Start of the Canada Trip

Good bye Baker City, OR hello Winchester, ID

We started our trip into Canada at Baker City, OR.    We went through Hell’s Canyon on the Salmon River.  What a site! Sorry but I don’t have any pics as my co-pilot (Chica) was too busy sleeping.  It is a place I would love to return to some day.

One of two stops before crossing the border was Winchester Lake State Park.  It is a beautiful spot and would be a great spot in the summer months where you could enjoy the lake.  Day 1 – 268 total miles.

I got confused and went down a frontage road used by the park crew.  There was no place to turn both my rig and the toad so it was the first spot I had to disconnect in order to turn my rig around.  Fortunately I have got the process of connecting and disconnecting down so it didn’t take me long at all.

This is a pic of my campsite and a another of several LD’s in their sites.

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Chica was cold

It was cold out so Chica wore her stylish leather coat.  It helps to keep her warm and she does not object too much when I put it on her.

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We took a walk down to the lake and Chica even went out on the dock.  However she does not want to go near the water.  I can’t really blame her as it was very cold.

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Second Day – Farragut State Park, ID

Our second day we drove to Farragut State Park just south of Sandpointe, ID.  This was a huge state park with lots of loops and campsites.  Most of us were able to park in the same loop. Day 2 – 179 total miles.

Once I knew I was going on this trip I made reservations for the Idaho State Parks since we were going to be arriving there on Memorial Day weekend.  It is a good thing as both parks were filling up.  At Farragut State Park there were a lot of families pulling in with all the kids bikes and toys.  Canada celebrates their Memorial Day at a different time so we did not have a problem with reservations at any of the Canadian parks.

I only got one pic of my campsite at Farragut.

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Crossing into Canada

On Saturday we crossed into Canada.  During our meeting at Baker City we had all discussed what we could and couldn’t bring across the border.  I was a bit worried that I had too much wine since John, Linda and I had bought wine at all the wineries on the way to the rally.  We were going to split up our wine with some others who were not carrying any, but decided at the last minute that we would just chance it.

The line at the border was very short.  I was right behind John and Linda.  I was asked if I had any liquor and I did tell her I had 4 bottles of wine.  She did not even ask me about Chica (who was sound asleep on my lap), but I had her papers to show just in case.  The crossing was very easy and took less the five minutes.  The customs people were very friendly.

Just after crossing the border we decided to stop and take a break and let the dogs out.  We were now in British Columbia.

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I bought Chica a new coat at the Petco in Lewiston, ID.  She really doesn’t like it since you have to put her legs through it, but I’m sure she will get used to it eventually.

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Crowsnest Pass RV Park

After crossing we drove to Crowsnest Pass outside of Bellevue, Alberta.  Most of the time we were in British Columbia until we hit the Alberta border.  The Rocky Mountains up here are spectacular and there is no way to describe it.  I will get many photos of it before we leave so our first priority was getting to our campsite as it was a very long day.  Day 3 – 255 total miles.

The GPS had us driving through the center of Coleman which is right next to Bellevue.  We finally found it and got settled in.

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Happy Birthday Nikki!!

It just happened to be Nikki’s birthday so we celebrated with a cake and ice cream.  It was the first time we all got together as a group on the road and it was a lot of fun.

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That is Nikki in the middle cutting the cake.

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We will be here at the Crowsnest Pass RV Park for two nights so we plan on seeing some of the sites and museums in the area.  This area is know for coal mining and includes some natural as well as man-made disasters.  It should be a fun day.

Northwest Lazy Daze GTG

Baker City, OR

We made it to the small town of Baker City, OR for the Northwest Lazy Daze GTG.  It was great fun and I met a lot of new friends there as well as seeing some old friends as well.  The weather when we arrived was windy but the second day day was great.

Here is a pic of an entire row of LD’s that were parked at the Mt. View RV Park.  It was really cool seeing so many LD’s all lined up.

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Meetings and potlucks

We had our meetings and potlucks here.  The group also supplied breakfast.  What a deal!

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Here is their General Store/Office.

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Some of us were working

John received a new turret for his satellite TV.  I helped him replace it as he has done so many things for me over the years.  We got it all hooked up and he fired it up and it still would not work correctly.  What a bummer!!!  They are going to send him a new unit once he gets home to Colorado.

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Learning Genealogy

Donna was teaching the fine points of genealogy.  I have done some work on archives.com but was not very good at it.  She gave all her students a packet with lots of great ideas on how to create your family tree.

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There was also a GTG with Pete Reed for all those that were going on the Canada trip.  We all went through our Itinerary together and everyone had a lot of questions.  We are all very excited for the trip to begin.

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

A few of us went up to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center outside of Baker City.  It was a very fascinating place and very informative.  Here are a couple of pics from the center.

