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Old 10-27-2011, 05:50 PM   #239
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Ive been soooo busy..I'm run ragged
We'll catch up at the weekend over a Mug of Ale or 2
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Old 10-27-2011, 06:40 PM   #240
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Ive been soooo busy..I'm run ragged
We'll catch up at the weekend over a Mug of Ale or 2
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Lili you are always busy, but that's alright as long as you find a little time for us once in while.

Back to the desert. As we were getting ready to leave Irene snapped this pic, that's Mike on the left in case you didn't know.
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I think the birthday boy was still hitting the birthday wine.

We left Flagstaff and headed to Phoenix to meet and old friend for a late breakfast. We screwed that up time wise as we had crossed another time zone we didn't realize. The only way we know the correct time is to check the cell phone.

Anyway we found some trees in and around Flagstaff.
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As we headed south the trees got shorter.
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And pretty soon this is what was left.
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I don't mean to sound that bad but I'm just not a fan of the desert. I prefer trees and water.

After a nice visit we headed west on I-10. We camped for the night near Palm Desert which is the land of wind generators.
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We spent some time with a cousin and did a quick inspection of our properties in the Los Angeles area and camped at a park near Disneyland. It was kind of different as we weren't really in a park. We backed across the sidewalk onto a cement pad and that was it. If you walked down the sidewalk you could wash the windshield for us. I felt rather "exposed?"

The thing I did notice was the number of transition ramps from one freeway to another that were very high and very long.
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Some were several stories high and well over a mile long. I guess that's progress.

Next we headed to Ridgecrest for a visit with another cousin and then up Hwy 395 through the Owens valley. This is the area that Mr. Mulhulland bought all the water rights and sent the water to Los Angeles. Watch the old movie Chinatown for more about that.

The eastern Sierras are very striking from the valley.
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This is Mono Lake near Lee Vining where we camped.
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There is much controversy about Los Angeles draining the water from this lake.

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Old 10-27-2011, 07:06 PM   #241
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Lili you are always busy, but that's alright as long as you find a little time for us once in while.

Back to the desert. As we were getting ready to leave Irene snapped this pic, that's Mike on the left in case you didn't know.
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I think the birthday boy was still hitting the birthday wine.
It's past the witching hour..in fact its 1 hour after..alls well but and I just cannot sleep..
I have such a busy day tomorrow and that flipping pumpkin is still hollow..
Im not looking at the others closely as we are saving them for our Adventure
But I couldn't help but spot the special one..I love the snap..Just love it
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Old 10-28-2011, 10:23 AM   #242
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It's called "hair of the dog", Dan, took me the rest of the day to recover from the night before with you two happy campers.
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We left Lee Vining in the morning on the way to Yosemite. The road up to the Tioga Pass is a significant climb 7% to 8% grade for eleven miles through scenery like this.
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You officially enter the Park at the top of Tioga Pass.
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The scenery through the park is magnificent.
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This is El Capitan.
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Yosemite Falls.
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Great pics! You hit the weather window perfectly. Predictions are for 14 degrees in the next few days around here; mite be time to go down the hill for the season. All the best.
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Great pics! You hit the weather window perfectly. Predictions are for 14 degrees in the next few days around here; mite be time to go down the hill for the season. All the best.
Yeah Mike we kept an eye on the weather throughout our trip. So many things to see but we didn't want to be uncomfortable in temperature extremes. We tried to find a happy medium and still find interesting places to visit. For the most part we were pretty lucky in our choices.

Leaving Yosemite we spent three days in Sacramento with Irene's folks and her sisters and their families. We then kind of made a run for home as Irene wanted to be home for her birthday. Also we have run up and down the highways from L.A. to Washington so many times that we don't really tour much in that area.

At any rate we are home safe and taking a day or two to get back to the real world. Thanks to all of you for following along on our little adventure.

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At any rate we are home safe and taking a day or two to get back to the real world. Thanks to all of you for following along on our little adventure
After that trip, which I sure would not call a "little adventure" and knowing you guys, I'd not be suprised to see you down here soon. Hey, we can pull strings in Ajo.
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That was a great trip.. you guys should be commended for taking the time to outline the adventure and post all those pictures.. Thanks for taking us with you!

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Old 11-02-2011, 01:11 AM   #248
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Thanks Vinnie, I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Mike in case you haven't noticed we are not real fans of the desert. We like trees and water.

Here is a recap of our trip.

We went a total of 16,301.4 miles in sixteen weeks and four days. The GPS showed our average moving speed was 42.3 mph.

We visited thirty-four states and four Canadian Provinces.

The most expensive diesel we bought was $4.73/gal and the cheapest was $3.52/gal. I don't want to know out total fuel cost.

The only mechanical failure on the coach was a compressor for the dash air. I did an extra compressor swap because I failed to check belt
tension. We did use the dash air about 90% of the time we were on the road. The blower fan started making a funny noise the last two days.

We had a brake issue but again that was my fault for failure to check the fluid level. Adding brake fluid solved the problem.

I did replace one head light bulb that burnt out.

I did have a few strongly worded discussions with the water heater. It was difficult on occasion but I did take a hot shower everyday. The issue
of a replacement is still on the table.

Speaking of water the Flow Pur water softener we bought was great and we enjoyed soft water showers the entire trip.

We liked the MaxxAir fan that I installed before the trip so much that I installed a second one mid-way through the trip.

The cork floor I installed was not so good and will be replaced as soon as I get a chance.

The drivers and passenger chairs purchased from Discount Van and Truck were very comfortable and after sitting in them daily for many hours I
would recommend them to anyone looking for replacements.

We used Woodals and Camp Club USA books to locate RV parks. After Labor Day we were able to use the Camp Club 50% discount about 50% of the time. The $50 investment was paid back many times in savings at the parks we used. Our routine was about 4:00 pm Irene would drag the books out and start looking for a park. A few phone calls and we would choose a park.

We picked up guide books and maps from AAA offices as we traveled from area to area.

I hope this information is useful to anyone contemplating a trip or maybe considering some modifications or upgrades. If anyone has questions or
comments feel free to ask.

Again thanks for following our adventure, I hope you enjoyed it,

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I suspect there are many of us on the forum who didn't chime in but lived your trip vicariously. Thank you so much for the entertainment and wonderful chronicle.
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Mike in case you haven't noticed we are not real fans of the desert. We like trees and water.
Being northwest "Mossbacks" ourselves, our first trips to the desert were like yours, but, like good wine or single malt, the desert is an acquired taste. We'll clink a glass to you two in January,as we sit in shorts and tees.
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Thanks for sharing.

Thank you for sharing your trip with us and the other forum members. This is the reason we bought our Airstream in 2011. I hope we can take our trip of a lifetime in 2012.
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Flying Gypsies and Florida 55 Thanks for following along and glad you enjoyed it.

Mike, Irene and I both were born, grew up and lived our lives in Los Angeles which is a desert by the sea with irrigation. In all that time the taste was never acquired. That is why we moved to the northwest when we retired. Remember life does not exist without water.

Another little tidbit from our trip, we visited eight National Parks and three National Monuments.

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