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Apr 9, 2019 - Day Trip: Blue Ridge Parkway

As I said before, Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway was never part of this trip. However, we always planned to find a day to ride some portion of the parkway on the motorcycle. Today is our day to ride. The weather is great. We are a mile from an entrance. By riding south we travel from the lowest to the highest point on the parkway. We are out of season. We see very few cars. The trees are not yet in bloom but we enjoy the ride. We do not see any bears. We do pass a D-E-E-R on the side of the road. At Peaks of Otter Lodge, we stop for...

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Aug 23, 2018 - WHew....

YAY.... home!It was quite a trip. I woke at 3:30 Tuesday morning to get to the airport, turn in my rental, check luggage and get through security in time for my 6 am departure from Fresno. Not enough time to sleep on the short flight to LAX. I am not very familiar with that airport. I'd only flown through there once before, when Mom and I made a trip to Tahiti and New Zealand. That wound up being a pretty traumatic journey because Mom developed a blood clot on our outbound flight. I'm glad to say no problems in LA this time, just a quick in...

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Jul 27, 2018 - Delays and abandoned rum

Up at 4:30 for final packing and leave with the full moon just about to set. We went down to the office to meet our transport and the hotel clerk was asleep, but we checked out and our ride showed up around 5:30. Trip to the airport took a bit over an hour as the airport was over 50 km away. Lots of traffic going into town but not much out so the ride was an easy one. At the airport we checked in and our bags were checked to Miami. We had a small snack and I bought a bottle of 12 year old rum from the Duty Free, thinking I would put it in...

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Jul 19, 2018 - Looking Back, Catching Up, and Moving Forward

After a couple nights in a real bed and a morning on the Appalachian Trail, I am starting to feel like myself again. Most nights in Fire Camp I was too tired and sleepy to type. Now I'd like to capture more of my experiences in this journal, for my own use if not for the entertainment of my kind readers. Some of you will be seeing me soon and reading my entries might seem redundant if not downright tedious. Others, especially those who are more distant, might not mind hearing about my experiences even though I am now at home. So I will send...

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Jun 23, 2018 - I'm Deployable!

Still no call and I have marked myself unavailable for a week that starts Monday, so I am now certain not to get deployed before July 4. That is fine with me, as it has been good to have an opportunity to practice and organize. As it turns out, no pack test for now...but there have been a few more twists and turns. The state forester who offered to test me called to tell me he would go over his weekly schedule with his supervisor (last) Monday, then let me know which day to test. He called back Monday afternoon, and said his supervisor...

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Jun 17, 2018 - 27:27

No, I am not yet deployed. Because I have been getting a few inquiries from friends and I have been busy continuing to get ready for deployment I thought I would bring everyone up to date. Once I got home I knew I had a few things to do before I was ready to be deployed. For one thing, I needed firefighter boots and a new tent. We were told in training that we would be able to check out a tent from supply after deployment … if one is available. Not only is there a possibility of finding out no tent is available, there is a likelihood of...

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Sep 18, 2017 - Home!

I'm home! I woke around three this morning and had trouble getting back to sleep, because my campsite wasn't level. I've slept fine in the back of the Subaru most nights but it's trickier to level a four wheel vehicle than a two wheel camper. Normally I would have searched harder for a better spot but I arrived near quiet hours last night and thought the one suggested by the campground host would suffice. (I had planned to stop earlier at a different campground but decided to drive longer because it was still 90 degrees when I reached my...

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Oct 31, 2016 - Peaks of Otter Campground (10/10 - 10/13/16)

While we were staying at our cabin, we were invited by our good friends, Roy and Becky Moore, to go and stay a few days at Peaks of Otter Campground on the Blue Ridge Parkway. That is a part of Virginia that we haven't spent much time exploring. Well, it is definitely a place we will go back and visit. It is a very lovely, albeit more primitive, park. The park has a dumpsite and you can get water there, but the sites have no hookups. Many of the sites are not large enough for our size RV, but there were several that would work. It is an...

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Oct 4, 2016 - Home Sweet Home

Whew…… Home. Rest, right? Well, let’s see: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: On Tuesday night I began seriously considering renting a storage unit for some of my camper contents. The plan all summer had been to leave the camper in Sugarcreek, Ohio, on my way home from Oregon. In fact, I had a similar plan last summer when I intended to leave the camper as I returned from Alaska but I gave up last summer because I felt certain I couldn’t get everything from the camper into the Subaru. Well, on Tuesday night I was not at all certain I could do it...

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Sep 29, 2016 - Home!

I'm home! I got in around 11:30 Thursday night after driving through rain all day. The camper is in Sugarcreek, Ohio for repairs and the car is about halfway unloaded. I got a new phone today and my debit card is supposedly activated, though I haven't tried it yet. I'll write a wrap-up post tomorrow but just wanted everyone to know I arrived safe and sound. We've had about ten inches of rain here over the past couple days. Soggy indeed!

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Apr 13, 2016 - Getting Set!

Hi, Friends! I am starting a new trip journal for my 2016 journey to Crater Lake National Park. In case you haven't heard (how did I miss you?) I am going to be a volunteer Park Ranger, giving trolley and boat tours. How fun does that sound? So thank you for following my journal again this year - or you can send me a message using the "leave a message" link above if you'd like to be taken off the list. I'm trying to get it updated before heading out. Less than 3 weeks until departure day!

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Oct 19, 2015 - Saving the best for the last

Today was my last hiking day in the Blue Ridge mountains. I think Margaret saved the best hike for the last hike. We headed down the trail to Apple Orchard Falls. This was a very scenic hike with great views of the colorful mountainsides and wound along a creek until we reached the falls. After following the creek a ways further we returned to the falls to enjoy wine and cheese sipping from Jefferson mugs, with a toast to a couple of great hiking weeks and to the elusive Monticello. This is one of the prettiest hikes on the parkway and the...

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