THEIR SCENT. I KEEP ONE NEXT TO MY BED.

ONE NIGHT WAS MOVIE NIGHT, BUT AFTER THE GUYS DID THE SET UP, KIDS WERE FALLING ASLEEP SINCE IT DIDN’T GET DARK UNTIL ABOUT 9;30 pm

THE HIGHLIGHT WAS GEORGE AND CHRIS’ FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA. FIRST IT WAS KID STUFF LIKE SPARKLERS, ETC. THEN THE REAL SHOW BEGAN.   IT WAS STUPENDOUS. THE FINALE WAS SO EXTRAVAGANT IT SENT THE FRONT ROW VIEWERS RUNNING.

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HAPPY CAMP WAS WONDERFUL, BUT EVENTUALLY EVERYONE HEADED HOME WHILE WE HEADED TO LAKE SHASTA FOR THE THIRD LEG OF THIS TRIP. WE PASSED THE LOVELY SHASTA MOUNTAIN THRILLED TO SEE THE TOP BECAUSE IT IS OFTEN SHROUDED IN CLOUDS.

SILVERTHORNE MARINA AWAITED OUR ARRIVAL WITH OUR HOUSEBOAT READY. WE RECEIVED OPERATING AND SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND PACKED UP FOOD, ICE ETC. FOR THE 5 NIGHTS OF EXPLORING THE LAKE.

Shasta Lake is one of the largest lakes in the western United States. Today it is at full capacity, warm and calm. We saw lots of geese, a few deer and many birds. Our boat had a slide, slept 10, kitchen, 2 refrigerators that didn’t work very well, and two bathrooms with shower/tub. 2 freezers. A front deck and back deck. We would pull up to a cove and drop the plank.

HOLIDAY OUTFITTED US ALL TO BE PIRATES. ‘SURRENDER THE BOOTY.’

HAILEY2 WAS SECOND IN COMMAND MANNING THE BOAT. ALAN WOULD EASE US INTO A COVE AND JOE & HAILEY2 WOULD JUMP OUT TO TIE US UP. HAILEY 1 AND RAQUEL (A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT FROM SPAIR) WATCHED THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE BOAT FOR TIE UP. HOLIDAY WOULD MAKE A VODKA TONIC FOR HERSELF AND A GIN N TONIC FOR ALAN, AND THE PARTY BEGINS.

BELOW THE PIRATES DESERTED SHIP FOR A TOUR OF THE SHASTA CAVERNS:

ALAS, WE HAD A PIZZA PARTY AT THE MARINA THEN UNLOADED THE BOAT.

OK, ON TO LEG 4 OF THIS TRIP. IT IS STILL 100 DEGREES EVERYWHERE, ALTHOUGH A BIT COOLER IN THE SIERRAS NORTH OF BISHOP. EVERYPLACE WAS OVERBURDENED WITH CROWDS. WE DROVE THROUGH THE JUNE LAKE LOOP AND ALL CAMPGROUNDS WERE FULL. SILVERWOOD LAKE WAS SO FULL OF WATER THAT PEOPLE HAD TO FISH FROM THE HIGHWAY BECAUSE THERE WAS NO BEACH. WE CAMPED AT ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PLACES, BROWN’S CAMP AT BENTON CROSSING. THE VIEW OF THE SIERRAS IS MAGNIFICENT. FROM CAMP WE SPENT A DAY AT CONVICT LAKE AND ROCK CREEK LAKE.

AT ROCK CREEK WE RAN INTO THE BANANDOS WHICH WOULDN’T SEEM SO STRANGE BUT WE RAN INTO THEM ON OUR LAST TWO VACATIONS ALSO! I’m GETTING SUSPICIOUS.

AT BENTON CROSSING I WAS ABLE TO CATCH, CLEAN, COOK AND EAT TWO TROUT.

OUR LAST NIGHT WE RELAXED IN THE POOL AT BOULDER CREEK RV PARK IN LONE PINE. IT WAS ABOUT 102 DEGREES OUT! IT WAS TIME TO GO HOME BUT WE ARE ALWAYS HAPPY WHEN WE GET BACK TO DUARTE.

