Chasing the Sunrise travel blog

Upstairs hallway with a dehumidifier taking moisture out of the air.

Downstairs family room with two or many heater fans blowing air around...

Almost all of the walls downstairs were cut two feet up for...

PCV pipe carried water through the house. Very brittle when frozen. It...

Another heater / fan downstairs in the hallway. All pads and carpeting...

It was decided to remove and replace all pressurized water plumbing in...

Water was dripping from this cieling light in the kitchen.

Plumbing going to the upstairs master bathroom.

Remodel of the stairway.

Part of the house contents boxed and packed into the garage.

Two PODS holding all of our furniture while the work goes on.

Our front porch with plastic covering the patio furniture.

December at Olde Stone Village site 250. Quite the change from November...

Sun finally breaking through the clouds in northern Oregon during the winter....

The hope of Spring in the beautiful Willamette Valley with snow covering...


The next morning was a nice clear day to drive without any rain in sight. So we headed north on I-5 with our goal to get within striking distance of home. Rita and I took turns making the sometimes boring drive across the valley to Sacramento and took a break a little north of there. Traffic was moderate, the skys were clear, and conditions ideal for driving. So on we went with Redding as a possible stop for the night. We got to Redding. We decided we were not too tired to continue on. So on to Oregon and maybe staying at the Valley of the Rogue State Park on I-5 in Rogue River. Over the Siskiyou Summit Pass on I-5 into Oregon the weather was still clear and the roads were still dry. Into Ashland and Medford we drove and through toward Rogue River. By the time we got to the Valley of the Rogue SP we decided that why stay there. On we went because we wanted to get home. And besides I drove that route many times when I commuted from there to home in McMinnville while I still worked at Rogue Community College. We were only 5 more hours away now. So we pushed all the way back to McMinnville that day. We pulled into a familiar campground the "Olde Stone Village" and got a place for the next 3 nights.

The next day we visited our house for the first time. Not knowing what really to expect we weren't too shocked even though there was considerable damage done from the short time water was inside. They had cut out lots of big strips of drywall and pulled out almost all of the carpeting. Big commercial heater / fans were blowing everywhere. Two big dehumidifiers were pumping water from the air and dumping it down the drain. They had already discovered some of the avenging pipes in the walls and had cut sections out. We were told that there were probably more broken pipes still in the walls that they were not aware of yet. From that day forward we have been working on getting the house repaired and livable until now. We hope to be home again in mid March. We left Louisiana in mid December. Three months. Fortunately we were blessed to have an RV to stay in while this is all taking place.

We did miss staying in south Texas for the winter. Returning to some of our favorite sites in Arizona in March and April. But sometimes things happen just all of a sudden. We did have a great time making the trip and I certainly hope that you have enjoyed traveling with us. This absolutely will not be my last journal. We are already planning our trip for next winter. Sometime after Christmas next winter we will once again head south. This time Rita and I are planning on going into Mexico to Kino Bay for 6 weeks. From there we will move back up into Arizona for the remainder of the winter. So look forward to that. We also have some trips planned for this coming Spring and Summer around here. Also in June Rita and I will be attending a Turner family reunion in Amarillo, Texas for 10 days. Who knows. I may enter that trip into my journal. It should be pretty interesting. We will visit some of our old historic family sites around Texas and New Mexico.

So until next time. Stay safe and happy. Love you all.

Dale and Rita



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