The Last Leg of The Trip

This is the part where we traveled mostly on interstate. I felt an urgency to get to PA to see my mom who has been in and out of the hospital, and now in a rehab facility for strength training. Mom’s 91st birthday was in Thursday and we arrived yesterday, on Friday. We went to see her first, had dinner and then hooked up the RV in my sister’s driveway.

We camped in Ogallala, Nebraska at the KOA and rode our bikes to dinner at the Urban Farmer. Not a bad place- just terribly overpriced for the area and mediocre service.

Lunch at Lazlo’s and then dinner in Omaha where we stayed at the Even Hotel so Bergey could get a much needed bath!

Here are some pics from the drive and our short visit to the Notre Dame University campus where we stopped and had lunch. Toledo Ohio KOA campground and then we drove straight through to Emmaus to get here on Friday afternoon.

I don’t know how long we will be here. A few days at the very least.

Saturday-Salt Lake City, Utah

Driving to Salt Lake City from Elko was very windy. And not very exciting.

We drove through the Bonneville Salt Flats, which is one of the largest salt flats in the US. There are 30,000 acres of flat land composed of a thick white crust. In the center it is 5 feet thick! They were formed at the end of The last Ice Age when the lake dried up!

Next– Salt Lake City! We took UBER from the campground, walked around the downtown and did a little shopping.

We went to Epic brewery for lunch and it was really pretty good! I should have done a beer blog! And look how cheap!,

And we went to the Mormon Temple. There were lots of people outside because there were multiple weddings at the same time. Is that the Mormon way!? For dinner we rode our bikes to the Red Iguana! Very yummy Mexican food with AMAZING moles of different types!

September 28th— Friday

On our way to Salt Lake City we stopped in Elko, Nevada for a night. The campground was in a parking lot behind a casino. Steve was excited because he got $15 of ” free ” chips to play at their casino but it was smoky 🤢 inside. We went across the street to another casino and Steve won enough at Blackjack to pay for our dinner at the Friday night all you can eat seafood buffet!!

That’s it for Elko!

September 26th and 27th , Wednesday and Thursday

I need to add that after Crescent City we spent a night in Clearlake, Ca. Sounds really nice, right. Well, it wasn’t! It was very hot, dry and dusty and the campground host was a kinda creepy man. There was no where to go except a Walmart, so we grilled burgers at the site. We knew it was for only a night so it was ok! On the road there was evidence of fires.

Wheels up at 0845 to the Avenue of The Giants in Humboldt State Park… we drove along the California coast to the amazing, majestic redwoods! Pics do not do them justice as seen in previous post . We saw elk in the fields along the way!

Then continued to Lake Tahoe for two nights. We were going to stay at Camp Richards but they were very strict about their No Dog policy. The campground across the street, Fallen Leaf,was beautiful, but no hookups or phone service. So we found a spot in the campground in the city park and it was perfect! We got the last site too! It was convenient to walk and bike to places. We biked back to Camp Richards to check it out and have lunch.

We explored South Lake Tahoe City, and had dinner the first night with John and Suzie’s son Joe. Lunch on the second day was on the water after riding our bikes around. There are bike paths throughout the area but some of it is on the main road which is very busy even in the off season. And we had dinner with Joe and his lovely wife Azzy the second night at MacDuff’s, an Irish pub type place with really good fish and chips!

Wheels up to Salt Lake City with a night in Elko, NV!

Monday and Tuesday, September 24th and 25th

Wheels up and driving to Crescent City, California!Home of the Redwood trees! On our way to Crescent City we met an eccentric man on a bike who told us we HAS to stop along the way to “see Venus Flytrap plants on the 191”, which is said was one of only two places in the world they grow. Never did find out if this was true or not!

We stayed at the Crescent City KOA but left after one night. There were no bike or hiking trails from the campground as we had been led to believe. The trees were so dry and dusty from fallen ash and the ground being dry.

Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rdw

We pulled into Portland OR Saturday afternoon and went to the Riverside Hotel and Spa for two nights! How exciting to have a king size bed, a gym with a steam room and sauna, a real shower and a walking trail right outside our door! It felt so decadent!

We went for sushi at Yama Sushi and Izakaya the first night! It was beautiful and tasty, except for the shrimp heads below! Or maybe they were tasty! I wasn’t going to find out!!

After a massage at the spa in the morning, we went to Subterra for lunch before heading out to the Willamette Valley for wine tastings. Bergstrom is one of our favorites and the recommended Coleen Clemons, so we went there too. Both were beautiful, good wine, and dog friendly!

Back on the road and on our way to California!!

Thursday and Friday, September 20th and 21st!

Olympic State Park, Washington.

The days here are kinda a blur. We seemed to go from one spot to another, waterfall to waterfall, lodge to lodge, beach to beach and hike to hike! So some of these days are probably not in correct order! It was cool, gray and rainy!

We hiked the Hurricane Trail. It was windy and chilly along the Ridge.

We saw marmots and coyotes along the trail. It has an old ski lift and Olympic ski rescue hut but I think it’s probably been not working for a long time.

One of the cool things on this Ridge was the mountain goat rescue. Mountain goats are not indigenous to the Olympic Park system. They were brought here in the 1920’s and have increased in numbers. It since they are not indigenous, they are affecting the ecosystem, so after many meetings with many departments of the park system, it was voted to remove the mountain goats. Currently they are being “sniper” sedated from helicopters, tagged, removed via helicopter and flown to the Cascade mountains. We saw one being flown out and you can see a tiny white spot below the copter in the distance! They hope to remove as many of the 700 or so mountain goats, and the rest will be hunted and killed. In a few short months, nearly 100 have been relocated!

