Saturday, August 19, 2017

Awning and Eclipse

Kathi and I are at Charlie’s Service in Sunset, UT. We left the Oregon coast the end of July, because there was going to be huge crowds to view the eclipse on the coast. Chinook Winds Casino security made everyone leave their RV parking area so they could re-stripe the parking lot. Once we had to move we started back east, heading back to Texas.

We liked these mountains a lot better when they were covered with snow.
We stopped at Charlie’s to get our awning repaired or replaced. After our arrival, we discovered our hot water heater was not working. Justin Dubose determined the problem was the water heater circuit board and Gilberto made the exchange and we now have hot water. After evaluation of our awning, Justin determined a new awning was the only answer and we are waiting for it to arrive. As soon as it is installed, we will be on the road again. 

Justin, his wife Mandy and their son, Austin took their dragster to the races over the weekend and we hope they have a good time. Winning would also be nice.

Monday is the big day, astronomically speaking. It has been 99 years since the last total eclipse was visible all across the country. I do remember seeing one when I was twelve years old. I was in Nacogdoches, TX at the time and it got completely dark in the middle of the afternoon.

The eclipse will occur between 10 am and 11 am in mountain time. We looked at a few stores for eclipse glasses. I did not have any last time and I can still see, but viewing without UV glasses is not a good idea. We will probably use the pinhole trick. Put a pinhole in a piece of cardboard and watch the sun through the pinhole. I may even try a two-holer.

Some interesting things about eclipses. The last eclipse in the US was in 1979 and was only visible in the northwestern portion of the country. There is an average of two eclipses every three years somewhere on the planet. Somehow, they never get reported, because no one sees them. As strange as it sounds, there was a total eclipse only visible in the United States in 1776. I would have loved to see that one.

It is 95 degrees here today and it feels hot. I understand it gets cooler during the eclipse. That would be welcome all over the country.

We have mostly stayed inside our motorhome this trip through Sunset. We have eaten at Longhorn Steakhouse a couple of times and ate at Red Lobster today. Kathi had fresh grilled salmon and I had a combination of fried shrimp and stuffed flounder. The shrimp were great, but the stuffing for the flounder was a joke. The flounder tasted okay, but the stuffing tasted like biscuit dough.

We are going to take our time getting back to Texas. We will probably take short trips and enjoy our time together, as usual. Traveling with your best friend is highly recommended.

I am not sure what a lime rickey is, but 99 cents makes it sound cool.

Friday, August 4, 2017

East to Charlie's

My last post described our drive from the Oregon Coast, along the Columbia River and moving toward the Pioneer RV Park in Hermiston, OR. We stayed at Pioneer three days and never unhooked our Jeep. Pioneer RV is a Passport America park so we got to stay two days at half price, $15. The third day we paid full price. The trip was 275 miles and I was tired when we arrived on July 26th and still tired the next morning. I intended to get my ladder out to sew the awning for travel, but I could not muster the energy to get the work done.

On Saturday, July 29th, we continued east on I-84 for a 290-mile trip through Pendleton, Meacham, Hilgard and La Grande. I-84 veered south near there and we continued through Baker City, Weatherby and Ontario before moving into Idaho. We stayed on the same highway through Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian and Boise before stopping at the Mountain Home RV Resort in Mountain Home, ID.

Most RV resorts are not resorts, but Mountain Home is truly a resort. All the sites are concrete and the landscaping is beautiful. They also sell propane from an easy to access spot next to the park office. The park is usually full before dark each afternoon. The price was too high for us at $35 per night, but I was tired again after the long drive. We decided to stay three nights so I could rest and we would arrive at Charlie’s Service Center in Sunset, UT on Tuesday, to avoid the Monday check-in of weekend drop off RV’s. They are very busy this time of year.

Charlie's Shop office.with reflection of photographer.
We were both hungry, so we unhooked our Jeep and ate a late lunch at A.J.’s Restaurant and Lounge. Our oldest son is called A.J. so I would not consider any other restaurant in town. I had chicken fried steak and Kathi had a BLT with avocado. We brought desert home for later.

We were running low on some staples, like cookies, so we had to make a Walmart run on Sunday and spent the next two days at home relaxing. I am still amazed that we can drive thousands of miles and when we park, we are home, with our own bed and bathroom. What a life.

Alfas are normally white, but this one has been repainted and looks great.
Mountain Home, ID to Sunset, UT was another long drive for me. It was 267 miles and I knew I would be tired on arrival. Kathi and I decided on shorter mileage on future excursions.

We left Mountain Home around 10:00 a.m. and drove east past Hagerman, Wendall, Jerome, Twin Falls, Hazelton and Rupert before crossing into Utah. We stayed on I-84 through Snowville, Tremonton, Brigham City and Ogden before arrival at Charlie’s. As expected, their lot was full. They probably have 25 RV’s on the lot needing service or repairs of one kind or another. They have four bays where they work on automobiles and park RV’s near their shop when they work on them.

RV's that need repairs

RV's in my neighborhood
We enjoyed being in the cool weather on the coast, but we are ready to continue east back to the Deer Park area. We have a few maintenance items to complete at Charlie’s, then we will continue our journey, taking shorter treks each day, while we enjoy the good life.

Auto repair bays