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Published: September 14th 2020
Well, as we stated in the interim blog for today, we arrived at a plan B, and hoped it would work out in our favor. We left Sisters at 8:10 am. The smoke seemed a little less than the night before and we wondered how far East we would have to go to lose it entirely. We spoke with others that had altered their plans, and many of the RV parks were getting cancellations. As bad as we felt about not seeing some of the sites we had planned on, we felt worse for the many people that had to leave their homes and lost them to the fires.
I thought I'd do a section here on RV life, at least the life that we've experienced in 30' RV's. First off, if you can't stand being with each other at home, this type of vacation is not for you. As you would guess, everything is very compact. Our rig has a Queen size bed that has me cursing every morning trying to make the bed. They provide flat sheets that are almost impossible to tuck in at the top. The mattress has a plastic coating, so as you are sleeping
the sheets move down....ugh. We all decided that next time we would bring a fitted sheet with us. Passing each other in the hall can be quite intimate, if you know what I mean. Cooking is not bad at all except we do miss not having an oven in this RV. Now for the bathroom facilities. The toilet is on a raised platform. If you are vertically challenged in the height department it could be a long two weeks. You would need a small step ladder to get to the throne. Ray has been complaining about his 3 oclock bathroom visit that the water is too cold. All in all, we do enjoy the RV life and each trip is easier than the last. We all agreed that we like the layout and quality of the Minnie Winnie better than this one.
The radio coverage has been awful on this trip, so we were excited this morning when Ray was able to find the correct adapter to connect our IPhone to the radio and start playing some tunes.
As we mentioned earlier, we headed East this morning on Rt 126 through Redmond and Prineville. The smoke was as
thick as ever. In fact it didn't start thinning out until we were over 100 miles from Sisters. We stopped at a little (and I mean little) town called Mitchell for a toilet break and to stretch. This was a very quaint town that looked like an old western movie town. Ray went into the General Store to buy some juice. He said it was like going back 60 years. They had everything you can imagine there,, from fresh vegetables to nuts and bolts to car batteries to fishing tackle. The whole town was plastered with Trump flags and signs.
Leaving Mitchell, we started seeing shadows on the road for the first time in days, and we hit the higher elevations going in John Day, OR. This is big ranch country, with huge cattle ranches all along our route. The country side is most impressive, with rolling pastures and large mountains. We passed through some spectacular forests with bubbling trout steams running along the highway. We stopped in John Day to have lunch and chill a bit before heading out. We decided to head to Baker City, so we searched out an RV park and called for reservations. Good
thing, even though they had 97 RV sites, they were almost sold out.
Leaving John Day, the smoke got thinner and thinner, and we were able to really start to enjoy the spectacular country side we were traversing. We made a quick stop at Whitney, OR. This is an abandoned town (Ghost town). Was once a logger's town with 150 people living here. When the railroad pulled out of the area, the logging shut down and everyone left in 1947. Been vacant since.
We rumbled into Baker City around 3:30 and checked into the Mt. View RV Park. This place is immaculate. Very friendly people, full hookups, great Wifi, and laundry facilities 50 feet away. After an extended cocktail hour, we had a wonderful chicken dinner, finished the blog, and we're hitting the sack. We'll see tomorrow where we end up for the night.
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