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Old 07-26-2007, 10:19 PM   #15
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Paula, I knew about the former KOA that is now "Overflow" for the strip club after hours I never stayed there when it was the KOA, but it looked like it was OK at that time. Anyway, I wasn't talking about THAT campground.. Josephine county has a campground at Wolf Creek, just behind the Inn.

I am edging closer to my cabin. i am back at Caswel Memorial.. this time, they had space.. It's and OK campground.. the nice folks are still here, but other than that, it's your basic California State Park. I have on of the few spaces long enough for a trailer.. and my rig fills it from trailer bumper to Jeep grill.

I did a LONG haul today (For me with the dogs) and just don't care really, as long as it's quiet and safe. It could be OK i winter.. it has several sites with direct river access, and the river is cool.. but fast running. Neither I or the dogs went in.

I am so tired I didn't even fill my fresh tank.. too far to the bib and I just don't feel like bringing out the hoses. Tonites dinner was Top Ramen and pickles no dishes to wash!

It's HOT.. what can I say, it's central cal. it gets that way in July. It's buggy too. I am sequested in the trailer.. with excellent TV reception. Thank the stars!

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Old 07-26-2007, 10:37 PM   #16
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[quote]My site is on a ridge. The whole campground looks just like that.. a campground in the forest. There are a few pull thrus in the middle, the rest are back in and rustic, and VERY pleasant.

Here is the view from my front door.

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Wow. Gina, that is quite a nice site! Looks very serene.

I've been enjoying reading about your adventures

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Old 07-28-2007, 07:42 PM   #17
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It's almost over.. last nite, and I am in Bakersfield again, only this time in a non descript RV park in an Orange grove.. so I can do my laundry, clean the trailer up and be able to simply park it at home tomorrow and forget about it for awhile.

Last nite, I was in Hanford, and enjoyed the hospitality of Lisa M. I driveway camped. She cooked a fine fried chicken meal, and gave me a little tour of the old farming community, a true picture of americana we rarely get to see due to the remoteness of it all.

We went to a good old fashion Ice Cream parlor and enjoyed a HUGE scoop of fresh homemade ice cream (And hot fudge, of course)

My children suprised me and got on wonderfully with her big dog.. Sticky fell in love. He is sitting here all mopey and pining.. mumbling her name.. to no avail.

Thanks again Lisa!

BTW, I am wearing clean jeans! Yay!!!!!
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:17 PM   #18
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and back again...

trailer is all clean and tucked away at it's normally "Camping" place at the Bugling Beagle, my small cabin in the mountains.

2056 miles round trip, and back to work tomorrow.

Today I traveled across the mojave, asking myself all along "What are you doing HERE?" (I don't like the desert) but I did find a free range Beagle run in Boron, a small park across the street from the 20 mule team museum. (Yes.. they really do have such a thing )

It also never seems to amaze me, that in all those miles, through desert, mountains and coastal territory.. and on a few of the most brutal passes on the west coast...the actual toughest driving bit for me, and the rig, is the last 12 miles home.. and the hardest site to get into is my own driveway. Not because it signals an end to the trip.. but.. because it IS mechanically and geographically the most brutal part of the trip

I will calculate the damage in a bit and post.. but here are some general impressions of my first truely LONG LONG trip with the 17/Jeep combo

Jeep performance (1-10), an 8.. it was very comfy and capable for my combo.. sway bar was a great addition, the wdh was flawless and my back doesn't hurt after driving all those miles.

It lost two points due to the milage.. at first lance, I averaged 11-13.. ouch.

Burro.. It got a 10.. nothing failed but a battery, and that isn't unique to Burro. All systems worked when I needed them, and worked well, I was comfortable, clean and rested each nite and I have the system down now for a 15 min set up and strike.. when I am concentrating on it.

btw, Oregon scales put the axle weight at 3k, (Loaded.partial black tank) that was with 2 quicky runs onto rural scales.. I was with the wdh and did not do the tongue weight.. just a quick drive by.

sigh.... I wonder what DOESN'T work at work? I am sure I will find out in the morning.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:43 PM   #19
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Just for grins.. I played accountant (And I didn't spend the night in a Holiday inn last night)

Total trip cost was 945 bones. That included: (Don't get geeky, I rounded)

Gas ($489)
Camp Fees ($322)
Dog Boarding ($127)
Propane ($7.19)

It did not include: (Because I would incur these costs, trip or no..)
Food (I did NOT eat out, not even once.. tho I bought some 'spensive crab at Bandon to have a nice meal out of at Bullards with friends)
Dog Food (They didn't eat out either)
Household supplies (I should subtract because of all the nice Kimberly-Clark gifts!)
Auto routine maintenance (Tires, brakes and the usual checks/changes)
New Battery for Burro (Which will be used after this way more than it was used just this trip)

Average MPG = 13.42

I am quite pleased.. I came out at $500 LESS than I estimated, low end. My trip 2 years ago during the winter on an almost identical route and schedule.. was $1000. $55 MORE than this one, but I went a little farther, boarded the dogs longer, and partied in Portland with Donna (She isn't cheap!)

If I had stayed home and worked, I would have spend approx 1/2 as much on gas commuting. I would have spent WAY more on utilities ($7.19 to cook, heat/cool and heat water for 2 weeks I am moving into the trailer full time!)

One day, when I am really bored, I will calculate hotel/driving and flying/rental car/hotel against trailer and equipment purchase. I suspect I will have paid for the trailer and equipment by the end of the year at this rate....
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:41 PM   #20
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Gina, thanks for sharing your trip with us who are stuck at home and just WISHING we were out on the road with you. That campground looks magnificent, and has prompted us to stat a list of campgrounds we intend to stay at and that one's on the list for sure. Also, it's interesting to read about your list of expenses for two weeks. Keep it up and you'll be able to shuck that money addiction and full-time in the burro.
thanks again

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