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Visiting Mt Rushmore Profile of Washington Profile of Crazy Horse

Driving through the "Eye of the Needle"Monday, July 15, 2019: We visited Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse exhibit. This was our first time for both exhibits. I was expecting something larger with Mt. Rushmore from the photographs I had seen but was not disappointed. Do you know the four Presidents carved on Mt. Rushmore?

To get to the Crazy Horse exhibit we drove Iron Mountain. Many hairpin turns and single wide tunnels. Fun drive on the "Needles Highway". We drove through the "Eye of the Needle".

Crazy Horse was impressive. This was far more expensive to visit but with no government support all income goes to supporting the project. They have done a great job of explaining the project and making visitors comfortable.

Click all photos for more views.

Deadwood, South Dakota
Sunday, July 14, 2019: Deadwood, South Dakota is at the north end of the Black Hills. It is famous for the longest running gold mine in the world. However, the merchants in this town have tried to turn the name of Wild Bill Hickok into gold too. He was actually in the town only about two weeks before he was murdered. It seems every other store or bar marks the location of the murder and sells T-shirts to make Deadwood famous. The town of Sturgis, South Dakota is only ten miles and the annual motorcycle rally is only two weeks away. You can tell every merchant is getting ready for the thousands of motorcycle riders to visit Deadwood. The inventory of T-shirts, hats and other souvenirs is high and every story has a sign in the window asking for more employees during the rally. The day we walked the town was the weekend of the three-wheel motorcycle rally so we got to see many of those. Click the photo for another view of the town.
Wyoming space
Friday, July 12, 2019: We drove from Garryowen, Montana to Spurgis, South Dakota through Wyoming today. We have driving many wide open spaces such at Nevada, Southern California desert, Arizona and Montana. What is different about the wide open space today was miles and miles of green in July. It was mostly rolling hills until we entered Wyoming and saw the mountains in the distance. Remember the movie, "Close Encounter of a Third Kind"? We saw Devils Tower from a distance today. Impressive. We are parked tonight on private land owned by George and Renee. They have invited us to stay through Boondocker's Welcome. This is a unique group where property owners invite other RVers to park without charge on their property. We have picked out several locations along our travels where we can use Boondocker's Welcome. Meet George and Renee by clicking the photo above. They have a very nice parking location on the road to Deadwood, South Dakota. We will explore their tomorrow.
These stone markers were scattered for several miles in this area Few indian markers because family members removed indian remains after the battle Where George Armstrong Custer was found
The last of the indian warriors
Thursday, July 11, 2019: We returned to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument for a self-guided tour and more photos. This story would have been much different had G.A. Custer followed the plan and waited for Terry and Gibbon to arrive (one day). Gwen and I learned much we did not know, for example, Custer split his men into three groups. One group was under the command of Maj. Marcus A. Reno and the other under command of Capt. Frederick W. Benteen. 350 of the solders under the command of Reno and Benteen survived the battle. It was Custer and all the men under his direct command who were killed. 262 soldiers plus Custer were killed. It was the actions of the U.S. Government and U.S. Grant (President at the time) which forced the indians off the reservation and into a position of defending their way of life. Had Custer followed orders and waited it would likely have been another massacre of indians like the Marias Massacre under the command of Maj. Eugene Baker and the Massacre at Wounded Knee commanded by Col. James Forsythe. The story of this battle is told over and over by the signs, Park Service Rangers, tour bus narrator and there are 28 stops with recorded information. Click on that link, you can listen to the information yourself by entering codes 1 through 28. I also made a video of our self-guided tour. As our tour guide ended his narration, "This is all a part of both of our histories." (he is Crow indian).

