Monday, August 26, 2013

Scout Mountain - Pocatello, Idaho Aug 18-25, 2013

Scout Mountain is a small campground located in the mountains near Pocatello at about 6,900 feet elevation.  The sites are large with plenty of privacy.  The daytime temps were in the low to mid 80s, and overnight lows in the mid 60s.  There are mostly pine trees and some aspen here.  We did some hiking most every day.  One day, we drove in to Pocatello, and took a side trip to Lava Hot Springs.  Our RV parts (to repair the tire damage) never showed up while we were in I re-ordered them from a dealer in Idaho Falls.  Hopefully, they will arrive in time.  While we were here at Scout Mountain, we met the camp hosts Jerry and Joyce.  They are really nice people, and we enjoyed spending time with them.  Our next stop will be Calamity, Idaho.

Our campsite at Scout Mtn

Another view of our campsite

Linda at the river in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho

Lava Host Springs - Idaho

Here's a deer that we spotted while hiking

There are lots of hummingbirds here!

Our wonderful camp hosts - Jerry and Joyce

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Provo, Utah Aug 15-18, 2013

Well, our 7-day limit was over at Spruces Campground, so we headed down the mountain to Provo, which is about 45 miles south of Salt Lake City.  We stayed at the Elks Lodge there.  They have 5 spots with full hookups for $20/night.
We drove to Amber's (Linda's niece) new home in Syracuse, UT.  She has a very nice home.  Linda's sister Debbie, Alec and Tyler all came from Pahrump to visit Amber for the weekend, so it was really nice to see them.  Our next stop will be Scout Mountain, which is located in the mountains outside of Pocatello, Idaho.

Linda, Debbie and Amber

a beautiful view of Temple Square - Salt Lake City

Mormon Temple -  Doesn't it look like Emerald City from the Wizard of OZ?  It's a pretty awesome sight!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Spruces Campground, Utah Aug 7-15, 2013

What a nice, peaceful week in the Wasatch Mountains East of
Salt Lake City.  The temps were 20 degrees cooler than in the city.  Daytime temps were around 75-F, and night-time in the low 50s.  We had a little rain, so Linda really liked that.  We spent most of the time hiking and enjoying the really beautiful green forest land.  Spruces Campground is at about 7,500 feet elevation, so the hiking was kind of strenuous.  Any incline at all, and we were out of breath.  I guess we need to get in better shape!!  After this week, we'll be headed down to Provo, Utah.  We'll be visiting Linda's niece Amber and Hubby... and Linda's sister Debbie.
This is a front view of our campsite.
Back view of our pull-thru site.

Campground road near our campsite

I'm pretty sure this is a River Otter...Maybe it's a Weasel.  It was strolling down the road after a short rainfall...

Part of the 'Tour of Utah'.  They rode straight down the mountain in front of Spruces Campground.

Linda is trying to capture another photo

Almost done with a long morning of hiking - Day's Fork Trail

Monday, August 12, 2013

Hello Mr. Moose...

Well, I guess it's probably more like Mrs. Moose...

We got to see 4 Moose wander through our campsite this morning..2 cows and 2 calves...pretty cool!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

RV Trouble on the Loneliest Road in America

We.ll, as you know, we left Cave Lake this morning, and headed toward Salt Lake City, Utah.  We took Hwy 50's dubbed 'The Loneliest Road in America'.  Well, out in the middle of nowhere, Big Bertha got a flat tire, and did a little bit of damage to the side of the RV.  Of course, no cellphone service...and I couldn't find a lugwrench to fit the tire.  After, about 30 minutes of searching, I found a socket and wrench to get the tire changed.  
We made it down the road another 50 miles or so, and a tire on the other side blew out as well.  Now, we have no spare!!!   At least we had Good Sam Roadside Assistance, and we were able to get it changed.  We followed the towtruck driver to his shop in Nowhere, Utah, and he kindly supplied us with all 4 new tire...for a nominal fee.  Oh well, at least we should be safe now.  So, tonight we're staying in Nephi, Utah, and will make our way to Salt Lake City area tomorrow

Poor Big Bertha...She took quite a beating.

