June 2019
  • Day11

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    June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    Picked this National Forest camping spot about 30 minutes from Yellowstone. Have a mule deer as our neighbor.

    We had a pretty relaxed afternoon at this campsite. No amenities at all and quite a few people camping nearby but not so close they would bother us. Sadly another bag of trash was picked up by me from people trying to burn plastic and leaving their food wrappings all over. Don't people realize that calls bears to the campsite?

    Took a little hike down the NF road. Saw a few more mule deer but Redd was getting nervous because it was starting to look like it was going to snow. We had heard a radio report out of Boise that it was projected to snow that night, but I thought, "How can this be true? The temps are in the 40s". I guess that air temp doesn't matter when you live in high elevation.

    Redd cooked the most delicious dinner on the Blackstone griddle of french green beans and chicken breasts. We had just finished cleaning up when it began to snow. Big, thick, wet flakes of snow. I think it snowed for about an hour. Even stayed on the ground for a while.

    It really was so cold that night. I ended up sleeping in my coat and adding a blanket to the bed. I felt sorry for Chico and let him sleep with us in the bed that night.
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  • Day11

    Idaho, yet another never ending state

    June 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    It's very pretty up here. Very agricultural, some feed lots 💩, and that's about it. We've seen plenty of massacre memorial sites. I'm so bored, we've taken to recreating the massacre in dialogue lol.

  • Day10

    Spring Campground

    June 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    Since our spur of the moment change of plans required a new campground on our new route, I had to scour all my camping apps to find something good. This campsite is only 5 miles off of I-84 but the paved road is sliding into the Snake River. I don't really want to be Evil Kenevil and jump the river but I might have to.

    We switched back to the mountain time zone about 5 minutes before the exit so it was about 8:30pm when we pulled in. It's a developed campground on BLM land. It has a pit toilet that is really clean, water at the site, a picnic table, and fire pit. All for only $5.00. Plus I had internet for a while.

    Speaking of having internet, I was able to secure a reservation at Canyon Campground in Yellowstone for Friday night. I have no idea how this happened. It's a Friday, in the summer, in YSNP. It was meant to be! Maybe because it's still cold? This morning's temp in Canyon was 31. Good thing we stopped at walmart and bought redd some pants...some skinny pants, I might add. 4 sizes down and slim fit. 😁.

    Idaho tomorrow to a campsite about an hour from the West Gate of Yellowstone.
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  • Day10

    Traveling again

    June 19, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 61 °F

    Decided to leave the OR coast a few days early and skirt Mt. Hood enroute to....YELLOWSTONE! We felt like since were going to Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands, it didn't make sense not to at least drive thru YSNP.

    So over IPAs and cranberry/pineapple cider last night, we readjusted our travel route. Thankfully there was some free wifi to take care of business as not only were we travel planning, we were also getting an ac repairman arranged for today. Of course our old ass AC would go out when were on vacation. Stupid home ownership lol. Shout out to my dad who went and met the guys to make the repairs!
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  • Day9

    Bandon, Oregon

    June 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    Staying at Bullards Beach tonight. We have a late check in,, so why not eat Dungeness crab and tour the town.

    Tony's Crab Shack has it going on. You walk up to the counter and order. Then you try to find a place to sit. Luckily we snagged a table in the sun. The wind was blowing, but the table was protected behind another counter.

    After lunch we walked around, did some souvenir shopping, stopped into a rum distillery for some tastings and just looked around. Cute little fishing village.

    Most ironic thing? The hot sauce of Tony's is Slap Yo Mama made in Ville Platte lol.

    We took the dogs down to the beach where we got sand blasted due to high winds. Redd went into a cave that would be filled during high tide. Saw some star fish and sea anemones in the tidal pools.

    Checked into Bullards Beach campground in the early afternoon. This is a pretty big campground. I'm talking 100s of spaces. They do have free showers, but you only get 90 seconds at a time to soap up. You have to keep pressing a button to make the water come out.
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  • Day8

    Huntley City Park

    June 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 75 °F

    Originally we were supposed to stay at a free campsite called wild horse meadows. Huntley City Park was before the meadows so we turned in to see what it looked like. This campsite was directly on the Rogue River with sites on the river bank itself.

    It was only $15 so we decided to stay there instead. There were showers and a bathhouse plus picnic tables and fire rings. It was very quiet and we enjoyed our time there very much.

    We saw a pair of ospreys as they fished, we saw a bald Eagle, we saw an otter swimming in the river. It seemed to be inhabited by quite a bit of wildlife.

    Dinner was brisket burgers and a bagged salad. The next morning I made coffee, bacon, and scrambled eggs while Redd talked to our camping neighbor about their cross country trip from PA in a small car and a tent.
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  • Day8

    Time for laundry

    June 17, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

    Unfortunately, one of the realities of travel, especially long term travel, is you gotta do laundry.

    Laundromats are the best for quick laundry. The dryers are hot and the washers wash a cycle in 20 minutes. All the clothes are finished at the same time and there's a big table for folding.

    We shouldn't have to do laundry again until we get home.
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  • Day7

    Sites from Brookings, OR

    June 16, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 55 °F

    The coastline here is very rugged but beautiful. The beaches are so dog friendly AND people pick up after their dogs which may be why the beaches stay dog friendly.

    Tried to do a hyperlapse video of the sunset yesterday but a fog bank prevented the view of the set. I'll try again later. We watched the sunset from a pretty steep hike to Harris Butte. Our new motto for hard hikes is "Can a nigga get a switchback?" I like it better than last year's motto, "Embrace the suck".Read more