Leland, our tour guide

Wednesday, July 10, 2019: Gwen and I took a tour bus, with Leland as our tour guide, of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. During the hour, Leland told us the story of the battle and pointed out the different areas of the battlefield where events happened. We did not have the chance to take photos so we will return tomorrow for a self-guided tour. The basics we learned today: the indians had left the reservation because gold had been discovered in the Black Hills and thousands of settlers illegally encroached on the indian reservation. Indian agents were in charge of distributing supplies to the indians but instead sold the supplies to settlers for a profit. The indians left to find food. The army was charged with forcing the indians back to the reservation. Custer miscalculated the size of the indian camp which was the fatal mistake. Click this photo to see one of hundreds tiny little visitors arriving today. More photos tomorrow.

Travel back to Montana

Tuesday, July 9, 2019: Last night we were in Buffalo Gap Campground under an electrical storm. We don't get to see those very often in Oregon so I sat behind the windshield watching all the activity. We drove west back to Montana today to park next to the Little Bighorn National Monument. We chose the 7th Ranch RV Camp, an RV park with full hookups. Nothing else was listed in my research. It is fun seeing all the nice rigs, we are just a medium sized rig in this park. This is what 95% of RVers do, travel from one RV park to another. We got an Escapee discount so paid $42/night for this park. We have full hookups, parked on gravel and are 12 feet from our neighbor on each side. This park seems to have pretty good WiFi. They also gave us a free ice cream bar. Last night in the forest service campground, we had fresh water available, dump available, parked on pavement where no neighbor was visible and the closest neighbor was 50 yards. The fee was $3/night. The WiFi signal, when we had one, was very weak but strong if we drove to the top of the campground overview 1/4 mile. Most RVers freak out if they don't have a pedestal to plug in, we have ten years experience camping off-grid so comfortable. The weather forecast is for hot weather so we will appreciate the 50 amps to run our three air conditioners (smiley face). I made a one minute video of the 7th Ranch RV Camp.

Storm arriving

 

 

Monday, July 8, 2019: I drove back to Medora for the post office and a T-shirt for my collection. The town was much different today. At least 10x less traffic and tourists, maybe 20x less traffic and tourists. Much more pleasant today.

Back at camp, Gwen is working on another jigsaw puzzle. I rode the bicycle around the campground. Somehow I accidentally (at least I don't know how it happened and can't do it again on purpose) watched a movie on my phone. We have very little cell reception at camp so that's one reason it shouldn't have happened and I clicked on what I thought was a preview but turned out to be the entire movie. It was one of the new planet of the apes movies.

Tomorrow is moving day back into Montana to visit the Little Bighorn National Monument. Of course the forecast is for rain beginning at midnight and continuing all day tomorrow. That means both Mz Ruby and the Forester will be dirty. As you can see, the clouds are already beginning to arrive.

The Gold Diggers Band entertained the steak eatersSteaks on a pitchfork

Sunday, July 7, 2019: Somehow we talked ourselves into a "steak cooked on a pitchfork". We actually only bought one and shared it. I asked one of the chefs and was told they cooked and sold 700 steaks tonight. Since we only bought one steak, I'll bet others did too. Also, lots of kids, they got hot dogs. That means there were probably 900+ people here tonight. This is Medora, North Dakota where the folks in this town have done a remarkable job of creating a tourist destination in the middle of no-where! The Teddy Roosevelt National Park helps to draw in the crowd but the Medora Musical has done a wonderful job of creating a tourist frenzy. The musical is done in the style of the Branson, Missouri musicals. The facilities are very creative. We have parked in a campground our camping neighbor, Don, recommended, Buffalo Gap. It is really well done, all pavement, several nice toilet facilities, one with a shower, a dump station and fresh water. All this for $3 per night with a Senior Access Pass. No hook-ups but plenty of solar. Who knows, we may spend two nights here? We have an RV park reserved beginning Tuesday. Yes! I did a video of our pitchfork cooked steak (steaks) experience.

