Root Canal and Crater Lake

Root Canal and Crater Lake

During our weekend in the Painted Hills of Oregon, Deke came down with a toothache, which gradually lead to us detouring to Bend, in search of a dentist. We called up Rhonda from airstreaming.net and asked for a referral on a dentist and a campground in the area and after explaining our predicament, she graciously offered her driveway (seriously, Airstreamers are the best).

Deke went in Monday for a root canal and after convalescing in Bend for another day (where we also hit the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin which was amazing),

My drink tasted like beets. Which I LOVED.

My drink tasted like beets. Which I LOVED.

we hit the road to Crater Lake. We didn’t intend to see this beauty, but we were so close!

After heading south for about 2 hours, we turned into the park and were kind of stunned at how much snow was on the ground. Yes, we knew the elevation was high, but it’s the end of June! There were patches of snow around the fields and mountainsides which gave way to feet of snow lining the sides of the road as we got higher.

Snow, snow, SNOW!

Snow, snow, SNOW!

Then we hit The Lake. Fortunately on a Tuesday morning there were very few people around, so we could slide right over into one of the lookouts —

Nobody coming.

Nobody coming.

We stayed at the Mazama Village Campground on the southern end of the park, and again, maybe it was because it was Tuesday, but the places was less than half full. We drove around several of the loops and really had our pick of what spot we wanted — we finally chose a nice spot in the B loop that looked out over a ravine. For $29, this might be the nicest spot we’ve ever stayed in the US so far. It was HUGE.

Just two chairs and a fire pit. Over looking a really deep ravine.

Just two chairs and a fire pit. Over looking a really deep ravine.

The pull through drive was big enough for two 27’ Airstreams and two tow vehicles and the fire pit, picnic table and the general yard were enormous. The rest rooms were clean and numerous, but you had to pay for showers at the general store/gift shop/restaurant/laundromat.

I told you the site was big.

I told you the site was big.

We unhitched and headed to the Rim where the Lodge is and took a walk around and some photos —

Crater. Lake.

Crater. Lake.

We would definitely stay at the park again — it was a perfect campsite!

Walton Lake, Oregon

Walton Lake, Oregon

Our first full day on the road to North Carolina ended at Walton Lake, OR — a beautiful camping spot in the Ochoco National Forest a few hours northeast of Bend. Last week we realized we could squeeze one more trip with Laura and Kevin in before we left, so everyone packed up and headed to the lake.

That's Laura and Kevin up there.

That’s Laura and Kevin up there.

We affectionately referred to this as the “Bonus Visit” since we thought our last time seeing them was the RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME plane ride they took us on last week.

Those are the San Juans out there.

Those are the San Juans out there.

The highlight of the weekend was seeing the Painted Hills outside the town of Mitchell. The hills are gorgeous — bright and deep colors of red and black and gold. Just beautiful.

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The hills are definitely painted.

 

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Canyon view from the lookout area.

Kevin and Laura strolling along the path.

Kevin and Laura strolling along the path.

Freaky little boardwalk through some of the hills.

Freaky little boardwalk through some of the hills.

Enough said.

Enough said.

 

The town of Mitchell is a bizarre little place we first learned about from the Malimish Crew who stopped there just  a few weeks ago.

Welcome to Mitchell. Population about 100.

Welcome to Mitchell. Population about 100.

It’s about 3 blocks long and includes a gas station, a bar, a diner, 3 town park RV spots and Judy’s Place, where I bought a pair of salt and pepper shakers for $2. You can read more about it here.

Food truck? Im not sure.

Food truck? Im not sure.

During this weekend-o-fun, Deke developed a bit of a toothache that escalated into the need to find a dentist, so with the help of Rhonda from ‘Streaming, we high-tailed it to Bend, Oregon for some convalescence.

 

Goodbye Whidbey Island!

Goodbye Whidbey Island!

We left Whidbey Island a few days ago with our sails set for North Carolina.

Getting off the ferry for the last time (until we come back, of course.)

Getting off the ferry for the last time (until we come back, of course.)

It all happened so fast – at the end of May, a friend emailed me about a job at Epic Games in Cary, NC.  I went out for an interview, got the job, and gave my notice at Microsoft within a week. Now we’re sleeping at the KOA in Ellensberg, WA, night 1 of our cross country adventure to NC, and my trip back home.

The Ellensburg KOA may not be much to look at, but around 10pm, their giant red sign was a welcome sight.

The Ellensburg KOA may not be much to look at, but around 10pm, their giant red sign was a welcome sight.

Among the pros for me (aside from the job) is the opportunity to reconnect with the friends and family I left in NC over 10 years ago. Tiff also has family on the East Coast so visits will be much easier. But with this pro comes a major con –we had to leave our friends, old and new, in Seattle and the Island!

It was sad to leave Janae and Kelly at Turnco Wood Goods, the $7 movies at The Clyde theater, and the of course, the beach.

Possibly the best off-leash dog beach in Washington.

Possibly the best off-leash dog beach in Washington.

Thanks to everyone who made our time on this little island truly memorable.

Ike Kinswa State Park

Ike Kinswa State Park

We couldn’t have asked for a better kick-off to the camping season than this past weekend at Ike Kinswa State Park! 

Ike Kinswa State Park

The Hardersen’s invited us and Laura and Kevin to join their family (5 all together in two Airstreams, but more on that later), and since it’s about halfway between Portland and Seattle, it was a perfect location for all of us to meet up.

The park sits out in the water, so it’s easy to get to the lake from any spot to get out the kayak or to launch whatever copter Kevin has brought along.

Deke and Kevin at Ike Kinswa State Park

The park is shaded —

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and as we walked around, we didn’t really see any bad spots —

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And there are enough trees to hang a hammock.

Ike Kinswa State Park

Big props to Deke for keeping the fire going for over 12 hours as well–

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Besides getting to spend the weekend with friends, we also got to see our first Airstream — the 22′ International. Kyle was looking for a 22′ and after some searching he found one in Canada. Kathy sent me the listing for it and low and behold, it was our old one (it still has the WBCCI numbers on it). It was awesome to see it again!

Little Weaz

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Total Trip Time: 3 Nights

Time on the Road: 6 hours

Roundtrip Distance Traveled: 232.8 miles

Gas Used: 24.8 gallons

Avg MPG: 9.4

 

 

Jantzen Beach RV Park, Portland

Jantzen Beach RV Park, Portland

We spent Christmas in Portland this year with Kevin and Laura (in their actual house, not their Airstream) and stayed at the conveniently located Jantzen Beach RV Park. Location-wise you can’t beat it, but it’s a tight, crowded park right under the landing path of the airport — you get the idea.  It shares a location with a mobile home park but there’s a large Target, Petsmart, Home Depot and a few other places within walking distance — again, the convenience factor can’t be beat.

Jantzen RV Park

Unfortunately I deleted a lot of the photos I took by accident…but here’s the most amazing display of holiday decorations I’ve ever seen at an RV park…

Jantzen RV Park

We stayed in spot #925 which was along the outside edge and had a grassy spot out back (great for Lucy).  If you need a little more green, I’d definitely recommend the back row — our neighbor had a pretty nice spot too.

Jantzen RV Park