Traveling to Southern California

While staying at Keizer Elks Lodge in Oregon we saw the solar eclipse. We were in the totality for the eclipse. It was well worth the wait to see it. Kevin & I walked around looking at the sky for a moment without our solar glasses. If I was more of a word smith I could articulate the experience better. I can say that God sure made a beautiful sky.

 

While traveling to Southern California for the Fall/Winter we stopped at several Elks lodges.

Our first stop was Red Bluff Elks Lodge in California. We stayed one night there. The bartender made us feel welcome in their lodge. The RV area was too close to the freeway. We had too much freeway noise at night but the pull thru was a welcome sight after a long drive. We paid $15.00 a night here.

 

Our next stop was Placerville Elks Lodge in California. We paid $20.00 a night for 30 amps electric & water. Our site didn’t have direct tv satellite reception. The secretary/bartender is very friendly. She did a good job of making us feel welcomed.

 

Next, Atascadero Elks Lodge in California. They have a separate entrance for the RV camping area. The camping information is located in a kiosk at the campground. The RV camp area has 50amps, full hook ups, dirt/gravel site, good Verizon internet with our jetpack and good direct tv satellite reception in site 2. The Elks members invited us to sit with them at dinner on Thursday night at 6. We had a good conversation with a few members that night. We paid $25.00 a night. Hearst Castle is 45 minutes away. Good Lodge!

 

While camping at Atascadero Elks Lodge in California

Firestone Brewery Tour in Paso Robles

 

Kevin and I  learned about beer. The tour consisted of 4 people and our beer educator. We paid $10.00 each for a tour, 4 beer samples, a glass tasting souvenir, and a bottle opener. The beer 805 is made at this brewery. I took notes so I know what kinds of beer to order next time we go out to eat.

Templeton Farmers Market opens on Saturday at 9:00 am. I was surprised by the amount of veggie, fruit & meat vendors. The samples are plentiful here. We bought a ambrosia cantaloupe, basil, beef steak tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, spinach, zucchini, grapes, and blackberries. This picture below is our farmers market haul.

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Happy RVing!

California Farmers Markets

California Elks Lodges

California Elks Lodge Pins

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Camping in Keizer Oregon

While camping at the Keizer Elks Lodge#2472 in Oregon

The RV park has gravel sites. We have 50amps, full hookups, directv reception, quiet campers, a place to walk the dog, good wifi reception with our Verizon jetpack and good At&t phone reception.

The dinners at the lodge have been good. On Friday night, the cook makes one of the best clam chowders I’ve tasted in Oregon. The cook uses herbs that give it a unique flavoring, the consistency is thick and creamy with just the right amount of clams.

We can walk to the local park from the Elks lodge in the mornings. Its about a 3-mile walk round trip. This works well for us. A good walking route is one of the things we look for in an RV Park but the wildfire smoke from Canada has made walking difficult this week.

We drove to Salem Oregon and saw the State Capital. I was able to get an Oregon state capital stamp at the capital. I also found a used Pacific State Wildflower field guide at the Escape Fiction book store in Salem. My wildflower photo binder is growing. I’ve organized it by color & state. It keeps me busy & feeling productive.

On Saturday we drove to the Salem Saturday Farmers Market. The market had about 75 vendors. There’s a good amount of veggies & fruit vendors here. Kevin and I bought bells peppers, green onions, cantaloupe, walla walla onions, sunflower & pea microgreens, a bigfoot sticker and a few artsy stuff.

I saw soap vendors, bread vendors, veggie vendors, berry vendors, a microgreen vendor, alcohol vendors, cat adoption vendors, a wood toy vendor, plant vendors, vendors selling lunch food and an information vendor at the farmers market.

On Tuesday we drove to the Salem Elks Lodge for the Tuesday Taco Meal. The Salem RV park at Salem Elks Lodge is full. The rver’s have no stay limit. The campsites are gravel and tight looking. I like Keizer Elks RV Park better but the Taco Salad is good at the Salem Lodge.

