Saturday, May 31, 2014

Chinook Winds

Kathi and I migrated from the Columbia River to the Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon on Thursday. I spent yesterday afternoon working on my second of three short stories in the Averal Saunders series. The stories are available in e-book format at Amazon.com. After I finish the third short story, I will convert the short stories into a novel, which will allow me wider distribution.

 The Chinook Winds Casino is Native American operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz. The casino sits right on the Pacific Ocean. It is a medium sized casino with modern slot machines, table games, a snack bar, a restaurant and a buffet. Kathi spends a lot of time playing a two cent slot machine playing video poker and eight line games called Leopard Spots and Slot Cars. Somehow she manages to play several hours per day and recycle the same money.

When we arrived here late Thursday afternoon we were both starving, so we went to the casino buffet for dinner. I had chicken fried steak, shrimp, clam chowder and two different kinds of cheese cake. Kathi ate prime rib. The clam chowder was great with lots of clam tidbits.

It is too overcast today for good pictures, so I am going to include some from my archive.

Our Alfa RV is sitting in our normal spot in the parking lot. The RV parking area is elevated about thirty feet higher than the casino, so my guess is we are forty feet above sea level.


This is a view of the casino from the elevated parking lot. You can see the Pacific Ocean to the left of the casino.


This is the sign at the buffet. I included the sign because I like the color.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Columbia River

Kathi and I Left the Wildhorse Casino on Wednesday morning headed for The Giles French Corps of Engineers Park in Rufus, Oregon. It was only about one hundred miles, but the cross wind made it difficult to stay in my lane in our Alfa motorhome. Wind gusts up to thirty miles per hour. We followed the Lewis and Clark Trail along the Columbia River and spent the night in Rufus, just west of the John Day Dam. To my thinking driving through the Columbia River Gorge is one of the best, most scenic drives in the country. The highway follows the river for a good portion of the trip, as the river curves around the mountains. The mountains range from beautiful rock surfaces, just off the roadway to mountains of forest land. Spectacular.

Across the Columbia River is Washington. It's fun. There is a highway on each side and a railroad track on each side. The trains go through all night long. Personally, I love to hear them, often one on each side going opposite directions. From my RV bedroom window I can watch trucks climb the hill on the Washington side, all night long.

The pictures that follow are in this order. A through the windshield picture of the Columbia River beside the road. A picture of the John Day Dam showing how rough the water was with the wind blowing so much. A night time picture of the river and Washington on the other side from my bedroom window. A double rainbow taken through the windshield in 2013. A picture of the John Day Dam at night. A closer view of the Dam. The two horns sticking up on the left side of the dam guide the lock gate. Tugboats and barges go through the lock, day and night.

A through the windshield picture of the Columbia River beside the road.


A picture of the John Day Dam showing how rough the water was with the wind blowing so much.


A night time picture of the river and Washington on the other side from my bedroom window.


A double rainbow taken through the windshield in 2013.


A picture of the John Day Dam at night.


A closer view of the Dam. The two horns sticking up on the left side of the dam guide the lock gate. Tugboats and barges go through the lock, day and night.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Wild Horse

Kathi and I made it to Pendleton, Oregon from Jerome, Idaho today -- about 320 miles. We are tired and will go to bed early. We stopped for diesel in Caldwell, Idaho, just west of Nampa. We had lunch at Denny's. Kathi had an avocado BLT and I had a double cheeseburger. I couldn't get my mouth around the cheeseburger, so I took off one patty for lunch. I brought the other patty home for dinner.

Beautiful drive today. It ranged from brown mountains, to rocks, to green fields and pine trees that reminded me of the Piney Woods in east Texas. Kathi took some through the windshield pictures. I will check them tomorrow and see if we have some adequate to post.

We are boondocking in the Wild Horse Casino parking lot. The casino is about four miles east of the Pendleton township on the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

We plan to boondock on the Columbia River tomorrow night. We like to stay at the Corps of Engineers Park, just west of the John Day Dam.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Jerome to Pendleton

Kathi and I plan to move northwest on I-84 tomorrow. We have been in Jerome, Idaho for a week. It's over three hundred miles to Pendleton, Oregon. This is about half way from Jerome to Lincoln City, Oregon which we hope to reach before the end of the week. We pass through Mountain Home, Boise and Nampa in Idaho before getting into Oregon.

When we were in Nampa in 2010 we visited the Snake River Birds of Prey Conservation Area. I thought I might get to see an eagle. We drove about three hours through the area and did't see anything bigger than a sparrow. I'll try again, but not this trip. The conservation are is BLM land and covers 758 square miles. I've included a picture of the Swan Falls Dam on the Snake inside the conservation area.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Weekend in Jerome

Kathi and I are going to spend a few more days in Jerome -- the price is right. Below are a couple of pictures from the area. The first picture is the Snake River in Twin Falls, near the Blue Lakes Country Club. You can see the part of the golf course near the bottom left. The second picture is a river view near Hagerman, Idaho. U.S. 30 between Twin Falls and Hagerman has many get views of the Snake. There are probably two dozen waterfalls that can be seen along this drive. We have stayed several times at the High Adventure River Tours RV Park in Hagerman.



Friday, May 23, 2014

Snake River Canyon

We drove back into Twin Falls for some sightseeing yesterday afternoon. Attached are a couple of more pictures of the Snake River and a waterfall. Both are near the Highway 93 bridge north of Twin Falls.



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jerome County Fairgrounds

Kathi and I are parked at Jerome county fairgrounds, We only have one RV neighbor. There is some traffic through the parking lot. There is a National Guard Armory and  a County Extension Office on the property. When an event is planned in the arena, horses and riders are inside practicing during the weeks before the event. Nothing going on there this weekend. Below is a picture of the Fairgrounds entrance. My RV is ten yards to the right of where the picture was taken.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Jackpot to Jerome

Kathi and I left Jackpot, NV this morning moving north on US 93 through Twin Falls, ID, then took I-84 about 12 miles northwest to Jerome. We stay at the Jerome County Fairgrounds. They have a few RV spaces with electric and water for $10 per day. It was overcast today, so we could not get any new pictures as we traveled. The view looking east or west from the US 93 bridge up or down the Snake River gorge is awesome, even on an overcast day.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Update from Jackpot

Kathi and I are still in Jackpot, NV. Boondocking and enjoying the cool weather. We will probable move to Jerome, Idaho on Tuesday.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

From sunset to Wendover

Kathi and I left Sunset, UT on Friday, May 16, 2014. We spent about three weeks at Charlie's Service Center in Sunset. They replaced an a/c compressor and a turbo air hose that restored our lost power. We spent Friday night in the parking lot of the Rainbow Casino in West Wendover, NV. Saturday afternoon it got to be eighty degrees, so we decided to move on to Jackpot, NV where the elevation is about one thousand feet higher and the temperature is twenty degrees cooler. Again we are boondocking in a free parking area of Jackpot. The long pull uphill leaving Wendover assured us that our power was restored.