Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

June 2008 Travel Log

06/22/08: Kinnikinnick Campground, Huntington Lake, CA: About half of the 15 campgrounds, 2 group camps, and 4 day use areas Larry (I) manage are about 23 miles from Huntington Lake. They are located in deeper wilderness backcountry we refer to as the "high country". The drive is mostly a narrow one-lane EXTREMELY bumpy road. But the scenery is GORGEOUS! I make this 60 mile round trip drive once a week to visit the campgrounds and employees. While it's a beautiful drive, it's also very tiring and stressful. More than once I've come within inches of hitting an on-coming car or rock, with a cliff on one side. There's MANY blind curves. I've included a photo below showing the road, and the view.

The campgrounds we have up there are near Lake Edison, Florence Lake, and Ward Lake. Due to the narrow, windy road, it's mostly tent camping. However, every once and awhile, we'll see some crazy fool trying to take a 30'+ trailer or motor home up there. Here's a sampling of the beauty in this area. It's near the Kaiser Wilderness and is part of the High Sierra Nevada mountains.

The High Sierra Mountains  The Road to the High Sierra Mountains Edison Lake Lake Edison The High Sierra Mountains Huntington Lake Regatta 

Back at Huntington Lake, the Sailboat Regatta's have started. There's sailboat races here every weekend.

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May 2008 Travel Log

05/28/09: Kinnikinnick Campground, Huntington Lake, CA: I can't believe I forgot to talk about our little trip back to Arizona. Back on May 9th, we took an extended weekend and flew back to Queen Creek, Arizona to attend our youngest daughter Cynthia's college graduation. What was supposed to be a joyous weekend turned out to be the opposite. We arrived on the day of the graduation ceremony. However, Cindy's canine friend, Gidget, was in the animal hospital. Gidget lived with us for a few years and is one the best buddies we've had. She loves the outdoors, camping, and is a wonderful hiking dog. However, now she had fluids all around her lungs and had difficulty breathing. Since we spent sKaylee and Andyo muchCynthia's Collge Graduation time at the animal hospital, Cynthia missed the graduation ceremony. We took the entire family out to a wonderful graduation dinner. The rest of the weekend was more trips to the hospital. Cindy's spent over $1000 already for Gidget, and they still don't know what's wrong. They've eliminated Cancer and Valley Fever. Cindy's on a VERY tight budget, and these expenses are killing her. As of today, there's still no prognosis. We're all very scared and saddended on what the outcome may be. We were able to convince Cynthia to pose in her cap and gown for a photo shoot. We did get to spend some time with granddaughter Kaylee. She's growing SO FAST! She's now beginning to talk. She calls us "Papoq" and "Granmamma". How cute! And the other exciting news is Leslie (eldest daughter) is expecting her second child this November. Great timing, as we'll be finished with summer work just in time!

Back to the present - we survived the Memorial weekend with campers. Actually, it snowed and was cold the entire weekend. We had MANY cancellations, with many campers staying one night and then leaving. There's still a few large drifts of snow in some of the campgrounds. There's still some work left to finish opening the campgrounds completely, but there's no huge rush now. Although the snow has stopped, we've had a couple days of rain. It's still in the mid 40's during the day. But the good news is we have TELEVISION at home now! Our satellite system provides our Internet connection AND out television connection using the same dish. Up here in the forest, it can be a challenge finding BOTH satellites through the trees. Last year, we didn't have Internet or TV because of the trees. This year, we're ina different campground. By pulling the motor home forward in our RV site, we were able to get Internet. Howeve, we didn't have TV. We tried a few things, then moved the RV forward a few more inches. We now have BOTH! This is luck, as we're finding holes through the trees in two directions from the same satellite dish. I didn't mention that the front tires of our motor home are about 12" in the air (with large blocks under them). Since we're pulled forward in the site, it slants on this end. The blocks are keeping us level.

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April 2008 Travel Log

04/27/08: Dorabelle NF Campground, Shaver Lake, CA:  A couple days ago, we moved MUCH closer to our final location for workamping this summer. Since there's still too much snow at Huntington Lake and the campground we'll be living at, we're staying about 27 miles away in another Forest Service campground. We're at Dorabelle campground at the the 5000' level. This is another campground managed by our employer, California Land Management. Although this campground isn't open yet, some of the staff is staying here (free) while we organize and work on getting ready to open all campgrounds. The larger area we're assigned to is the southern portion of the Sierra National Forest. This area is split into two sections, each ran by a "Site Manager". Larry is Site Manager for the Huntington Lake Recreation Area and the Kasier Wilderness. Clayton Vanderpool is new this year and the Site Manager for the Dinkey Creek area. Clay and his partner, Joan, are also staying in this campground as is our boss, Allan Friedman (and wife Sylvana).

