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


  1. I always thought you should take shorter trips. Thanks for eating at AJ's. Come see us, or them, again. I will call you tonight while I do laundry

  2. I am writing this on July 12. I know you haven't been able to travel because you are waiting at Charlie's for some parts to come in so you can get on the road. My fingers are crossed that this will be the week you get to start traveling again. I Love you both. AJ