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BELOW:  SCENES FROM THE HAPPY CAMP TRAIL LOOKING OUT OVER THE AREA.  A RIGOROUS 6 MILE RUN WAS UNDERTAKEN BY SARA, GARY, JENNER, DANNY, BOBBY

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THE AMAZING GRAND CIRCLE OF UTAH


THIS GRAND CIRCLE IS AN AMAZING TRIP WITH UNBELIEVABLE SCENERY. THE ADDED PLUS IS THAT THERE IS A SHORT DRIVE BETWEEN THE PARKS AND THE DRIVE ON THE WAY IS REWARDING. WE WARN YOU THOUGH, THIS IS NO SECRET. EVEN IN MID TO LATE MAY, EVERYPLACE IS CROWDED AND RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST WHETHER YOU STAY IN LODGES, MOTELS OR CAMP. THE PICTURES BELOW ARE A LITTLE OUT OF ORDER, BUT YOU WILL GET THE IDEA!

THE BUS OF TOURISTS STOPS AT A PETROGLYPH LOOKOUT!

BELOW IS A SOLUMN REMINDER THAT HIGHWAY ACCIDENTS CAN BE DEADLY. THIS ONE ADDED TO THE GRIM STATISTICS OF MEMORIAL WEEKEND DEATHS

BRYCE CANYON IS STUNNING, BUT ALSO AN EXAMPLE OF THE WILDWEST. HERE AT RUBY’S INN WE ENJOYED A COWBOY DINNER AND SHOW. TOURISTO FOR SURE, BUT EVERY ENJOYABLE.

ALONG THE WAY ALAN STOPPED TO PHOTOGRAPH WILDFLOWERS.

PROBABLY ONE OF OUR FAVORITE PICTURES. WE HAD LUNCH ON THE NAVAJO RESERVATION IN MONUMENT VALLEY. NO, ITS NOT A PICTURE ON THE WALL, BUT THE VIEW OF THIS MAGNIFICENT PLACE.

BASED IN MOAB AT ARCHVIEW RV RESORT, VISITS TO CANYONLANDS AND ARCHES ARE A SHORT DISTANCE. WHETHER YOU WANT LONG HIKES, DRIVES ON QUESTIONABLE ROADS, OR STUNNING VIEWS, THERE IS MUCH TO SEE. ALSO, EACH PARK HAS A VISITOR CENTER WITH INFORMATIONAL SHOWS AND GIFT SHOPS! IF YOU ARE A SENIOR, BE SURE TO GET YOUR SENIOR PASS AT THE BEGINNING OF YOUR TRIP. IT WILL SAVE YOU A LOT OF MONEY. ALSO, ENTER THE PARKS EARLY. THERE CAN BE DELAYS LATER IN THE DAY BECAUSE OF TOO MANY VISITORS.

WE LOVE CAMPING, AND EATING INSIDE OR OUT. ALONG ON THIS TRIP WAS MY SISTER CASEY AND HER HUSBAND GEORGE. THEY RENTED A 20 FOOT TRAILER AND WE CARAVANED. WORKED OUT PERFECTLY!

 

AND YES, IN UTAH YOU CAN GET ALCOHOL. LODGES HAVE NICE RESTAURANTS. BELOW IS LUNCH AND A BLOODY MARY.

AT ZION TRAMS RUN EVERY 15 MINUTES AND THOUGH THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS, YOU CANNOT DRIVE INTO THE UPPER PART OF THE PARK. LEAVE YOUR CAR AT THE VISITOR CENTER AND CATCH A TRAM. YOU CAN GET OFF AND ON AS DESIRED. WE WENT TO THE END AND HIKED TO THE NARROWS. IT RAINED THE WHOLE TIME – TO OUR DISMAY BUT TO THE DELIGHT OF THE FLOWERS.

SHOOTING STARS AND COLUMBINE

THERE ARE NO TWO TOWERS ALIKE.

DINNER (above) AT THE SUNSET GRILL IN MOAB IS A MUST. NO REERVATIONS, BUT SITTING IN THE GARDEN AND ENJOYING THE VIEW IS WORTH A WAIT. DON’T TRY TO GET A DRINK OUT THERE – AFTER ALL, THIS IS UTAH. BE SURE TO ARRIVE AROUND SUNSET AND ASK TO BE SEATED IN THE PATIO. THEY DO SERVE ALCOHOL THERE. THE STORY OF THE MAN WHO ONCE LIVED IN THE TOWN IS FASCINATING AND YOU CAN READ ABOUT HIM ON THE BACK OF THE MENU.

THIS MAKES IT OBVIOUS THAT THE ANASAZI WERE VISITED BY EXTRA TERRESTRIALS!

