Jedediah Smith Redwoods

August 15th, 2022

There are so many trees and they are so tall!

The park is beautiful and right along the Smith River.  Teddy enjoyed the water but really wanted to know what happened to the ball his dad threw into the water!

Teddy enjoying the Smith River, too cold for me

Where is it???

We took a drive on a dirt road from Jedediah Smith Redwood SP to Crescent City called Howland Hill Road  an unpaved stretch of Howland Hill Road offers motorists an intimate encounter with the towering old-growth redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Numerous pull-outs and trailheads along the way, including the Boy Scout Tree Trail and  Stout Grove.  It was a beautiful drive that you don’t want to be in a hurry.

We had a beautiful drive and then we enjoyed a little of the Crescent City Harbor.  We found a farmers market that was just closing up but one guy was still selling homemade cookies for $10 a bag (almost as pricey as Girl Scout cookies) I bought two bags because once you ask you feel as though you should help the guy out! The cookies were good and they are already gone!.

We stopped and had a look at the lighthouse which is still operational but no tours since Covid and you can only go at low tide unless you want to swim over.  We took a nice walk on the Jetty which goes out into the harbor about 3/4 of a mile – I almost made it the whole way but turned around.  I was pretty tired and sore after we got back to the car.

Our last day we hung out in the park. We took a hike (Paul says it was a walk) since I walk so slowly.  We did about 1.5 miles and I felt pretty good but I had walked a mile by myself in the park earlier and after we returned, had lunch and sat down I was very sore!  The good news is the next morning I was fine – this healing is going to be a long process.

Today we had to leave to continue north along the coast into Oregon but before we left we enjoyed breakfast at Hiouchi Cafe in Historic Hiouchi.  Old fashioned, homemade food to order and amazing waiters.  Paul had hash and biscuits and gravy – she told the cook make it a small order and it was still 2 breakfasts!  My french toast was great with fresh sweet blueberries.  I ate the whole thing.

Off to see our friends Ed and Peggy in Port Orford Oregon where the temps will be in the low 70’s if they get that high!

 

Survived Knee replacement and on our way North

August 12th, 2022

The knee was not fun and I wasn’t very calm about it; thought I should be back to normal within 6-8 weeks.  After 2.5 months we are finally off to beat the heat and enjoy some leisurely time.  Paul has been waiting to work as it has been almost 6 months since he worked.

We left Roseville on Wednesday and our first stop was in Gold Hill Oregon so that Paul can get his feet on the ground of working again.  He will work in Medford and then on Friday we will head to Grants Pass for him to work.

Friday afternoon we headed back in Californias to enjoy the redwoods.  We are spending 3 days in Jedediah Smith Redwoods SP.  It is beautiful and we are going to enjoy exploring this area. We have been through here before but never really stopped.

Teddy enjoying the Smith River, too cold for me

 

Palm Springs

January 26th, 2022

Been here but only to drive thru; this trip we stayed 2 weeks at a very nice RV park in Indio, Indian Waters RV Resort, that we thoroughly enjoyed.  Pickleball, water sports, cards, shows, breakfast on the patio and happy hour.  A very nice park with really nice people that spend the winter here from Canada, Washington, Oregon and California.  We will be back

We like some touristy things so we got tickets to ride the Palm Springs Tram:  Wow, what a view.

The tram ride up was very exciting and with my knees I was hurting by the time we reached the top.  So after arriving, checking the view we found the bar!  1 martini later I was ready to explore.   There are lots of trails with snow on the ground we stayed inside the lodge.

From the tram station at the top

The ride down was much smoother and I got a chair so my knees were very thankful.

Marilyn is forever in the heart of Palm Springs.  Paul enjoyed the view.

A piece of street art that I found interesting.  The puddle of water was part of the display.

We ended our day in Palm Springs at Stout Burgers and Beer.  Very good burgers and not too pricey.  The patio was very nice with the firepit tables.  Palm Springs was a very inviting downtown and next time I hope to be able to walk as there were lots of interesting shops and the people watching was the best.

 

 

Just a drive, enjoying the sunshine and views

January 26th, 2022

Coachella Valley view from a vista point on State Route 74.  The road is very twisty and you can see in this photo where we came from.  From this vista point I could see 5 golf courses.  They stand out because all around them is desert or a few homes.  We drove this road to the top and came around to Route 243  and came near Mt. San Jacinto, a very high peak.  We saw some snow on the ground and the views were beautiful although looking towards San Diego it was quite hazy.

We ending in Banning where we caught I10 back to Indio where we will be for the rest of the week.

A little warmer, but back in California

January 20th, 2022

I saw we are in Palm Desert or Palm Springs but we are actually east of there in Indio. We usually only pass through here so this time we will actually ride the Palm Springs tram and see Joshua Tree NP.

We found a really nice, small park in Indio – Indian Waters RV park.  It’s a smaller park but what I really like is during the winter between most of the sites (ours included) there is really lush, green lawn that the painstakingly care for.  During the summer we are told it dies because it is just too hard to keep it green.  Glad we are here in the winter – in fact I would not have any interest in visiting in July.

