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Jan 24, 2019 - Needles, CA KOA

After a wonderful 3 night stay in Bakersfield, we headed over the Tehachapi Pass to the KOA in Needles, CA for two nights. We had never been to Laughlin NV or Bullhead City, AZ so we took a day and visited both places and came away with a little money besides. More water in the Colorado River this year which was encouraging. Needles, CA received its name from the Needles, pointed mountain peaks at the south end of the valley with wind-blown holes in them, visible only by boat from the Colorado River. This city was founded with the arrival...

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Winter2019

Jan 13, 2019 - Calzona RV Park (1/11 - 1/13/19)

This is our second time in Needles. This park is outside of town and we are in the overflow area, but it works. We are in site #75. These sites are very close with not enough room to open our awning. There is also a bright light just outside the bedroom, but we made it work. We found a geocache in the park. The next day we drove down to Lake Havasu. When we were here before, Tim and Joanne visited Lake Havasu, but I wasn't feeling well. The day was cloudy and a bit cool, but a nice day for a drive. We walked over the London Bridge and all...

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Jan 1, 2019 - Desert View RV Resort (12/28 - 12/30/18)

This was our first time staying in Needles. This is a very nice RV park. Each of the sites is separated by large oleander bushes. That gives you a feeling of privacy. We were in site #37 at the end of a row. It was quite windy so the shrubs helped out a lot. From the back of the RV we could look out across the desert. We had an early dinner at a great little place, The River Front Cafe. That night we drove into Laughlin, NV to the Riverside Casino. Tim and Joanne got into a poker tournament, but had no luck. I didn't do very well with the...

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Nov 1, 2018 - From 28 degrees to 78 degrees

Well it was pretty chilly last night at 28 degrees. The sky in Ely, this morning looked ominous. Kind of like snow. But we are moving on toward warmer weather. It is supposed to be 78 degrees in Vegas, so we are dressing warm this morning and have laid out shorts and t-shirts for later. Underway at 0830 for a 6.5 hour day of traveling. No one sent me any guesses for what kinda of weird things we packed this year. Well I guess I better tell you...We packed an oriental rug that used to be in our dining room at home. Spike said if it didn't...

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May 16, 2018 - Santa Nella to Needles CA

We left Santa Nella about 6 am and headed to Needles Ca. It was a 9 hour truck, the dog were in the cab the whole time so we did not have to worry about the tempature. Once we got to needles the GPS took me someplace that was not the correct direction, but Donna got me on track. After having he AC on to cool down in the trailer we walked to the river just a stone throw away. Donna was impressed how clean the river is. We have. Some friendly neighbors here at the RV park. It is good to meet some other on the an adventure. Tomorrow we work...

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Pups and US

Mar 20, 2018 - WiFi Woes

We have been fighting an unsuccessful battle trying to get Internet connections while traveling, but I think we learned something today. It seems that our phones are capable of acting like WiFi connectors for our computers. The only trouble is that we don’t have a good enough connection with the phones because the parks are so remote they don’t have cell phone towers. The upshot is that, if we can get the phones working, we should have connections whenever we have good cell phone connections. And we can still use the Verizon WiFi when we...

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National Parks Tour

Mar 18, 2018 - Snow!

This morning we found at least 1-1/2 inches of very fine snow on the ground and more coming down. We decided discretion was the better part and had breakfast in a hurry and got on the road. Highway 64 is mostly two-lane and has LOTS of impatient drivers zooming around slower cars. One nearly caused a head-on collision right in front of us while passing a string of cars, but the oncoming car pulled off the road to let the idiot by. We were apparently successful in getting ahead of most of the traffic and, in spite of the snow-covered roads,...

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National Parks Tour

Jan 23, 2018 - Winslow to California and NO SUB-FREEZING!

I have never been so happy to see the Welcome to California sign as I was yesterday. Certainly not because I could join in California causes and support such inane and absurd things as automatic voting registration when an illegal obtains his driver's license. No, no, I'm not excited about my pals on the other side of our borders who may identify me as one of the crazies. And I can't help the fact that I was born in Berkeley. But yesterday, I was thrilled to arrive because at this particular time in my life, I am finally going to have days...

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Oct 26, 2017 - From 27 degrees to 90 degrees in one day!

We got up at the usual 0630 and got underway at 0830, as today was going to be a long day of travel. Miss Zoey was full of the dickens this morning, she got in the shower after I was done and chased the drips of water, that always makes me laugh! Then we played numerous games of ball, very carefully, as yesterday afternoon she dropped her ball over the side of the bed, when the slide was closed. It is always my fear that one of her toys will get caught under the slide out mechanism. It fell in this void area so I had to just about stand on...

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Nov 30, 2016 - Over the mountains we go

We woke up to cold temperatures this morning. Both heat pumps were running as it was 35 degrees. When I took Miss Zoey for a walk it felt kinda refreshing to me. And I heard a sound I had not heard for awhile; at 5 minutes to 0800 there was the "first call to colors"! And It is nice to be on a Navy base where they greet you by name and rate,it feels a bit like home. As we were leaving the base we noticed everyone had hats, gloves, and scarfs on, I guess this is still California. This is a nice little RV park if you are coming this way. It...

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2016 Travel

Oct 25, 2016 - Day 39, Wednesday October 12

We spent the first part of our day visiting the Grand Canyon Caverns, one of the few 'dry' caverns in the world, which means it has stopped growing. Any stalagmites or stalactites stopped grow many hundreds of years ago. During the 1960's the cavern was declared a bomb shelter. It was equipped with water, hard candy, crackers, medical supplies and toilet buckets (but no flashlights, candles or matches). I don't think I'd want be be down there when the lights went out. The cavern is so dry that three days without water, a person would...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Greetings from Needles, Ca

Our first stop was at Northshore Resort in Needles, California, a lovely spot on the Colorado River. At this time of year our shady spot is very welcome - today's temperature is 93 degrees. Monday the 18th, we decided to explore the area, so we started at Topock and drove north on Historical Route 66 to the town of Oatman, an historical "touristy" town originally formed due to a local gold strike. Burros walk the streets eating anything the tourists will feed them! Many unusual shops and an old hotel dating back to 1902. We found the whole...

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Alaska Trip 2016

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