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May 20, 2015 - Volcanoes, Part 2

Where ever one travels, the best memories are about the folks with whom you meet and work. We were so pleased to arrive in HAVO and find one of our favorite (former)district supervisors, Jack Carrao from Kings Canyon. We got to see him and his wife during work hrs, but not socially due to crazy hours. We also worked with several local folks on our shifts. We learned sooooo much from these 'move-overs' and native Hawaiians! Jeffrey had a young man named Preston that helped him at the gate-keeper position. Preston knew and shared a lot about...

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May 20, 2015 - Aloha from Volcano Nat'l Parks

Yeah, yeah...Hawaii... it's a long story, but a fine one indeed. This may take more that one blog to explain, but here we go! On Sat. May 9th, the boss called and asked if we could be ready for a detail in Hawaii Volcanos National Park leaving on Monday, May 11th. Kilauea Volcano was drawing thousands of visitors to the crater rim to view a lake of Lava inside the Halema'uma'uma'u crater...wh/ is inside the Kilauea crater 2mi x 3 mi wide. The local staffing was taxed and needed relief and support. In addition to the eruption, there was a...

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Yosemite 2015

May 14, 2015 - Yosemite National Park

Our last National Park was probably top three favorite parks we have been to on this trip. Once you travel over the mountains and through the woods, you come across Yosemite Valley and it's absolutely breathtaking. Actually, the photo we have attached of Yosemite Valley is one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. We only stayed in Yosemite for two nights, as that's all we could get camping for. We were lucky to get that, it is almost always full to capacity. Our campsite was beautiful, right along the mountain-fed, crystal...

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Our Road Trip

Apr 27, 2015 - Moisture!

April 27,2015 Wawona, CA The drought in CA is historic. Experts say it's been four yrs since significant rainfall + snowfall have occurred. Others say the drought is into it's 12th year. On Friday night it began to rain, and rain hard. By Sat. AM it was still raining at our elevation, but 6"+ of snow had fallen during the night at higher elevations. Three of us immediately jumped into every layer of goretex we had and headed up to a "chain-up" area. No chains...no 4-wheel drive...no go! By noon the plows had opened the roads and the...

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Apr 22, 2015 - The Longest Ride

Wawona District, Yosemite NP April 22, 2015 Nicolas Sparks wrote a book called 'The Longest Ride' which has just hit the movie theaters. We enjoyed listening to the book on CD as we crossed the plains. It's a wonderful love story about Ira Levinson, his wife Ruth and their art collection. AND that's all I'm saying. We have had long ride as well. In spite of connecting with relatives in MO, a high point of the trip, we had a few challenges. The truck got sick in Columbia, MO shortly after the computer got sick and died. After 2.5 days...

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Mar 30, 2015 - California Dreaming

March 30, 2015 Hello...testing...testing. Are y'all still out there? We're packing the trailer and getting ready to work in Yosemite NP this summer, a new park for us. Just wanted to get things set up this week b/f we depart to meet a very early start date. Phew, this will be the earliest start we've had in 12 years. We'll be traveling for about 2 weeks and set up house-keeping by our start date of April 19th. Not sure yet of our location in Yosemite, other than we know we'll be in the southern area of the park, and living in our...

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Mar 14, 2015 - Fresno to the Yosemite National Park and Modesto

A winding road took us up through pine forest into Yosemite National Park. California poppies were starting to bloom, the state flower. Orange markers on roadside are there for snow ploughs, fortunately for us the weather was mild. The park has an area of 3,000 sq km but is surrounded by national forest. It is home to 3-5,000 black bears. We visited Yosemite valley which is the most visited section of the park, seven miles long and one mile wide at its widest. Impressive rock formations surround the valley and there are several waterfalls...

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Oct 21, 2014 - Parc N Sequoia et Yosemite

Bonjour a Tous de la cote Ouest, (desoler pour les accents et verbe en ee en er, clavier anglo) Frais frais frais, j,ai mit les pieds hier (20 oct 14) dans l,Ocean Pacific, woupi woupi après 9726 km. Sequoia et Kings Canyon: Alors que la plupart des autres Parc Nationaux visiter etaient histoire d,erosion de la roche sur des milliers d,annees du Plateau Colorado qui s,etand sur 4 Etats. Bien ici, beaucoup plus concret, plus pres de nous. Un organisme vivant qui depasse l,age du Christianisme et se rend tout pres et peu etre plus vieux que...

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Sep 30, 2014 - Champoeg to Grants Pass to Sedona-Mesa

Our departure from Champoeg State Park was auspicious as our dining/living room slide would not go in. It seemed to catch on something about 4 inches in. Our friend Harry, who was spending 3 nights at Champoeg, helped me lift and push the slide as Linda pushed the button. There was avloud popping sound, but the slide went in. While driving south we googled mobile RV techs and scheduled one to meet us at Jacks Landing RV Park the next day. He determine that the gear teeth on the end of the motor shaft were worn down preventing it from...

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Grants Pass

Sep 8, 2014 - Yosemite National Park

Today we spent in Yosemite National Park before we rode on to Mariposa for our nights stay. As we rode from Sonora into the park we had to stop and don our rain suits. Along this road we were surprised to see so many burnt trees. Our first stop was Yosemite Village, where we watch a video about the Park. Yosemite was the first territory to be set aside by the US Congress for preservation and public use. In 1864, President Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant that protected Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Yosemite is...

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Aug 22, 2014 - California - USA - Monterey and Yosemite National Park

When we left you it was Friday 15th August and we were in San Francisco. We walked down to the car hire company and were offered the choice of three cars, an enormous Chrysler 300, a Mazda people carrier or a Volkswagon Jetta. After an inspection of all three cars we settled for the Jetta which has an enormous boot/trunk and is a similar size to the car we drove in Florida. We took the car back to our hotel and after loading it up we headed south to the Monterey area of the California coast where we met up with Jim and Carmen. We were...

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Aug 3, 2014 - Trip Rpt No. 12 – Wonderous Stuff

The trek to Flagstaff on 22 July was long but it was a fairly easy drive and the scenery was diverse and beautiful. Painted Desert and Petrified Forest About an hour or so before you get to Flagstaff on Interstate 40, you have to go through the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park. When Sue Clay and I first started to discuss the trip, we noted this Park on the map and said we should stop. Then, we forgot about it until we saw the signs for it along I40 and decided to visit it. Once again, we proved that it was smarter to be...

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