July 4 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – JULY 4

We are actually off the road this July 4, taking a day of R&R at the foot of Ute Mountain near Towaoc, Colorado, about 10 miles south of Cortez, along Route 160.  The history of the Ute Indians is an interesting one along with the histories of other Native American tribes and pueblos and the

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June 29 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – COLUMBIA RIVER

Four days along the Columbia River, 2nd largest in the United States.  Named Columbia by Robert Gray, the first to sail across the bar and into the river in 1792. The Mississippi River – 593,000 cubic feet per second. The St. Lawrence River – 348,000 cubic feet per second. … The Columbia River -265,000 cubic

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June 21 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD – OREGON

Just north of Coos Bay, Oregon, (North Bend), we turned off Highway 101 and the place we wanted to go was closed so we kept driving for about a mile and saw this big driveway on the left which turned out to be Clausen’s Oysters.  We turned the truck and camping trailer around in their

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June 20 , 2020 /

SOLSTICE 2020

Today, June 20, 2020, 2:43 PM, PDT marks the annual event known as solstice, summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern hemisphere. Literally, it’s the moment when the “sun stands still” before it starts back in the other direction and for those of us in the north, it is the “longest” day, meaning

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June 16 , 2020 /

CAMPING WITH AMENITIES

Like many “younger” couples, we started camping in a tent, either a ground pad with sleeping bags and just the basics that fit into a giant duffle bag. Easy to transport, set up, enjoy being outdoors, break down and move on.  Cooking was simple with a Coleman stove or open fire.  Bathing was either via

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June 9 , 2020 /

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Flagstaff, Arizona, June 9, 2020. Partly to escape the heat of southern Arizona this time of the year, partly due to being quarantined with COVID and partly as one of our regular, longer camping trips we drove north about 300 miles through Phoenix, a sprawling southwestern city, 5th largest in the U.S We were delayed

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