Rain don’t stop us!

We are learning that when in the Pacific Northwest we cannot let the rain stop us from seeing the sites.

We hiked down to Agate Beach in Patrick’s Point State Park in light rain.  It was gnarly.

Treasures from the beach:

Elk in Redwoods National Park:

Road to Gold Bluffs Beach.  No rv’s allowed

We didn’t stay here but this is Gold Bluffs Beach.  Would be a great place to stay if you were tenting it or in a truck/camper

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park  We didn’t stay here because we wanted hook ups during rain storm but this was one of the most beautiful campgrounds we’ve seen.  And we’ve seen a few.

 

Finally, one of the places I really wanted to go was Fern Canyon. The gate was closed due to rains which meant hiking a mile along the road if you wanted to go there. The rain stopped in the afternoon so we went for it. The hike doesn’t usually involve hiking through so much water but because of the recent rain, the creek was higher. It didn’t stop us.

 

Not going any further.

  • This is such a beautiful area!  We highly recommend a visit if you’ve never been here.

Beautiful Northern California

its been almost 40 years since we’ve visited this part of California. That was when Travis was a baby and he slept all day and cried all night. I think we were too traumatized to come back.

Here are some pics from Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park:

Two and a half mile to Drury/Chaney Grove. Highly recommend this if you are driving Avenue of the Giants:

Trinidad, Ca:

We are hunkered down in an RV park for the next few days due to a storm that’s coming through. We may be doing more book reading and movie watching rather than hiking and site-seeing. I guess we better get used to this since we are headed to Oregon and Washington.

Heading North!

We left home on Sunday morning and arrived at Petaluma by 4:30 p.m.  Stayed in a casino parking lot for the night. Many casinos offer free overnight parking. Can’t beat free. Here are a few pics from our travels on highway 128 to the coast. Here’s a few pics from the drive:

Pacific Star Winery:

MacKerricher State Park where we spent the night:

Some things are just like home. Watching Tucker while eating deconstructed chicken lettuce wraps.

We were both a bit nervous about starting out on this trip. I think we were afraid we wouldn’t like it as much as our last big trip. But after only two nights away from home we are just loving the adventure of seeing new sites!

Alaska or Bust!

Kigertales is back!  It was great being home for a year and a half after our grand adventure through much of the lower 48 in 2016.  We spent much time with our kids, grandkids, friends, and church family. One of us got a new knee. And we worked on a few maintenance projects around home. Took a Windstar cruise around the South Pacific (best vacation ever!).  Now we are ready to hit the road again.  In a few days, we will head up to the Northern California coast for a week or two, then on to Oregon and Washington. We plan to spend two months exploring these two states that we have spent very little time in. We meet two couples in Seattle at the end of May for a seven day Alaska cruise. When we get back to Seattle after the cruise, we will be heading to Alaska with one of the couples. We will probably spend two months exploring but it could be less or it could be more. We hope our previous subscribers will continue to follow us and maybe we will pick up some new ones. I will also be posting each post (that sounds weird) to Facebook since we had some subscriber issues last time.

So here are some facts that will be fun to compare at the end of our journey:

Current mileage on our car (some of you may notice that we have a newer car since it didn’t seem wise to take the old trusty Land Cruiser on the Alaska Highway with 227,000 miles on it):

Here’s the current map of the states we’ve visited in our Lance trailer. We are excited to add to it!

We are extremely excited for this new adventure but there are some things we will miss. In no particular order: summertime on Southern California beaches, Tucker, camping for the whole summer at San Clemente State Park during Summer Soul Surf Camp, being with our beloved church family, Tucker, a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. But the hardest thing is leaving our kids, their spouses and the grandkids for such a long time. Tiffany texted me this morning and said she overheard Stone (age 5) while holding a dandelion saying “I wish Mimi and Papa wouldn’t go on their big trip”. Uggg! A couple of weeks ago we spent our last time together with everyone. We will miss them so much!

Things we are not looking forward to:  the planning it takes to have a place to stay each night. We don’t like to reserve ahead of time, so it can be challenging.  The blog. I have a love/hate relationship with it  but since I had nice books printed from it for our own enjoyment last time, I will keep doing it. Going to laundromat.  They can be gross.  Surfing. John, not me

Our last trip to the beach yesterday with two of our kids and their kids:

Hooking up and starting to pack:

For the Facebook group. Look for us.

See y’all down the road!

Home Sweet Home

We left Colorado on Friday morning intending to drive two hours to a campground in Utah. After that our plan was to spend some time visiting Zion and Bryce. Well, once we hit the Utah border something happened. It was like we were a horse heading to the barn. Being that close to home made us anxious to see kids, grandkids, and friends. We arrived at home on Saturday afternoon after 10 months on the road!

