Sunday, September 24, 2017

Day 51, Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Oakridge RV Park, Oakridge, OR

Salt Creek Waterfall
Sunday, September 24, 2017 - Oakridge RV Park, Oakridge, OR, 131.1 Miles, 1,143.4 Towing Miles For the Trip

I headed out of the KOA around 10:00, driving up US 97 & OR 58. I have driven that section of US 97 before, on trips that either ended up in Klamath Falls, or headed west on OR 138, one of my favorite roads for waterfalls (and the Susan Falls BLM campground is also a favorite). I also drove by Collier Memorial State Park, a state park I enjoyed on past trips. I skipped all on this trip, and cut through the Cascades on OR 58, a new road for me. I stopped to photograph Diamond Peak across Odell Lake, and to photograph Oregon's second tallest waterfall ( the Salt Creek Falls) but didn't do the hike to the bottom. Sorry for the burnt out stream at the top of the falls - too much sunlight.

I quit for the day at the Oakridge RV Park, Site 11, a full hookup gravel site for $38.43 per night. I'm here for 3 nights. It is a small, typical commercial RV park with bathrooms, showers & a laundry, but no cable and no picnic table at the temporary sites.

The change in weather crossing to the west side of the Cascades is pretty amazing. When I left Klamath Falls it was in the low 40's, and here in Oakridge, everyone is walking around in "T" shirts & shorts at 75F. The change of altitude probably also has a lot to do with the increased temperatures - I went from 4099' at Klamath Falls to 1240' here in Oakridge. On the way I hit 5128' going over Willamette Pass. Evidently, the rain over the last couple of days has limited the smoke. While you can see a bit of haze, it is no worse than Fossil was when I was there, and this was one of the areas reported as "Unhealthy".

I drove to the local grocery store (Ray's Food Place), a surprisingly well stocked store for a town of only 3205. They also have a Mexican restaurant that the campground owner recommended that I may try tomorrow. Dinner tonight was fried chicken - a bit too greasy for my taste, very good baked macaroni & cheese, and fresh string beans.

Until next time -

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Day 48, Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Klamath Falls KOA, Klamath Falls, OR

Site 37

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Klamath Falls KOA, Klamath Falls, OR, 101.6 Miles, 1,012.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

I'm not sure what happened to the Thursday post, but I discovered it was only a draft & not posted when I went to post today's (Saturday's) post, so it is going to be out of order.

It cooled down to 32°F last night, but the electric heater kept the trailer at 70°F all night. There were quite a few RVs & tents at the Goose Lake Campground last night. I'm not sure why, but during my morning walk I counted 11 campers.

After breakfast, I packed up the trailer & headed out. My Tacoma tire pressure alarm went off - I knew they were on the edge pressure wise, and the cold morning took one tire below 24PSI. I stopped at every gas station between Lakeview & Klamath Falls, and none had air. I finally found a station in Klamath Falls (The Washburn Fuel at 3320 Washburn Way for those interested) that not only had air, but it was free. On top of that, regular was $2.799 per gallon, the cheapest I've found in Oregon.

There are not a lot of choices in Klamath Falls for campgrounds, at least ones that are recommended in my campground guide, so I'm at a KOA for the first time on the trip. As I've said before, KOA's are more expensive than most, but like McDonalds, you pretty much know what your getting. I'm in site 37, a full hookup site with cable for $37.07 with my membership discount.

I stopped at a Fred Meyers & a Walmart to pick up a list of stuff that I haven't been able to find at the nearby small stores over the last couple of weeks. For some reason, I had my heart set on chicken thighs & legs for dinner, but what was available at Walmart didn't look all that appetizing. On the way back to the campground I saw a Jack in the Box, and never having been to one, thought they sold chicken. Well, they do, but only as sandwiches. So, dinner was a Crispy Chicken Club sandwich & Plank Onion Rings. A very messy sandwich, but pretty good.

Until next time -

Day 50, Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Klamath Falls KOA, Klamath Falls, OR, Day 3

A Scamp 16 Next Door
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - Klamath Falls KOA, Klamath Falls, OR, Day 3, 0 Miles, 1,012.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

Not to much to talk about today. I met someone that went to the University of Rochester (about 68 miles from home) and chatted about the upstate New York winters, but that was about it for the day. There is a 16' Scamp next door. I talked with the owners - they moved up from a 13'. Next to them is a pretty substantial tent camper pulled by a 3 wheel motorcycle. 

I tried to FaceTime with Don & Anne, but while we connected, they were driving through the Adirondacks, and I suspect their end of the connection was failing since I have 5 bars of AT&T signal here. They went to see a balloon festival, and probably their last camping trip in their Scamp 16.

Other than that, it was a quiet day. I did take a shower, again wishing the bathroom heater came on, but it didn't, and drying was a quick process! While warmer than yesterday, it is still cool, even in the sun.

Dinner was a grilled chicken patty & the rest of the yellow rice.

Until next time - 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Day 49, Friday, September 22, 2017 - Klamath Falls KOA, Klamath Falls, OR, Day 2

Friday, September 22, 2017 - Klamath Falls KOA, Klamath Falls, OR, Day 2, 0 Miles, 1,012.3 Towing Miles For the Trip

Another cool night. I did get to sleep with my new blanket! After breakfast I did some bills, read some forums & web pages, then headed into town to try to find a couple of items I missed yesterday. I now have new throw rugs. I know many Casita owners complain about the carpeted floors, but those of us that have vinyl inevitably add rugs! Of course the advantage of a throw rug is you can take it outside to shake it out.

I talked with my son Kyle in Oswego - Escape sent me a check, so I guess I helped sell another trailer! They have a referral deal that if your name is given when a new trailer is purchased, they send you $100.00 Canadian. So far I've sold 4 of them!

That was about it for the day. A bit too cool to sit outside, although towards the end of the day the sun came out. I had a large turkey sub for lunch, so dinner was just cheese & crackers.

Until next time -

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Day 47, Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Goose Lake State Park, Lakeview, OR, Day 3

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - Goose Lake State Park, Lakeview, OR, Day 3, 0 Miles, 910.7 Towing Miles For the Trip

Another dreary day. While I did a couple of loops around the campground, I didn't walk to the lake - the clouds looked like they would start raining any minute, and going for a long walk would insure it would happen. As it was, it never did start to rain, at least until after lunch when a light rain began to fall.

I spent most of the day sitting in the trailer reading. 50°F outside, which was the high for the day, but the electric heater is keeping the trailer warm. A Casita pulled into the park, but after making the loop (the wrong way on the one way loop), headed back out. A couple more vans, cars & RVs did the same (but in the right direction); maybe they think it won't be raining further down the road!

No leaks under the sink so far. I put all the pans back in storage, so if it is going to start again, it will now.

Rain all afternoon. It is down to 47°F at 3:00, and while the trailer is cosy at 70°F, I felt cold enough for me to make a mug of tea during the afternoon.

Dinner was a Barber's Cordon Bleu Chicken frozen meal with Zatarains Yellow Rice.

Until next time -