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Time Flies

Time Flies

I'm finally caught up and motivated to sit down to catch you up on our travels. When last we spoke, we were in Winchester Bay, Oregon....

(Sept 27-Oct 2) From there we proceeded south along the Oregon coast to Brookings, OR. There is an Elks Lodge we had been to before and we figured this was a good place to catch up on chores and to go see some BIG trees.

Having spent two weeks boondocking we had some laundry and thorough cleaning that needed to be done on the RV, so that took a couple of days to tackle. The top of the Redwood National Forest was about 30 miles from us, so we made an all day trip to explore and enjoy this beautiful part of the country.

After spending the summer in Alaska and seeing the small Black Spruce trees, I was in need of BIG trees and the Coastal Redwood trees fit the bill. We stopped in the Redwood Headquarters Visitor Center and picked up a map and the ranger circled a few recommended  stops. One of them was an old World War II radar station. You can read about it here: http://quirkytravelguy.com/quirky-attraction-redwoods-world-war-radar-station/

Our next destination after leaving Oregon was to head to Reno NV for our summer employer's, CLM Services, quarterly meeting. It would take us a couple of days to get there. Along the way we stopped in Lincoln CA and stayed at Thunder Valley Casino (free overnight parking). This allowed us to visit some good friends in Loomis and for Larry to pick up the long awaited gimbal part for the drone.

We chose to stay at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino ($19 a night, FHU) in Reno for our 2 week stay (Oct 4-15). Larry was able to play with his drone a little, btw Larry is now the owner of a drone recovery system after getting the drone stuck in a 70' tree. We were able to safely recover the drone with minimal damage. We were also able to enjoy an Italian Festival in downtown before the meetings started.

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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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Our Alaska Adventure Ends - Weeks 14 and 15

Our Alaska Adventure Ends - Weeks 14 and 15

Tok Alaska was our last night staying in Alaska but it would not be our last visit to Alaska. SInce Larry was having problems with his leased server crashing every few days, he wanted to get back to the lower 48 to get this issue resolved. He needed fast, reliable Internet access. Our return trip through Canada was a little quicker than originally planned.

We crossed into Canada's Yukon Territory on August 17th driving on the Alaska Highway heading toward Destruction Bay. Bob & Joyce had warned us about this stretch of road. Heavily frost heaved dusty and construction did not make for a smooth ride nor having to deal with a couple of RV caravans. I was beat, and I wasn't even driving. I asked Larry if we could pull over for the night earlier than what we had planned. We came across a nice rest stop (Aug 18th - Free, 61.4772, -139.2941) and I tried to text Joyce to let them know what we were doing. On our way up through Canada, no communication between our rigs was difficult, so for our trip back through Canada, we both signed up with Verizion's Canada/Mexico add-on which allowed us 100 texts, 100 mins outgoing calls, and 100 megs data, for $15 a month. Well let's just say this plan didn't work as well as we hoped. There is a delay in the texting, so Bob & Joyce were not able to pull over in time. We saw them go by in the crowd of the caravan. We did catch up to them the next day in Whitehorse. After lunch and a little grocery shopping in Whitehorse, we continued south to Carcross, world's smallest desert, all 1 square mile of it. We saw a little bit of it as we drove by, it was too windy and no where to park. It's not like I've never seen desert before. We found the government campground in Carcross (Aug 19 & 20 - $10US, 60.174671, -134.701309). There were too many trees for the satellite so we set up and drove to the visitor center a mile away to check our email and to make sure the server hadn't crashed again. The next day we loaded into the Jeep and off we went to go back into Alaska and explore Skagway. The weather was not cooperating with our siteseeing, heavily cloud covered mountains and the road. I haven't been in thick fog in a long time so we didn't see a whole lot of the scenery the first part of the ride. By the time we were close to Skagway the clouds had lifted some and we were able to enjoy the views. Skagway is a cruise ship town and unfortunately there were 4 ships in port which made for a very crowded small town. We walked around town, popped into a shop or two, had lunch and then went to see where the Klondike goldrush town of Dyea used to be. This area was interesting, at it's height this town was 10,000 people strong. Now the only thing left to see is one false front of an office. This thick wooded area has a beautiful forest floor that is covered in a blanket of moss. It was so spongy to walk on and held some beautiful looking mushrooms (I have a new appreciation of mushrooms since our lecture in Denali). Our return trip was much more scenic and we enjoyed the many waterfalls, lakes, and lichen (a type of moss) covered rocks.

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What a great trip. This is on our bucket list and we are already starting to plan. Would be handy if all your Alaska articles ha... Read More
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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.

Here's a little aerial video of the campground:

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