 

The kids love swimming in the muddy Little Missouri RiverFinding Internet Access at the Watford City Library

Saturday, July 6, 2019: Our last day in this area of North Dakota. We began by investigating the CCC campground just across the Little Missouri River from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Very nice campground with a host and only $3 per night with a Senior Access Pass. We had a picnic there then drove to Watford City for grocery shopping and for Internet Access at the Library. When we return to our campground we found the kids swimming in the muddy Little Missouri River and loving it. That evening we attending the Ranger talk with Ranger Laura. The topic was all about the Bison. The Bison and many other prairie wildlife would be extinct now if not for Teddy Roosevelt. I made a short video (Bison) of the day.

North Dakota BadlandsGwen and I with Teddy Roosevelt

Friday, July 5, 2019: Gwen and I took a 68 mile drive to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South Unit. We passed three counties in the sixty eight miles, just like Montana, these are small counties compared to Oregon. We are driving through the Little Missouri National Grassland to reach Medora, North Dakota where the South Unit begins. We stopped at the "Painted Canyon" Overlook to view the North Dakota Badlands. Click the photo at the left for a panorama of the Painted Canyon. We continued into the South Unit park and discovered, as our camping neighbor told us, the North Unit is better. We were checking the campsites to learn if we wanted to move south tomorrow and decided to stay where we are. We will write new plans once we return to our North campsite. We have a few days before our reservations at an RV park outside of the Little Big Horn National Battlefield. Click the right photo for a panorama of the Medora valley with Interstate 94 passing through. As all tourists should do, we went shopping in the tourist town (and county seat) of Medora. We left them some Oregon money today but got new T-shirts plus stuff for kids and grandkids. I did a video of our day.

Contractor GeneratorDraining the grey water

Thursday, July 4, 2019: It was surprising, the campground did not fill, perhaps only half full. The sign at the entrance suggests a "small amount of gray water could be poured into the campground toilets. We have been here long enough I needed to drain the gray water. I made four trips with a (5) gallon bucket of gray water to the RV dump (not the toilets). It worked perfectly, no leaks with the lid on the bucket.

The photo at the right is a "contractor generator" brought here by a trailer camper. It is 100 yards from us but only a few yards from other trailer and tent campers. These should NEVER be brought to a campground. They are designed for a construction sight. They run at full RPM no matter the load put on them. They are extremely loud. We can hear it inside Ms Ruby even when 100 yards away. Imagine the campers around this generator. These campers have driven hundreds of miles to camp in the "wilderness" only to find themselves next to this guy with his contractor generator. The proper generator is an "inverter" generator such as a Honda or Yamaha. These quietly run at a low RPM until a load is applied. Even then the noise level is only 55 db. They also produce a much cleaner power safe for electronics. Please, please, never bring one of these to a campground.

The Oxbow Overlook at the end of the scenic road
Wednesday, July 3, 2019: Gwen and I went looking for the Oxbow Overlook a second time since the first time was blocked by Bison. This time the Bison had moved on. Try to follow the curves in the Little Missouri River above, you will see it flows both north, south, east and west. That is called an "Oxbow". Click the photo for the official explanation. The view from this location is spectacular, click for a panorama.
Williston Community Library Visited the Williston State College Campus for a hat Fort Union Trading Post

Paddlefish found only the north Missouri River and in ChinaTuesday, July 2, 2019: I drove to Williston, North Dakota to see the growth of this farm town turned to oil town. Very busy with lots of merchants specializing in oil drilling equipment, Obviously lots of money in the little town and lots of jobs too. I went to the Library first for Internet access. I noticed this town much have a lot of Lutherans. I counted four very large Lutheran churches. I like to visit a college campus so went to the Williston State College Campus. A very nice campus, maybe benefiting from the oil too. I bought a Williston State College hat, home of the Tetons. From Williston, I drove to the Fort Union Trading Post. This was a private trading company owned by John Jacob Astor for the purpose of trading with the indians, 1828 - 1867. It was built only a few feet from the Missouri River and steam boats would bring trade goods to the fort and haul away the furs brought to the fort. This young woman was standing in the trade room to explain the purpose and procedures in the fort. It was interesting to learn that what the indians wanted most was European fabric. Finally, I drove to the Interpretive Center for the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers. Was fascinated me the most was the Paddlefish. It grows in this location and in China. Click the photo to read about this unique fish. Click all the photos for more views.

