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Jun 10, 2013 - California RV Problems and Friendly Oregon Encounters

Brookhollow RV Park, Kelso, WA Monday, June 10, 2013 5:30 pm Hi. I’d been doing so well driving my RV avoiding trees and fireplugs and then I had a BAD day leaving Morgan Hill on May 20th. My arm is so short and RVs are so big that I can never reach the box to deposit the check-out paperwork when leaving Thousand Trails RV Parks. I think you’d need at least 6 ft of arm to reach those things. I pulled close to be able to reach it, couldn’t anyway, got out, put the paperwork in from the ground, then got in the RV, carefully checked mirrors...

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2013 Summer Tour

Jul 3, 2012 - Washington

Sending photos through this is not easy, so really not sure what is attached..... We reluctantly left Oregon, could have spent much more time there, absolutely beautiful, would bypass Southern California and stay in Oregon longer. Maybe next time, but it was nice to travel on the Interstate rather than doing the narrow two lane roads full of curves. Yesterday we toured the Peterson Plant where Garth use to work, met Neil Peterson, joined his wife Linda for dinner on the Willamette River. Lovely evening! The day before we took on of the...

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West trip 2012

Jun 23, 2012 - Flowers, Friends and Rain

Brookhollow RV Park, Kelso, WA Saturday, June 22, 3 PM PDT Hi friends. I’ve left Oregon behind and will be in Washington for a month before heading for Montana. Currently I’m staying in a very nice commercial park in Kelso WA while I visit my friend Maureen Clark and renew my vehicle licenses. The weather has returned to its standard June behavior for the Pacific NW – lots of rain on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and rain today through Tuesday. But my Kelso plans are mostly indoors so it’s ok. The weather was quite warm and sunny when I...

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Jun 21, 2012 - Mount Saint Helens

We woke up to blue skies and warm temperatures for our 60 mile drive along Hwy 504 to the Johnston Observation Ridge at Mount St. Helens. I vaguely remember the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980. I was living on the east coast at the time and there wasn’t much coverage on it but for some reason I always wanted to see the volcano. The drive along Hwy 504 was beautiful. We stopped at several of the overlooks along the way for stunning views of the snow-covered volcano and the valley. Much of the forest land leading up to the national...

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Jun 19, 2012 - Goodbye Oregon, Hello Washington

We said goodbye to Ft. Stevens State Park and to Oregon. Our drive on highway 30 along the Columbia River was another slow route. The drive was made even slower with intermittent heavy rain and a group of about 50 cyclists spread out along the highway. I would have to think twice before I would cycle this highway. There was no shoulder on some parts of the highway and it is a major trucker and logging route. I believe this was my second experience driving the trailer on a major bridge – the 1-1/2 mile Kelso-Longview Bridge otherwise known...

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Sep 27, 2011 - No but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express

No Internet last night so here is two days worth of travel fun for y'all. Mostly rain Monday as we travelled to Mt. Rainier WA. It was pouring when we pulled in. Drove the National Park Campground and most sites were water logged. Except the vacant Host Camper site. No only vacant but paved with utilities. Didn't use the utilities and did not really want people knocking on our door in the middle of the night....but we were in the host camper space. Rangers came to talk with me this morning though. They laughed and said it was alright. Did...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Longview, Washington, USA

After attending worship on Mt. Baker Highway, we spent the afternoon driving to Kelso. We camped there in 2010 and met some lovely people at the church on Pacific Way in Longview. We were anxious to see them again. The drive south on I5 was busy. It was a difficult drive. We're not use to all this traffic! As Roland said, we're accustomed to highways on which one can stop and back up if need be. 228 miles Brookhollow RV Full hookups; wifi; cable

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Alaska Bound

Aug 2, 2010 - Kelso, WA

We headed up Highway 97 to Madras, OR, where we turned off onto Highway 26 toward Portland. We followed an old Model T (we think) through town a little way. An elderly gentleman was driving and clearly enjoying himself. He pulled into the curb at a small hardware store in town, and everyone was checking out the car. Neat! And then our first view of Mount Hood. Big, beautiful, and still covered with snow. This is the first of four stops at Brookhollow RV Park in Kelso, WA. Over the course of the next month we will be passing through Kelso...

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Jun 9, 2010 - Kelso, Washington

June 9, 2010 day 4 We left Eugene about 10:30am heading north with no particular destination in mind. Ross, a fellow RV club member, told me ( and others) he was going have his new RV’s front tires spin balanced. After driving 28,000 miles in mine with no thought of tire balance, I now feel that my tires needed balancing; thanks a lot Ross! We stopped in Albany, Or. at Les Schwab tire center and had the front tires balanced. It drives much better and I feel better. Thanks Ross. I told the Les Schwab technician about the Sacramento Les...

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May 23, 2010 - A Visit to Lewis, Clark, and St. Helen

While we were in Portland Buzz's computer crashed, so the company was shipping him a new one overnight. Originally it was supposed to come to Portland, so we had given them that address. But things got delayed so we gave them our new address in Kelso, WA and it was supposed to arrive the first morning we were there. When I went online to check the tracking it showed that it would be delivered that morning, but to the previous address in Oregon. Luckily we had only driven about 60 miles, so we got into the car and drove back to the previous...

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Sep 11, 2009 - Columbia River Gorge Nat'l Scenic Area

/// Friday - September 11, 2009 Remember 9/11 & God Bless the United States of America. Kelso, WA. Today was a travel day. We departed Richland, WA by 7:45 AM for the 270 mile trip to Kelso, WA. We traveled via I-84 and along the Columbia River Gorge Nat'l. Scenic Area. We arrived in Kelso, WA by 1:00 PM. Averaging a very comfortable 51 mph. The road conditions were very good and the traffic was moderate. We did encounter some heavier traffic in the Portland region (to be expected). As we crossed the Columbia River from Washington into...

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Sep 4, 2009 - Mt St Helens NVM - Ape Caves

Mt St Helens has some old lava tubes on the south side. One long tube has partially fallen in and now has an entrance that opens into two tubes and named Ape Caves - one going downhill (lower cave) and one going uphill (upper cave). We walked the 1.5 mile roundtrip to the end of lower cave first. It was a more difficult hike than we expected since the National Forest Service had rated it easy. The ground was very uneven and one area had “rails” along both sides that were as tall as train rails where the lava had cooled along the sides while...

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Northwest 2009

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