Larry Farquhar

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Our Alaska Trip Begins

Our Alaska Trip Begins

Connie had a great time with daughter Leslie and grand-daughters Kaylee and Khloe at their "tea-party". We attended another soccer game with Khloe then spent our last day in the Seattle area making some final purchases for our Alaska trip.

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We left the Seattle area on May 12th and headed North to Arlington, WA. Using the Casino Camper website, we stayed a couple nights at the Angel of the Wind casino. We met up with friends Bob and Joyce Childre, who will be traveling with us for the next few months. They made the Alaska RV trip 5 years ago and jumped on the chance to go again. Although electric RV sites were available at the casino for $15, we decided to dry-camp for free. Unfortunately, it seemed our batteries weren't doing as well as they should. To play it safe before the big trip, we decided to "bite the bullet" and replace the 6 house batteries in the motor home. The old batteries were about 7 years old. $1100 later, we now have new batteries and are set to dry-camp without issues (or use the generator much). One of the reasons we stopped near Arlington, WA was to visit Larry's sister and her family. We had a great dinner and visit with Wendy, Kenny, Matthew, Christopher and their families.

Our next stop was at a hidden city campground (Riverfront Park) in Sedro Woolley, WA on the Sagkit river. A RV site with water and electric was $15 a night. I took some time to play with the Drone and make a short video of the campground. We also made a trip to a local casino and exchanged some US dollars to Canadian dollars. Whew! We got lucky, as the exchange rate is the best it's been in over 4 years. $1.20 Canadian for $1.00 U.S.

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Thought I just wrote on this comment page....not here. You guys have already seen some fascinating and beautiful country. Glad y... Read More
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Love the use of the drone. What brand?
Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:19
Larry Farquhar
I'm using a 3DRobotics Iris+ with a Tarot 2D gimble and a GoPro Hero3+ camera. Love it!
Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:54
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Moving North - Slowly

Moving North - Slowly

'll This past month has found us slowly moving North, towards Alaska. After we left Seal Beach, we spent a week at Fairways RV Park at the Naval Base in Port Heuneme, CA. We enjoyed our lazy stay there, visiting Point Mugu and catching up on some more computer work. After our week here, we moved a little further north to the California Army National Guard campground at Cam San Luis Obispo, CA. Another week was spent here. Since we're pretty well got up on work, we had a chance to relax. Larry got to fly his Iris+ "quadcopter" a few times. We also went into San Luis Obispo a few times. They have a great street market on Thursday evenings.

Our next stop was at Lemoore Naval Air Station RV Park, CA. We had a training meeting to attend in the Sequoia National Monument and needed a place to leave the motor home for a few days. Having the security of being on a military base is comforting. This meeting is why we've been working hard on the computer files. It was time to deliver them and train the staff at California Land Management. This is their annual "startup" managers meeting. All went well for the week. Much training was provided and our "eHost" system delivered to be used at 118 campgrounds this year. The 'eHost" system is a great time saver for camp hosts, as well reducing paper and mathematical errors. Many people don't realize how much paperwork a camp host as to maintain. Our "eHost" system eliminates 90% of the forms a camp host usually needs to complete. The system received high praises from many of the managers. There was also a request to create the eHost for an additional 17 campgrounds. Looks like we're not done working yet!

After the week at Lemoore, we moved north again and stooped for the night at the Colusa Casino in Colusa, CA. (where else?). One of the resources we use to find places to spend the night while traveling is at the Casino Camper website. Many casinos allow RV's to spend the night in the parking lot, usually for free. But we always go in a lose a few bucks on the one-armed bandits and have dinner. This time  was no exception, except it was only hot dogs this time. We had stopped for lunch at the famous Anderson's Split Pea Soup restaurant for lunch earlier. Neither Connie or I were very hungry.

On the road the next morning, but needed to fill up on Diesel first. We've been pleasantly surprised that diesel is still under $3 a gallon in California. How nice this would be if fuel prices stayed low all summer!

During this leg of our trip, our destination is Portland, OR. We need new tires on the motor home, as well as our annual servicing. There's no sales tax in Oregon, so we'll save around $600 on the tires alone. Since we have the time, we deviated a little bit to visit Klamath Falls, OR. I've always wanted to check out the military campground there at the Air National Guard at Kingsley Field, OR. We've been here for a couple days and will head out tomorrow for Portland. However, for today, we're getting ready to go visit the nearby Crater Lake National Park.

