Tuesday, May 21, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (10)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (10)

05/21/2019 / No Travel Day – Starvation Creek Trailhead, Hood River County, Oregon


Start Location:
  • Memaloose State Park
  • Mosier, OR 97040
  • 800-551-6949
    • Start Time: N/A
End Location: N/A 
    • End Time: N/A
Cost per Night: $35.00 per night
Weather:  49/65 F Overcast

We went hiking at Starvation Creek State Park, which is located west of Cascade Locks, Oregon in the Columbia River Gorge. It is right alongside Interstate 84; by the Columbia River.

Hiking the Starvation Creek Trailhead west of Cascade Locks in Oregon.

Hiking the Starvation Creek Trailhead west of Cascade Locks in Oregon.

Hiking the Starvation Creek Trailhead west of Cascade Locks in Oregon.

Selfie at Cabin Creek Falls
Selfie at Cabin Creek Falls

Thimbleberries are tart and red when ripe.
Thimbleberries are tart and red when ripe.

Hole in the Wall Falls / Hiking the Starvation Creek Trailhead west of Cascade Locks in Oregon.
Hole in the Wall Falls

The trailhead was named Starvation Creek because a train was stopped there by snow drifts and passengers had to dig out the train. Luckily no one starved there.




However, after our hike, I was ravenous, so we eat at the Sedition Brewing Company in Dalles, Oregon. This Craft Brewery is in a historic icehouse. I had the Tri-Tip Sandwich with a tasting flight of beer. Dark Sky was my favorite. Paul enjoyed his Mac and Cheese. I would recommend this establishment highly.

Our Camp Spot in Memaloose State Park.


2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. Travel Day - Dalles, Oregon (9)
  2. Crater Lake, Klamath County, Oregon (8)
  3. Travel Day - Klamath Falls, Oregon (7)
  4. Lassen Volcanic National Park & Lake Shasta Caverns (6)
  5. Travel Day - Redding, CA (5)
  6. Bread & Chocolate, San Francisco - (4)
  7. Travel Day - Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)

Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (9)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (9)

05/20/2019 / Travel Day - Dalles, Oregon


Start Location:
  • Klamath Falls KOA
  • 3435 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  • 800-562-9036
    • Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
End Location:
  • Memaloose State Park
  • Mosier, OR 97040
  • 800-551-6949
    • End Time: 2:00 p.m.
Cost per Night: 35.00 per night
Weather: 54 to 61F Cloudy

Route:
  • 39 North
  • 97 North
  • 197 North
  • 84 West
We drove almost straight through today. We did stop at the Cow Canyon Rest Area for a quick lunch of bagels and cream cheese.

When we arrived at the State Park, our neighbors informed us that our spot (A10) would be very windy.

We called the Park Ranger Deb and she approved our move to spot B13. B13 is gorgeous.  I enjoyed the antics of a big fat grey squirrel.
The spots here are large and we do not have any direct neighboring motorhomes. Just the way we like it.


Beautiful Oregon – On the Road Again
Beautiful Oregon – On the Road Again

The Beast parked at the Cow Canyon Rest Area
The Beast parked at the Cow Canyon Rest Area

A shame that they must chain down the Benches.
A shame that they must chain down the Benches.

Cow Canyon Rest Area Landscape
Cow Canyon Rest Area Landscape


2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. Crater Lake, Klamath County, Oregon (8)
  2. Travel Day - Klamath Falls, Oregon (7)
  3. Lassen Volcanic National Park & Lake Shasta Caverns (6)
  4. Travel Day - Redding, CA (5)
  5. Bread & Chocolate, San Francisco - (4)
  6. Travel Day - Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)
  7. Hiking Oso Flaco with Family, Pacific Dunes RV Resort- (2)
  8. On the Road - (1)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (8)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (8)

05/19/2019 / Crater Lake, Klamath County, Oregon


Start Location:
  • Klamath Falls KOA
  • 3435 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  • 800-562-9036
    • Start Time: N/A
End Location: N/A 
    • End Time: N/A
Cost per Night: $51.00 per night
Weather:  52F Cloudy


Crater Lake is a crater lake in south-central Oregon in the western United States. It is the main feature of Crater Lake National Park and is famous for its deep blue color and water clarity.

