Larry Farquhar

Our adventures, from Larrry's viewpoint.

September 2007 Travel Log

09/24/07: Huntington Lake, Sierra NF, CA: We're counting down until we move to warmer weather. It's been getting below freezing each night and we've had a little snow. Although, 11" was predicted for a couple days ago, we only got a dusting.

We've moved our motor home to another host site. Yippee! This site is allowing us to have satellite Internet coverage. This means you can see our location on the map again, and the RVCam is changing photos every minute again. We also have a sewer connection here, but the electrical power is even WORSE than before! Just running the refrigerator on electric, the battery charger, and then turning on the electric heater brings us down to 98 volts! So we've started running the fridge on propane, which now gives us 105 volts. Looks like we're back to running a generator when we need to microwave. Having fulltime Internet coverage again also means I'll be updating these travel logs more frequently again (I hope).

I need to say a special "Thank You" to Steve and Joanie. This great couple camped in our campground for 2 weeks and had us over for dinner and a few "social hours". They showed a GREAT appreciation for Connie and I, as well as all other workers involved in running the campgrounds. As I mentioned before, feeling appreciated is a reward for this type of work. We've made other camper friends during this summer and we're looking forward to meeting them all again next year.

I've also mentioned many times before that one of the advantages of this mobile lifestyle is the freedom to change plans. We've done it again. Instead of heading directly to Arizona when we leave here, we've decided to head to the Sacramento and San Francisco areas for a month or more. We plan to have some minor work done on the motor home and decided there's much more to see and do in that area. We've never been there, so we'll have plenty to keep us busy while the rig is in the shop. Our only goal is to be back with our daughter's in Arizona for Christmas.

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August 2007 Travel Log

08/21/07: Huntington Lake, Sierra NF, CA: We elected to work this summer at Huntington Lake, CA, partly because it was near Yosemite and the Sequoia's. We visited Yosemite a couple months ago, and took the past couple days to visit the Sequoia National Park. It was another enjoyable "mini" vacation, with dining out and staying in a hotel. We deserve it! The Sequoia trees are HUGE! Although the park was full of tourists, it wasn't too bad in the middle of the week. We enjoyed a short hike through the Giant Forest where we could get away from the crowds and noise. While driving back to Morro Rock, we encountered 4 Black Bears. They didn't seem to care about the tourists snapping photos. One set of bears was a mother and her two cubs. Tourist were out of the cars and getting pretty close to the bears. We left the scene, as it was getting very close to someone getting hurt.

Sequoia National Park, CA General Sherman at Sequoia National Park, CA. Black bear at Sequoia National Park, CA.

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July 2007 Travel Log

July 2007 Travel Log

07/17/07: Huntington Lake, Sierra NF, CA: Time is starting to fly (slip) by now. We can't believe how fast these past two weeks Huntington Lake Sailing Regatta, CAhave gone. Perhaps this can be attributed to how busy we've started getting. Weekdays are still mellow, but the weekends are crazy! Our campgrounds have been almost 100% full on the weekends. Since we're also mainly "first come - first serve" on campsite selection, we're finding our busy weekends start on Thursdays. People come early to get the premium campsites near the lake. Huntington Lake is primarily a sailing lake. These past two weekends there were large sailing regattas on the lake. We had a lot of all sizes of sailing boats competing. We managed to slip away for a little while to catch a few photos.

When you get this many people partying on a lake, there's bound to be an accident. After a late night in the local "saloon", four men who worked at the Boy Scout camp across the lake were returning by boat to their camp. Two had life vests on, two didn't. In their condition, a fight broke out while on the boat. Fighting in a small 14' fishing boat on the lake at midnight resulted in a capsized boat. Frantic calls for "HELP!" were heard from the shore. A few good Samaritan's from shore headed out in their boats to provide assistance. Three of the men were rescued. The fourth man's body, not wearing a life vest, was recovered a couple days later. Here in our campground, we've had a few recent minor emergencies. A 75 year old man left to go hiking, but was over 6 hours late when we were asked to call for a search to start. Luckily, he returned to the campground 15 minutes later. He had gotten lost. We also had to call an ambulance last night for an 84 year old woman who tripped in her tent and seriously (broke?) her leg. Ah, the fun of being a campground host.

I've previously mentioned about our Bald Eagles around the campground. While we haven't sighted them lately, campers have. We've been shown a tree in our campground where a large Bald Eagle is regularly seen. Campers even captured a video of this Bald Eagle leaving his perch, swooping down over the lake, and snatching a trout from the lake. WOW! We live here and haven't seen this much yet! We're too busy out working and cleaning bathrooms, while the campers camping directly on the lake sit around and can enjoy the scenery more than we can. But we're keeping our eye out!

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June 2007 Travel Log

06/12/07: Huntington Lake, Sierra NF, CA: One of the main reason's we select an specific area to work for the season is to enjoy the local area. While here, we wanted to visit Yosemite National Park and the Sequoia National Forest, both a couple hours away (in opposite directions). We're just finishing our 2 days off this week, but we made a mini vacation to Yosemite. We left the motorhome and originally thought of tent camping in Yosemite, but knew we only had a couple days. We elected to stay in a hotel and eat out, which is more expensive, but utilizes our limited time better. Besides, we got a hotel with a hot tub!

We enjoyed our mini vacation to Oakhurst, CA, which is 14 miles from Yosemite. We spent a day exploring the southern parts of Yosemite, including the Mariposa Sequoia tree grove, and Yosemite Valley. This is a beautiful park, but Connie didn't think it was anything more spectacular than where we're working. We did a couple short hikes, observed numerous waterfalls, and the well know El Capiton and Half Dome rock formations. We rode the free tram around Yosemite Valley and spent much time in the Visitor's Center. We'd never been to Yosemite before, except individually many years ago as kids. Luckily, it wasn't very crowded yet. Perhaps someday, we can return and camp in the park and spend more time. But this mini-vacation was well deserved from our recent hard work getting the campgrounds open.

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May 2007 Travel Log

May 2007 Travel Log

05/29/07: Huntington Lake, Sierra NF, CA: We survived Memorial weekend pretty good. Although we try to not let it get to us, there IS frustration in this job. In this case, the reservation company (Reserve America) really screwed us up! We have no control of this other company. They were telling people all of our campgrounds were full. They were taking reservations for only one of them (Rancheria). Ugh! So we ended up with one campground full (160 sites) and the other 6 campgrounds empty! Actually, we were takingThe Sierra Mountains people for the other 6 campgrounds on a first-come basis. While one campground was full, the other 6 ended up being about 50% full for the weekend. Larry also upset a host couple at one of the campgrounds. We only have 2 golf carts assigned to all 7 campgrounds. Based on the previous year's setup, our largest campground only had 1 golf cart and the other was assigned elsewhere. After only one day of a full campground did we realize this wasn't efficient! While Rancheria campground has 160 camp sites and 45 toilets to clean, the other campground with a golf cart had 48 camp sites and 8 toilets. While the 2 hosts at Rancheria were only 60% completed after 8 hours of work, the other campground's host (with the other golf cart) was sitting around all day. That lasted one day! Larry re-assigned BOTH golf carts to the largest campground. It made a HUGE difference the second day of the weekend. Of course, the other campground host complained and threatened to leave, although they did understand the reason for the cart re-assignment. As of now, they've decided to stay, but have told us they can only do "minimal" work on half of their campground, since it hurts her knees to walk to the 2nd bathroom. Ugh! 2nd bathroom (8 toilets)! Connie has 18 bathrooms (45 toilets) here to clean!

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