PEOPLE AROUND MOAB ALL LOOK LIKE THEY JUST GOT OUTFITTED AT REI. THEY ARE BIKERS, CYCLISTS, RIVER RAFTERS, RUNNERS, HIKERS, CLIMBERS AND ADVENTURERS. THE TOWN HAS A VIBRANT AIRE ABOUT IT AND PEOPLE SEEM BUSY. WE SIGNED UP FOR A COWBOY DINNER AND A CRUISE ON THE COLORADO AT NIGHT. IT WAS EDUCATIONAL AS THE OLD GUY LECTURED ON THE HISTORY OF THE AREA. THEN THE MUSIC BEGAN AND A LAZER SHOW ON THE ROCKS ROUNDED OUT THE EVENING. TOURISTO, YES. FUN, YES.

LAZER SHOW ABOVE.

A STOP IN BLANDING BROUGHT US TO A WONDERFUL MUSEUM. OUT BACK IS A KIVA AND A KOKOPELLI


TURNED OFF ON THE BUMPY ROAD TO SEE NEWSPAPER ROCK. IT WAS WORTH THE JAUNT. PROBABLY SOME OF THE BEST PETROGLYPHS WE SAW ON OUR TRIP

NEAR FLAGSTAFF ON ROUTE 66 IS TWO GUNS. THE STORY OF THIS AREA IS FASCINATING. FROM THE APACHE DEATH CAVE TO THE ROADSIDE ATTRACTION WITH VARIOUS ANIMALS INCLUDING MOUNTAIN LION. WE KICKED AROUND THE AREA, EXPLORED THE RUINS AND SAW THE OPENING TO THE CAVE WHERE SO MANY APACHES DIED.

LOTS TO SEE IN FLAGSTAFF! WE HAD DINNER AT BLACK BARTS WHERE THE WAIT STAFF ENTERTAINS BY SINGING OPERA. ALWAYS A FAVORITE FOR US.

AND OF COURSE WE HAD TO STOP AT METEOR CRATER. ALAN LIKES IT THERE BECAUSE HE THINKS HE WILL SEE STAR MAN.

OUR DRIVE TO AND FROM THE UTAH/ARIZONA LAND OF ROCKS AND NATIVE AMERICANS, WE ENJOYED ROUTE 66 AND OTHER FAVORITE SITES. SELIGMAN, WILLIAMS, HACKBERRY – OPEN AIR OUTSIDE MUSEUM TOWNS PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE MOTHER ROAD.

A STOP AT ROUTE 66’S HACKBERRY

AND A STOP IN KINGMAN FOR LUNCH AT MR. D’S WITH AUTHOR AND ROUTE 66 CHAMPION JIM HINCKLEY.

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WILDFLOWER TREK TO ANZA BORREGO

WITH THE PROMISE OF AN EPIC WILDFLOWER SHOW, WE HEADED OUT TO  CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST STATE PARK: ANZA BORREGO. TAKING THE DESERT ROUTE, WE HIT 60 MPH WINDS, NOT FUN WHEN YOU ARE PULLING A TRAILER. THE WINDS HOWLED INTO THE NIGHT AND THE POOR WILDFLOWERS WERE SUFFERING. WEREN’T SURE WHAT WE WOULD FIND THE NEXT DAY WHEN CALM RETURNED.
OUT IN HENDERSON CANYON, THE COLORS WERE SHOWING AND BESIDES LOVELY FLOWERS, WE WERE GREETED BY HUNDREDS OF CATERPILLARS, THE SPHINX MOTH.

MOVING ON WE VISITED SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL STATUES CREATED BY ARTIST RICARDO BRECEDA. THERE ARE A FEW HUNDRED SCATTERED ABOUT GALLETA MEADOWS, LAND OWNED BY THE LATE DENNIS AVERY.

AFTER A FUN JAUNT IN THE DESERT, THERE WAS ONLY ONE THING TO DO: CACTUS MARGARITAS ON THE LOVELY PATIO OF POBLITOS.

PALM CANYON RV RESORT & HOTEL IS A GREAT PLACE TO STAY. THERE ARE PREMIUM RV SITES, VINTAGE TRAILERS FOR RENT AND HOTEL ROOMS. ALSO TWO POOLS AND HOT TUBS, A RESTAURANT WITH OUTSIDE PATIO. WE HAD DINNER AT THE HOTEL AND ONE NIGHT COOKED IN THE GROUP AREA WITH A BIG BON FIRE.