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Thank you Northwest Lazy Daze

I want to thank everyone in the Northwest Lazy Daze group.  I had a wonderful time and met many new faces as well as some I had met previously.  It was a great time.  I apologize for posting this so late, but the Internet service since then has been really lousy.

Camp Hosting

4 1/2 MONTHS – You’ve got to be kidding!

I have been camp host here at Ochoco Divide National Campground in Central Oregon since May 15,  It has been a rather long time, but it has been very enjoyable nonetheless. For those of you thinking of workkamping I offer the following suggestions.

  • Know what your getting into – Find out what is expected prior to getting there and what you will earn as well or what you are entitled to if you volunteer.
  • Get everything in writing.  Usually emails between you and your new employer.
  • Make sure your rig is properly equipped for the area.  If there are no hookups make sure you have solar panels or a generator,  Sometimes the employer will supply you with a generator to use.  What about a dump station and fresh water?  What about Internet access or cell phone service?
  • Learn about the local area.  Where are the local markets, gas stations, Walmart (if there is one nearby).

60 miles roundtrip…

When I discussed my position with my employer before taking the job he emphasized that the nearest town was 30 miles away.  That meant 60 miles round trip just to get groceries and propane.  I usually made the trip once a week not necessarily for the supplies but just as a change of pace.  I found a great BBQ place where I would treat myself to a dinner to go that I would enjoy once I returned to camp.

Great fun meeting new people

I think the biggest enjoyment I got out of this past summer was meeting such a variety of people.  My campground is not a destination campground where campers would stay for a week and most of the campers would only stay one night and then move on.  Some weren’t even in RV’s.  Many drove in here on bicycles, motorcycles, cars and trucks as well as RV’s of all sizes and shapes.  I had a lot of tent campers.  Some even walked in.

Or pedaled in.

Just because they were only there overnight didn’t make a difference as to meeting them.  Everyone is usually happy to tell you where they are going or where they have been.  I made a lot of friendships during the summer and many people told me of really neat places they had been.  Of course the cyclists usually had different stories to tell, but they still shared fantastic places they had seen in their travels.  It was especially interesting to meet people from other countries and get their opinion of travel in the US.  I met people from Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, England, Australia, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and a lot from Canada.  They all loved traveling in the US.

Another vehicle would help…

Since I don’t have a toad I wasn’t able to get to many of the nearby places I would have liked to, however I am working to save for one and hope by this time next year I will have a vehicle.  If that is the case I may just come back here next summer, but not sure yet.  My employer has already asked me if I would return.

Go with the flow…

I would also highly recommend to anyone taking a camp host position to be flexible.  You do not always have to go by the book in some cases.  But the most important asset is to BE FRIENDLY and don’t be shy.  People look up to you as the boss of the camp but you don’t have to act like one.  That will go a long way to make your camp host season a successful one.

I was the only camp host in my campground and it can be difficult taking time off since there is no one there to fill in for you.  I just took almost every Tuesday off and it worked out pretty good.  It gave me a day to myself to do what I wanted to do.  When I returned, I would still make my rounds, but it always felt like a day off.  My employer said I could take two consecutive days off and one of the other camp hosts would fill in for you, but I never did that.  Next year if I have a toad and decide to return I will definitely take the two days off and venture out to the surrounding area.

But most important…

But I would say the most important thing is to make time for yourself and relax.

Also be sure to take time to smell the roses or any other flower that catches your eye.

Marriage, Pack rats and new schedule + results of the poll

Cycling and marriage proposal

Don’t get any ideas that I’m getting married cause that ain’t going to happen.  I am referring to a couple of cyclists that rode in here looking for water and a place to eat lunch before they headed on down the road.  Julianne and Bjorn looked pretty worn out when they arrived after climbing the long hill from Prineville, OR.  I gave them water and they plopped down to have lunch and take a relaxing break.  They are both from Spokane, WA and they drove down to Walla Walla where they started their adventure.  Then they cycled down to Crater Lake, OR which is quite a ride.  I asked them what was the biggest thrill during their trip and they mentioned that it was at Crater Lake where Bjorn proposed to Julianne and she accepted.  That is a day they will never forget.  You can read more about it at their blog at dryearthandfloods.wordpress.com  

Congratulations Julianne and Bjorn.  May you have a wonderful life together cycling all over the country.  They deserve a high five for not only their engagement but also for that fantastic cycling trip.

Discovered a pack rat

I popped my hood this morning and this is what I saw.  I actually saw the rat as well as it was sitting cozily on his bed.  I almost felt like grabbing him by the tail but I knew better then that.  It was a big one too and scampered off to another section of my engine.  Tomorrow I will head into Prineveille and see about getting something that I can kill the dirty bugger with.


I thought I would be leaving my camp hosting job at the end of September.  Now they are asking me to stay for another week until October 6.  The campground has been surprisingly busy for this time of year.  Probably has to do with the GREAT camp host, but more likely it is due to the extremely warm weather.  It has been in the 90’s three days this week and will be in the upper 80’s almost all next week.  People still want to get out and enjoy this wonderful weather before the rain begins.

