Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
The whole month has been a reminder that even in stormy weather, the sun rises again.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
The truck proved to be a wonderful match. We had plenty of clearance between the trailer and the top of the bedrail on the pickup. I LOVED the optional 32 gallon tank and wouldn't consider one without it. The 8 speed transmission was spectacular, especially in the mountains. The tow/haul mode worked so well that I never had to manually select the appropriate gear.
The Hemi engine and the 3.92 rear gear ratio were probably both overkill, but the end result was that we could (and often did) stay on cruise control, up mountain and down. Summed up, this truck was much more relaxing to drive, with excess capabilites in every regard except GVW where we would run very close, especially with full fuel. All in all, I'm very pleased.
Monday, August 14, 2017
Forest Service campground in Jacob Lake, AZ.
The next morning we stopped at a very popular cache located near where the Arizona Trail crosses the highway, before continuing on down the hill.
Bonito Campground. It's a Forest Service campground just outside of the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument borders. Normally, we would boondock on the other side of the highway, but this campground didn't have any reviews in Campendium so we gave it a try simply so we could write a review.
All in all, it's been a good trip. It's going to be HOT when we get home!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
The Potters Pond cache is only one of the caches in the area, but it's the one most sought because it is one of only three remaining caches that were placed in August, 2000.
Potters Pond 10 & 59 Year Birthday Bash cache which we used as a waypoint.
Potters 2 Present: Int'l Geocaching Day 2014! which became our second waypoint.
signed the log and
A huge thanks to BJ for putting up with the significant detour on the way home and for joining me for this cache.
Friday, August 4, 2017
We left Sutherlin early, heading up the North Umpqua River. It's one of those roads that doesn't show on most highway maps, and it's not fast, but it is beautiful. We've seen lots of columnar basalt in our Northwest travels, but this was the first time we've seen the 'ends' exposed. Very different!
Lake Canyon Rec Area. With about 9500' elevation we were finally high enough that windows and fans were enough to keep the temps reasonable. It's boondocking but with designated sites and no services.