Wednesday, June 20, 2018

our ups and downs for this trip

Just to document our ups and downs for this trip here is a listing of elevations for all of our campgrounds.

Martin Manor                    850'
Hutchinson, KS               1535'
La Junta, CO                   4078'
Grand Junction, CO 4593'
Baker, NV                       5315'
Carson City, NV             4802'
Bodaga Bay, CA                   5'     a few feet above sea level
Verdi, NV                        4905'
Winnemucca, NV            4295'
Wells, NV                        5630'    where we are tonight
Pocatello, ID                    4462'
Rawlins, WY                   6834'     our highest campground
Gothenburg, NE              2569'
Mound City, MO               889'
Martin Manor                    850'

Almost out of Nevada

Tonight's campground is in Wells, NV in the Angel Lake RV Park.  Tomorrow we have only about 70 miles of Nevada before we enter into Idaho heading toward the Cowboy RV Park in Pocatello, ID.

Here is our view to the west from our campground tonight.  This is Humboldt Peak at a height of 11,025'.  On the way here we passed Ruby Dome, a peak just south of Elko with a height of 11,387.  Our campground is at an elevation of 5,630'

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A nice quiet day in Winnemucca

It's been a peaceful, lazy day of rest today.  It was cool this morning at 48 degrees but has warmed up to 80 this afternoon.  Tomorrow we head for Wells, NV as our last stop before Pocatello where we will bother Vena and Curt while enjoying a visit with the recent birthday girl, Sophia.

Tomorrow isn't a long trip so we will not have to get around for an early departure in the morning, more like - 11 o'clock. 😊

Monday, June 18, 2018

good as new

Bring on the grub, my tooth is ready for some meat and taters.  It was good to be able to get into the dentists schedule and get my crown back like it should be.

We are back on schedule and now resting for two nights here in Winnemucca, NV.  A day of rest tomorrow before we head out toward Idaho with one more stop in Nevada.

good news - bad news

First the bad news.  Yesterday while flossing, as my dentist has told me to do, one of my crowns popped off of a molar.  Today we are heading to Winnemucca, NV with a day of rest tomorrow so I Google located a dentist there thinking I should be able to get it cemented back on.  The first dentist I called apparently is not in business anymore because a Verizon agent answered the call to say that the telephone number had been discontinued.  The next dentist that I called had a voice mail answering message to say that they are open only Tue through Friday, bummer.

Just for grins I checked for a dentist in Reno as we are only about 10 miles from there and that is the good news.  I now have an appointment in West Reno at 11:00 this morning to get my tooth problem fixed.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Goodbye California

Now on our way back to mid-Missouri with a detour up into Idaho to visit our sister.  Today we made it to Verdi, NV which is only 4 miles East of the Cali border.

Quite a difference in the weather today.  It never was real hot but as we climbed the mountains (as we went up) toward Truckee the cars outside temp gauge kept going down.  When we stopped at the Donner Pass Summit rest area at 7200 feet it was 50 degrees just a little past lunch time.  The parking lot was near full so it was a long hike without a jacket to the restroom.

Our original plan was to stay in the Donner Memorial State Park tonight which is a state park without hookups.  Since it is forecast to be very cool tonight we passed that up and a few miles further in Verdi, NV we are in a KOA with full hookups so our electric heater will be free heat vs using our furnace on propane.  Also in the morning I will be able to use the electric teakettle to heat water for my french press coffee maker and not have to use the stove on propane.

Our GWF is taking care of us.  The forecast for this area was for an 80% chance of showers.  When we arrived the skies were overcast but nothing falling.  It waited until we were totally setup and right now it is a nice light shower and in the camper the pitter patter will lull us to sleep tonight.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

dumb seagull

Watched this dumb seagull trying to find a way through the gate on the pier walkway.  This back and forth went on for several minutes before it realized that wings could take care of it's need.

Tripp Distillery

Back home, our next door neighbor, Judy Tripp has a son Jason who currently lives south of San Francisco in Pacifica, CA.  He just recently went through a long process of getting licensed to operate a small (basically a one man operation) distillery where he makes rum and vodka.  In a few weeks he will also have Gin.  Since he still has a day job he is only open for business Friday evenings and both Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  We drove through San Francisco this morning and found a nice English pub for lunch and then had a very nice visit with Jason.

Jason was about 4 or 5 when we moved into our current house and not long after that he went to live with his dad in Arizona so we really hadn't seen him since then.  We each had a cocktail of his wares and then brought home with us a couple of bottles of his rum.  Here are a few pictures that I took this afternoon.

The copper still, he had made especially for him in Arkansas
 not a very large room for his operation
 Jason explaining the process to his customers

Friday, June 15, 2018

Santa Rosa, CA

Today was the day that I needed to have my stitches removed so I did an online search for an urgent care facility.  The closest one was in Santa Rosa about a 40 minute drive from our campground.  It was a nice place and they took care of my needs nicely.  Then we found a nice large Safeway supermarket for some pantry refilling.

On the way back to the campground we stopped at a very nice small restaurant for lunch.  The name of the restaurant was "the birds" as we entered it was past the counter with the small menu up on the wall where we left our order.  The seating was all outside under umbrellas for shade with a view overlooking the Bodega Harbor and our campsite.  Very quickly they brought our food to our table and it was delicious.  I had some raw oysters and a bowl of clam chowder.  Jo had a combo of fish and shrimp with chips.  Everything was very tasty.  There were a few birds around the tables but none that caused any problems.  Here are pictures of our plates.

In the yard around their patio there were these odd flowering stalk like plants.  Weren't able to ask what they were as everyone was busy with customers.  On our drive to Santa Rosa we had seen several of these in the area.

Back at our campsite I took these two pictures just outside our front door, also identification unknown.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

US Hwy 50 day ten, mission accomplished

This afternoon around 2:00 we backed into our site on Bodega Harbor.  The water around us is in Bodega Bay but it is waters of the Pacific so we have completed the trip from shore line of the Atlantic to shore line of the Pacific.  US Hwy 50 began only a few yards from the beach in Ocean City, MD but on this west end the last route marking sign was seen along I-80 as we drove around Sacramento, CA.

Here is our camp-site for 3 nights

Today's drive was simply beautiful.  Soon after leaving Carson City we were skirting around Lake Tahoe and then up and over the Sierras with many switchbacks and long up and down grades.  There was much traffic but the speed was slow due to the curves.  Today's drive sure wasn't on a lonely road.  There was heavy traffic all day especially around Sacramento on I-80 with 6 to 8 lanes.

We have now completed all 3131 miles of our planned trip and this is the combined ten days all together

and this is our day ten route 247 miles