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Old 10-10-2008, 08:18 PM   #121
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Gina an alternate route is great but it's hard to have one for Salem, Ore. Going back down I-5 to Redding and over to the coast would add a day. I wouldn't have gotten there until tomorrow. Everyone'll be heading home Sunday hardly worth the effort.

The only other route would be up 97 and over the Cascades which might not work either, without snow.
I did my best effort.


Oh, and I noticed on my way home that both Sonora & Tioga passes are closed now. They must have gotten some snow.
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:03 PM   #122
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Hey everyone, I had to come home for a class tomorrow and then will head back to the gathering in time for the pot luck and stay until Monday.

I am so sorry that you won't be able to make it Joy. Everyone was so excited to see you but we all understand about the weather.

It was such horrible weather yesterday that it is humorous to think about today. We had to dig ditches to drain the area around the early bird pot luck and even with three easy ups we all got our share of water. Mud was everywhere and at one point the table was covered with white hail. We had lightning and thunder and pure down pours. But we also had some wonderful food and good catching up with old friends.

Tomorrow night we will do the big pot luck and deside about the April gathering.

At the campground there is no internet and no cell servise. We had to drive six miles to make a call. Hope you made it home safe Joy, I will share this with the group tomorrow evening.
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Old 10-11-2008, 08:36 AM   #123
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You did the right thing by turning around, Joy A. The I-5 route over Deadman and Siskiyou Summits can be a white-knuckle experience when there is snow on the road, especially the steep descent into Ashland. The 97 route from Weed to Klamath Falls has even higher summits, unfortunately. Getting through those mountains during a winter storm often requires careful timing and some good luck. Sorry it didn't work out.
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Old 10-11-2008, 10:18 AM   #124
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Joy, my alternate route starts at Stockton

I cut over to the 101 and head up to PLnd via the coast... sort of like going around the block to get to the house next door.

well, mud and hail just help re-enforce WHY we all got these rigs.. it's a different sort of fun! Hope y'all stay warm and reasonably dry.. sigh.. Oregon sunshine in the fall.. my favorite.

I wish I was there.
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Old 10-11-2008, 03:02 PM   #125
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Gina, Stockton, that's where I come to the 1st major road.

Bob, yes I know. I've been to Oregon many many times in the winter but without a trailer. The names of the summits have never stuck with me but I do know there are several more high rises on I-5 that can also have snow. I never considered any alternate for going to Salem, certainly not 97 or 101. It was timing and luck I'd need to have and surely didn't.

Linda, looks like you posted in the pm Friday so the weather you were talking about was Thursday. It was Thursday night and Friday morning when I was encountering the snow in No. CA.

I hope most of you will be at Bullards next July. I've got my reservations. See you there.
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Old 10-12-2008, 05:43 PM   #126
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Home again, home again. What a great time! Joy we really missed you, but are glad you made the decision to not press on. We understood OSP had closed the Siskiyou pass Thursday night because of snow and ALSO Hwy 20 from I-5 to Bend... same reason. We didn't get snow, although it did hail and RAIN Thursday night. Couldn't dampen our spirits however. Good friends, good food and great times. Can't wait to see some pictures to renew the memories.

I'll start another topic about the Spring NOG.... time to start taking reservations!
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:26 PM   #127
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Another great time was had by all. I think that everyone owes us early birds a big thank you for weathering out the rain on Thursday and running it out in time for the weekend. Louise, thanks again for the waterfall hike. I'm sure that John and Mailie both felt alot better knowing that we weren't out there alone. Sharon, you may have created a monster in sharing your martini recipe with Mailie, she can't wait to try it out here at home. I gotta admit though, it was good. Yum Yum. See you all at Waterloo.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:11 AM   #128
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It was a wet night for the early birds.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:12 AM   #129
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But the sun was shining on all by the next day
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:15 AM   #130
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Things were cooking 'round the campfire that night.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:17 AM   #131
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For those that didn't make it out to the falls...
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:21 AM   #132
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Good friends and good eats while Donna gives out prizes.
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:27 AM   #133
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More good food for breakfast and one last chance to visit. Is this all we do is eat???
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Old 10-13-2008, 12:29 AM   #134
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Good Bye Silver Falls
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Wow, Wayne
Thank you for all the neat pictures. And thank you very much for the hike. It was good to see the falls again. The "Tardis" looks great. We do miss it, but it is great to have visiting priviledges at the NOGs. Maybe we will see you at Bandon yet.

We did manage to get our Bandon site. We'll be in A13. Yeh!

Thank you to all the NOGers. We really had a great time.
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Thanks for the photos, Wayne. What a fun time we had. Thanks to all of you early birders who helped deplete the rain and cold. Thanks Sharon and Adonna for the camp fires and gathering sites. Once again, Donna, it was the best. The food and company was superb! I hope everyone had a good journey home.
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Old 10-14-2008, 12:07 PM   #137
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Hello Silverfalls Crampers!
The above link is to my Facebook profile where I've posted photos from Silverfalls - Char, Dennis, Adonna, Gil, Kathy, Kathy, Linda, Dave... you're in them!

Simon and I had too much fun entirely. After a wet arrival on Thursday, we enjoyed delightful sunshine through Monday. It wasn't until we returned to Seattle that the skies turned gray and opened up with heavy rain as we boarded our ferry back to Whidbey Island.

If you are going to make this that much fun, you're going to have to endure us with some frequency. We're signed up for Waterloo for April (A-15). My mission is to find some RR caps at Thrift Shops, you know, for the Train Games!

Here's a pix of what Keeper awoke to on Saturday morning: frozen water in his dog dish!

Warm hugs to all and special thanks to Donna D for Not Organizing this Gathering. And to Adonna and Kathy for their sweet generosity, especially for the blackberry schnopps and vanilla ice cream. Who knew such GOODIES were hiding in those lil glass eggs! Now how about those waffles?!

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Oh, one other thing about this wonderful cramping weekend in Silverton, OR, to those who pointed us in the direction of The Oregon Garden AND The Gordon House (Frank Lloyd Wright), a big thank you. We so-ooo enjoyed both.

The Oregon Garden... That was a green-neck heron not a kingfisher on the lily pad. Thank photog Bob for that important distinction. Kingfishers, says Bob, always dive, never sit in wait of their breakfast on a lily pad. Bob promised he'd post a link to his garden photos. Make sure he does because he's great!

And if you want to learn more about the relationship of the town of Silverton to The Oregon Garden AND Moonstone Hotels AND its founder, Dirk Winter, a little googling turned up this. VERY INTERESTING!!! It's also got some nice Django guitar as backround music to the web site. http://www.simplysharing.com/assurin...dirkwinter.htm

Simon and I love it when our NOGs are near fun towns and interesting sites. Again, to all, many thanks.

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