We had lunch at the Lake Crescent Lodge– beautiful Lake Crescent Lake, west of Port Angeles. Franklin D. Roosevelt stayed here on September 30th, 1937 and proposed the Olympic National Park with the park service advisors! I had the red blend Harbinger “Dynamo” wine. Instead of having red wine sediment in the bottom, it had small pebbles in the bottom of my glass. The bartender said every bottle has the small pebbles in it, so being as curious as I am, after our hike I had another glass with our lunch and it had pebbles in it too!

We hiked the Marymere Falls. Just beautiful!

We hiked the Quinault Rain Forest, and indeed it was! It had many kinds of mushrooms and mossy trees. Then we had lunch at the Quinault Lake Lodge– absolutely stunning! It was built and completed in 53 DAYS in 1926 after the original hotel burned down in 1924.

Then we drove to the beaches……more of that tomorrow!

September 18th and 19th-Tuesday and Wednesday

We left Ellensburg KOA, to drove to Port Townsend, Washington and stayed at the Fort Worden State Park. This was about a 196 mile drive. We drove a different way then others, stopping in Olympia for lunch at Fish Tales Brewery. Since it was National Cheeseburger day, we had cheeseburgers and a beer! Steve was excited because it has been on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives, one of his favorite shows!

Fort Worden is a state park that was originally U.S. Army installation to protect the Puget Sound. There are hidden gun emplacements, expansive parade yards and restored Victorian-era Officers homes. Fort Worden has more than 2 miles of beachfront and high bluffs with amazing views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The campground was nice and on the edge of the military grounds so it was great for exploring. “They” say that “An Officer And A Gentleman” was filmed on the grounds.

On Wednesday we went whale watching!! We drove to the marina and went out for 8 hours! It was a chilly and crisp sunny day and we saw orcas, killer whales and a humpback whale in addition to seals! It was an amazing day to see so many animals in the sound!

We stopped for two hours in Friday Harbor. We had time to explore and do some shopping! Then back to the boat to return to Port Townsend.

After getting back to the campground, Steve, Frankie, Ruth, John and I rode our bikes into town. We explored a little and had a great margarita at Sirens. It seems like a fun, local place with water views out the back upper deck.

Sunday, September 16th

Wheels up from West Glacier National Park to Couer D’Alene, Idaho!

Rivers and mountains. Stopped for lunch in Wallace, Idaho. And here it is if you didn’t know!!

Barbecue and beer (of course) at the Historic Smokehouse Barbecue and Saloon.

Wallace is the home of the Oasis Bordello Museum-it was once a cat house and was open until 1988! The Oasis became a museum by accident when the women thought the FBI were about to raid it, they fled in a panic and it is preserved the way it was left that night!! “Eight dollars, fifteen minutes, straight, no frills”! According to info on Clio ( a great site when traveling for points of interest) women could make up to $2,000 per week!!!

Back in the RV and onto CdA (Couer D’Alene). Let me just say I loved this town! We piled into one RV to go into town to explore some of the shops and ended up at Unchained for Happy Hour outside on their sidewalk table! We had some laughs, and made our way to dinner for our reservations at Tony’s On The Lake! Great food, great service. Suzie and I ordered the lasagne, and it was an obscene amount of food, lasting for several helpings for the next 2 days!

In the morning we took the RV’s into town. Parked at the public parking lot (got $20 parking tickets for not parking on the RV side of the parking lot!) and had coffee and breakfast at a local coffee shop before riding our bikes on the great bike trails along the lake. Just beautiful!!

On to Ellensburg KOA which was which was a little more than 3 hours of driving. I went for a 4-5 mile run there and the area around the campsite was peaceful looking farmland.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday September 13th, 14th and 15th

Wheels up early and on the road toward Glacier National Park after a visit to the Urgent Care in Butte and a few prescriptions for antibiotics, cough suppressant, antihistamines etc! The rest of the crew went to M&M’s for breakfast on their bikes!

We stopped for lunch at the Raven Restaurant in Bigfork, Montana on Flathead Lake in the Flathead Valley. It offers outdoor deck dining on the lake, but it was very windy when we were there so we chose to eat indoors. I ordered Pad Thai for lunch but my lunch was interrupted by a call from mom’s MD with an update and she is doing much better!! Yay!!!I did eat my Pad Thai in the RV and it was really good! Most of our meals are based around local beers and I should have been keeping track of them!

Back on the road to West Glacier KOA Resort– a beautiful campground with lots of sites, pools, trails, and beautiful grounds with lots of flowers! We were able to ride our bikes to the park entrance and had made reservations to ride on the Red Jammers tour buses. These were they only vehicles allowed in West Glacier ( no private cats or bikes) because of fires. We could see the smoke from fires around McDonald Lake. Debbie was our Jammer driver and there have been many laughs since our tour with “Debbie-isms”!! The weather was mostly clear and quite chilly, especially as we went up the mountain. We did see a grizzly on our tour and the most spectacular scenery!!

On Saturday Suzie, Ruth, Steve and I rode our bikes back into West Glacier to have lunch and hike and John, Jim, Frank and Jean went fly fishing. They didn’t really catch any fish ( I think ONE!) , saw more incredible scenery and a grizzly bear hanging out in the river!

It is the end of the tourist season with the KOA closing at the end of the month and most of the shops in West Glacier closing this weekend. We went to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, and the food was tasty, with a margaritas, but the restaurant was “out of salsa” for the season!! But their guac was good!