I will wait for you…

We leave for lunch and wander about town for several hours and because Portland and the time change, it’s dark when we get back home.

The route we take runs past the side of the building where our apartment sits and we look up and see the boy waiting and watching for us out the window.

Occasionally looking over toward the door as he’s doing in the picture above.

We’ll be home in just a few minutes, sweet boy.

EP 9 – Chip’s Wanderings

In preparing to put together *something* as a summary of what we’ve been doing for the last 5 or 6 months, I realized we had some nice video of our boy in pretty places.  Sometimes just nice video of the boy.  So here’s a video of (mostly) just him.

This video will be of interest mainly to those people that either know Chip or are willing to watch 11 minutes of video to see a few pretty or interesting (definitely, to him) places that he’s been.

Most of the clips were taken at or near Chip-height and feature many of the camps we’ve been to in the last 6 months or so where Chip appears in the frame.

The full list of places is, in order:

Willow Grove Park in Lewisville, TX
Sallisaw KOA RV park in Sallisaw, OK
Devil’s Den State Park, AR
Catherine’s Landing RV park in Hot Springs, AR
Barefoot Bay RV park in Mt Pleasant, TX
Our old house in Plano, TX
The Vineyards RV park in Grapevine, TX
Shiloh Vineyard in Voda, KS
Mountaindale RV park in Colorado Springs, CO
Camping World in Longmont, CO
Buffalo Ridge RV park in Custer, SD
Teton Tails pet store in Jackson, WY
Buck’s Gas RV park in Irwin, ID
Earthquake Lake in Montana
Ellensburg, WA
Lake Pleasant RV park in Bothell, WA
Yard apartments in Portland, OR

My apologies for the noise in some of the GoPro videos.  When things get quiet it cranks the audio gain up as high as it will go and ends up recording the motor noise from the video stabilizer I use at times.


The music used is Jazzy Ashes by The Underscore by Orkestra available from http://freemusicarchive.org/music/The_Underscore_Orkestra/The_ExtraOrdinary_Adventures_of/05_Jazzy_Ashes

Fonts used are Lobster Regular from https://fonts.google.com/

Review – Sallisaw KOA

Sallisaw KOA in Sallisaw OK.  It’s a KOA.  For some of you that’ll mean older ill-kept park.  For some that’ll mean sites that are too close together or unsuitable for larger RVs.  For some it’ll mean a park that’s ok but you wouldn’t want to spend much time there.

For us it meant a site that was just large enough that spending time outside by the RV was pleasurable and grounds that were well cared for and good for us and the dog.

This was also the first time we had camp wifi that was marginally usable.  Previous locations either didn’t have wifi at all (state parks) or was so bandwidth limited that there was no point in attempting to use them at all.

While the park has gravel sites and roadways, there’s a wonderful set of trails winding around behind the camp, a nice large enclosed dog area where you can let your four legged friend run about off leash as well as a catch and release pond if you’d like to get in a bit of fishing.

If you don’t have an RV, their tiny houses will probably suit you.

The people working in the office were friendly and efficient and I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again someday.

More pictures over here.

Review – Creekside RV Park

If you drive through Creekside RV Park, in Broken Bow, OK, wondering if you want to stay, you may initially be put off by the endless gravel punctuated by large boulders that divide the sites. We were.  But we wanted something better than Tiny Town for the couple of nights we needed a place to park, before leaving town.  We stayed in June 2018.

Give the campsite a shot if you need a place to stay for a few nights.

The sites are positively huge and once you’re parked, it’ll become easier to get familiar with the site layout.

Trees.  There are huge trees that provide plenty of shade for those stuck in their RV during the day.  After all, you have to get things done sometime.

One downside for us, our dog more precisely, is that the entire camp is one big gravel lot.  If you’ve got a small dog, you may find that after a few days of walking on that he will be less interested in going for walks.  Imagine if you had to walk barefoot and the gravel was a few inches across.  You’d want shoes.  While they mention a path along the creek, it was washed out some time ago and hasn’t been rebuilt.

There is a creek nearby but since there hadn’t been any rain in a while, it was mostly dry.  Still, it’s good for a morning walk with the dog.  Just be aware that if you go for a long walk in the heat, your dog may lose his mind and decide to walk into the creek.  Our boy has never done this before.  He got a bath for his trouble.

The bathrooms were clean and well tended and the owners friendly and responsive.

One kinda big downside is that because the camp is built parallel to the highway, there’s not a site that you can pick to really get away from road noise.  If you’re staying when it’s particularly warm or cold your AC or heater will likely mask most of it.  If you were hoping to keep your windows open at night, you’ll need to be a heavy sleeper.

On the other hand, did I mention trees?  They don’t completely mask the noise but they do help some.

One benefit of the gravel is that if/when it rains hard, the lot drains very quickly.

Give them a shot.

Review – Tiny Town OK

We stayed in Tiny Town, OK in June of 2018 and getting a reservation and finding the park was easy.  We were told to pick any spot and set up and so we did.

This is basically a place to park your RV while you either do something away from the site or take care of things within or around your RV such that you don’t really care where it is.

The park has changed quite a bit since the photos on their web site were taken. Most of the park is dirt/gravel with grassy areas between the sites that are rapidly filling with weeds and dying grass.  The trees that have been planted aren’t being watered regularly enough and many are dying.  Perhaps in 10 years the sites will have a bit of shade but until then, make sure your AC is working properly during the warmer months.

The sites are very close together.  Sit at your table and you’ll be staring at someone else’s sewer connection.  On the other hand, the firepits are large and wood is readily available.

The playground is overgrown with weeds though the equipment looks like it’s relatively new.

While we were there was saw another guest cleaning their stinky slinky on their picnic table.  Since then we’ve made a point of spraying down any table at a new site with a mild bleach solution, wiping it down and covering it with a tablecloth.

Would we recommend Tiny Town?  Well, if you won’t be spending much time there except to sleep, sure.  If you want a camp with any other amenities, you may want to look elsewhere.

More pictures available here.

Backup copilot ready

While Susan drives Buck (our towed car) to our home for the next week, the backup copilot has taken his position and is ready to guide us in to a safe landing in our berth.

We will go this way

The advantage to quiet, mostly country, roads is for chip to go wherever he wants, on a civilized surface.

We’re in Ellensburg, WA. Going to wander the town today and fear for our lives on the road.

It’s a college town. New drivers. *Shudder*

Arco exploration

Arco Idaho’s claim to fame is being the first town lit entirely by nuclear power. You might think it ran on a nuclear plant for decades, but no. It was about an hour in 1955. Today the town is losing population and looks especially tired after the summer season ends. Still, its WPA-built basalt buildings are impressive, the high school graduating class numbers on the hill will soon wrap 100 years, and the burgers and shakes at Pickle’s Place are delish.

Chip Gets His First Boots!

We really shouldn’t have laughed as much or as hard as we did but seeing Chip navigate wearing his first set of boots was hilarious.  As much because of the great Irish dancer butt-kick that he performed over and over and because of the look of confusion he had while also being a great sport about the whole thing.

By the next day he was still in the mode of “What? Why are you doing this to me” but by the next morning he actually lifted his front paw up when I asked if he wanted his boots.

It seems clear that while they’re weird, he prefers his boots when we’re walking on gravel and I suspect he liked them this morning when walking through frosty ground.