We left a bit late, around 10:00 a.m. The drive up to Crater Lake was beautiful. There was not much traffic.

Paul spotted a black bear off the 62

Paul spotted a black bear off the 62 and I was able to get a good photo of it.

Crater Lake did not disappoint. We had a bite at the café and wander around. We could only get to Discovery Point due to weather.

I bought a “Passport To Your National Parks” book and placed my first Sticker (Crater Lake) in it. Got more laundry done while we prepared for our drive to Dalles, Oregon in the morning.


 Panoramic View of Crater Lake
 Panoramic View of Crater Lake

 The weather was warm enough to melt the ice.
 The weather was warm enough to melt the ice.

Serviceberries have a berry-like pome, red to purple to nearly black at maturity.
Serviceberries have a berry-like pome,
red to purple to nearly black at maturity.

Paul Threw A Snowball at Me.
Paul Threw A Snowball at Me.

Us posing at Crater Lake. You can see Wizard Island in the background.
Us posing at Crater Lake.
You can see Wizard Island in the background.

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. Travel Day - Klamath Falls, Oregon (7)
  2. Lassen Volcanic National Park & Lake Shasta Caverns (6)
  3. Travel Day - Redding, CA (5)
  4. Bread & Chocolate, San Francisco - (4)
  5. Travel Day - Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)
  6. Hiking Oso Flaco with Family, Pacific Dunes RV Resort- (2)
  7. On the Road - (1)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (7)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (7)

05/18/2019 / Travel Day Klamath Falls, Oregon


Start Location:
  • Redding, CA Elks Lodge # 1073
  • 250 Elk Drive, Redding, CA 96003
  • 530.243.5900
    • Start Time: 8:45 a.m.
End Location:
  • Klamath Falls KOA
  • 3435 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603
  • 800-562-9036
    • End Time: 12:00 p.m.
Cost per Night: 51.00 per night
Weather: 52 F Cloudy


Route:
  • 5 North
  • 97 North
  • Joe Wright Road
  • 4. Country Hwy 875-A

Left at 8:45 a.m. At 10:10 a.m. "The Beast" drove through the tiny town of Weed, California. We climbed to an elevation of 5,000 feet. Stopped to get gas at Worden, Oregon Sinclair for the low price of $3.49 per Gallon.

There is nothing to special about the Klamath Falls KOA. We did laundry and watched TV via their internet.We did meet a nice older couple from Utah.  They instructed us to keep traveling as much as possible before our days were filled with doctor appointments.  We gave them a handful of our avocados.

We will be going to Crater Lake tomorrow. 

 Welcome to Oregon

Fueling up at the Sinclair's just over the Oregon Border
Fueling up at the Sinclair's just over the Oregon Border

Klamath Falls KOA
Klamath Falls KOA

Map- Redding, CA to Klamath, Oregon
Redding, CA to Klamath, Oregon

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. Lassen Volcanic National Park & Lake Shasta Caverns (6)
  2. Redding, CA (5)
  3. San Francisco - (4)
  4. Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)
  5. Pacific Dunes RV Resort- (2)
  6. On the Road - (1)

Friday, May 17, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (6)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (6)

05/17/2019 / No Travel Day Lassen Volcanic National Park & Lake Shasta Caverns


Start Location:
  • Redding, CA Elks Lodge # 1073
  • 250 Elk Drive Redding, CA 96003
  • 530.243.5900
    • Start Time: N/A
End Location: N/A 
    • End Time: N/A
Cost per Night: $30.00 per night
Weather:  60F Overcast

We decided to go to Lassen Volcanic National Park to see the volcano. The GPS took us the windy backway. The higher we climbed, the colder it got. After about an hour and a half, we were actually in the snow. The Volcano was closed due to weather, but we had a beautiful drive in the snow.


We then drove to the Lake Shasta Caverns. We arrived in time for the 2:00 p.m. trip. The Lake Shasta Caverns are a network of caves located near the McCloud arm of Shasta Lake.

We crossed Lake Shasta in a pontoon boat; then took a mile trip up the mountain in a bus. Rachael was our tour guide.

