Wow, I am really behind in getting this post out. After leaving Mount Angel Oregon, we headed directly to the coast. It has been several months since we have been on the coast. Funny, we used to go years without being on the coast, but
since being on the road visiting the coast is a much more common occurrence. There was about a week and a half before we needed to check in at Yosemite National Park. Fort Stevens State Park was our first Oregon park, and it seems we may have spoiled ourselves. Amazing place with miles of trails to ride our bikes. We did a couple of rides a day for the several days we stayed. It was also only a short drive from Astoria, a really fun little town. We enjoyed some exploring, including visiting the sites of the famous movie The Goonies which was filmed in Astoria.
When we reluctantly moved on from Ft Stevens to continue towards Yosemite, we ended up side tracked. It was mostly my fault, but we had been contemplating remodeling the living room of our Seneca for some time. It started with a
planned swing by Junction City Oregon to check out some of the RV remodelers. Our plan is to ditch our couch and dinette combo and replace it with a couple of nice recliners and free standing table and chairs. After a year in the coach, we really feel this will be a much better layout for us. Unfortunately, we did not really like any of the RV furniture choices. I had a great idea, check out Lazy Boy, they make great recliners. Toni located one in Eugene Oregon and we checked it our. Eureka, we found the perfect recliners! They could have them in Eugene in three days. Hum, guess we needed a place to stay….come on Campendium! Toni discovered that we could stay at the Valley River Center Mall. It turned out to be a great spot. We got permission to actually stay for three nights. Even though it was just a mall parking
lot, our spot was right along the river and shaded by trees. Even better, it was right along an urban bike path that we enjoyed a lot. As if that was not good enough, we also were right near the movie theater and great dining. I sort of hate to admit it, but we had a great stay in the parking lot!
In addition to all the fun, we had to prepare for the arrival of our new recliners. This meant demo, yeah! We spend one evening tearing apart the couch and dinette. Holy crap, there was no less than 25 bolts holding it all in. Many had to do with all the seat belt attachment points and brackets. One effect of our upgrades, we will not have seat belts in the back of the RV any longer, okay with us, they could always be put back later. In order for the seat belts to be bolted in, they made a bunch of big steal brackets. In fact, I felt bad just throwing away such big chucks of metal, so I decide to take them to a metal recycler in instead. Added up to being 82 lbs of steel! Another benefit of your house having wheels…..we drove right down the street to a local Goodwill and donated our old couch and dinette. We just rolled up, parked out back and then carried and re-assembled them all on the ground for them. Then we headed back to our mall camp with an empty living room. During our evening walk around the mall, we ended up finding the perfect leather chairs for our new dining area, crazy luck. This place really turned out to be the perfect stop. We carried our new chairs across the parking lot and tried them out for dinner….perfect!
As expected, our new chairs arrived at Lazy Boy and we headed over and picked them up. Totally in LOVE with them, what a huge improvement. Good bye Eugene, it was amazing.
On the way to Yosemite, we were able to visit with our friends Tom and Kris in Auburn California. They graciously allowed us to moochdock in thier pasture once again. It was a great visit, although very short. There was a new brewery in town, Crooked Creek, so of course we had a great evening out enjoying some brews. They also took us to an amazing local pizza spot.
Our next stop was Yosemite National Park, finally. We have had Yosemite on our list for many years and it is about time we made it. It is late in the season, so unfortunately the waterfalls are pretty much dried up at this point. Still, it was as amazing as we expected. Our campsite in North Pines in the valley was perfect, aside from a total lack of solar power. We backed right up to the river and had a shoreline all to ourselves. Lack of solar required us to run our generator a few times to keep the batteries up, but it was a small price to pay for the awesome spot. It turned out friends of our David
and Kimberly and children were on family vacation and would be at Yosemite while we were there. It was a ton of fun exploring the park with them. We did a bit of hiking and exploring and had them over for a bbq in the campground. The kids had a blast playing around in the river. So cool to get to meet up with friends on the road. The entire week in the park was amazing. We tackled a few cool hikes, cruised around for miles on our electric bikes and meet some great people in the campground. We even meet someone in the campground that graduated from Coronado High School three years after Toni! Amazing what a small world it really is.
Leaving Yosemite, we had yet another meet up planned with friends from Arizona. Our dear friends Steve and Peggy were flying to Pomona to attend the big RV show going on there. We had also planned to attend, it has been nearly a year since I have been to an RV show and I was going through withdrawls. They are in the market for a new rig and we t
agged along. As always, I love checking out RVs. Again, it was a whirlwind two days of RVs and happy hours, but sooo much fun. So our last stop before heading back to Arizona to spend the winter, Disneyland of course! This time we only spend one day in the park, but I had to make a visit before January 17th. Why before that date you ask? Well, they are re-branding the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror to be themed after the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. So up until January 17th they are having what they call the “Final Check Out” Special photos ops and such and the last few weeks to ride what has always been one of my favorites. Also, after dark, they are running the ride in complete darkness. it was pretty cool, very glad I had the chance to check it out. Plus, a day at Disneyland is always good.
Then it was off to Phoenix to spend a few months. I had one last task before settling in. Our oldest son Matthew is transitioning from the Air Force to the Army to be an officer. He will be in training for possibly the next year or so. He also lives the RV lifestyle and lives in a Damon Outlaw town hauler class A RV. We decided it would be best to bring it to Arizona for us to sell for him while he is in training, so I was flying out to Oklahoma City to drive back with him. So as we hit Phoenix, Toni swung the RV through the bus lane at Sky Harbor Airport and dropped me off. She proceed to my uncles house. Rodney and Joanne have once again allowed us to moochdock in their yard for the winter. We are so thankful for such great family and looks forward to catching up with everyone. My flight to Oklahoma was smooth and I arrived at 7pm, to be picked up by another RV in the bus lane. Matthew and I actually started our drive to Arizona right from the airport and made it all the way to Amarillo. It was a crazy long day for me. We left Anaheim California at 5am to get me to the airport in Phoenix for my flight. When Mathew and I stopped at the Texas visitors center it was 12:30 in the morning. We arrived in Phoenix Saturday morning, it was a fun although long 1100 mile drive and his RV did great. We send Matthew back to Oklahoma for his last few days in the Air Force and settled into our winter spot.
It will be strange to be stationary for the next few months. Plans are in the works to make some trips in and around the Arizona area. We look forward to some of our nomadic friends coming into town as well for some fun. Several fun RV upgrade projects on the todo list with videos to follow. Just wish it was not still 90+ degrees in Phoenix. Looks like we have about a week and a half to get to the good weather.This entry was posted in Blog and tagged california, disneyland, fulltime, gorving, kuhl, kuhlodyssey, livingthedream, nomadlife, oregon, rvblog, rvlife by Kurt Kuhl and comments are open.