Leslie Kozinski

Joined April 2017
  • Day151

    ... in Desert Hot Springs

    November 18, 2017 in the United States

    As I've said, I'm not very good at keeping up with my e-journal. It's been a few months since my last entry. Sorry.....but, it's time to get caught up. After leaving Lake Simtustis we headed to Silver Falls State Park to report for our volunteer duties. Once settled in we met our volunteer ranger who turned out to be an absolute wonderful surprise. Carlie had recently started as Silver Falls as the Host Coordinator Ranger earlier that spring. We simply love her! Our accommodations were a private camping loop reserved for the volunteer hosts and not in the camp ground along with "regular" campers :). Another wonderful surprised that turned out to be. Our duties included, for Chad; day use clean-up, wood working projects and anything else that popped up. For me, I was in the main lodge 2 days a week dispensing information, 2 days a week at trail heads and once a week working on a project re-creating the safety data sheets for the maintenance yard. We met some wonderful fellow volunteers and made new friends. Most we will see again next summer when we return to Silver Falls.

    We left Silver Falls the last week of September and headed for Junction City for some repairs and maintenance on the moho. After spending a week in their parking lot we were ready to move on. The nice thing is it gave us the time to make arrangements for the closing on Mom's house and the estate sale. From JC we went back to Lake Simtustis to meet up with Randy & Debbie Giltz, Dean & Lesa Tabert and Jim & Kathy Vilendre to celebrate Oktoberfest. What a wonderful time, we wish only that we could have spent more time with our friends.

    On to Portland for 3 days to go see doctors, dentists, vets, blah, blah, blah. What a crummy way to spend precious time. By mid-October we were on our way back to Springfield to spend a few days with mom before heading south for our current destination. As you can imagine it was hard to leave mom as I won't see here again until I fly home to spend her 98th birthday with her and the rest of my family in February.

    It took 4 days to travel to our current location here in the Palm Springs area, stopping in Grants Pass to spend an evening with my niece and her family.

    We've spent the past few weeks getting to know the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area as well as getting to know several folks here at the park, learning pickleball, bocce ball, playing cards, and Chad has plugged into the music community here. There is absolutely no excuse for boredom as there are activities galore. I want to try my hand at wood carving and some cornhole. I tried the water volleyball but at the risk of sounding pretentious it hardly resembled the volleyball I know and love. Oh well.

    That’s all for now, I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.
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  • Day1

    Lake Simtustis

    June 21, 2017 in the United States

    Month #1 of retirement. We can hardly believe it's reality. I don't think we could have chosen a better place to decompress. No cell coverage nor WiFi. Yes, it comes with some inconveniences but there are far more pros than cons.
    We've spent days fishing, going on excursions such as Smith Rock, the Metolius, Sisters, Redmond, ate some fabulous food, drank scrumptious drinks, spent wonderful hours with friends like the Giltz's, the Vilendre's, and unexpectedly former neighbor s the Bertch's (not certain I spelled that correctly). And we made several new friends which is one one the very best things about this lifestyle.
    We had a fishing derby, boys against the ladies and as hard as it s for me to admit defeat but, I must. They simply out fished us. Until next year you dastardly boys. We will recover the coveted golden trout from your hands.

    Sorry, work friends but I really don't miss the grind AT ALL! I miss you but not work.

    We leave on the 30th of June for our next stop which is Silver Creek State Park where we will be camp hosts until September the 15th.
    More to come.
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  • Day1

    Crabby fest!

    May 1, 2017 in the United States

    Took a break from the work scene and we went to the Astoria Crab Seafood and Wine fest. We stayed at Ft. Stevens State Park arriving on Wednesday. On the way we had a bit of work done on our AV system in Woodland WA. While we waited we took the opportunity to check out the new casino in La Center, the Ilani. It's huge! We aren't really gamblers but it's always fun to see the glitz. Boy did they provide. It was only day 2 of opening and there were lines everywhere. At 10am no less. Literally thousands of people. We took a look around then made a quick exit. On to Astoria!

    Once settled in our site we did some exploring in Astoria, hitting the Bow Picker for some great tuna and chips, YUUUUMMMM! The weather broke and we got some sunshine and warm sun in the afternoons for a few days. We made the best of it by checking out the clatsop spit, the fort, and several miles of walking and biking with and without the pups.

    Saturday morning we headed for the festival. What can i say. We met with our good friends the Giltz's and spent a great day sampling all sorts of food and libations. What another great day! Back to the Moho for some rest and recovery. Sunday we met again with the Giltz's and our other wonderful friends the Vilandres. More food! Jim made some of the best seafood chowder that have ever passed over these tastebuds. Thanks Jim!

    Monday - ugh! Return to Troutdale and back to work....for now.
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  • Day1

    Troutdale/Sandy River

    April 18, 2017 in the United States

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