Thursday, September 26, 2013

New Mexico and Utah

waiting for dinner in Navajo Dam, NM

Pueblo ruins in Aztec, New Mexico
Paul caught this 20 inch Rainbow Trout while fishing with Buddy on the San Juan River
Sunset clouds at the rv park on the San Juan river in New Mexico, where we stayed with J and Buddy
A beautiful roadside vista in Utah
A big horn sheep in Utah
Just before the storm, on the San Juan River just below the dam, the Texas Hole
The Texas Hole just below the Navajo Dam, fixing to storm soon.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Coastal Oregon

 We spent 3 days at Brookings Harbor RV park.  Wonderful, rare, sunny weather in Oregon. There was a restaurant/bar nearby and a hamburger joint.  Cool night for sleeping, quiet, shrimp boats coming in and going out of the harbor.    RV park in Brookins, Oregon, in the harbor.  Beautiful beach and wonderful sunny weather for 4 days. The first lovely weather that they had all summer, according to the locals.  Excellent beach for walking, hot days and cool nights. A nice restaurant/bar next door, a little hamburger shack even closer, and the beach right in front of us!
Miles of deserted beach along 101
                                                     Another view of Klamath River


Sunset at South Beach State Park, Oregon


Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Majestic Redwoods

We traveled down 101 from Washington State to Oregon to California.  In northern California we headed into the state and national Redwood Parks.  We had been seeing the trees for awhile, off and on, we couldn't get into one park because motor homes were not allowed, not enough room.  The size of the trees is a stretch of my imagination, massive comes to mind.  I felt like a very small child.

The top photo is the top of the Big Tree, Paul is standing in front of the bottom of the tree. The height of the tree is 304 feet, diameter is 21.6, circumference

is 66 feet.  Age is estimated at 1,500 years.
This is a cathedral  group of trees.  Redwood trees tend to grow in groups, After many years some groups seem to become one huge tree.  And some place I have that photo! In the tall ferns and trees I had to make myself look bigger!

I have always wanted to see the tree where the cars can drive through it.  A result of a very early memory of seeing a photo from the 1940s.  This is a different tree, but still pretty amazing. The original tree tunnel is farther south in California.  We were surprised to be driving through Redwood Groves as far south as, not surprisingly, Redwood Valley, and east a bit too.  It seems they were everywhere.  Things you don't know when you live in Michigan! They are magical
                                          Generally, lush ferns accompany the Redwood trees.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Victoria, British Columbia

A large hotel where high tea is served daily
Ken and Kay in an Irish Pub
There were live entertainrs, and a art show going on along the water front
A Castle in the city
Totem Poles

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Alaska 1

 Our balcony view, we really were glad to have the back of the ship.
The Deadliest Catch ship

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Driving Yellowstone, from East entrance to the North entrance

The front of the motor home, we had a great view, saw some mule deer, sheep, elk very close, coyote.
Two bison stopping traffic, they are so large and we just waited for them to cross the road, they were in no hurry. 
Still waiting
Park Ranger, slowing drove forward, tooting a horn, and finally a bit of siren.  We also saw a biker in a stand off with a bull, he was taking pics.  The bison rut has started, they are unpredictable, at best

Lake Yellowstone on a beautiful day.  We drove past many thousands of dead trees from various forest fires, they need some  chippers!  This is a beautiful lake