It will give me about a week to travel the 400+ miles to Fernley, NV to work for Amazon.

The votes are in

I would like to thank everyone for voting in the poll last week regarding the new look of Jimbo’s Journeys Blog.  Out of 81 votes received, I have 77 (95.06%) in favor of the new look and only 4 (4.94%) in favor of the old look.  It looks like the new look is here to stay.  Thanks again for letting me know.

Only a couple of weeks to go

Winding down

It doesn’t seem possible that I have been here at Ochoco Divide NFS campground for almost 4 1/2 months.  I am scheduled to close up the park at the end of the month.  I still keep getting a steady flow of campers although not as many.  I think it is due to the fact that this area has not gotten any rain yet, however it is getting colder at night.  Day time temps are still in the 80’s and Thursday it is supposed to go up to 90, but the night temperatures have gone done to the 40’s and even the 30’s.  There is still much to do here as I have bathroom floors and picnic tables to paint on top of the regular routine.

Not too many cyclists left

I am still getting a few cyclists coming through the campground usually looking to just take a break after climbing a long hill from Mitchell, OR and also needing water.  Dan and Isabella are from Sisters, OR and they came through here headed east about a week ago.  I gave them some water then and they headed on their way.  This past week they came through on their return trip and also stopped for a rest and some fresh water.  They had cycled to Joseph, a little town next to Hell’s Canyon and east of the Wallowa mountain range.  That must have been some beautiful scenery.

Almost to the East Coast

A few days ago I sent my friend Jack an text message asking him how he was doing and where he was.  Jack started out his cycling adventure in Florence, OR and his goal was the Atlantic Ocean.  He called me and said he was in Kentucky and only had about 450 miles to go to finish.  What an accomplishment!

Not really too much else to report but I am looking forward to hitting the road soon.

Check out this lifestyle

I love to talk to cyclists

Whenever I see a cyclist stopped in my campground I always take the opportunity to talk with them.  They have a million stories to tell and are usually very open about sharing them with you.  A few days ago I saw Don resting at the entrance to the campground.  I naturally went up to him and asked if he needed any water.  He had plenty, but was willing to pose for a photo and share with me where he had been and where he was going.

What a lifestyle change!

Originally Don lived in San Diego, CA but this is where the adventure begins.  He sold his home and from the profits he decided to hit the road.  This is where his lifestyle varies from my.  I drive a 27 ft. RV with 6 tires down the road.  Don has 2 wheels and a small tent for his abode.  What a difference!

Many people think I am crazy living the lifestyle I live.  I think Don is crazy for the lifestyle he lives.  But everyone has their own lifestyle that they enjoy.  Whatever makes that person happy is all that counts.

Off to Europe

Well, after selling his home he went to Europe for 1 1/2 years, where he biked all over Europe.  He mentioned that it was difficult in some parts due to the language barrier.  Poland was one place he found to be very friendly.

All down the west coast

On his return from Europe he cycled all the way from Vancouver, BC to La Paz, MX.  What a trip that must have been!  Right now he has been on the road 3 months and has been to Washington, Montana, Yellowstone, Wyoming, Idaho and was on his way to Bend, OR.  What a magnificent journey!

Here is a pic of Don living his lifestyle.

Whether you abode is a stick house, an RV or a bike with tent as long as you love your lifestyle that is all that matters.  As different as they are both, Don and I love our own lifestyles.

A visit from RVSue and the Canine Crew

Sue and the crew hit the divide

On the 25th I got a visit from RVSue and her Canine Crew.  I guided her to a site where she could have lots of sun for her solar panel and also be able to make use of my Internet connection.  I had my regular work to do during the day but once that was completed I was able to sit down and talk over a glass of wine.  I had originally met Sue at the Elephant Butte SP outside of Truth or Consequences, NM.

Lots of chit chat

We were able to talk about all our wonderful adventures on the road.  I do read Sues blog so I have an idea where she has been, but it was still fun hearing about it from Sue.  Of course the crew was there and made plenty of noise whenever I would come over to see them.  She stayed three nights and just left yesterday morning.  It was my day off and I was going into Prineville for food and especially propane (as I was almost out) so she felt it was a good time to leave.  I showed her several campsites I have camped at.  She is headed toward the coast and wanted to get there before the weather gets too cold.

Hold on Bridget – your turning into the woods

This is a pic of Bridget, one of Sue’s canine crew following the GPS and ready to make a left turn.  No Bridget not a left into the forest!  Click on the pic and you can see Bridget behind the wheel driving like a maniac.

There goes RVSue and the Canine Crew off to the coast for more exciting adventures.  Thanks Sue for stopping.  It was a fun 3 days.

It is always nice meeting fellow bloggers and friends on the road.