Thursday, July 24, 2014

Saint Mary KOA, Saint Mary, MT

The St Mary River, Glacier National Park, MT
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Saint Mary KOA, Saint Mary, MT - 288.0 miles, 13,474.7 For the Trip

Well, from the location of today's post you can tell I didn't get into Two Medicine Campground. I did make a couple of circles around all three loops, but no dice. What's more, the sites that I would have liked the most (on the lake) are booked for a few days. So, I headed to Saint Mary Campground, and found it filled as well. I did check with the ranger at the entry station, and they did have a 2 day site available starting tomorrow, so I booked it.

As to today, I tried a couple of the Saint Mary campgrounds, but they were also filled. Don't know what is going on - the last time I was here there were openings everywhere. It was a week earlier. In any case, my last try was the KOA. They had a few full hookup sites, so here I am at the most expensive campsite of the trip; $65.46 (and that includes my 10% KOA member discount!) Glad I'm only here one night.

After setting up the trailer I headed into Glacier National Park. They are still rebuilding the Going to the Sun Road. Most of the drive from the East to the Logan Pass Visitor Center is gravel, with construction causing short (10 minute) delays. The rebuilding has been going on for years, making me wonder if I'll ever going to drive the finished road. I have to admit is was in bad shape the first time I drove it, but it was all paved.

I stopped at the Logan Pass Visitor Center. Very different from 2011, when most of it was still covered with snow. I did see a small herd of Big Horn Sheep on the side of the mountain across from the Visitor Center. Too far away to get a good image with my 70 - 200mm zoom, but the 300mm was back in the trailer.

On the way back I took the "short" hike to St Mary Falls. While they list it as short, it was over a mile each way. I guess that is short compared to some of the other hikes in the park...

Photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Back at the campground, I made dinner (grilled chicken breast, and asparagus) then tackled the refrigerator. It was definitely time to defrost - took lots of chipping to get the ice off the coils. As I'm typing this, we are getting a thunderstorm, complete with hail. Glad I'm not in a tent!

Until tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blue Anchor RV Park, Osburn, ID

Site 32, Blue Anchor RV Park, Osburn, ID
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, Blue Anchor RV Park, Osburn, ID - 350.8 miles, 13,186.7 For the Trip

Nothing very exciting to take photos of on today's drive. Most of it was on US 395 and I90. I made it across Washington State, and about one half way through the Idaho panhandle. Another long drive, at least for me, but it puts me within striking distance for a possible site at Two Medicine campground in Glacier tomorrow. If it is full, I'll stay somewhere on the East side of the park & try again on Thursday.

The only photo is the site picture here at Blue Anchor; $27.00 with a Good Sam discount for full hookups. Very tight spaces, most of which at one time were pull throughs, but got turned into back ins. One men's bathroom with one stall for the entire campground, 3 very small stand alone showers with very small changing rooms, but a laundry room that was inexpensive. While I could have put it off for another week, I decided I might as well do a couple of loads. Not a campground that I would recommend for an extended stay, but fine for a one night stop.

Dinner was an ordered out pizza & chicken wings. Since there was no picnic table, I used that as an excuse not to cook!

Until tomorrow.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Memaloose State Park, OR

Elk Along OR 38
Monday, July 21, 2014, Memaloose State Park, OR - 311 miles, 12,839.5 For the Trip

Not a lot of photos today, but a long drive. Unfortunately, most of it was along I5 & I 84, sections of both that I've driven before. I did enjoy the only new road for today, OR 38. Stopped to photograph a small herd of elk along the drive. I finally called it a day just after Mosier, OR and got off for Memaloose State Park. It can only be accessed from the West bound lane of I84, so you drive past it heading East, get off a couple of miles past the park & enter the park through a rest stop. I'll have to head back to Mosier to get back on the East side of the interstate in the morning. The site photo & one more of the elk are at today's LakeshoreImages page.

Not a bad park.  Views of the Columbia River (although no access), $28.00 for full hookups, and there are lots of water only sites available for less. Like most of the Oregon parks, bathrooms with showers. The only problem is quite a bit of road noise from I 84. It isn't a problem with the trailer closed, but makes it hard to listen to the radio when sitting outside.

Dinner was a cheeseburger (made of real hamburger, not a Bubba burger), chips, and vanilla ice cream for dessert. I'm going to have to defrost the refrigerator soon. It sure does ice up faster with the high humidity on the coast. In the desert it could go for almost a month, here only little more than a week.

Until tomorrow.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR, Day 7

Closing Down The Gathering Booth

Sunday, July 20, 2014, Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR, Day 7 - 0 miles, 12,524.9 For the Trip

While the Gathering packed up yesterday, there was a 9:30 AM Pot Luck breakfast this morning, including made to order pancakes. Actually there were a number of people attending, although most left for home or onward after breakfast. There are a few of us that are planning on leaving tomorrow. For us, another S'Mores campfire tonight. A couple more photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

I packed up the Easy Up and managed to fit it in the RAV4 (somehow once it was out, everything else moved into its space). I also packed up a few things that I won't need overnight or in the morning, to save a little time getting out of the campground.

My next "Official" stop is Glacier National Park, however it is over 800 miles away, so I'm going to take a few days to get there. I was going to make a couple of planned stops on the way, but since my daughter & family are definitely going to be in the US August 3 - September 3, I'm going to head home a bit earlier than planned.

Dinner was the last of the Chicken Fajita brots, peaches, and chips.

Until tomorrow.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR, Day 6 & Day 3 of the Oregon Gathering

The Oregon Gathering Group Photo
Saturday, July 19, 2014, Bullards Beach State Park, Bandon, OR, Day 6 - 0 miles, 12,524.9 For the Trip

I shot the group photo this morning at 9:00, and had a scare. Got back to the trailer and no photographs on the card, however the deleted & formatted over images from last night were still on the card. I'm not sure what happened, but I used my RescuePRO software to get today's images off the card. I hope the card is toast, rather than the camera. In any case, the photos are back.

There is one more on today's LakeshoreImages page (and the Oregon Gathering Page 2) as well as links to the full sized JPGs. There are two because while I prefer the perpendicular shot, the sun was right behind the seating, so there is quite a bit of flair. The second image taken from the side is not as well composed, but cleaner. While the full sized JPGs will take awhile to download on a slow internet connection, they are large enough that I can read some of the name-tags.

I reformatted the card, set the camera to save images to both cards, and shot a bunch of photos that all ended up on both cards. Who knows what is going on. I hate to have an intermittent problem - you don't know when it is going to show up again. Since the images showed up fine when the camera LCD screen was used to review them, so I don't have any good way to check if it is working in the field. Grrr...

I added a couple of photos from the Pot Luck, the Awards, and the "Give-Aways" at today's LakeshoreImages page  and many more on the Oregon Gathering Page 2. The camera worked fine on both cards, so I'm hoping it was a one time formatting problem.

More Tomorrow.