Kinninnick Campground Entrance - April 2008 Kinnkiinnick Campground Host Site in April 2008 Kinninnick Campground Host Site in April 2008 Clayton Vanderpool and Joan Black Dinkey Creek, CA

Yesterday, we drove to both areas to check on the snow condition. WOW! We walked back to Kinnikinnick/Catavee campground at Huntington Lake; this is where Connie will be camp hosting at this year. This is a recently renovated campground and is fairly modern. Last years campground was much larger and rustic. This year she has 48 campsites (instead of 148) and 8 toilets (instead of 50) to take care of. Even though she did have another host helping her last year, this campground will be MUCH easier to take care of. There's still 3' - 4' of snow in our site! (see photo). It'll be at least a couple more weeks before we can get into it. We also visited our new friends (the other site manager) campground. Since this is their first year, they're pretty eager to get going. They also have a lot of snow, but they'll be able to get into their host site soon. They may even go shovel out enough to move in. We also took a 2 mile hike through the snow to view their campground. It ends at a beautiful creekside picnic area. Dinkey Creek is running full blast right now. Being back on this beautiful mountain feels great and reminds us of why we love it up here.

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March 2008 Travel Log

03/23/08: Livingston, TX: Happy Easter! No problems getting our 7th day free at Fort Sam Houston. We then moved toward Livingston and stopped in Katy, TX for the night. The wind was blowing extremely hard and I was ready to get off the road. We spent one night at the Katy Elks lodge and had an electric hook-up. We then continued the next day in strong winds to Livingston. Connie wasn't feeling good and slept the entire trip. We've been settled here at the Escapee headquarters RV Park for almost a week. I'm sorry to say, as much as we hated the train in San Antonio, the highway noise here is worse! We got placed in a RV site along a highway with a 70mph speed limit. Cars, trucks, and motorcycles constantly road by. I'm getting eager to be at work on our quiet mountain. Speaking of, we have a little over 3 weeks to report for work.

We've spent our time here taking care of personal business, and working on a new RV related website. I'll announce it when it's ready. We've been having some toilet issues. When in San Antonio, the toilet wouldn't stop running water. We took the flushing mechanism apart, but the water still runs at times. Unfortunately, we didn't recently catch it. Connie got up from knitting on the couch and stepped into a pool of water. The toilet had been running for 5 - 10 minutes and overflowed. Half the motor home was flooded. We grabbed all of our towels and mopped up the mess. In a couple days, we'll start making our way back to Phoenix, then to Fresno for summer work. At least I'll get away from this noisy highway!

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February 2008 Travel Log

02/19/08: Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ: While staying at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, a remote control glider plane club came in for LARGE Radio Controlled Gliders.the weekend. The filled the campground and hundreds of participants and guests came in for the weekend. It appeared to be a large competition. I believe the goal was to launch their gliders (no engines) and keep them flyingA launching winch for the RC Gliders. for the longest time then land in a targeted area. At one point, they had to keep the planes flying for more than 10 minutes. This is mainly based on skill in finding a thermal (hot air rising) to keep the planes flying. These were LARGE model planes with up to 10' wing spans. We ad a front row view from the windshield of our motor home. It was also interesting to see how they launched the gliders. A winch type setup quickly pulled the planes into the air then they released them. This was some unexpected entertainment.

Kaylee playing with her food.Granddaughter Kaylee playing

Unfortunately, the last few days of our visit was rainy, which created a foot deep mud pile everywhere. This over-priced campground turned into a large mud hole. With the plane people all over the place and the mud, there wasn't going to be an easy way for us to get out of campsite. So we decided to stay another day and let the crowds depart. We headed to the military campground at Davis-Monthan AFB. Members of the US Military Campground and RV Parks recently voted this military RV Park the "Best" in the USA for 2007. We went there to present them with a plaque and congratulate them. It's busy here and we had to go into the overflow, dry-camping area. It'll take about 5 days to rotate into a FHU site, but we probably won't stay that long.

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