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Camping at Sun River

We made it to Sun River

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We made the best of our weekend in Seven Feathers swimming at the pool, taking walks along the stream behind our RV and walking down to the casino store to buy ice cream. The playground wasn’t much to write about and we didn’t spend much time there. Emilio was so anxious to get to Fynn but he did well with our stop.

On Monday morning we got a call, the shop found that a fuse had gone out and the truck was ready to go. We couldn’t believe it, such a simple fix.
Clayton and Jen left Lost Lake that morning as there were no hookups. Their fridge had lost power when the battery went out, they ran out of water and needed showers badly. We all drove straight to Sun River.

Sun River is a resort town and we camped close by at a private RV park, Thousand Trails. The RV park has a pool, kayaks to rent for the river and games for kids. Sun River has a small amusement park with bumper cars, jump houses, miniature golf and a climbing wall.

For 2 days, Tues and Wed it was just Dale, Emilio and I along with Clayton’s family with Zoey, Fynn and twins. We took the kids to Sun River 1 day where kids did lots of jumping, drove bumper cars and then made a stop for ice cream. Back at the RV park the kids would swim in the pool and try to catch frogs at the river. One day Clayton rented a kayak and he and kids took turns paddling and catching frogs.
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Bekki arrived on Thursday with two more grandkids, we went to Bend and spent time at the river there. The playground was large and gave the kids lots of options. The walk to the river was beautiful and made for some photo opportunities.

Fynn and Emilio have never spent much time together but they got along so well, like the best of old friends. But it was also good for Emilio to have his other cousins to himself before the rest of his siblings arrived.
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The week went by quickly and on Saturday morning we had to say goodbye. On to the next adventure.

Posted by Miss Chris 21:10 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip travel oregon camping living rv family_travel rv_travel grandkids_trip rv_adventures 2007_gmc_sierra 2007_gmc_2500 sun_river Comments (0)

Not the Way to Start a Trip

Right away we had a breakdown

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Having worked all winter and spring we made plans for a trip with the Jag and an elaborate plan for grandkids trips. Note the plural!

We had a great plan to include a trip with our 6-year old grandsons to the Oregon coast and 1 for the 10 and 9-year-old granddaughters to Yellowstone National Park. Our 12 and 10-year-old grandsons would be busy this summer with swimming and a visit to their mom’s so we would need to figure out another trip for them at a later date. We even had a little trip planned for our 4-year old grandson to San Francisco.
Our plan was to drive to Northern California and pick up 1 grandson, Emilio, then drive to Oregon City and pick up the 2nd one, Fynn. We’d take them to a Safari Park and a beach day.

We would then drive to Lost Lake and meet our youngest son and family. From Lost Lake, we’d all go to Sun River for a week. Our oldest son’s family would also meet up with us in Sun River and from there we would take our youngest grandson, Jasper to San Francisco for a 2-day stay.
It worked out that Emilio came to our house prior to our departure so we headed straight to Oregon City. We spent the night before Oregon City at a rest stop and figured we be at our youngest son’s house by 1 pm. Fynn was ready to go and couldn’t wait for us to arrive and Emilio could hardly wait to pick up Fynn.
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About 10 am we stopped for fuel at Seven Feathers in Oregon, a place we normally stop. Unfortunately, when we started to get back on the highway, the truck wouldn’t shift out of 1st gear. Mind you, this was a Friday.

We got off the highway and stopped so that Dale could check everything out. Some local guys came by and suggested that we go to an auto shop just down the road. The mechanic tested the car and it pointed to the transmission control module. He suggested that we drive the truck back to the Seven Feathers Campground, unload the 5th wheel and bring the truck back. He said it would take about 1 week if the transmission had to be sent out. UGH!
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We drove to the Seven Rivers Rest Stop and called AAA who gave us the names and phone numbers of the approved mechanics in the next town, Roseburg. We called the shops and one told us to call the AMCO shop, that he sent his employees’ there for training. We appreciated his honesty. The AMCO shop said to have the truck towed there, he would order a control module and start on it Monday.

We soon also realized that we needed a place to have the RV towed. AAA said to have it towed to wherever we and it would be safe. I started calling RV parks and my daughter-in-law was calling them as well. There were no spaces at any parks in Roseburg. I then called Seven Feathers, right next to us and after working on a site for several minutes they found one. We could stay for the week if we had to.

