Saturday, August 24, 2019

Bringing Dad Home - Trip Outside

We are off!

Heading on an Alaskan adventure to move Dad home. I didn't get the trailer decorated but hope to before we come back. There are always a lot of moving parts to leaving home.
Preparing for a good view 

Alex checks the tires

We moved Dash to the chicken yard  - Stacia checked on him and told him goodbye. 

 Benny wanted to come with us, but not without Mommy.

We're off! #BringingDadHome
Stacia, Alex, Dad (GG)
Totally staged! This is the back seat driver look reserved for when *I* drive the beast. LOL 

The worst of the we waited for the pilot car the "wolves" came out....though we decided the flagger was wrong and they were foxes....Can you spot the one? 

This unique rainbow occurred as we followed the pilot car. The colors were so low they went into trees.  We've never seen a rainbow so close to the ground. It was beautiful.

Some of the pull outs are awfully tight for a rig our size....Alex is very good at spotting Michael.....

And Michael is very good at making the space work for him. 

Day 2 we pulled off the road for Michael to sleep a couple of hours. I made lunch for everyone and Stacia and I went for a walk. We found some unique prints and realized we'd forgotten the bear spray. Maybe we should buy a can to leave in the RV.

 We took note of the Fireweed up in the mountains. There were still a very few blooming. 

Many patches were bright red. 

Some have begun the browning and dying out process. 

Day 3 was a big wildlife day.... Cariboo - Reindeer

We'll wait.....

Note the greens, the red Fireweed and the hints of fall colors. It is AMAZING to compare the colors with the photos when we come back two weeks later. They get HIGH WINDS up here...check out the trees on the left....

 And that little black dot in the photo above? Mama and two cubs... 

We saw a few more bears this day...I think the count was 14.

Who would have guessed? Quite a few healthy options. A & W are quite prolific in British Columbia and Yukon Territories. 

This evening we nearly collided with a herd of Bison. We decided it was time to stop.  It was too exciting to grab photos. LOL

We slept in a turnout on Night 3.....we opened the back of the trailer and watched the stars. 

It was a pretty spot to stop. 

Alex was faithful to check tire pressure

Day 4 we crossed back into America...and traffic. 

We threaded our way through Seattle and Portland traffic only to run into an accident on the south side of Portland. The interstate was closed and all traffic was detouring....we were over 2 hours late getting to our campground.

We had wanted to arrive early to meet Lorri, my cousin,  for dinner at the Woodburn exit. It turns out our RV park was directly behind Elmers - by the outlet mall. Lorri met us for breakfast. I didn't take a single photo. The fellowship was sweet. We do miss our cousin dates.  We were all thankful Lorri drove up to meet us. 

THIS was parked in the RV to it, we looked small. LOL  Some big slot competition. 

After breakfast we drove on to Springfield.....Dad settled in to Will and Sherri's. We settled in at Premier RV park. We lived here during the months  we were in Eugene in 2017.  The kids jumped into the pool. 

It is 2500 miles from our home to Will and Sherri's. We did it in 4 days and an hour on the 5th day. I'm pretty impressed.  That's a slew of long days in an RV. We don't go as fast as a car. When we moved up in 2017 we averaged 300 mile days....took us about 10 days. We had a couple of sight-seeing days built in. This time our goal was to have as much time as possible in OR. We averaged 600 mile days.