Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

August 2009 Travel Log

8/20/09 - Jackson Meadow Recreation Area, CA - We have bears! For the past month or so, a bear (or more) have been visiting the campgrounds almost nightly. They're not doing much damage, other than getting into someones food. We are CONSTANTLY educating campers to lock their food up when they are not around. But there's always someone who leaves food out overnight. The bears are starting to get used to this and are returning almost every night to find food. But it's not just the campers. Connie and I left a garbage bag in the back of my company truck one night and a bear tore it apart. Last night, a bear got i and nto a small trash bag. The only food in it was an old steak bone.
 
Earlier this week, Connie and I took pne of ourt short working day off vacations. Let me explain... Since we started a "Camp Store" this year, we've been learning how to keep it stocked. Being cautious, we didn't over buy. However, this meant we would need to make a trip into Reno, NV every week to purchase more store stock. We've started buying a bit heavier, but still need to restock every couple of weeks. The only time we've had to do this, is on our days off. It's an all day trip to visdit the many stores in Reno for restocking. Sometimes, we wouldn't return until after 8:00pm. We learned that we could make this a 2 day trip. This is what we did earlier this week. We went to Reno in Monday, enjoyed dining out, played miniature golf (sometimes a movie), and stay in a hotel. We've been using "reward points" to get a free night at the Mariott Courtyard. We enjoy a long hot shower and using the hot tub. We also enjoy a good meal out. Then on Tuesday, we get an early start and do all of our shopping. We even have that down to a science now. We have our list of what to get and where. We've learned to return to the same stores, as we know the layout and can quickly go through the store buying what's on our list. After visiting the same 6 or 7 stores, we can return home by 5 or 6:00pm. Not the perfect way to spend your days off, but it's our choice.
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March 2009 Travel Log

3/22/2009 - Indian Valley Campground, CA: We GREATLY enjoyed our stay at Beale AFB. The campground was in a quiet section of the base. We didn't do much during that week, except relax. Since we're anxious to get started on our summer jobs, we did make a couple day drives to the areas we'll be managing.
 
After a week at Beale AFB, we moved a few days ago to Indian Valley Campground on the Yuba River (North). Our travel and arrival day was beautiful (see photos). The next day, it rained, then rained all night. Today, we had some strong snow all morning (see photos), but this afternoon it's back to rain and the snow is almost all gone already. We'll start getting things organized here, as we have employees arriving in a couple weeks. This is one of the few campgrounds that has electric. Although we scheduled the electric to be turned on almost a week ago, they've twice been scheduled and still haven't turned the electric on. They promised it would be turned on tomorrow (Monday). We sure hope so! Although we're use to and equipped to dry-camp, camping in the cold snow would be easier if we had electric. As it is, our generator has been running for 5 hours today. But it's pretty here and quiet. We're almost right on the Yuba River and have a pair of Canada Geese hanging around the campground. We have the entire area ll to ourselves (at least for now).
Indian Valley Campgroundon the Yuba River, CA Our site at Indian Valley Campground, CA
2 days after the sunshine photo. Snowing at Indian Valley Campground
Snow at Indian Valley Campground, CA Snow at Indian Valley Campground
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February 2009 Travel Log

2/28/2009 - Seal Beach, CA: Having maintenance done on the Motorhome went pretty smooth. The cruise control repair only took 45 minutes, so we headed directly over to the tire shop. They were able to get us in immediately and took a couple of hours (and $1500). This put us a day ahead of plans. Instead of fighting city traffic, we decided to spend the night at the local Sam's Club parking lot. We got permission from the manager and were set for the night. I now remember why we don't stay in parking lots very often. Although we didn't have any train or highway noise, we sure had plenty of noise from the parking lot. It seemed that all night long, someone was outside with a blower, a vacuum, a street sweeper, a hedge trimmer, or some other loud engine noise. Add the constant bright parking lot lights to the noise, and it wasn't a very restful sleep.
 