In the meantime, while all these phone calls were taking place, a lady who had parked beside us took matters into her own hands. She couldn’t get her mirrors to work so we showed her the button to set them and mentioned that our truck was not shifting. She then pointed at our truck and commanded Jesus to fix our truck. We started the truck as per our mechanic at home to see if resting had helped and the lady was so happy as she was sure that she’d healed our truck. As resting didn’t help we went back to the rest stop and called to make verify with AAA to tow both the truck and trailer. The lady seeing us parked again and me on the phone, came over to our truck and laid her hands on the hood, then prayed. Oh, we of little faith, we didn’t even bother to talk with her, we only laughed. We wondered why she needed our help to get her mirrors working.

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The truck was towed to Roseville and the RV was towed into the RV park next to us and poor Fynn and Emilio were not happy.

Posted by Miss Chris 16:09 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip travel oregon camping living rv family_travel rv_travel vehicle_breakdowns grandkids_trip rv_adventures 2007_gmc_sierra 2007_gmc_2500 Comments (0)

Sharing London With Good Friends

Meeting up with good friends on our last day in London

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Our last day in London was going to be busy, we were meeting our friends Jocke and Eva Alspund from Sweden. Jocke and our daughter-in-law-Bekki are cousins. I’ve written about them before, we met on Facebook, then in Finland 2 years ago and then in London last year. We have enjoyed meeting up with them although when they were in California, we were in Toronto so we missed having them over.

Jocke and Eva were not due in until about 3 so we had some time. In the morning we packed most everything up so we wouldn’t need to spend time on that as we knew it would be a late night. We’d planned to do the Jack the Ripper walk then eat dinner at the Swan at the Globe Theater at 10 pm.
Dale and I went walking to the Globe looking for last minute presents then over to the Borough market for a meal to split. We found books for ourselves and our favorite Ethiopian food at the market. I also found some gluten free mince tarts.

We met Jocke and Eva in the lobby of the hotel and as we were all a bit hungry decided that we’d go to the Christmas market to buy some glogg and Raclette over potatoes, another favorite. We sat and ate and talked. The weather was getting worse but we had over an hour to spare before the walk so we headed up to Oxford Street to see the Christmas lights.
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When we got to Oxford Street, Eva’s rain jacket had soaked thru in places and we were all cold. We ducked into a store and headed for the café. Most of the large stores have cafes. We sat down with coffee and revised our plans. Forget the walk, have dinner earlier then go to one of our rooms and have some cake and wine, and for me either tart or cake from Harrods.

I called the Swan and moved our reservation to 8 pm, then we got started on the walk to the Swan. We did stop for some presents at one other store then rushed to the Swan making it a few minutes late but they still had our table.

The Swan is a wonderful restaurant overlooking the River Thames and on to St. Pauls. It is a favorite but since it is a little pricey we can’t eat there every day. But the 4 of us had a great visit and had great food.
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More visiting in Jocke and Eva’s room with wine and cakes. We discussed our future travel plans, but they will not be able to make it to London next year, so we will try to make it to Sweden. Jocke told us about a castle that we’d love that they really like and that we should visit. We also made some tentative plans to meet in Canada, on a road trip that we have all independently wanted to make, all the way to St. Johns.

There is always something in the works!

We woke up early for a change, had breakfast and said goodbye to Jocke, Eva and London. Until next year!
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Posted by Miss Chris 08:16 Archived in England Tagged london walking travel international_travel swan_at_the_globe Comments (0)

The London Eye and Westminster Abbey

First a ride on the London Eye and then a tour and Evensong at Westminster Abbey

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Finally, a free day in England.

We’d planned to go to Stonehenge and Avebury today. I wanted to see both sites but without a car, we needed to take a tour. A tour would have been fine except that strong winds and flooding rains were predicted for today. We opted to skip the sites one more time and hopefully will see them next year.

We decided to go to Westminster Abbey and to get there we must walk along the river to the Westminster Bridge. As we got to the London Eye we saw that there was no line. We decided to take a ride before continuing to the Abbey especially since the sky had cleared up some.

Wow, what an amazing ride. The cars do not stop except for handicap persons, otherwise, it is a continuous, slow ride. We couldn’t see the tower but could identify where Buckingham Palace was located and of course, many areas where we have walked every day.
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After the ride, we went on to Westminster Abbey for a tour. We signed up for the 2 pm tour, taking the audio tour in the interim. We got to see some of the Abbey while we waited.