There were over 600 stairs in the caverns – quite a hike but worth it!!! 

Met a big black bear at the Visitor Center

Lake Shasta (manmade)

Snow in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Dogwoods - Beautiful White Flower

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. Redding, CA (5)
  2. San Francisco - (4)
  3. Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)
  4. Pacific Dunes RV Resort- (2)
  5. On the Road - (1)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (5)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (5)

05/16/2019 / Travel Day Redding, CA


Start Location:
  • Fremont Elks Lodge #2121
  • 38991 Farwell Drive, Fremont, CA 94536-7221
  • 510.797.2121
    • Start Time: 8:27 a.m.
End Location:
  • Redding, CA Elks Lodge # 1073
  • 250 Elk Drive Redding, CA 96003
  • 530.243.5900
    • End Time: 2:30 p.m.
Cost per Night: $30.00 per night

Travel Day to Redding, CA:  Left the lodge to get gas and then returned to dump. The Dump Station was included in our stay but did not open until 8:00 a.m.

Route:
  • 880 West
  • 80 East (Lots of traffic and we had to crawl along for about forty minutes.)
  • 505 North.
  • 5 North
  • 44 West
We stopped for a late lunch at the Rolling Hills Casino (2655 Everett Freeman Way, Corning, CA 96021). Of course, Paul ordered his Grilled Cheese with Fries; I eat a Club Sandwich. After, we each dropped $20.00 at the slots then returned to the road. Casino was small but nice. Food was okay.

Checked into the Redding Elks in very windy weather. They had you check in at the bar . . . . great marketing strategy. I had a Crown Rocks while filling out the paperwork. Paid for the first one – the second was on the lodge. It rained hard most of the night.

Lunch at Rolling Hills Casino
Elk's Lodge # 1073 in Redding, CA

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. San Francisco - (4)
  2. Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)
  3. Pacific Dunes RV Resort- (2)
  4. On the Road - (1)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (4)

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal (4)

05/15/2019 / No Travel Day - San Francisco


Start Location:
  • Fremont Elks Lodge #2121
  • 38991 Farwell Drive, Fremont, CA 94536-7221
    • Start Time: N/A
End Location:
  • N/A
    • End Time: N/A
Cost per Night: $20.00 per night

We took a taxi to the Freemont Bart Station ($20). After trial and error including the asking of a bunch of questions from several poor bystanders, Paul and I made our way onto the Daly City Line. We exited the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Train at the Embarcadero Station. The ride cost $7.00 per person one way and took about forty-five (45) minutes.

The BART was not too clean but tolerable. I downloaded the munimobile app and purchased two ‘all day’ trolley passes for twelve dollars apiece. We got off at Fisherman’s Wharf and walked about a bit. Since it started raining hard and was almost noon; we stopped for lunch at Tarantino’s. Paul had his Cheese Raviolis and I enjoyed my Seafood Angel Hair Pasta.

On our walk back to catch the cable car, we picked up some Boudin Sourdough Bread and Ghirardelli Chocolates. We also treated ourselves to some delicious Coffee Ice Cream.

We got on the Cable Car aright, but it would only part of the way back to the BART because they had a problem with the cable. We would have been lost as a shuttle bus picked us up had it not been for local Carole. She guided us onto the correct bus and even walked us a block to make sure we found the BART Entrance.

We visited the bar at the lodge. The first round was on them. A Virgin Sunrise for Paul and Myers Coke for me. I also had a Jim Beam’s Devil’s Cut Rocks. Free Popcorn, peanuts and friendly company. We really enjoyed this lodge.

Paul buying Boudin Sourdough Bread.  #yum
Paul buying Boudin Sourdough Bread. #yum

Ghirardelli - just one word "Chocolate"
Ghirardelli - just one word "Chocolate"

Paul and I made it onto the Bart at the Fremont Station.
Paul and I made it onto the Bart at the Fremont Station.

The two of us on the San Francisco Cable Car.
The two of us on the San Francisco Cable Car.

2019 Alaska Vacation Journal

  1. Fremont Elks Lodge #2121 - (3)
  2. Pacific Dunes RV Resort- (2)
  3. On the Road - (1)