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Oregon In the Springtime

Back to Oregon, work and play


We’ve been to the Oregon Coast before, but it was years ago, when we took Dale’s parents to a family reunion in Coos bay. We haven’t been back even though it was quite beautiful.

Our daughter-in-law, Jen decided that they would camp at South Coast for a weekend. She invited our other 2 boys and Dale and I and we decided to make a trip of it.

We thought that we’d go to Jen and Clayton’s on Wed, then help them with chores, kids and cooking. Then, on Friday, we’d go on to the coast where we’d camp with the kids. On Sunday, we’d leave the campground and head on over to Ft Bidwell to help out Christabel with her café.

First, we had a long, really long, day’s drive. We made it to a campground near Oregon City by 9pm where we camped overnight. Then off to Clayton/Jen’s by 7am Wed morning.

For the next 2 days, we babysat, did chores, cooked and watched our granddaughter on her horse.
Then on Friday, to get the kids out of the house so Jen could pack their RV, we took the 2 kids to a park we’d not been to, the Mary S. Young State Park.

The park has a playing field, a dog park and trails to hike. Dogs are welcome on the trails too. The trails are mostly dirt, but there is a paved walkway as well.
We took snacks and stopped along a spot where we could see the river. Kids ran, Twinkle ran, and we did our best to keep up. This was a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:15 Archived in USA Tagged walking travel oregon death_valley outdoors grandkids grandkids_travel death_valley_national_park mary_s_young_state _park Comments (0)

Last Trip into Death Valley

One more trip into Death Valley. This time with grandkids, to pick up our RV


The plan was to return to Death Valley, with our daughter-in-law and grandkids in tow, look at wildflowers and then tow our RV back home.

We finally picked up our truck and returned to Death Valley on Tuesday. It was dark, kids ran amuck while we made dinner. The kids found a dark place to view the sky and we walked out, unaided by flashlights, to star gaze.

I woke up early, wanting to have clearer skies. The sun was just coming up and the sky was a brilliant red. We woke up kids and drove out to the wildflowers. It had only been 2 days but already there were less flowers.

Kids ran all over, finding flowers and rocks while we cooked breakfast. This time, breakfast was a bit more challenging as we’d forgotten our camp stove. We remembered that we had our smaller bbq in the back of the truck so hauled it out and into the field of flowers. We did find that we could make breakfast over the bbq, but then my dad used the BBQ when we went camping. Of course, we had to have a little Champagne with OJ.

From breakfast, we drove down to the Artist Drive. We wanted for kids and Christine to see the beautiful colors. We stopped at several places where kids could run and we could all hike.

We had toyed with the idea of stopping at the Visitor Center so kids could earn their Jr. Ranger badges. As we got closer to Furnace Creek the water temp on the truck went sky high. We were so over this!

Fortunately, we coasted into the Furnace Creek area with a gas station and a mechanic was on duty. Dale stayed with the truck while Christine (our daughter-in-law) and 3 grandkids went off to the Visitor’s Center.

We picked up the Jr. Ranger booklets and visited the Visitor Center, learning about people who lived in the area and how they lived. We then sat down and completed the booklets. Each kid earned their Jr. Ranger badge, took their oath and proudly wore their badge.

In the meantime, the mechanic found that a little ring had been left off, or it fell off when our cracked water
hose was changed. Fortunately, the mechanic replaced the piece and we were on our way.
We had an action packed 2 days and were off back home.

Posted by Miss Chris 18:37 Archived in USA Tagged nature walking landscape death_valley outdoors wildflowers grandkids champagne grandkids_travel death_valley_national_park Comments (0)

Champagne Brunch in the Superbloom

Enjoying the superbloom in Death Valley

overcast 89 °F

So we have been to Death Valley for trip #2. This was to salvage the day to shoot photos and have a champagne breakfast among the wildflowers.
For those who are unfamiliar with Death Valley and its affairs, this year is the wildflower “Superbloom”.
http://www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/wildflower-update-2016.htm We saw wildflowers several years ago, but, wanted to see the more spectacular show.

We got to Death Valley by 8pm Sat night, and found our rv in order, fridge cold, everything waiting for us. We arrived in time to prepare a dinner of sausages, Brussel sprouts and salad. The campground host came by to make sure it was Dale and I in the RV.

This morning we woke up early, before 6am. The sun was coming up over the mountains to the east. We quickly packed up our champagne, eggs, potatoes, Canadian bacon, and things to cook with. We packed all of that plus our picnic basket and picnic backpack into the truck and too off for the Badwater area.

Furnace Creek is east of Stovepipe Wells and Badwater is beyond that, about a 40 minute drive from Stovepipe. And, by the way, there is cell service around Furnace Creek. Enough service to post a photo or 2 on facebook.

We drove past Badwater, and sure enough, found huge fields of wildflowers. We found 6 different types of flowers. The hills were full of bright yellow flowers but many of the smaller flowers were in the washes. IMG_20160228_080353157.jpg
We set up our table, poured champagne and toasted. This was exactly where we’d hoped to be.
Now we will return home to get our truck fixed. We will then return once more to Death Valley to pick up our RV. Hopefully, we can bring some grandkids along for this final trip.

Posted by Miss Chris 18:11 Archived in USA Tagged nature walking death_valley national_park outdoors wildflowers champagne champagne_brunch death_valley_national_park superbloom Comments (0)

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