On The Road Again – To Denali

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We got a late start today. One camper had trouble getting their camper on their truck and we can’t leave until EVERYONE leaves!

The drive to Denali National Park was an easy one today. Dale was tired after getting up and having coffee ready at 6 when everyone else slept in!

The views were gorgeous as only a wild land can be. Take a gander!

Alaskan Native Vetrans
The Native Veterans Bridge



in denali
Mountains outside the shops in Denali.



Tanana River
Tanana River


Dale is off riding the bus into the park and I am sure he will haves lots of photo’s at www.rvecafe.com

I have a free day. There is about a block of little shops (if that many). Our RV park is right behind them. Between the mountains, river, road and shops, not much space to put a bunch of RV’s!


The day we arrived here (yesterday) the planned event was at The Cabin. Homestyle dinner and a show. What fun we had. The waiters and waitresses were all in the show and they had things going on all through dinner.

my table

This is my table. In the next photo we show you how we let the waiter Charles know we need more food. Yep. Napkins in the air and swing those puppies around.

more food

Charles our waiter, is from Scottsdale, AZ. He comes up here to perform. He plays the piano, guitar and sings. Pretty funny guy too.

waiter charles

Dinner was salmon, ribs, corn, mashed red potatoes, biscuits, salad and baked beans. ((drum roll please))


Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry Cobbler
Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry Cobbler. Topped off with whipped cream.

Our show cast:

the group
L-R: Charles, low voiced guy, Joe and Henry Fanny and Miss Amber in front.

It was a good day all around.

Life is gooooood! Really good. God has shown us so much of His creation this trip and it is all beautiful.



One Hike

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We finally decided to hike on the trail made from Davis Dam to Laughlin. Don Laughlin donated the money needed to put in this 5 mile “walk.” to the dam. The road above the dam is closed to traffic so one can walk across the dam.

Walkway across Hwy 95
Walkway across Hwy 95 to Las Vegas

We parked Miss Scarlet above the dam and walked across the dam and down the hill to the park. The path was all pavement so we were disappointed as we like to walk in dirt! We hiked a mile and a half before we realized we couldn’t make the complete 5 miles before dark. So we turned around and got in a good 3.5 mile hike.


We got a late start so we couldn’t go all the way to the walkway and back before dark. It was a great hike along the Colorado River.

Davis Dam


Riverside Casino boat that goes from the casino to the dam. The tour includes a narrative of the history along the river.

Oh, just a side mention. This was my birthday. Yup, 66 years young. It was a great birthday!

That evening we had a birthday dinner with Anita and Bud at Chili’s. We decided on their special – 2 for $20 and it was delicious. And so much the better with friends.

Again, seizing the moments in life and being very thankful and blessed for life and this crazy RV lifestyle.


One Of Those Days

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Today was one of those days where we were busy on one hand and relaxing on the other. 

Our day started about 9 because we were up watching the Olympics too late last night. Dale took off for a hike and I finished my emails and fixed dinner. I was brushing Morgan when I decided she needed a bath. So we got that done much to her dissatisfaction. It is so funny because she loves water but not out of a hose with soap applied.

Then we went to the luncheon provided by the Air Gun Club. They were raising funds for there rifle range. So for $7 we got a hamburger or cheeseburger and all the fixings, potato salad (Costco), baked beans and ice cream for dessert. 


As you can sort of see, the place was packed. It was nice to see, though, that these people know when an event starts. At our park in Sutherlin people come earlier and eat and leave before the time provided to begin an event. 🙂 

We ate out here with others. We sat with Kyp and Barb and found out we met them at our park when they came to visit. Upon further conversation they are the ones that gave us the discount coupon to come here to stay. Sorry no photo of them. I was too busy eating!


It was a good time and the people here are so friendly. They really came out to support one of their activities. 

Then we came home and relaxed. I was able to sit out in the sun and read for awhile. After all, it was 77 out! Since it was a nice day it was a shame to spend it inside. So we took off to tour the country side. Dale took me to the place where he hiked on Tuesday and then we went on further to Julian. 

We went through towns like Oak Grove, Warren Springs, Sunshine Summit, and Santa Ysabel, We went to Julian because that is where the Julian Pie Company is. Dale wanted to show me where they went after their hike, but I caught on fast enough that he wanted some of their delicious pie! So we stopped. 


We were greeted at the door with…..


They had Carmel Apple, Dutch Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Apple/Peach Crumb, Boysenberry Apple, Apple Mountain Berry, I’m not a big pie eater so I settled for their Cider Donut covered in chocolate. Yum. It was good. A fun little store that has 3 delivery trucks and does a bang up business. 


Their muffins and caramel apples.


A little nook to sell a sundry of wares. 

We meander back towards home, checking out some areas where houses lived. Dale stopped at the fire station in Warner Springs to ask about a trail he wants to hike on Sunday. As we neared home we decided it was time for dinner and stopped at a little hole in the wall that was recommended to us for dinner. 


I’m not one for BBQ anything, but we stopped to see what some of the folks here raved about. We were pleasantly surprised. For a Friday night the place was not hopping. We were the only guest in the dining room as it was too cold to sit outside. We decided that neither one of us was not that hungry, so we shared a wild salmon dinner, with salad, grilled veggies and a roll. The thing about this place was – extra’s were added for a price. Water was $1.25 a bottle which we were charged $1.50. (we didn’t quabble over a quarter). We did order a baked potato to share. The portions that we split were very generous and it was only $2.50 extra to split. So we felt ok about that. And our salmon was delicious. The veggies were cooked just right. In all, we were satisfied and glad we shared. 

It was dark out by the time we left and we came home happy and satisfied. I think it is called “content.” 

A beautiful ending to a beautiful day. 

Tomorrow we head to old town Temecula and a Farmers Market. 

Life is just grand. It really is. Our God smiles down on us!