California Road Trip 2016, Part 1

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Did you know that this year if you (I) took off at Veterans Day and didn’t return to work until the end of the Thanksgiving weekend you (I) would only need to take 8 days off work?  That’s 17 days for the price of 8.  Sold!  We hit the road.  17 days and 16 nights on the road and in the camper.  But where to go?  How about south along the California coast, then loop back up north along a couple parks along the Sierra Nevada.  We were off on an epic trip, 2450 miles later we’re back home, here’s the story. Up Early We hit the road in the dark, how most good road trips start at least in my memory, and headed over the Cascades and on to the redwood coast.  One stop in Grants Pass at Ma Mosa’s for a stellar breakfast and then on to the redwoods […]

One Year Retrospective

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Time seems to fly by nowadays.  Just a year ago I picked up the truck camper and shortly thereafter headed to the Ochocos for the maiden voyage.  I was so excited I had to get an extended trip in, and with winter coming on decided that Death Valley would be the place to go before Christmas.   It was great 5 day trip and I can’t wait to get back.  There’s a lot to see there, to say I scratched the surface may be an overstatement.

North Fork John Day, October 2016

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Typically the last days of October are reserved for fishing, fishing and fishing.  Until this year October 31 was the last day to wet a line in most water bodies I frequent.  The combination of no more close to the season, a chest freezer full to the brim with kokanee, salmon, halibut and tuna, along with a weather forecast that wasn’t conducive to being in a boat on a high mountain lake led us in a different direction.  We headed to northeast Oregon for an extended weekend of exploring with a couple of potential hikes on our minds.