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Old 07-06-2013, 09:03 AM   #15
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Left Bryce yesterday after three great weeks. Nice to be in one spot for awhile and get to know a place. Camped last night up in the Nevada mountains outside the town of Austin along the lonliest road in America.

Before leaving Bryce my wife tried our best to clean out the burner on the fridge (worked really well on AC). And that seemed to make quite a bit of difference. Has been lit now for about 24 hours. Doesn't seem to be cooling quite as well as it was on AC but its hard to tell until we settle down again. Tonight we should make it to the Golden State Star Party for a couple of nights of stars.

Only other issue is that it seems to be that the trailer is weighing the car down a bit more than on our way out. I have redistributed some weight but that doesn't seem to help much. It does seem to tow fine. Maybe I'll start a thread over in the right place to ask if anyone does anything to beef up suspension on minivans...



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Old 07-06-2013, 02:58 PM   #16
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Cool What your problem may be

Don't forget that you are now at a mile + in elevation. That can affect your TV energy output.

I'm sort of disappointed that you won't be visiting Mt St Helens when you are so close in Portland.

Mt Rainier is also worthy of a visit, IMHO.

If you leave PDX to the east on I-80N, be sure to stop at Multnomah falls. 620' high.

Welcome to the great PNW.

Maybe you could spare a little time to see some of our wonders. See the advice I gave another FGRV'er:

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Old 07-06-2013, 04:17 PM   #17
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Don't forget that you are now at a mile + in elevation. That can affect your TV energy output.


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That's down a bit from the 8000 ft at Bryce and over 10,000 ft at Cedar Breaks. Nice to be up high during a heat wave.



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Old 07-06-2013, 04:32 PM   #18
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A we've traveled across the country we've been stopping at children's museums and science museums along the way. With our membership to the Boston museum of science we can get in to most for free. We happened upon the Nevada Discovery Center and it is the best we've seen. Very interactive, even a three story cloud to climb.
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:46 PM   #19
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Wow will be following your travels. We are headed west beginning aug 25 from Cornwall ,Ont. We are to pick up our new bigfoot there.
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I'd love to be able to tell people when was the best time to come visit Oregon. BUT, the last several years the weather has been totally weird and unpredictable.

We had August hot weather in June. BUT, June 2012... we were suffering January weather. We called the month... Junuary. Typically, August through mid-October are wonderful. Start off hot and ends with an Indian Summer. However, I don't count on anything anymore. It is, what it is. Just remember, there's a reason Oregon is green and prepare for any kind of weather and you'll be fine.

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Old 07-10-2013, 10:34 AM   #21
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Arrived in Portland last night after a couple of days at Crater Lake. Beautiful weather so far!
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:58 AM   #22
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So far in Portland we have been camping in my friend's driveway and enjoying all the comforts of not being on the road. Today we will jump on the train and head downtown. We plan on hitting Powell's Books and the science museum. Tomorrow the physics teacher conference that I am actually here for begins. While we're here we'd like to head for the coast and will stop by Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood. If anyone has other suggestions for 5 yo twin girls please let us know.

Also took a trip to Camping world for a new water pump and leveling jacks. Found that we can get them from amazon for about half the price.
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If you head out to the coast one of my fav spots is Nehalem Bay State park. Make sure you pick up a kite before heading out though.
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Cool Astoria

The Astoria bridge is pretty impressive.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:10 PM   #25
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Have arrived back in southern Utah after a nice stay in Portland, OR. Got to OMSI and Powell's books as well as the Oregon Zoo. My wife and kids went out to Tillamook and the coast while I was at the physics teachers meeting. On the way out of town we camped at Mt. Hood and spent some time at the timberline lodge. The drive through the gorge was easy and beautiful.

We stopped at the Idaho Discovery Center in Boise and it was a very pleasant surprise. Lots of great interactive activities and solid science. Much better than OMSI or the big ones in Denver or Columbus, OH.

My wife put the new water pump in the Scamp and it is amazing. Quiet, fast, efficient. The old pump had terribly noisy bearings and ran for so long I thought there must be a leak somewhere. Turns out the problem was the pump itself. Water system seems great now.

We did have a mishap with the wind pulling the (unstaked) awning up over the camper. The material ripped and one of the supports was bent. My wife says she can stitch it and we should be able to unbend the support.






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Is that snow or sand in the photo?
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Snow! Still skiing at Mt. Hood if anyone is interested.
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Is that snow or sand in the photo?
FYI The US Ski Team trains on Palmer Glacier on Mt Hood in the summer.
Palmer is NOT for the beginner.
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