Pumping a storing crude oilAn oil boom in this area

Monday, July 1, 2019: Gwen and I drove into Watford City, North Dakota for the first time. This area is in the middle of an oil boom. We saw lots of oil worker housing both large and small plus RV parks built on dirt, mud when it rains. We saw pumps to draw the oil out of the ground and storage tanks for oil once it is out of the ground. Lots of businesses in Watford have specialized products for the oil industry. Lots of happy merchants in town.

We came to use the Internet in the library. Unlike our Douglas County, this library is open long hours, six days a week with a very fast Internet connection. Next, we did laundry since with have no water or sewer connection back at camp. $25 for four loads, nearly the most expensive we have ever paid. Lots of oil workers taking advantage of the "drop-off" offer at $1.50/lb or $2.50/lb if any oil on the clothes. Then we went grocery shopping. They have the milk we like, Almond Milk made in Bakersfield, California and they had my Silk Soy Creamer in pint containers, not quart. They did not have Umpqua ice cream! Click these photos for more views.

Bison walking the scenic road Little Missouri River Alone on the Prairie
Sunday, June 30, 2019: We went exploring the Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Unit today hoping to see Bison. We rounded our first corner and here was a real Bison walking the road toward us. What a treat. We took a video! Our first stop was the River Bend Overlook which was a perfect view of the Little Missouri River valley below us and of the North Dakota Badlands. As we drove toward the end of the scenic drive and the Oxbow Overlook we came across a herd of Bison feasting on the tender new grass growing after a prescribed burn. Ranger Dora described the new grass as tender and sweet so the Bison prefer the taste and also good for the Bison calves. Click each of the photos for larger views. We were unable to see the view at Oxbow because the overlook was too close to several Bison.

Ranger Cathy talks about cowboys

Saturday, June 29, 2019: Each night a ranger will give a lesson on a variety of subjects. This is Ranger Haley. She was able to talk about cowboys for nearly an hour. The modern western movie glorifies the cowboy life but I saw nothing attractive in the lifestyle.

She taught us that as a twenty-something, Theodore Roosevelt came to North Dakota to try his hand as a "cowboy". He was a "tender foot" and treated as such by the other cow hands. But through determination and hard work, gained the respect of the others.

He bought a ranch nearby but lost all his cattle during a winter storm, left the ranch and never returned. The foundation of his ranch building still exist and those who wish to drive a 4X4 vehicle can visit the remains.

The most active years of the cowboy began in 1866, after the civil war and continued for twenty years until 1886. The drive boss was paid the most, about $120/month, the cook was paid $60/month while the cowboy as paid $30/month.

Click the photo for a larger view.

I rode my bike today looking at trailheads. View the video of that ride by clicking here.

The sun avoided us all day today, behind a solid overcast. The positive, much cooler, the negative, no solar charging.

