Stay put or head south – That is the question

Completed my camp hosting job

I completed my camp hosting job on Sep 9 but decided to stay there a bit longer until the water ran out.  It was nice not having the daily chores and collecting money.  For a few days there was nobody in the campground, but the first weekend they filled up the park once again.  Of course it didn’t cost the campers any money and they did not have toilet paper in the bathrooms.  Also the handle to the water pump was removed so they had to supply their own water.  But the camping was FREE so that brought them in.

My original plans had changed (will get into that later) so I decided to check out the Clackamus River RV Park about 6 miles outside of Estacada, OR.  I drove down there and to my surprise I almost couldn’t get a site because it was totally full.  I told them I would be here at least one month and maybe two.  They were able to find me a spot in the back where another person won’t be coming in until Dec 1.  I signed up for a month and got moved in.

Changing residency

I am changing my state of residency from Texas to Oregon and I needed an address to begin the process.  Once I moved in I applied for Medicare Senior Advantage and Senior Advantage Plus through Kaiser Permanente.  I was enrolled in Kaiser Permanente in Southern California prior to beginning my full-time adventures, but had to cancel since I was on the road more then 6 months.

I was accepted by KP and received my card in time for my first appointment to renew all my prescriptions.

Why change residency?

I guess you asking why I am changing my residency.  Throughout my travels I have always knew that one day I would be wanting to settle down and not travel quite so much.  When I crossed into Oregon back in May I stayed at the Rogue River RV Park right on the Rogue River.  What a beautiful place!

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I thought that is where I wanted to settle down.  However looking at property I realized it was way out of my price range.  Anything on a river in Oregon is usually VERY expensive.  So I stopped thinking of that for a while.

Then back in August I took a 2 day fly fishing course through The Fly Fishing Shop in Welches, OR.  Part of the course was to go fishing both days.  The first day was on the Swift River and the second day we fished on the Salmon River.  You take these little one lane back roads to get to the river.  All along the river are these beautiful homes out in a forest setting.  I thought that would be a great place to live so I googled “real estate Welches, OR”.  I came up with one site that showed a cabin located within the Mt Hood Resort Village.  It was small but perfect for me and right within my price range.  So on my day off I headed up there to check it out.

Liked what I saw

I liked it except for the fact that it was close to Highway 26 and there was substantial road noise.  This is a gated community and when I went in to get a pass code I picked up a flyer at the desk that told them about the cabins for sale.  Little did I know that this would change my life.  When I got back to Lake Harriet I read the flyer and decided to check it out further.

To make a long story short I put a deposit on a lot that is further back from the road (no road noise whatsoever).  Plus it was just a few hundred feet from the Salmon River.

Approved by lender TWICE

I put in an application to the lender and was approved not only once, but twice.  The original application was taken over the phone and the app was all screwed up.  They had it down that I was working full time for PGE (Portland General Electric – my camp host employer) and not just part time in the summer.  I didn’t see the original application until they sent me the approval.  

I brought it to their attention and they informed me that they would have to run the app again.  After much negotiation I finally got approved again.  I just had to come up with the down payment.  I cashed in my PGE 401k and my mutual fund and savings and just paid them the down payment last week.  

Now I am waiting for it to be built.  This is a single wide modular home built by Cavco in Woodburn, Or just about 63 miles away.  It probably won’t be ready for me to move into until after the first of the year.

Future Travel Plans

I don’t plan on living in my new home all the time.  I am still going to work in the summer at Lake Harriet for the next few years.  Plus I still intend to travel in the winter months of December and January/February.  Then plan to spend relaxing time in my new home the rest of the year.  I will still maintain my RV and store it at the Village when not using it.  So once I move in I will be a part-timer and not a full-timer.  

More to come on this later.  Just wanted to let everyone know what I have been up to.  

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Pics of my Summer Home

I am still having problems with the new Photos application on my MAC so I decided to revert to the old IPhotos application. I couldn’t get the new Photos to upload the pics from my camera. Thankfully the old IPhotos has no problem.

Following are some pics of my campsite here at Lake Harriet. The first couple pics shows my view of the Oak Grove Fork of the Clacamas River. I love my backyard.

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My chair where I sit every afternoon with Chica is on the right of this next pic. Not too shabby!

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I have moved my rig further into the sun from this pic. My panels weren’t getting enough sun to keep the batteries charged.

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This is the day use area with the lake in the background. The lake is much larger then it appears in this pic.

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Chica is having a ball in the grass with the river running by.

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This is Chica’s favorite spot for catching the afternoon sun.

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Here is the narrow road that leads to our campground.

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Lots of Fish

I am sure getting a lot of fish dinners. One camper gave me this beautiful Rainbow Trout, which I cooked up real nice. It was delicious. Another camper brought me dinner two different times and they were fried trout. Really good!

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Timothy Lake

I drive up to Timothy Lake every Wednesday to take a nice long hot shower. They also have washers and dryers that I can use free. I also can use their Internet to check on email. This is the lodge and the duplex at Timothy Lake that the PGE employees can rent for a modest fee.

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View of Mt Hood

After finishing up with business at Timothy Lake I took a ride across the dam and part way around the lake. From the Hoodview Day Use area there is a great view of Mt Hood. If you look close you can see a family of ducks enjoying the lake.

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Found the Pacific Crest Trail

I kept going further and found the Pacific Crest Trail that stretches for 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada.

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Then I crossed back over the dam and got this pic of the lake on one side and the river far down on the other side.

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I hope this shows you a bit of what it looks like in my beautiful summer home. I will try to post more often now that I have the pics figured out.