Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
On Thursday, the 20th, we left Wild Horse SRA and drove to my mother's house, stopping in Owyhee to fill up with diesel ($2.619) and in Mountain Home to have lunch at McDonalds.
Mom fed us a great dinner that night of homemade lasagna and the next night we had roast chicken...all delicious! On Saturday night, we took Mom to Krung Thai in Nampa...my brother and sister-in-law apparently don't like Thai food all that well, so we usually try to go there when we're visiting.
We had a great visit with Mom...didn't get to see my brother, Andy, or his boys as they were all off on a Scout camping trip, but we did get to see my sister-in-law, Kim.
We left my Mom's house yesterday and stopped in Nampa for groceries at Wal-Mart. We stopped in Baker City for diesel at the Albertsons ($2.709) and had the truck and camper washed at a truck/RV wash. Unfortunately, we left the chair, table, over-the-ladder caddy on which these two items were hung, and two bungee cords there...Earl had taken all the stuff off the ladder so that they could wash back there...so we'll have to go back and get them!
The first thing we did when we got to La Grande was to go by the storage yard to turn on the refrigerator in the RV, in preparation for getting stuff transferred from the camper to the fifth wheel. We then drove out to Hilgard Junction State Park to spend the night.
This morning after breakfast, we drove out to Eagle Cap to have the bathroom vent repaired...they ended up replacing it with a Fantastic Fan...for free, which we didn't expect. They also took care of a couple of other small items.
We then went by the storage yard to get a spot for the camper and then had lunch at Denny's.
After lunch, we went by Thunder RV to pick up a couple of gallons of RV antifreeze since we'll be leaving the camper in La Grande over the winter, but they didn't have any in stock yet (as Dan pointed out, it's a bit early for most people to be winterizing, but we most likely won't be back to La Grande until next spring), but D&B Supply down the road had some in stock, so we went there and bought two gallons.
We're now at La Grande Rendezvous RV Resort where we will clean out the gray and black tank really well tomorrow morning, and drain the fresh water tank.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Last night we spent at South Fork SRA, south of Elko, Nevada. We found a site overlooking the reservoir. This is a nice campground...it would have been even better had it not been for the two young men who brought in a muscle car and had to keep revving the engine, and the grandfather who arrived after dark with his two young grandchildren and proceeded to let them scream. Fortunately, by the time we went to bed, everyone had quieted down.
We're now at Wild Horse SRA north of Elko, near the Nevada/Idaho border. We again have a site overlooking the reservoir and, so far at least, are the only people in this loop. Everyone else in this campground is crowded into one of the other loops. It always amazes me that given lots of room, some people feel a need to pick the spot right next to another camper. We were once parked at a BLM area south of Lake Havasu City...we were the only ones there, until someone else arrived and proceeded to set up within about 30 feet from us, despite the fact that there were acres in which to park!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
After having lunch at Sage Hen Rest Area, we drove into Burns, stopping to get groceries and diesel ($2.739). By the time we were finished with everything, it was nearing 2 PM (our usual get-off-the-road time), so instead of driving all the way down to Fish Lake, we ended up at The Narrows RV Park, about 30 miles south of Burns and at the intersection with the road that goes east to the Malheur NWR Headquarters. We had dinner at the Narrows restaurant...we were planning on having a piece of their homemade pie for dessert, but, as usual, were too full after eating dinner to even consider it!
The next morning, we decided to drive down to the Sod House...one thing we hadn't seen when we volunteered at the Refuge back in 2006 because it doesn't open until August. Well, as it turns out, it doesn't open until August 15...the next day! Oh well, one of these days, we'll hit it just right and be able to visit.
We drove on up to Fish Lake, about 18 miles or so up into Steens Mountain from Frenchglen. Earl blew up his boat and did some fishing (we'd stopped at Steens Mountain Resort to buy a 3-day fishing license), but didn't catch anything, even though he said he got some bites.
It was cold up there, and even colder overnight...cold enough for there to be frost on the ground, so we decided to come back down the mountain this morning and camp at Page Springs, the campground at the base of the mountain. After lunch, Earl's going to go fishing in the nearby river.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Thursday, August 06, 2009
In the Panhandle Region:
Elk River Back Country Byway
Gold Rush Historic Byway
Northwest Passage Scenic Byway
St. Joe River Scenic Byway
White Pine Scenic Byway
In the West & Central Region:
City of Rocks Back Country Byway
Payette River Scenic Byway
Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway
Salmon River Scenic Byway
Sawtooth Scenic Byway
Thousand Springs Scenic Byway
Wildlife Canyon Scenic Byway
And in the East Region:
Fort Henry Historic Byway
Lost Gold Trails Loop
Mesa Falls Scenic Byway
Sacajawea Historic Byway
Teton Scenic Byway
That leaves several more to drive...I'm particularly interested in doing the Owyhee Uplands Back Country Byway.
We spent last night at Elk Meadows Road northeast of Stanley on SR-21, the same place we'd boondocked when we stayed in Stanley earlier. When we left this morning, we stopped by the Stanley Ranger Station to dump the gray tank and add more fresh water. We also stopped in Hailey for diesel ($2.699).
Tonight we're at Moonstone Landing, a sportsman access area on US-20 west of its junction with SR-75. Fortunately, the weather has cooled off, at least temporarily, so we don't need to run the generator for the air conditioning.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
(Sedum lanceolatum Terr.)
We left Elk River this morning and headed back the way we'd come, stopping in Juliaetta to fill up a propane tank. When we got back to US-12, we headed south on US-95, stopping in Lapwai to get groceries.
We traveled through some really pretty farm country...reminded us a lot of Washington's Palouse country. We saw several trestle bridges and stopped at an historic site that explained about them:
So why is the canyon called Lawyer Canyon?
Tonight, we're at Sundown RV Park in Grangeville.