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Family and Friends

Family and Friends

While staying at Borrego Springs, we tried to do some exploring. We took a day's off-road trip through MANY trails. The scenery was unique and interesting, but eventually we got tired of the bouncing around. Another day found us hiking from the Anza Borrego State Park visitors center to Palm Canyon. This was about a 5 mile hike.

It was pleasant hiking up to the canyon on a relatively easy trail. At the end was an oasis with springs, a water fall, and numerous palm trees (hence the name). We decided to try an alternative trail for the return trip. Oops! Although this was a designated trail and started off marked, we soon found the trail wasn't so obvious. We knew we had got off the trail somewhere and decided we better not chance it. We could see the primary trail from up where we were at, so we "bushwacked" down a ravine to intersect the main trail. All was well again. Near the end of the trail, we some a Mountain Sheep Ram. But couldn't get the camera out fast enough before he was out of sight.

After leaving Borrego Springs, we headed to the Joint Base Los Alamitos Army Campground. This is near Long Beach, CA. This small RV Park isn't much to speak of. A dirt lot behind temporary quarters with 12 RV hook-ups. While it did the job of giving us a place to stay with hook-ups, it's sure nothing pretty to look at. Luckily, we only stayed there for 4 days and moved over to nearby Seabreeze RV Park. This RV Park is located on the Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach. While a little more expensive, it's much more pleasant to look at. They even have free laundry and free movies on base (which we took advantage of)

This past month at Seal Beach has gone by quickly! We've been visiting with Connie's parents and brother, who live nearby. We've done a fair amount of shopping and some other errands. Connie's had time to spend with her mother attending various socials, going to a movie, and more shopping with another childhood friend. We also had dinner with friends we met at a campground over 8 years ago. The Stevens wanted me to "show-off" the drone, so we had fun flying around in their backyard.

My main mission for this past month was to develop my "eHost" campground management software. This is software I'm providing for California Land Management, whom we've worked with for the past 8 summers. Mission accomplished! Over 10,000 customized files were developed to be used by camp hosts in 109 campgrounds this summer. To say the least, this project took up most of our time this past month.

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My First Dronie

While boondocking near Borrego Springs, CA, I had a chance to experiment with my new 3DR Iris+ drone "quadcopter". One of the features of this system is the ability to make a quick "dronie". This is a "selfie" video made by the drone.

Larry's brother, Rocky, came in to visit for the afternoon. Luckily, he had the necessary "GoPro" camera, which I haven't yet purchased. We hooked up the camera to the drone and made this dronie. Enjoy!

 

 

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Guest — Chuck & Jan Moore
Really cool, Larry! That location looks familiar, too! Sending hugs to some of our favorite peeps! Chuck & Jan
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Larry, you are going to have a great time with that drone, or should I say that I see ur HAVING a great time. Looks like your br... Read More
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Guest — Rocky Farquhar
Great video for a first timer. We enjoyed that day!
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Borrego Springs, CA

Borrego Springs, CA

After leaving Joshua Tree National Park, we headed over to Borrego Springs, CA. This small town is surrounded by the Anza Borrego California State Park. Friends were recently here and told us about the Sculptures of Ricardo Breceda scattered around the Galleta Meadows estate. These large sculptures are made of shaped metal welded together and are huge. They're mainly based on renditions from the book "Fossil Treasures of the Anza-Borrego Desert". There's also statues of noted humans and prehistoric creatures. It all started in 2008, with this mythological dragon added in 2011.

You can watch a slide-show of our photos of ALL 30+ of these amazing sculptures in our Photo Gallery. To wet your appetite, here's a small sampling:

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For the past week, we've been exploring the area and the statues. We did a short "nature walk" and was recently visited by Larry's brother, Kenny and Mary Farquhar. They recently got a motor home and spent a couple days with us. Larry also decided to get involved with Radio Control "Quadcopters". Especially a 3DR Iris+, which can be an autonomous "Unmanned Arial Vehicle" (UAV), also known as a "Drone". I don't yet have the camera hanging off the bottom, but that will be added soon. It's a TON of FUN! (Only 1 crash, so far.)

We're boondocking on BLM land near the town of Borrego Springs. We'll be here for a couple more weeks and will visit friends again and do some hiking. It's sunny and warm. The solar panels are doing great! 

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