Lots of grassland View inside the Norht Unit TRNP Canonball rocks
Friday, June 28, 2019: Traveling from Fort Peck to the North Unit, Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. We got an early start so we could arrive early. The North Unit has only one campground, "primitive" but we are expecting a lot of campers so I wanted to arrive early to get the best campsite we can. We expect to be in this campground as much as ten days to get through July 4. With our Senior Access Pass, the fee is only $7 per night. The campground has fresh water in one location and a dump station if we need other. This will be a real test for the solar charging system. Today is warm, 86 degrees and it is struggling to cool off. Still 79 degrees at 9:15 pm. The drive was muddy through the town of Wolf Point, Montana. Two miles of the main street was under construction and last night's rain has turned it to mud. So now the mud is all over Mz Ruby and our Forester. We saw lots of grassland today plus National Grassland. We could boondock on the National Grassland but our space on the Little Missouri River feels more comfortable. Tomorrow is forecast to be even warmer so we will visit the nearby town of Watford City, North Dakota. The host has told us of a comfortable library and movie theater. Click the photos for more views and look at the video Gwen made of our trip today.
Alice in Wonderland play by local musicians The Montana Dinosaur Trail Fort Peck Dam Spillway
Thursday, June 27, 2019: Our day began with a play in the Fort Peck Theater by local musicians. The play was an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland with much music I recognized, like The Who, Jefferson Airplane and The Beatles. Then we visited the Interpretive Center where we learned of the dinosaurs roaming Montana 65 million years ago. The second half of the center showed the building of the dam beginning in 1933 ending in 1940. It was the largest earth dam at the time creating Fort Peck Lake, the largest lake in Montana. The building of the dam was a project by the Corp of Engineers to create work during the depression. The earth dam is behind the spillway in the third photo (click the photo). The Interpretive Center is behind Alice in the first photo. The size of the Fort Peck Dam project is overwhelming. The Tyrannosaurus Rex head will discovered nearby in Montana. Click that photo for a larger view. Understanding the age of the dinosaur is bewildering to me.
Overlooking the Missouri River from the Downstream Campground
Wednesday, June 26, 2019: Another nice, sunny driving day from Fresno Reservoir to Downstream Campground near Fort Peck, Montana. We are overlooking the Missouri River. We passed several small towns on Highway 2 and three counties. It amazes me the number of counties in Montana. The population of each county must be very small and the county seats are tiny. It takes about 20 minutes to pass from one county to another. Compared to Douglas County in Oregon, our home base, it takes about two hours to pass from one Douglas County border to another. Of course winter travel time in Montana may make the difference. Here is our lunch stop at the only "Rest Area" along the way. Downstream Campground is a Corp of Engineers campground so very clean and large spaces. We have 50 amps of power but no water or sewer. There is a nice paved nature trail which I documented in this video. Click this photo to see our dinner overlooking the Fort Peck Lake.
Exploring Fresno Reservoir The beach below our campsite Boat launch
Tuesday, June 25, 2019: I went exploring today around Fresno Reservoir. The folks in Havre think it is always windy here but today, very little wind and lots of sun. We had a full charge on our batteries by 1 pm, that's good news. It was our first real test of the solar install I did before leaving. This is a very large lake which Montanans use for fishing, water skiing, water tubing, and swimming from the beach. Click the photos for more views and here is another of the water coming from the dam into the Milk River.

We visit Havre, Montana

Monday, June 24, 2019: We drive from Fresno Reservoir to Havre, Montana, about eleven miles to see the Buffalo Jump and the underground city. Unfortunately, the Buffalo Jump, where the indians ran the buffalo off a cliff, was closed. The tour of the underground city was open. In January, 1904, three bar patrons were kicked out by the bartender. To get retaliation, these three decided to burn down the bar. The wind caught the fire and burned down most of the town including 60 businesses. The business owners got together and chose to reopen their business in the basements where the buildings once stood while they rebuilt the building above. It took 1-1/2 to 3 years to rebuild. During that time, all business was done underground in the basements. Once the buildings were built, the railroad company used the basements for Chinese worker living quarters. The underground tour would not allow video but they did allow photos. I've made a video of the photos I took on the tour. You will also see the "Amtrak Empire Builder" on the video. It was originally the Great Northern Railway Empire Builder built by James Hill. The route of the Empire Builder is from Seattle, Washington or Portland, Oregon (the Portland and Seattle trains are combined or separated in Spokane, Washington) to Chicago. The Amtrak has one train in each direction each day. The trip today takes 46 hours. Whitefish, Montana is one of the Empire Builder stops and must be especially popular during the winter for the skiing. Havre is also one of the stops. James Hill made Havre the middle of the route giving the town great importance at the time. The underground tour begins in a railroad museum, you will see a few scenes of the museum on this short video.