ZOE LED A SING-ALONG AROUND THE FIRE. WE ALL ENJOYED OUR CARNE ASADA –

HAD A FOND FAREWELL BUT NOT UNTIL A JAUNT TO THE APPLE PIE TOWN OF JULIAN.
ON OUR WAY HOME WE SPENT A NIGHT AT THE PALA RV PARK & CASINO. FROM OUR CAMPSITE ALAN SNAPPED PHOTOS OF A WESTERN BLUEBIRD.

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SPRING WILDFLOWER SUPERBLOOM ARIZONA

ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT OFFERS A STUNNING DISPLAY OF SAGUAROS, FLOWERING CACTUS, WILDFLOWERS AND BIRDS. WE ALSO FOUND A VARIETY OF BIRDS IN MADERA CANYON.

IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

GETTING AWAY FROM THE NATURAL BEAUTY WE WALKED THROUGH THE CHARMING TOWN OF TUBAC WHERE ALAN STOPPED FOR A CIGAR.

AND A FUN TREK THROUGH OLD TOWN TUCSON

WE ENJOYED THE COVE CAMPGROUND IN BLYTHE ON THE COLORADO RIVER WHERE WE JOINED WITH THE DESERT EXPLORERS ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS. NEARBY ARE THE BLYTHE INTAGLIOS.

ABOVE WE STROLLED THROUGH THE TOWN FAIR IN AJO.

SADLY THIS RESTAURANT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC BUT DOES OPEN FOR PRIVATE EVENTS. ACROSS THE PARKING LOT IS A GOOD COWBOY RESTAURANT WITH GREAT PRIME RIB BUT NO BLENDED MARGARITAS.

ABOVE IS THE TROGON WE WANTED TO SEE, BUT DIDN’T. WE DID SEE AN HEPATIC TANAGER.

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FACING MANDATORY EVACUATION, WE FLEE TO THE DESERT

Its Dallas and the megadopler warning us the storm of the century is on its way to Duarte and we live in the ground zero area for mudslides.  So, pack up the trailer and head for the desert.

QUARTZSITE:  We notice right away, something is wrong.  We are a bit late for the big crowds but we find much of the area closed down and parking is plenty.  So, we head onto BLM land and set up camp.  Vendors later tell us the crowd this year was disappointing and blame it on the Canadians going to Mexico instead of Arizona.

MORNING ARRIVES AND WE HEAD INTO TOWN TO LOOK FOR THOSE GREAT GOODIES THAT QUARTZSITE IS FAMOUS FOR, SUCH THINGS AS SKULLS AND ROCKS! AND I HAVE TO VISIT MY FRIEND PAUL WEINER, THE BRILLIANT BOOK MAN, ENTERTAINER AND GLUE THAT HOLDS QUARTZSITE TOGETHER. OH, AND HE IS A NUDIST – OBVIOUSLY. ONLY IN QUARTZSITE!

GOING INTO TOWN WE STOP AT THE HI JOLLY MEMORIAL AND FIND THE AREA HAS BEEN EXPANDED AND IS NOW SURROUNDED BY A CEMETERY WHERE WE SPEND TIME READING HEAD STONES AND THINKING ABOUT THE UNIQUE HISTORY OF THIS ARIZONA TOWN.

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OK, ENOUGH QUARTZSITE SO AFTER A NIGHT AT THE BLUE WATER CASINO RV PARK IN PARKER WE ARE OFF TO LAKE HAVASU FOR THE NOT MY PRESIDENT WEEKEND. THE CRAZY HORSE CAMPGROUND WAS VERY NICE AND VERY FULL BUT THEY SQUEEZED US IN ALMOST LAKESIDE. A STORM CAME THROUGH BUT THE FESTIVITIES CONTINUED – FLEA MARKET, ROCKABILLY CONCERT, FIRE WORKS, BOAT ACROSS THE LAKE TO THE CASINO ON THE CALIFORNIA SIDE AND DINNER WITH A VIEW OF THE LONDON BRIDGE.

WE HEAD HOME BUT STOP FOR THE NIGHT AT THE SALTON SEA. NOT AS MANY BIRDS AS WE USUALLY SEE HERE, AND THE SUNSET WAS NOT AS SPECTACULAR AS IT USUALLY IS, BUT WE COOKED A MEAN RIB EYE AND WATCHED THE DESERT COLORS DARKEN AND THEN THE SKY SHOW TOOK OVER.

ABOVE I’M SITTING ON A TABLE THAT IS COVERED IN BARNACLES. LAST TIME WE WERE HERE IT WAS NEARLY UNDERWATER. THE SAGA OF THE SALTON SEA IS A SAD ONE BUT HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL SAVE IT.

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