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!

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Ticks, Copper Pans and Walking

While camping at Cherokee Landing Thousand Trails in Tennessee

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Tick Removal:  Kevin saw a tick on our Yorkie Joey. The tick buried its head into Joey’s neck. Kevin and I took turns holding the dog and gently removing the tick from his neck. Our Yorkie was glad to have the tick removed. It was gross. We bought tick medicine for him afterward, I wish we had bought it sooner. I was told the campground was sprayed for ticks. I found two ticks during our stay. I don’t want to think about how many more ticks would be in the area if thousand trails staff hadn’t sprayed.

New Pans: Kevin and I are trying the new copper pans from Walmart. He bought a flat pan for cooking grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs, bacon and using on his bbq outside.  I bought a 9.5-inch pan for cooking veggies and heating chicken for fajitas. The copper pans are working out so far, only time will tell how sturdy they are.

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Plenty of open camping sites here but not many big rig sites

Walking: Kevin and I entered the Goal Day 2017 for Fitbit. Our Fitbit goal is 10,000 steps or 4 miles today. I’ve changed my Fitbit strategy. We saw two American Robins on our walk this morning. Kevin and I both reached our Daily Fitbit Goal today.

Happy RVing!

Next, Camping at Natchez Thousand Trails in Tennessee.

 Bird Spotting

  • American Robin
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Blue-grey Gnatcatcher  (new life lister)
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker (new life lister)

Camping at our Elks Lodge

Camping at our Elks Lodge in Texas

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This is our camping site at the Grapevine Elks Lodge. We pay $20.00 a night. We have electric & water hook-ups and plenty of social opportunities. The lodge has a drawing & meal on Wednesday nights.  Thursday nights is Karaoke nights @ 7. Friday night is a nice dinner & dancing.

Kevin and I attended the Wednesday night meal. It was chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta, 2 different salads, and 2 different desserts. The volunteers were friendly and helpful.  I’m happy to be part of this lodge.

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Grapevine Elks Lodge #2483

Lodge #2483 began in 1971 in Hurst, Texas. Kevin and I were given a tour of the lodge when we joined. The kitchen area looks clean and efficient. The dance floor looks like fun. A new outside area was recently added. It looks like a good place to relax with a drink or meal outside.

Members Only Park

This is the members-only park we have access to. Joey (our yorkie) likes to sniff at everything in the park. lol

If the weather is nice Kevin found a few places we could go on our morning walk up the street. I’m involved in several Fitbit challenges this week. I love it! It keeps me accountable. My daily goal is 10,000 steps a day.

Overall, the Grapevine Elks Lodge is a great place to join the elks. The location is near the Globe Life Park in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play baseball. The lodge is military veteran friendly. Kevin and I both served in the Army. The members are friendly. Whenever we enter the lodge a member takes a moment to talk. I’m very happy with our membership here.

Happy RVing!

Visting Livingston Texas

While camping at Lake Conroe Thousand Trails in Texas.

Kevin and I visited Livingston, Texas its about 1 hour from Lake Conroe Thousand Trails. We saw the Escapee RV Club Headquarters. The staff let us see our mail box and gave us a tour of the mail processing area.

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We also filled out paperwork for a library card at the Livingston Library. We can check out ebooks from the library while we travel.

Exercise: I’m still loving my Fitbit. My goal is 10,000 steps most days.

Happy RVing!

Medina Lake Thousand Trails in Texas

While camping at Medina Lake Thousand Trails in Texas

I saw so many deer at this park. The deer walked into our campsite several times.

 

Site Seeing: We saw the Alamo and the River Walk in San Antonio Texas. Kevin and I walked the whole river walk loop then had lunch.

Birding: We added the Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal and Black-crested Titmouse. We also added Egyptian Geese to our bird list. There are two of them here at the park.

Exercise: We’re walking 2-3 miles a day at Medina Thousand Trails.

Happy RVing!

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Movie, Walking and Birding

Camping at Wilderness Lakes Thousand trails in Menifee, California.

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Movie- We saw A Dog’s Purpose this week. I cried at this movie. If your an animal lover you will like this movie.

Walking- I’ve been using my Fitbit everyday. My goal to make 10,000 steps a day or more. I reach my goal most days but its a challenge. The Fitbit is a great walking tool for me. The challenges with others have been motivating me to do better.

Birding- On our walks, we’ve seen a Red-tailed hawk, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Canadian Geese, American Coots and Great-tailed Grackle.

Happy RVing!

Maintenance, Walking and Birding

 

Camping-Kevin and I are back at Wilderness Lakes Thousand Trails. We had a tough time finding a good camping spot. Finally, a friendly camper offered us his spot. We waiting 2 hours for him to leave. It was his first camping trip. It was worth the wait. The spot has afternoon shade, its clean and friendly neighbors. Also, the view is a nice slice of the sky.

Maintenance– We brought the rv into Temecula Valley RV to put new brake pads on. Also, the sumo springs came loose so we had those fixed too. The work was done quickly but our appointment was early in the morning so we spent the night in there overnight spot. Its not a bad place for a free overnight stay.

Walking– I’ve been trying to walk 10,000 steps a day. Its a challenge but its working for me. Kevin walks with me so that help.

Birding- On our walks we saw a Red-tailed Hawk, California Towhee, House Finch, House Sparrow  and White-crowed Sparrow.

Happy RVing!