Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

Family Visit and Winchester Bay, Oregon

Family Visit and Winchester Bay, Oregon

After returning back to the "lower 48", we stayed at the Angel of the Winds Casino on Aug 27th for the night (free, 48.215229, -122.183998) again. This was the same casino we stayed at before going into Canada. They've recently created a new dry camping area on the northern parking lot. Food is still good there. We then headed to Burien, WA and stayed at the Elks Lodge RV Park for 2 weeks (Aug 28th - Sept 11th, $20 a night, 47.47728, -122.33358). Our daughter Leslie, her hubby Andy, and granddaughters Kaylee and Khloe live nearby. This Elks Lodge is the best location for us to stay with the RV. There's just no RV Parks close by. We've stayed here many times before and like it there.

During our two week stay, we did a lot of bonding and watching of Kaylee and Khloe. They were scheduled to start school, but the school district went on strike. Leslie also started a new teaching job, but she started work before the girls were to start school. It was good timing for them that we were in the area. It was also good for us, as we only get to see them once or twice a year. As usual, Grandma Connie helped supplement their new school clothes wardrobe.

The primary reason we changed our return route from Alaska was to attend the Boomers "Crabarang" in WInchester Bay, OR. The "Boomers" is a social sub-group of the Escapees RV Club. We've been with this group for over 13 years and have many friends. For the past few years, many of the Boomers have got together in Winchester Bay to go crabbing (catching Dungeness Crabs). But we've never been able to attend as we're normally still working until mid-October. Since we took this year off working, THIS was the year we could attend the "Crabarang".

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Telemetry Displayed on Aerial Video

I was learning and testing the use of Dashware software with APM telemetry logs synced and overlapped on an aerial video. This video was shot at a overnight stop near Destruction Bay in British Columbia, Canada. Filmed using a 3DRobotics Iris+ and GoPro Hero 3+.

Dashware lets you read a telemetry data file and sync it with a video. You can then overlay "gauges" on your video to show the telemetry data on your video. This video was a learning experience.

Dashware isn't just for aerial videos, but is almost for anything that moves and has a log file. You can learn more about Dashware at: http://www.dashware.net

The APM telemetry log was recorded during my flight with the 3DRobotics Iris+ using the Mission Planner software.

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Burns Lake Municipal Campground, B.C., Canada

During our return trip from Alaska, we stopped for the night at the Burns Lake Municipal Campground in British Columbia, Canada. This is a free city operated campground on the lake. There's a 3 night stay limit. This is a very nice little park. We arrived around 2:00pm and were the only campers there. There's about 7 sites available, and room for a couple more RV's in the parking lot. A few hours later, RV's were coming in right and left. I think some left, since the campground got full.

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Alaska Adventure Weeks 9 and 10

Alaska Adventure Weeks 9 and 10

While we enjoyed our free camp site at Peterson Lake, it was time to move on. We headed back to Anchorage for a couple nights (July 13th - 14th). We stayed in the Sam's Club parking lot, allowing us to restock on groceries and do laundry. On our last night we enjoyed another Boomer get together. 12 of us met at a restaurant close by for more travel story swapping. Refueled and ready to continue on, we headed further north towards Fairbanks. We drove through the devastation left by the recent "Willow" fire. Many remote houses were burnt down. A little down the road, we stopped for lunch in Wasilla and took time to visit the Iditarod Dog Sled Race headquarters. They had a small display and some movies on the dogs. "Mushing" is a huge sport and mode of transportation in Alaska. They had a dog team hitched to an ATV. Connie took a quick ride around, being pulled by these very energetic dogs.

After lunch, we continued on and pulled off near Talkeetna for the night. We found a nice, quiet pull off to spend the night at (July 15th, 62.2982, -150.0837). We walked around this small and remote town. Besides being very much a tourist town, it's other main purpose is to provide services to the many remote homes in the area. Many without electric or water. Since we normally don't like to drive for more than a few hours (besides, we're not in a hurry), we stopped again for the night (July 16th) after only going 90 miles at the East Fork Chulitna Wayside (631504, -149.4129), which had a great and free campground. We were just south of Denali, which we'll return to in a couple weeks.

On July 17th, we finally arrived in Fairbanks. We decided to stay at the Sam's Club parking lot (64.854086, -147.708937). During the 5 nights we stayed here (July 17th - 22nd), we visited the nearby town of North Pole and the Santa Claus store. Connie may have liked looking around, but I wasn't impressed. A couple days later, we stopped at the Pioneer Park Village, but all of the stores were closed in the morning. We then headed to the University of Alaska Faribanks Museum. We had heard it was pretty good, and we had a 2-for-1 coupon from our "Toursaver" book. The museum was small, but full of a variety of displays. The art displays were okay, but I enjoyed the natural and historical section the most. Lots of information on dinosaur remains in Alaska, as well as information on the early settlers and the original tribes. They had displays on a wide variety of subjects. We especially liked the huge Grizzly Bear, and I liked the display on WWII battles in the Aleutian Islands. This is a part of WWII history not many people know about. Japan attacked, and occupied part of Alaska for awhile. Some Alaskan citizens (not military) were taken prisoner.

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Alaska Adventure - Weeks 7 and 8

Alaska Adventure - Weeks 7 and 8

We stayed on the "Spit" at Homer from June 24th - July 8th. As expected, the July 4th holiday weekend was a mad-house in the campground. We enjoyed our stay in Homer, but after a couple weeks, we were ready to move on. During our stay in Homer, we hiked in an Alpine Meadow at the Eveline Recreation Area (where I left off in our previous Blog entry). While visiting the Bear Creek Winery, Larry made a deal with the manager to take some aerial photographs of their beautiful facilities in exchange for a case of wine. This was a winning deal for both sides. One of our day trips involved a drive to the nearby town of Anchor Point, with a side trip to Nikolaevsk and the old Russian church. We drove on the beach at Anchor Point and watched them recover boats directly in the ocean with large tractors. There were no boat docks, but there were a dozen Bald Eagles. Part of the significance of this trip was this is the furthest West you can drive in the United States. Another day, Bob and Joyce took the ferry across the bay to the town of Seldovia (Connie and I elected to not go). This whole area has a strong Russian influence, since it was Russian explorers and hunters who settled here (other than the original native tribes).

For one trip, Connie wanted to drive the road out as far we could on the Kenai peninsula. We had done the same while staying in Seward. We went past the end of the pavement of East Road and took a 4WD trail down a steep hill to the beach. We drove a short distance on the beach of Kachemak Bay. I'd say this was the end of the road. From here, we had wonderful views of various large glaciers across the bay. Another day trip took us to the nearby town of Ninilchik with numerous Halibut fishing charters. Of course, another day was spent catching up on laundry - at $5 a load at the Laundromat ($22 in total!)

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