Thursday, October 19, 2017

Leaving Saturday now...

With the weather looking good going over the Sierra's on I-80 into CA. we've updated our departure to Saturday the 21st.

So the itinerary now looks like this;

Saturday 10-21-17 Reno to Woodbridge, CA

Sunday 10-22-17 Woodbridge to Bakersfield, CA

Monday 10-23-17 Bakersfield to Needles, CA

Tuesday 10-24-17 Needles to Eloy, AZ

Friday, October 13, 2017

Just a thought...

Are we going to Eloy to early? Is it to hot?


We'll still be leaving on Sunday the 22nd...that would be in 9 days...and counting!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Next Trip...Reno to Eloy, AZ

That didn't take long!! We are chomping at the bit...can you tell???

We'll be leaving now on Sunday the 22nd. Itinerary dates updated.


Doesn't look like we'll have anymore 'local' trips so the next will be headin' out to our Winter place in S. Arizona.

Trip Itinerary;

Sunday October 22 - Reno to Woodbridge, CA. (Lodi area). We'll stay at the Woodbridge Elk's Lodge for our first overnight.

Last years site at the Woodbridge Elk's

Monday October 23 - Woodbridge to Bakersfield, CA staying at the Orange Grove RV Park for our 2nd overnight. Hopefully we'll be able to score some oranges but we are earlier this year so not sure they'll be ready.

Last years crop...but it was in November

Tuesday October 24 - Bakersfield, CA to Needles, CA. staying at the very nice Needles KOA for our 3rd overnight.

Wednesday October 25 - Needles to Eloy, AZ arriving at the Silverado RV Resort our Winter home. We'll be here until sometime in April.

We'll have updates during the trip down so stay tuned!

Safe travels to everyone on the road or will be soon.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Final Update from Eagle Lake

Mike & Mary's rig.

Arrived back in Reno about 1:30pm today after another relaxing visit to one of our favorite places.

Played some Hand n' Foot, had some pretty good food and basically kicked back.

Mike & Mary left yesterday (Saturday) for Hawthorne, NV for a couple of days on their way to Pahrump for a month before arriving in Eloy, AZ about Nov. 1st where we will join them for the winter.

Sorry no more pics but we have plenty from previous visits.

Not sure if we will have more trips before leaving for S. Arizona but if we do we'll post here.

Safe travels everyone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Merrill Campground - Eagle Lake

Short update with more to come during the week.

Arrived yesterday (Tuesday) around noon after a 2.5 hour drive from the house.

Mike & Mary are still traveling with us enjoying a few places we lie along the eastern Sierra's and Eagle Lake is right at the top of our list.

Very nice weather when we arrived and had time to setup, have a bit to eat and have cocktails before the thunderstorms w/lightening and heavy rain arrived in the early evening. Drying out now but more of the same expected then tapering off tomorrow wfall like temps but sunny.

Will have more soon and we are here until Sunday.

Little bit about Merrill CG and Eagle Lake;


Merrill Campground is located in the Eagle Lake Recreation Area of the Lassen National Forest. This recreation area has five campgrounds, three designated day use areas and a marina on the south shore of Eagle Lake. All of these recreation facilities are connected by a 5.2 mile paved hiking/bike trail. The Osprey Overlook, another day use area in the recreation area, can be hiked or driven to for a scenic view of the southern end of Eagle Lake and the surrounding forest basin.

The Lassen National Forest offers a variety of lakes, streams and wilderness areas for recreational opportunities. The forest offers miles of trails that are used for hiking, mountain biking, off-highway vehicle riding and in the winter months, snowmobiling.

Natural Features:

Eagle Lake is located where the Sierras meet the Cascades at the southwestern end of the lake, and the Modoc Plateau of the Great Basin at the northeastern end. This unique location offers diverse landscapes, geology, wildlife and vegetation.

Merrill Campground is located in a mature conifer forest of pines and firs on the southern shoreline of Eagle Lake, at an elevation of 5,100 feet.


Fishing for the Eagle Lake Rainbow Trout, a California Heritage Trout, is the primary recreational activity on Eagle Lake, but the 3rd largest natural lake in California (22,000 acres), provides for plenty of room for swimming, kayaking, skiing and all other boating activities by motor or sail. There are no 2-cycle restrictions for outboard boat motors or PWCs.


Merrill Campground is a unique US Forest Service facility. Totally rebuilt in the early 2000s, it is the prototypical RV park in a Forest Service campground. With 57 full hook-up sites, 64 partial hook-up sites and 51 standard, no hook-up sites, Merrill offers whatever type of site you prefer. Partial hook-up sites have water and electric, no sewer. All electric hook-up sites have a 50, a 30 and two 20 amp outlets provided.

All site camping/parking spurs are at least 45 feet, but most are 55 to 75 feet in length, and are essentially double wide. Each site is equipped with a table and a campfire ring with grill. The campground has flush toilets, potable water points, grey water dumps, limited WIFI and firewood is available for purchase. An RV Dump Station Facility is conveniently located just outside the campground with a $5 dump fee.

Forty-five sites, #15-#42 and #57-#75, are designated walk-in sites, the other 125 are reservation sites.

The paved bike path runs through the campground. The Eagle Lake Marina store with gas, propane, fishing and camping supplies, rental boats, shower and laundry facilities and the South Shore Grill with hot food prepared to your order, and boat launch are located 2.5 miles from the campground.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Concert under the Cliffs

What a great time with friends in Coleville/Walker at Meadowcliff KOA Resort.

This year Saturday September 9  was their annual Concert under the Cliff which is a charity event supporting the local Lions Club.

Here are some photos from the event and we'll have more narrative in a few days. We go to Eagle Lake N. of Susanville, CA Tuesday the 12th w/Mike & Mary who'll stay for a couple of days before heading Pahrump for a month with plans on arriving at The Silverado Nov. 1. We will stay a few more days coming back to Reno Sunday.

Check back soon....

Mary coming to join the party.

The band again this year was great!

Betty was ready for the fun!!

Mike, Mary and Betty!

Nice setting heh?

Ginny, Greg, Sarah, Bec and Dennis.

Lucienne and  Don enjoying their first time here at Meadow Cliff.

Awesome homemade BBQ setup the Lions Club has for events like this in the area.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Concert under the Cliffs

We haven't done as much local camping this summer spending more time with friends that don't have RV's or just have other things going on.

So this is trip basically planned since last September. One problem...the Slinkard Fire.

This from a local TV station in Reno.

We have a group from Reno joining many others making Meadowcliff Lodge/KOA  full the weekend of September 9th for their annual Concert Under the Cliffs. Here is our visit from last year.

Talked to Meadowcliff this afternoon and they are fine right now. The fire is about 8 miles N of them with a SE wind (so no smoke) right by Topaz Lake and the Topaz Lodge/RV Park and Casino. The fire is on the West side of HWY 395 and the Lodge on the East side. The Lodge and their facilities are closed as of last report.

Both directions of 395 are closed for the most part in that area except for guided escorts by law enforcement when the conditions are right to do so.

More when we have it...