Summer 2011 Travels travel blog

Bridge and high mountain road. Lake Shasta

Mt. Shasta glowing in the sunshine.

Black Mountain.

Grass Lake Rest Area just below the OR border.

More of Grass Lake.

For our friends in Alaska who are taking pics of bears, eagles...

Looked like a fairly recent fire - they were logging some of...

Irrigated fields in Bluff Valley.

Irrigation canals. They stretched to the mountains to harvest the snow melt.

Today we went up I-5 some more and then turned toward Kalmath Falls, OR.

You all know how I love bridges – and roads that overhang the sides of mountains – and steep down grades without a exhaust brake. Well I-5 had them all. Once we got to US 97 it wasn't bad and I could relax my pucker.

US 97 is my kind of mountain road. You drive between the mountains on really nice valleys. The road curves but not as it hang out over nothing. We had a couple 6% grades but you could see ahead of you on the gentle curves. It had several huge valleys of farms, a really neat lake next to a rest stop. It was a great road.

We stopped at the OR Welcome Center and picked up a bunch of stuff for finding our way around. Now we just have to decide where to go after the CH. 34 Rally.

We are staying at a really nice Passport Park in Kalamath Fall – or really outside of KF. Round Lake. Owner seems really nice – bar maid (? are you still a maid at 60?) was a little gruff. We have a nice pull thru site and our electric works.

Last night at the Elks Lodge we couldn't get our electric to work. We got by fine on the charged batteries. These solar panels work great. Anyway – we did some testing and decided that our Progressive Electrical Management System was not working. So we have disconnected it for now and WOW!! we have electric.

Tomorrow we go to our friends Judi and Cal. We weren't sure if we should bother them as Cal is coming home from the hospital on Friday, after his stroke but Judi said, “Good, he will have someone else to talk to.” We will only stay two nights and then be on our way to the CH. 34 Rally.

Anyway that is the way our lives have been going. Hope you and yours are well and happy. ENJOY!!

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