Unfortunately, there are no photos allowed in the Abbey so one must rely on the website or books. But the abbey is an amazing place. As death masks were made of many people buried there, the sculptures are quite realistic. If you are going to the Abbey, I’d really recommend that you take the guided tour. You get into places that you wouldn’t otherwise.

After the tour, it was already nearly 4 pm. We wanted to eat something small in the Café but it was closed so we went to the cloisters and had bananas and trail mix that we’d brought. It was really cold and raining in the garden outside of the cloisters but as they are from the year 1,000 or so, it was such a historic place to sit. We ate then went into the Nave to wait to be seated for evensong.
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A large crowd gathered behind us but we’d been told to wait there and we’d be seated first. Well, we were not seated first as the crowd was from a school. We were told to go and wait off to the side. We waited until all of the people invited from the school had been seated. We couldn’t see where they were seated as we were on the front side of a medieval screen. Once we were let in we were pleasantly surprised as we and a few others in our group were let into the unoccupied bishop chairs, by the choir, while the members of the school group were seated outside of the choir area.

We’d heard that the full Westminster choir would be singing and they were. Boys from 9-11 and older people to fill out the harmony. The organ was right above us. It was a really nice way to spend a cold evening.

We stopped at the Christmas market for our glogg and another round of steak and fries and lamb and fries. We went into a nearby building with tables set up to sit and eat and drink when we saw a young couple with a young child looking for a table. As ours would seat 4 we told them to sit at our table. Turns out they were from Saudi Arabia.

We have never met anyone from that country so it was great to get to talk to them. We didn’t ask political questions as there are too many issues today but we discussed things that were important to them as a person, their child, and what they were doing in London.

After eating we went back to the hotel, full of food, glogg and adventure.

Posted by Miss Chris 13:59 Archived in England Tagged london london_eye walking travel westminister_abbey international_travel Comments (0)

One More Performance, Les Mis

Shopping at Hamleys and then Les Miserables at the Queens Theater

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We had a few stops to make today before this evenings performance.
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I had to get to a camera shop. Just before we left home I found that my lens cover was missing. It had been getting loose and falling off when bumped so it was likely on the ground somewhere. We couldn’t find one at home so thought we’d wait until London. In the meantime, I’d been taking off the clear protective lens, shooting photos then putting that lens back on. Then I found that the last time I’d put the clear lens onto the polarizer lens I’d jammed it so that the 2 were stuck together. Each Dale and I tried to separate them but to no avail.

We found a camera shop close to other places we were heading. I showed the person behind the counter my poor stuck lenses but he could not separate them either. He suggested that it would likely be cheaper to buy a new polarizer and clear lenses rather than try to have them separated. Alas. They did have a lens cover that fit my camera, I put the stuck together lens in our backpack, put the cover on and we went on our way. It was cloudy anyway so the polarizer lens wasn’t going to help.

We popped into an Irish pub and had some dinner before heading on to Hamley’s, a 5-story toy store. There we so many things our grandkids would like but we only wanted to buy some small items, as luggage space would be at a premium plus, everything the big kids would like was pricy and we could likely buy the same items at home. But it was fun, there were things that even we would like to play with.
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We stopped once more at Selfridges to see about other gloves for me but they didn’t have what I wanted. We took another look around, shot a couple more photos then went off to our next and last performance, Les Miserables at the Queens Theater.

The Queens Theater was within walking distance and an enjoyable walk as the Christmas decorations were lighting the way.

We got to the Queens Theater in plenty of time. I’d brought my heels along but then was too lazy to change shoes. So there I was dressed up with trail runners on. I didn’t look to see if anyone cared because I didn’t.
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I was hoping that Dale would enjoy Les Miserables. I’d only seen it on a PBS special. I’d donated money and gotten the DVD but never watched it. Dale had only heard the music that I’d play when it would pop up on Facebook.

I thought our seats were nosebleed, but because we were only 2 rows back, the entire stage was visible as was the orchestra pit. The music was wonderful in person and both of us were so moved. The story is timeless, it’s the same old issues even today; ill-conceived wars, love, life, and death. Hopefully, we will get to see it again next year. But we will try to read the book before then.

We walked back to the hotel, stopping for glogg and sipping it as we walked.

Posted by Miss Chris 08:33 Archived in England Tagged london walking travel les_miserables international_travel queens_theater Comments (0)

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