Here’s a few facts:
Miles driven:
12/26/2015:

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10/29/2015:

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That’s 23,341 miles!

States visited on our trip on 12/26/15:

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States visited on our trip as of 10/29/16:
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As you can see we still have some states to visit and we also want to go back to Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. We have no intention of going to the mid-west states that we missed! We don’t plan on going out for another long trip but will do the the rest of the states by going out a few months at a time.

Random blessings:
Our car is 17 years old and had lots of miles on it when we left. I’m sure some of you thought we were crazy! We wondered if we were crazy. But we did not have a single problem with our car! We did get the oil changed a few times and we bought new tires in North Dakota. But to drive that many miles and have no mechanical issues was such an incredible blessing.

We had no health issues! Neither of us even caught a cold. That was pretty amazing since we were in so many places touching hand rails and such that thousands of others had touched before us. And think of all the public bathrooms we used! It truly seems like a miracle. Of course, there was the broken wrist but the worst part of that was that John had to wash the dishes for seven weeks! He does so much while we are traveling (emptying the poop tank for one) that I really did feel bad about the dishes. But he never complained.

We were so blessed to find so many beautiful places to camp. Many of them were found in my research but we went to others that fellow travelers told us about. We so appreciated those recommendations. Not once were we disappointed and some of them turned out to be among our favorites.

This many sound funny but we were so, so blessed by Walmart! We love Sam Walton! And here’s why:

They are everywhere! In most parts of the country, Walmart Supercenters are the norm, not the exception (unlike Orange County, Ca). In case you don’t know the difference between a regular Walmart and a Supercenter, the Supercenter also includes a full grocery store. Emphasis on full.

Another very helpful thing to us rv’ers is a big parking lot. We were always able to find parking for our rig. And they have an auto center. We would leave our car to get the oil changed while we went into the store to do our shopping. And it’s one-stop shopping. And every store is set up the same so we know where everything is.

A typical shopping trip might include groceries, rv toilet paper (very important), fishing tackle and bait, propane, pocket knife (when “someone” looses theirs), winter gloves (when “someone” looses theirs), shorts (when you realize you didn’t bring enough), mosquito spray, toilet plunger (to pull the dent out of rear quarter panel of tow vehicle when “someone” leans against it).

We were blessed to see the best of this great country! In this current political climate, it’s easy to be discouraged at the condition of our country. And there is much to be discouraged about. But this is an incredibly beautiful country. God has blessed us with such creativity in our physical world. And we met so many kind people. It seems that on the media we only see the meanness of people but we met a lot of genuinely nice people!

Some things I personally won’t miss about traveling:

Always having to think about where we were going to stay next. This responsibility was mine and it was a little stressful. Because we wanted flexibility, we never made reservations more than a week or so ahead. But it always seemed to work out and we were never without a place to stay. Thank you, Jesus.

Doing laundry. Most independent rv parks have laundry facilities. But we preferred staying in state parks, most of which do not have laundry facilities. We were just always having to think about where we would do laundry. And I think doing laundry in public facilities is disgusting. Have you ever had to clean someone else’s lint left in the dryer? Gross!

Doing the blog. I didn’t hate doing it but I’m glad this is my last post (until we go back out again). Since this blog is for others but also for us as a record of our journey, I felt the pressure to keep it going but often I just wanted to quit. So glad to not think about it for awhile! And by the way, thanks to Travis for setting up the blog for me. Couldn’t have done it myself!

And now the question you are all asking yourselves. “How did the two of you get along?” “How is it being with your spouse 24/7?” Here’s the answer: One of the key things is having common interests. We have a lot of common things that we like doing! That is critical. (Although I never want to go to another fort in my life.) Another thing that I think is key is that when we do get frustrated with each other (and we did) neither of us stays mad for very long. Did we bicker? Yes. Did we get bugged by one another? Yes. I think my talking got to John sometimes. It turns out than when I’m driving I talk to other drivers a lot. And I make comments about everything. Who knew? But on our last night we told each other that we wouldn’t have wanted to do this with anyone else!

Finally, I’d like to share this chapter from the Psalms I read part way into our trip. This was a song sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.
Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains-
Where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,
The Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip-
He who watches over you will not slumber;
Indeed, He who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you-
The Lord is the shade at your right hand;
The sun will not harm you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm-
He will watch over your life;

The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

And this sunset from our last night traveling home, seemed like the final blessing:
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We hope this blog has served as an inspiration to the readers! We know camping (even in an rv) is not for everyone. But there are other ways to get out and see this great country. And if this adventure seems like something you’d like to do, then do it! I’d like to encourage young people to save for something like this even if you, like us, can’t do this until retirement. Most of all, I hope our own kids will be inspired. We will try to leave some money for you to do this. 😂