We are enjoying the amenities everyday.  Paul plays pickle ball and I have been taking the water aerobics class.  You can actually get a descent work out if you push yourself and right now my knees only let me do exercise in the water.  I tried a petal bike for the chair and my knees were very angry.

We have also played card bingo, poker and had the free waffle breakfast.  Not really free as you paid well to get into this place.  It’s actually cheaper than what we have paid in Mesa.  Staying in CA is ok so far.

Joshua Tree NP.  I cannot walk far so this was definitely a driving tour.  I did get out and walk up to a few trees and rocks.  My big test was walking up the hill at Keys View.  Not far but uphill quite a bit from the parking lot. I made it but didn’t take any photos.  It was a beautiful day.

Teddy loves touring!

                                  Cholla Cactus Garden

There were many rock formations, this one above is the Split Rock! And then there were the trees!

The largest Joshua Tree (we think!)

Acres and Acres of these trees

Some Joshua Trees didn’t have much growth

                          Dead Tree

I actually walked up the hill to get a great view but it was hazy so I took this photo from the parking lot! I love to see people in nature, They were both on their phones! I guess the view wasn’t that good.

We ended our tour of Joshua Tree in the town of Joshua Tree and I found a bakery on Yelp that got rave reviews for their cookies and cakes.  The baker is a Fine Arts practiced so it sounded very promising.  The Fine Art Cookie company did not have an address on their website (a first clue) but Yelp gave directions.  We followed Yelp about 4 miles into a lovely desert neighborhood until it finally said you have arrived!  Either its not a real business our she is cooking in her kitchen.  We did not stop and cookies will have to be another day.

Back to the RV.  And the hot tub tonight.  I wake up very early each morning with the sunrise in my bedroom window, one of these morning I’ll get up and capture it to share.  We do like wintering in the desert.

Found Warmth

January 13th, 2022

We set off on January 9, 2022 with the only idea was we were heading south to find some sunshine and warmth.  Even the coast was cold so we headed to the only place that consistently is warm in the winter, The Desert!

Why the desert is beautiful. Our first desert sunset

First stop is Las Vegas to enjoy the sunshine during the day and the lights at night – not really but we did see some lights when we went to Sams Town for dinner.  Angry Butcher.  It was very nice, not many people and the special was a TBone Steak with all the fixings for only $49.  Paul ordered it to my surprise.  I wanted the chocolate Martini for dessert so I only ordered a bowl of Lobster Stew and a short rib appetizer!  I never got the Martini because we had way too much food.  Next time.

While in Vegas Paul doesn’t just work we took in a couple tourist sites.  We rode the boat on Lake Mead to see Hoover Dam from the water side.

A very nice ride with a very generous Bloody Mary complete with olives, celery and bacon! Yumm.

After the boat we stopped in Boulder for lunch at Dillinger – An interesting find off the main strip.  The food was awesome and the staff was very kind.

Our last day in Vegas we took a suggestion from Pauls sister to see Meow Wolf.  Very different and because I can’t walk much Paul actually went with me.  We found the place which is inside Area 15.   Area 15 is a megaplex of entertainment mostly bars, lounges, they even have an axe throwing area that serves cocktails ( really??). Paul found where you pay, His comment was “$50 each, are you sure you want to do this?”  Well no, I have no idea what it is other than I know it’s not your usual museum or whatever they want to call it.  We paid and went inside what appears to be a small market.

                                         Deli Counter?

        Hmm, idea for my next party?

                                 A cheese board? easy!!!

We were not sure what we were suppose to do, read all the labels? Fill a basket with items to purchase?  Leave?  And then suddenly we saw someone enter the soda case….  And then you are in this whole new world.

 

We were not sure what we were suppose to do, read all the labels? Fill a basket with items to purchase?  Leave?  And then suddenly we saw someone enter the soda case….  And then you are in this whole new world.

Lights, slides, music, people wandering. There was way too much to look at!

I think you would need to visit this many times to really appreciate everything that is going on.  I’m not sure about it as something I really liked.  Paul loved it and I think he would go again.

        Paul really enjoyed the art

Outside Area 15 was a small sculpture garden.  And that is Las Vegas and Neveda, tomorrow we will be back in California enjoying a different kind of recreation – Palm Desert here we come.

Everywhere we are going masks are required and actually worn!

What? No diesel! oh no

May 16th, 2021

                               Tree Tunnels

I find this fascinating.  So many trees, you have no idea what is behind them, often there are whole cities once to exit.  Sometimes there are signs for civilization and I just wonder, really???

Today we moved into Georgia and were planning to stop for lunch and fill up the tanks just east of Atlanta.  Not so fast!  We exit and 2 stations said they had diesel but then the pumps were out of order.  Choices, choices: keep driving and hope or head to a Walmart and hang out a few days.  The first choice was most acceptable except for the fact we had enough fuel to get to our next stop but it is pretty remote so what are the chances they have fuel.  Second option I ruled out right away!  I’m ok stopping at a Walmart at 9 pm and leaving before 8am.  I really didn’t want to relocate to one for who knew how long.