I set up several day trips to collect Elks lodge pins & explore the area. We drove to the Silverton Elks Lodge and picked up a lodge pin from them. They gave us a friendly welcome. I saw a dump station but they don’t have any hook ups here for RVer’s.

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Mt Angel Sausage Co.

Kevin and I had lunch at the Mt Angel Sausage Co in Mount Angel. This restaurant is on the Food Network Channel. The inside of the restaurant is small but there is a good amount of outside seating. The restaurant has European decor. I saw several musical instrument, a vintage sausage stuffer, a variety of rope sausage, link sausage and German beers. The food was good & the service was excellent. The Marionberry pie with vanilla ice cream was incredibly flavorful.

We came home with two sausage link packages one Italian sausage for spaghetti and one breakfast sausage package.

Happy Retirement RVing!

Oregon Elks Lodges

Oregon Farmers Market

Exploring Willamette Valley Oregon

Exploring Willamette Valley Oregon

While camping at Springfield Elks Lodge in Oregon

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Springfield Elks Lodge RV Parking: The RV area is on blacktop with a slight slope. We had electric and water. We felt comfortable camping here while we enjoyed the Elks lodge and did some sightseeing in the area.

Happy Hour: Kevin and I attended the special Tuesday Happy Hour event in the Elk’s lounge. The special happy hour is on Tuesday with music, potluck food, and friendly Elks members. The members invited us to join them at their table. We had a good conversation with several members. Also, we were given several good restaurant recommendations. We also met Miss Oregon’s proud dad at happy hour. His daughter earned a scholarship from the lodge. 🙂

Fitbit Walking: We did some walking near the local mall. We also found a trail by the University of Oregon Football Stadium. We couldn’t see any walking area by the rv elks camping site.

Used Book Store Hunting: We scored a few new to us field guides at the local used books store on mammals, wildflowers, shorebirds, and weather.

Corvallis: The next day, Kevin and I went to the Corvallis farmers market & had lunch at the local Corvallis Elks lodge. The farmers market was a good size market. I saw free range chicken eggs, seafood, meat, fruit and several good veggie vendors. The Corvallis Elks were incredibly friendly. We had lunch and talked with a fellow Elks members. The solar eclipse is a big topic of conversation in Oregon. I see solar eclipse glasses for sale in several local stores.

Covered Bridges: I called Cottage Grove Elks Lodge to see if we could have lunch at the lodge but they were closed so I took some pics of their lodge. We did get to see the covered bridges in the area. I loved seeing these covered bridges. Its exciting to see a piece of history that has been saved.

Happy RVing!

Oregon Food

Oregon Camping

Elks Lodge Pins

Temecula’s Newest Farmers Market

Temecula’s Newest Farmers Market

I think much of my inspiration comes from nature. I feel alive when I take a long hike with my dog or when I just spend time outdoors, appreciating the beauty of this world. I even feel alive and inspired when I walk through farmers markets appreciating and learning about local fruits and vegetables.“–Amanda Schull

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Farmers Market Haul- dill plant, onions, pumpkin squash, acorn squash, mexican limes and alfalfa honey

The Vail Headquarters Farmer Market is a pleasant surprise. I saw flags, soap, jewelry, crafts, peanut brittle, fudge, essential oils, tamales, veggies, fruits, honey and more. Its a good size market.

Most farmer markets are friendly places. I like that I can ask questions to the local vendors and they love to tell me about their products. The Vail Headquarters Farmer Market is a friendly farmers market. There isn’t a bunch of traffic here like at the Saturday Old Town Farmers Market in downtown Temecula.

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The local vendors took their time telling us about their products here. The squash vendor gave us one acorn squash for free. He also gave me several recipes for cooking squash.

The honey vendor explained where the bees came from for her products. She also let us taste each type of honey so we could find the honey that was right for us.

The plant vendor told me how to care for the dill plant I bought. I like the extra help I got here. I’ll definitely come back to this market.