Our road turned to gravel for 15 miles
Sunday, June 23, 2019: Traveling from Cut Bank to Fresno Reservoir, Montana on Highway 2. About 15 miles of roadwork so rough dirt/gravel road and 35 MPH speed limit. The sky was incredible. I hope we see more of the mid-west sky without any damaging hail. Click the photo for a view of Fresno Reservoir and our boondock location for three nights. Here is a very short video of our drive today.
Don't impede 3 or more cars Montana

Saturday, June 22, 2019: I had a Montana County Sheriff stop me on route 2 to tell me I could not impede three or more cars in Montana. I was doing the truck speed limit, 60 MPH, he thought I should be doing 70 MPH, the car speed limit then decided he might be mistaken since I was towing. He gave me a warning then checked the registration on the car and motorhome. He shared that he grew up in Roseburg.

Our destination today is the Museum of the Plains Indian. My plan was to learn about the plains indians (Blackfeet) then request permission to stay the night in their parking lot. We saw Blackfeet clothing, art, weapons and food but somehow missed stories of their culture. They have been in this area for 13,000 years so I wonder about their relationships and politics. I probably could have learned more had I taken more time to read everything. Greg, the manager granted us permission to stay in the parking lot but we decided to move on to Cut Bank. Here a short video of our trip.

Whitefish Lake at Whitefish, Montana
Friday, June 21, 2019: On this longest day of the year (summer solstice) we drove to Whitefish, Montana to explore this tourist town. It is obviously a winter spot with a very nice ski area only minutes from town. It has one of the nicest Amtrak Depots I've seen which also caters to the winter crowd. The ski area promotes summer activities on its slopes but the ski area parking lots were nearly empty and I'm not seeing any crowds waiting for activities. Whitefish, the town, however, was very busy with tourists and the parking lots were full. Gwen found some bicycle shorts she liked and I found a $5 vest and $1 book at a thrift store so the town didn't make much money off us. We have decided to leave Kalispell a day early due to the rain and electrical problems at the Elks park. Click the photo to enlarge the view of the lake. I also made a video slide show of our day.

Parked at the Kalispell Elks Club

 

Thursday, June 20, 2019: This was a travel day from the YAAK Campground to Kalispell, Montana. We passed Troy and Libby, Montana on Highway 2 along the Kootenai River. We are surrounded by mountains and forests the entire route. Ten years ago we passed this same direction and stopped at the Kootenai Falls. This time we did not stop, mostly because the view point came quickly and we weren't paying attention. Gwen made a short video of our travel today so you can see what the area looks like. As it turns out, the Elks club RV parking is backed up to a small airport where flying lessons are taking place. I got my pilots license in 1977 and have owned two plans until the mid-1980s. I really miss that adventure.

Kootenai River north of SandpointHighway 95 to Sandpoint

Tuesday, June 18, 2019: We got a mid-morning start from Coeur d'Alene but did not leave the area for about an hour. We fueled the Mz Ruby for $2.99/gallon then drove to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds dump station to dump holding tanks. I had already filled the fresh water tank at the Elks Park.

The photo on the left shows highway 95 between Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, Idaho. The photo on the right is of the Kootenai River north of Sandpoint near Bonner's Ferry. Click both photos for more views. We also made a short video of the drive into Sandpoint. We passed Lake Pend Oreille where my father trained for the navy in World War II.

We stopped in Sandpoint to eat the lunch Gwen fixed then walk some of the historic district. We found an interesting building with shops scattered inside. Yes, we did share some "Oregon money" in this Idaho store, mostly for children and grandchildren.