The next day, we drove a few hours away to Quartzsite, AZ. As previously discussed, there's plenty of free BLM land to stay on there. We went to the "Hi Jolly" short-term camping area a few miles north of town. We wanted to get away from any highway noise. And our efforts were greatly rewarded! The camping area wasn't very busy and we selected a beautiful piece of desert to park for the night. We were entertained by hummingbirds and other wildlife right out our front door and the weather was a pleasant 70+ degrees. The evening was dark, peaceful and quiet, except for the expected early morning yipping of a coyote. If I hadn't already made reservations at the Naval Weapons Station RV Park at Seal Beach, CA, we would have stayed in this desert paradise for a few more days.
 
The drive on I-10 from Arizona to the Los Angeles area is a fairly boring drive. The drive through the Palm Desert area is usually very stressful, due to the high winds. Then comes entering the valley full of smog, increased traffic, and crazy drivers. By the end of this drive, I'm always stressed out and ready to relax. On this trip, our destination was the Navy base campground at Seal Beach. This was a good decision, as the RV Park is very nice, well kept, quiet and dark (now you know what I like in RV parking spots).
 
We plan to stay here at least a week, and possibly two. Our main goals for coming here were to 1) check out this RV Park, 2) see friends, 3) visit family, and 4) visit Disneyland. Disney Parks is having a "Military Appreciation" offer going on that gave us a complimentary 3-day park hopper pass and a second 3-day pass for only $88. Since we hadn't been to Disneyland in over 20 years, and have never been to Disney's California Adventure, this was a deal we couldn't pass on. A couple days ago we decided to go for the day. It took over 2 hours to park, get our passes, and get through the gate and this was on a slow day!!! After that, the day went smooth and relaxing. We visited the California Adventure park. We rode a few rides and walked the entire park. It's not very large. Luckily, the crowds weren't too bad and the longest line was about a 30 minute wait. Some of favorite attractions were the Toy Story (3D arcade) ride, the Bugs Life 3D show, and the Tower of Terror. We have a couple of weeks left to use the remaining two days on our passes.
 
Connie ready for the Toy Story 3D ride Grizzly Mountain
The Disney Pixar Parade The Disney Pixar Parade
 
 
 
Last night, we visited friends we had met for the past couple of years at Huntington Lake, where we've been working for the summer. Steve and Joanie Stevens are a wonderful couple that we've kept in touch with! They had us over for dinner in their beautiful home. Their house has a wonderful view of the snow capped mountains. It's surprising how many people we've just met while they were camping that we still keep in contact with. Of course, it's Connie who is the great social coordinator.
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January 2009 Travel Log

1/2/2009 - Queen Creek, Arizona: We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We sure did! Larry's dad came down from Prescott, Arizona and spent a few days with us. He brought his motor home and stayed in the same RV Park with us. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at Leslie's house. We returned for Christmas morning to see what Santa Claus brought everyone. Having a 2 year old around sure makes Christmas more fun. The one-month old didn't pay any attention to the festivities. Later int he week, we had Larry's old boss, Gene and Patti, over for dinner and some table games. It's fun catching up on each others life, even if we only see them once a year. Larry and Gene worked together for over 6 years until they were both laid-off when the company went bankrupt. That was bad news, but it turned out to be what set us free for this great lifestyle of traveling in our motor home! Gene's also doing real well in his own business.

Leslie and KayleeKhloeKhloe and Doll

KayleeDad and KhloeAndy and Connie

Cindy and Connie2009 New Years Eve Party

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December 2008 Travel Log

12/21/08: Queen Creek, AZ: I've been told that I haven't posted an update on Kaylee's (2 yrs old) surgery. Everything went well and she seems to be happy and active again. Of course, it was a few rough days for her and the parents. Connie and I watched the new baby while Mom and Dad stayed with Kaylee in the hospital. The other big news is Connie finally beat me in a game of racquetball! That makes a score of 1 win for her to about 70 for me. 

We're still hitting the gym pretty regularly, and our sore muscles remind us. We're still playing the grand parents every few days. We also went four-wheeling the other day with a couple of other guests staying in the RV Park. It was a fun and sunny day in the desert. But we forgot how these desert rocky trails can jar the kidneys!

Larry's dad is coming down from Prescott, AZ to visit for Christmas for a few days. We're looking forward to the festivities, as long as we can watch how much we eat! Connie's going to prepare another wonderful feast for the family.

Merry Christmas to Everyone!

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