We finally got 3G service that wasn't roaming. We traveled across the high desert of Nevada and Oregon and then spent three days traveling the mountains of Idaho and Montana. Tonight we are camped in a city park in Stanley North Dakota.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
The last month went fast. We celebrated the 4th of July with all the kids at Steve and Emily's. They also invited some friends, Rob and Tracy, and we all feasted on a delicious meal of pork loin and macaroni and cheese that Steve made followed by some of his great home made ice cream. Most of the days we drove into town to see our new grand daughter and help out wherever we could. Dan and I got some materials and finished installing baseboards and picture rail in a couple of areas of Dan and Carmen's apartment. Occasionally we would spend a day staying at the RV, riding our bikes around Pacifica and watching the surf at the ocean. We extended our stay another week so we could see Elsa on her four week birthday. She seems to change every day. She has her eyes wide open now and looks around curiously at stuff. She is growing taller and gaining weight also. We also got to visit with Carmen's parents who arrived a couple of days ago. But now we have to say good-by to the kids and Elsa and head for home. Last night we met at the kids house to say our goodbyes. Steve cooked Chile Verde, black beans and Mexican rice. Dan and Carmen's mother whipped up some guacamole, and Emily made Strawberries and Cream Trifles for desert. We visited, held Elsa and then Steve and Dan drove us back to the RV around 9:30pm. We got up early and drove through San Francisco at 4am to avoid the heavy traffic. Then we stopped at a rest stop on I-80 west of Reno and took a nap. We made it to Winnemucca Nevada where we are staying tonight. We miss Elsa and the kids already. We also now know about the high temperatures that everyone is talking about. We ponder why we left 60 degree weather for this 100+ degrees. But life calls and we will return to visit again soon.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
We limped into California. We were doing well until we stopped at the Agricultural Checkpoint on I-80. After the usual Gypsy Moth inspection the motorhome wouldn't start. I tried to solve the problem but ended up calling Road Service because we were kinda in the way there. A man came out from Reno and chased the problem to a faulty ignition switch. He got it running again and told us to replace the switch the first chance we get. So we were on our way again and made it to Vacaville CA. We stopped at an RV park there for the night instead of driving to San Francisco during high traffic time. With luck, tomorrow we will reach our destination and see our kids.
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
We spent last night camped at the Crater's of the Moon National Monument. Camping here again this year reminded us of 2009 when we met Shane Little from the Netherlands who was bicycling across the US. We drank a toast in honor of you Shane and wish you well on your next adventure, across Africa. We left there this morning and landed in Elko Nevada tonight. We are looking forward to seeing our kids in a few days and being there to welcome our first Grandchild into the world.
Friday, June 3, 2011
It was still windy this morning as we drove towards the north entrance of Yellowstone NP. Driving through Yellowstone we saw a lot of animals grazing and it snowed for awhile. The temp was 34 degrees. We left the park at the west entrance and stopped along US 20 at the Riverside Natl Forest Campground for tonight.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The scenery was great along I-94 as we traveled west towards Billings Montana. The sun was out, the fields were green from all the rain, and there were spring flowers in bloom along the way. When we headed west out of Billings on I-90, we saw the mountains in the distance for the first time. They were covered in a white coat of snow. Around 11:30 the wind started blowing again and by 1:30 the wind was blowing 35mph with 50mph gusts. We decided to stop early again. We stopped at a KOA in Greycliff MT but it was closed because of a recent flood. We continued on to Big Timber where we got a campsite in the Spring Creek Campground. We got a nice campsite on the bank of the Boulder River.