So, we came up with a new plan based on the information we could gather on a Sunday afternoon.  We would change course a little and head back to the interstate heading East and stop at the first truck stop.  The good news was there was 4 truck stops along the route before we had to bail on our plan of going to Tallulah Gorge.  So we got back on I85 and headed East, stopping at the first of four and jackpot!  The diesel was available, and not overly priced.  Great, we can breathe now and get back on track.  The whole thing delayed us about an hour.

Even better, as we were approaching Tallulah Gorge State Park another station had diesel and we topped off!  Yep, we are now part of the frenzy of buying more than you really need.  Paul added 3 gallons!

We are full and parked for 3 days.  The really good news is we have enough fuel to get to Paul’s family in North Carolina and we won’t need any more fuel for a week, plenty of time for the powers that be to get this mess straightened out.

 

The weekend is here!

May 15th, 2021

Paul finished his work and now we have Saturday to explore outside the Park.  Before I get to that, the park filled right up on Friday.  We have neighbors that have 5 kids! Yikes, but they are so polite and quiet.  They love Teddy and Teddy loves the extra attention.  Teddy doesn’t run away so we let him off leash a lot and play some fetch right in our site.  We have a pretty big grass area.  He loves the kids so much that Saturday afternoon the screen door was open and he flew out!  He never does that but he saw one of the kids and ran right to them.

Back to exploring the area.  There are several towns with interesting names.  The first is Equality and the next is Eclectic.   There is Fishpond and Kowaliga. The town is named after a legendary Native American by the name and  Hank Williams Sr. wrote a song about the Kowaliga when he was staying a at lakeside cabin that he owned and still stands today.

Equality didn’t have a sign, in fact we never even saw a town or any indication we were there except a tiny sign.  The country is beautiful here and there is so much to look at.  Often when we are touring I observe the haves and the I don’t give a damns.

Everyone has lots of lawn! This one was nicely trimmed forever

Well they have a big lawn and they have a frigerator in their yard!(look next to the car)

                      Very pretty, They love their home!

            They have a lawn or at least a greenish field

                                They are downsizing

Just a glimpse from somewhere between Equality and Eclectic.

The perks of having a camp on the lake!  Drive right up in your boat, tie up and come to church!  Just beautiful.

Wow, it is cold

May 13th, 2021

We arrived into Winding Creek State Park and it is freezing. I knew the temperature was suppose to come down but it is barely 60 and tonight it is going to dip down to about 50.  I was ready for summer and I don’t even have a jacket on this trip.  One set of sweats is going to be my look for the next 4 days.  It doesn’t matter because this is what I will be enjoying until Sunday.

                                        My front yard

The park is on Lake Martin north east of Montgomery, AL.  It is the largest State Park in the USA, there are about 300 campsites and most have a lake view.  Some are close together but the location is spectacular and we got a site with plenty of space.  We have neighbors across the road but no one near us.  The park is about 1/2 full.

Lots of different birds. Last night I saw a woodpecker right outside my window but when I got the camera he had moved on

While Paul works I will be enjoying my coffee each morning just like this.

Pascugula

May 11th, 2021

Monday was a drive to Biloxi just because it isn’t that far.  It was a rainy morning so we got a late start.  This lighthouse was between Gulfport and Biloxi.  It was in a not very nicely kept park but we ventured in to have a look.  It was still drizzly and you couldn’t climb it so just a photo.  It looked like it had florescent tubes for lighting.  The coast disappeared as we left Biloxi and just for the heck of it we drove to Pascagoula and found the church!

                                                                The day the squirrel went berserk
In the First Self-Righteous Church
In that sleepy little town of Pascagoula
It was a fight for survival…

Have you ever listened to the whole song by Ray Stevens.  The words are very funny and who knows if it was this church he was thinking about.  I’m sure if it was after reading the words the church would be inclined to never claim the fame it could have brought.

We see things like this every time we pass somewhere new.  The names of places bring a smile to my face.  I saw that Pascagoula was right near where we were and of course I had to go there.  They do have a famous fort and museum but it was closed on Monday.  And then there is the Pascagoula River formerly known as the Singing River.   According to local Euro-American legend, the peace-loving tribe walked single file into the Singing River because the local Biloxi tribe were planning to attack.[2] The famous Singing River is known throughout the world for its mysterious music. The singing sounds like a swarm of bees in flight and is best heard in late evenings during late summer and autumn. Barely heard at first, the music seems to grow nearer and louder until it sounds as though it comes directly under foot.

We drove along the USS Vicksburg Way over the Singing River to Singing Island which use to house Coast Guard.  Not much here but we did see this cool ship that is for offloading people and supplies to the Oil rigs.

Another beautiful day with lots of rain forecast for our last day in Mississippi.