Back to Mosquitoe country again. :(

Trip Start May 01, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Collier Memorial State Park

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Friday, July 23, 2010

7/23 and 7/24

Happy Anniversary to us. 44 years and we are still talking to each other (nicely even) after being in the RV for 3 months.  LOL

Susanville is noted for it's wall murals throughout town so we tried to get some quick snaps of them and one of the Elks Building (love it) before leaving town.  As we turned off of Main Street to head out of town a deer slowly crossed the road in front of us, jumped the fence into a residents yard and turned to check us out. Not a worry for her.

Left the valley of Susanville and climbed to 5000+ feet to start our journey over and through mountains of CA and into OR today. There were miles of sagebrush, junipers, pine trees, and dry grasses of mountain rangeland with part of it being the Modoc National Forest (thousands of acres).  

Off to our left in the distance we saw our first snow covered mountain in months.  We visited the Mt. Shasta and CA gold areas last summer.  This year we are about 104 miles to the east of it.  We left the flashy red cardinals behind in AZ and are now seeing the black and white magpies. 

We stopped in the little town of Canby, CA (Pop: 413) for soda and snacks.  It had an old hotel and a gas station that doesn’t pump gas anymore just snack foods.  Good thing we filled up our gas tank in Susanville. A little deserted church building had a large wood cross out front and a cement structure depicting the crypt of Christ, with a rock door over the opening.  Unusual. 

The community of Tulelake, close to the CA border, is in a valley that has irrigated fields of potatoes in bloom with white flowers.  Russet potatoes for sure and maybe others.  There are huge barns for potato storage. Lots of tater chips!! Or baked? Fries? and it goes on and on.  Can you tell it is past lunchtime?  <G>

Klamath Falls treat:  blue water of the lake and the first train we have seen since the RV Park in Williams, AZ and we only heard those.  The road coming out of Klamath is so different from when we were on it last year.  Then, we left town in a horrendous thunder, lightening and rainstorm.  Road warnings were out for flooding and as we drove along you could feel the RV hydroplaning or feeling like we were hitting a wall of water.  Not fun, but today its nice and dry and warm and we can see far ahead not just the taillights in front of us.  We can even see how long and blue the lake is alongside US 97.

We stopped early enough to find a great full-hookup site at the Collier Memorial OR State Park.  Dave put his handy dandy  "Off" skeeter repellant fan on and didn’t have to fight off the mosquitoes while setting up the RV.  I walked up to pay for the site and on the way back tripped over my own feet and landed flat out.  Luckily the only injury was to my pride and scuffed hands.  I better start using Dave’s extra walking stick.  LOL

Our entertainment tonight is people watching and little chipmunks chasing each other around.

We like the camp spot and woods so much we stayed another night: chill time.  The days were warm, in the low 90s and the nights were cool in the low 60s.


Gas:  $3.26 gal

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Vicki on

Beautiful pictures. And loved hearing about the deer that sauntered out in front of you and then jumped the fence! Pretty gutsy.

lapetitegrande3 on

I agree great pictures.

footloosets on

Glad you liked the pictures. I have to laugh as I take most of my pics on the fly....even with camera out the window getting a shot of where we were. LOL

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