What’s your favorite farmers market?

Happy RVing!

Farmers Markets we experienced

 

Visiting in Southern California

Visiting in Southern California

Kevin and I met our daughter Katie at Burger Lounge. We haven’t seen her in months. She met us after work. Its such a joy to see her. She works as an LVN and goes to school to get her RN degree. We found a seat right away at the Burger Lounge. I was so excited to see her. Katie recommended the fresh root beer. I usually stay away from unhealthy sugar drinks but this time, I indulged and the fresh root beer was good. Kevin and I split the classic burger. We all shared the onion rings/fries. We had a good conversation with Katie. Kevin and I made plans to see her again.

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Farmer Market Haul

One of our favorite places to visit while staying at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails is visiting the Old Town Temecula Farmers Market. Its one of the biggest farmers markets we’ve been to. We found corn, broccoli, potatoes, strawberries, blackberries, bell peppers, onions, smoked salmon, cilantro, tomatoes and spinach. I saw plants, cactus, soap, paintings, different foods, breads, hair bows, smoothies and woodworking. We’ve been steaming the veggies in our Pressure Cooker XL and using most of the fruits in yogurt deserts.

Its nice to be back at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails. The park has made a few changes. My sister & her grandchildren came over to visit us at the campground. My great-niece and great-nephew assured me the playground is fun. We all tried out the mini golf course, pool, jacuzzi and playground. The family jacuzzi has been redone. The jets are strong and the new seating is comfortable. The mini golf course is cleaned and ready for kids and adult. The old dairy is gone. I’m looking forward to our holiday time here.

Happy RVing!

My Farmers Market list.

Southern Utah Adventure II

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”-John Muir

Cedar Breaks National Monument

There are many scenic spots in this monument. I was enjoying them and didn’t get any photos of them.(Sorry)  The photos above are all shots with my iphone. The leaves are starting to change here. The yellows, greens and some bright orange colors are showing. In our area of Southern California we didn’t see much color changes in the Fall. This is a treat for us.

I did find out how Cedar Breaks National Monument was named. The settlers mistook the Juniper trees in the lower level for Cedar. The “breaks” comes from the early settlers in the region, who called any terrain too steep for wagon travel “breaks” or “badlands.”

The canyons at Cedar Breaks National Monument are so colorful and big. Kevin and I hiked the Alpine Pond Trail. Its a 2-mile round trip hike. The trail was refreshing to hike. We only saw one person on the trail.

However, we did see several birds on the trail and a squirrel that ran up a tree with a nut. His nut fell to the ground. He made loud noises while running down the tree to find his nut. The squirrel was good entertainment.

Farmers Market in St George 

This Farmers Market is located in St George is on Saturday at 8 am. I saw at least 12 vendors at the farmers market. The vendors were friendly to us RV Texans. Then we noticed a rodeo parade by the farmers market.  It looked just like the local parades in California.  🙂

New Veggie Experiment 

 I’m experimenting with a new veggie. The vendor called it patty pan or summer squash. It looks like a white flying saucer. lol  I sliced the patty pan then sauteed it in butter. It was excellent.

Geocaching 

Kevin found a geocache near our campground. He likes the Cachly app. I use the Geocaching app. They both are good apps to find a geocache. This geocache is near an old wagon trail. Kevin and I walking under this bridge (in picture) to find the geocache. It was thrilling. The moment of finding the cache is an awesome feeling. That was my big “high” for the day.

Our Campground Site

We camped at St George/KOA Campground using our rpi membership at $13.00 a night for 50 amp full hookups. The campground was quiet. It was a bit tight in some sites but ours was perfect. We had afternoon shade, no neighbors and a beautiful red mountain in front of us during the week. We also had satellite reception but intermittent cell service for at&t and verizon. Having minimum internet is tough on us. Kevin and I like to stay in touch with family & friends with social media.