Cave Lake State Park - Aug 2-7, 2013

Cave Lake State Park has two separate camgrounds.  Elk Flat and Lake iew.  We chose Lake View, Site 33.  This is a first-come-first serve park, so we were lucky to get a site.  It's a beautiful location with firepit, level area with picnic table, and large enough to fit Big Bertha and the truck.  There is no internet or telephone service here, but plenty of TV channels. 
While here at the park, we visited Ely several times, and enjoyed seeing all the historic buildings.  They have a section of town that has a number of older homes that have been resored to their orignal condition, and even include many furnishings of that period.  It's called Ely's Renaissance Village.  It's well worth seeing.  Ely was hosting the annual Arts in the Linda was in heaven... While in the area, we visited the Ward Charcoal Ovens.  These are large limestone ovens that were built to make charcoal from the surrounding Juniper and Pinion Pine trees.  The charcoal was used for smelting in the mining days.
After leaving Cave Lake, we stopped by Great Basin National Park, and hiked to Stella Lake.  It's actually a very beautiful park...although very remotely located. 

Our next stop will be Spruces Campground just east of Salt Lake City,UT.
Cave Lake State Park - Site 33

I don't think this snowmobile is ready for winter...

Ely Train Depot

Hotel Nevada in downtown Ely

Stella Lake at 10,000 ft elevation in Great Basin National Park

Friday, August 2, 2013

Eagle Valley Reservoir Aug 1-2, 2013

We were able to leave earlier on Thursday than we anticipated, so we intended to drive directly to Cave Lake State Park (near Ely, NV), but on the way, Linda saw the sign for Eagle Valley Reservoir (about 20 miles East of Pioche, NV).  She remembered camping there years ago, and I always wanted to see the area, so we headed that direction.  We got lucky, and found an empty site at Spring Valley State Horsethief Gulch Camping Loop, Site 32.  It was a rather tight fit for Big Bertha, but we managed.  This was a beautiful campground, and the lake was really refreshing to see.  While at the campground we saw a herd of deer feeding near the lake, and a bunch of cows grazing in the meadow.  Our next stop will be Cave Lake.
Space #32 in Horsethief Gulch Loop - Spring Valley State Park

Eagle Valley Reservoir

Thursday, August 1, 2013

The Final Stretch - July 7 - August 1, 2013

Well...We made it to the Final Stretch.  My LAST day of work was August 1st, 2013...Now, we get to begin a new adventure.  We're not really sure what to expect, but we're very excited.

We were really happy that we could stay at the Elks Lodge RV Park in Boulder City.  The folks here are all really nice people.  The other nice thing is that the rates dropped in July to just $13/day or $300/month.  That's pretty great, considering our 2 air conditioners seem to run non-stop all day long!  

Before we could begin our new adventure, we realized it wouldn't necessarily be cheap.  We had to repair a hot water tank leak, a roof leak, a fiberglass overhang panel replacement, and 6 new tires for the truck...not to mention the small fortune we'll be spending for diesel fuel!

While we were in Boulder City, Mom & Dad Robinson stayed at the Lodge RV park for about a week, so it was nice to visit with them.  We said lots of good-byes to friends, family and co-workers.  That was a little bit sad, but hopefully, we can keep in touch with everyone.

Even though we are leaving Nevada, we plan on coming back often to visit friends and family.  Our first stopover will be Cave Lake State Park (near Ely, NV).  Cooler weather at last!!  I'll be posting at all of our locations as we begin to explore this great country of ours.  If you would like to follow us, click on the 'follow by email' link on the right side of the page.  You'll get an email next time we post. 

In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger...We'll be back!

My New Retirement Leisure-Ware...courtesy of my coworkers at the Colorado River Commission
New friends we met in Boulder City - Hope to see you again soon!