The weather had been great up until the day I left the casino. It didn’t really rain but sprinkled all the way to Bend, OR. While in Bend I stopped at the Walmart to fill my prescriptions for the next 3 months and picked up some groceries.
I plan on spending 2 nights at the Bend Elks Lodge where they have electricity for $15 per night. Time to get everything charged up. I usually charge up IPhone, IPod, my computer, and my Bose speaker system. That just leaves my Kindle Fire, toothbrush and battery charger which recharges my rechargeable AA, AAA, and D batteries. I take advantage of electricity now as I will only have solar power when I reach Panorama Point (where I will be camphosting for the summer) and then I will have to juggle things to keep them charged.
Bend Elks Lodge
I signed up for two nights and got one of the 8 sites available with electricity. There were three other campers when I arrived but one of them left this morning. It has been very overcast and rained off and on during the day. Chica and I went for a walk but she got a burr in here foot. I helped her get it out and she is OK. This is a view of our spot at the Elks Lodge taken with my IPhone. It was just before it started really pouring.
Elks Lodge Membership
Becoming a member of the Elks had to be one of the best things I have done since starting to fulltime. Many of the Elks Lodges have low cost RV camping facilities and most of them have electricity, water and dump. They do not accept reservations but most have sites available when you pull in. After my experience trying to camp at a National Forest Service campground that was not yet open I made a change of plans and decided to stick with available Elks Lodges along my route.
My next stop will be the Elks Lodge in Yakima, WA where I will spend another 2 nights. Elks Lodges are a very convenient place to stay during off season camping while traveling. Plus they also have full bars and very reasonable dinners as well. Not too shabby!!!
Jim, I used to have to sequence my charging carefully when I had 200 watts of panels. Now that I have 350 watts of panels, I can charge whatever I want whenever I wish. It has been a wonderful improvement.
Thanks Barney for the tip. Looks like I will have to spend some of the money I make in the summer to get another panel. It sure would make things easier.
On your way up there be sure to stop in Leavenworth, WA. Well worth the stop.
I’ve heard good things about the Elks! Good choice!!
Wish we had realized what a great deal the Elks have for RVers. Jim could have joined when we lived in Pensacola.
We’ve seen some of the FS camp host sites with no electric have a generator provided. Hope you are in a sunny spot.
Glad you are making headways on your trek and also helping out little Chica. Enjoy Elks!
I take it only Men can join the Elks?
No. The Elks is open for both men and women.
Good to know about Elks. My Dad was a charter member of 1886 in Oceanlake (aka Lincoln City), Oregon. We’ve talked about joining but won’t be fulltimers so we’ll have to consider the cost. Safe travels~
Hi Jimbo, Happy everything is going well with you. Hate those burrs.lol. Good article and good pics as always…HoboJoe
I thought you might be interested in hearing that the North Cascades Highway (HW 20) is scheduled to open at noon on Thursday May 8. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades
Larry from the Pac. NW