Weekend at the Campground

The campground started to fill up Friday night. We no longer had plenty of room to relax outside but we had a good conversation with our neighbor. Good Conversation means a great deal to me especially if we are going to share a close camping area with another couple. This is a picture (down below) of our campsite before the weekend crowd.

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Overall, this campground was a good home base for us to explore the area during football season(satellite).

Happy RVing!

Next, Kevin and I are camping near Canyonland National Park and Arches National Park in Moab, Utah.

Bird Spotting

  • Victoria’s Warbler
  • Ruffed Grouse

National Park Stamps for Cedar Breaks National Monument

The photo challenge this week is your Quest. My quest is to achieve the 2016 Master Traveler Award Silver this year. Kevin and I need one more stamp in New Mexico to achieve this goal.

 

 

A week in South Dakota

A week in South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 

Mount Rushmore inspires patriotism in many people who visit. Kevin and I arrived at 8:00 am to see Mount Rushmore. The crowds don’t descended on Rushmore this early in the morning. It was quiet. When I looked up at Mount Rushmore,  I felt a moment of awe at seeing the granite faces. The presidents ….George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

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Mt Rushmore National Memorial

The sculpture isn’t finished. Congress shut off the funds. The sculpture was suppose to be full waist portraits of the president’s. Inside the Sculpture Studio is a model of the finished product. I didn’t get a picture of it. Sorry! The monument is free but there is a $11.00 parking fee.

I saw a sign in town with the words the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets with Nicholas Cage was filmed here at Mt Rushmore. I didn’t find a city of gold under Mt Rushmore (mentioned in the film) but Mt Rushmore did inspire me. We walked the President Trail, watched a film in the visitor center, saw how the faces were made and stood for one brief moment in awe of this sculpture and the men who made it.

Crazy Horse Memorial

We drove by the Crazy Horse Memorial. The memorial isn’t finished yet but I hope it gets done in our lifetime. When finished it will be the world’s largest mountain carving.

Jewel Cave National Monument

“The excitement of discovery, the elation and despair, The thrill of pushing forward to discover what is there;….”  Jan Conn, explorer

In 1908, Theodore Roosevelt established Jewel Cave as a National Monument. Kevin and I did the scenic tour inside the caves. Its a 1 hour 20 minute tour of the caves. The Jewel Cave National Monument hasn’t been fully explored. Inside the cave are places that no human has seen. Its exciting to think that some places are still unexplored in the world.

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Deadwood

Deadwood is known as the wildest, wickedest and wooliest town in the West. It was where Wild Bill Hickok was gunned down and where Calamity Jane claimed she could out drink, outswear and outspit any man.

We arrived in Deadwood on a labor day weekend.  I saw several casinos, stores and tours. We found a virtual geocache in the Mt Moriah Cemetery. There’s also a historic walk hosted by the Black Hill Volksmarch Club. The entire town of Deadwood is a Registered National Historic Landmark. We saw Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Janes burial site, had lunch and did the virtual geocache at the cemetery. It started to rain so we couldn’t do the historic volksmarch.

Wind Cave National Park

In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt signed the bill that established Wind Cave as the 7th National Park in America. Wind Cave National Park is the sixth  longest caves in the world. We saw Bison, Antelope & Prairie Dogs Here. Wind Cave has more than 100 miles of rare and unusual box work, frostwork and popcorn formations.

Hot Springs Volksmarch

This volksmarch is called the Historic Hot Springs Volksmarch. This is our first 10k. I loved it! We walk around the town of Hot Springs, South Dakota. The volksmarch took us through a few parks, the downtown area and so much more. This volksmarch is hosted by the Black Hill Volksmarching Association. They did a good job.

Rapid City Farmers Market 

This is a good size farmers market on Saturday morning. I saw veggies, fruits, soaps, honey, bread, bbq food, lamb and more. I bought a Woonsocket South Dakota Muskmelon. I usually stick with cantaloupe but I was feeling adventuresome. The vendor told me its ready to eat.

Happy RVing!

Wildlife Spotting

  • Bison
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Prairie Dog

 

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