We reached Montana soon after Bonner's Ferry and soon after that reach Yaak Campground, a National Forest campground. With our Senior Access Pass, the fee is $5 per night. The campground is at the mouth of the Yaak River where it meets the Kootenai River. Very nice campground with paved roads and sites. Yes, there are NO hookups but water is available if needed and there is a campground host. This is not our first time here. We are in the trees so we'll have to run the generator tomorrow to charge the batteries. We have already ridden the paved roads with our bicycles. When we first arrived, we were the only campers. There are five now. The train track is across the Kootenai River, about 1/4 mile from us. We have already heard five trains pass but no horns. The temperature at 8 pm is 80 degrees, cooling slowly. Gwen took a shower and is now outside reading her book. It is very comfortable here.

Coeur d'Alene Farmer's Market
Saturday, June 15, 2019: Gwen, Penny and I went to the Coeur d'Alene Farmer's Market just down the street in Hayden, Idaho. Lots of fresh vegetables, bakery items, food, and crafts of every kind. All of the craft items were high quality so this farmer's market may be juried. If I lived here I would be here every weekend looking for something new to eat or new vegetable to try. Prices seemed really affordable. Click the photo for another view. I also made a short video to give you a feeling of how good this market was. We will hit more Farmer's Markets as we travel this summer, compare them to this one.
Coeur d'alene Elks RV Park
Friday, June 14, 2019: We left Hermiston, Oregon this morning. We followed US395 until we reached Interstate 90 which we followed to Coeur d'alene, Idaho. The Elks club in Coeur d'alene has a fine RV park with power and water. Our friend, Penny lives only two miles from the Elks club RV park. We traveled the state of Washington from south to north passing through Spokane into Idaho. This part of Eastern Washington grows wheat. We passed mile after mile of wheat fields before reaching a few trees about 20 miles south of Spokane. Here is a short video as we finally reached the trees. The Elks park is nice with parking on the grass. Spaces are large. We visited with Penny and expect to do more with her tomorrow.
Parked in the Umatilla County Fairground
Thursday, June 13, 2019: The dryer was repaired and we were leaving Clackamas by 10 am today. I'll report on the dryer repair another day. Since we got an early start we decided to drive half way to our next destination (northern Idaho) which would be Hermiston, Oregon. We checked on Elks parking in Hermiston and the report was two RV spaces with electric and water. No one was at the Elks club and we found unsatisfactory parking so Gwen found the Umatilla County Fairground nearby. We always like the fairgrounds, at first because it is always a good place to let our dog, Morgan run. Now we like them because there is usually a lot of open space, not crowded, and less expensive than an RV park. We were looking for power because it was another hot day and we wanted to run our air conditioning. Umatilla gave us a 50 amp connection. Al Davis is the general manager and made us feel very welcome at the fairground. This would be a great place for an RV rally. Click the above photo to enlarge and you will understand what we mean by wide open spaces. We road our bicycles around the fairgrounds once the even hours brought cooler temperatures. To get here we drove Interstate 84 along the Columbia River. The first 30 miles is very scenic then it turning high desert, dry and today, very windy from the west. Here is a short video of what I-84 looks like once we reached the high desert. This fairground is new, clean and would make a great location for a major RV rally.
The adventure begins

Wednesday, June 12, 2019: This is day one of our next adventure. It began this morning at 9 am when I stopped at the Timber Valley office to pay the electric bill to "zero out" the electric account so renters electric bill starts today. The next stop was only ten miles down the road for breakfast at Rice Hill. After breakfast it was a straight drive north on Interstate 5 to the distributor and service center for Splendide appliances. They allowed us to park in their lot overnight because our appointment is at 8 am tomorrow morning. Fortunately they have a 50 amp receptacle for us to plug in and run our air conditioning on this 100 degree day. Our Splendide dryer is making a loud noise. Daryl, the national service director, listened to it and thinks it is likely the motor. We will learn tomorrow morning when they take it apart.

 
No Umpqua Ice Cream in this North Dakota store
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