Gladlee of Guernsey
America Spring/Summer 2022 (Page 1)
23rd April - 19th July - American RV trip
Phoenix, Arizona to Boya Lake, British Columbia, Canada
23rd April - Always RV, Arizona, US
Arrived at Always RV in Mesa, just outside of Phoenix, to collect the motorhome and check everything out before departing on our journey.
24th April - Saddle Mountain BLM
One of our regular kick-off points, After a morning trip to the nearest Walmart to stock up on essentials we head out to one of our favourite places - Saddle Mountain.
25th April - Black Rock CG, Joshua Tree NP, California Just a day at Saddle Mountain and then on to the northwest
corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Headed into Black Rock campground only to be
told that the place was full. We had half expected some of this but not this
early in the year. However, a few tears and sob stories later the very kind lady
gave us the Emergency Services site on the premise we would vacate if necessary.
25th April - Black Rock CG, Joshua Tree NP, California
Just a day at Saddle Mountain and then on to the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park. Headed into Black Rock campground only to be told that the place was full. We had half expected some of this but not this early in the year. However, a few tears and sob stories later the very kind lady gave us the Emergency Services site on the premise we would vacate if necessary. It wasn't!!
26th April - Fossil Falls CG
Our third or fourth time here. Normally a fee of about $8 per night but this time no way to pay and no-one came to collect so a free night for us. Very quiet with only about two other campers around.
27th April - The Highlands RV Park, Bishop
Back into a little civilization with a commercial campground so that we have laundry, wifi etc. We also have a choice of restaurants in walking distance. One Mexican, one American. Based on our meal at the Mexican last time we opt for the American. Last time the owners had lost their liquor license hence the Mexican option but new owners had renewed the license.
28th/29th April - Convict Lake Campground, Inyo National Forest
Moving on north we get to a pretty cold Convict Lake. Doesn't help that it is at 8,500ft. Of course Julie drags me out hiking through the cold, crossing mini glaciers etc. It really is beautiful though and we have the clothes to keep warm.
30th April - Honey Lake RV Park
Another private site for some internet access. Turned out to be a really good stop. Not expensive, small shop, excellent views over the lake.
1st/2nd May, Goose Lake, SRA, Oregon
Right on the border between California and Oregon the "Lake" is approx 30 x 20 miles in area. We have yet to see water in it. Last time cows were grazing there, this time just a puddle. Very few campers around. The photo shows blue skies but we also had hail and snow and was pretty cold at night.
3rd May - Wyeth CG, La Pine
A sort of means to an end. Had to find somewhere to stop and just chose this place. Turned out to be rather nice with a steamy river, lots of different birds for Julie and a fairly nice easy walk.
4th May - South Beach SP, Newport, Oregon
We have been here numerous times but it is always nice to go back. Nice easy State Park with some good walks though this time it was cold and wet.
5th May - Devil's Lake SP
The weather had taken its toll here and part of the park had been destroyed by floods. Still a good spot and a good bar/restaurant nearby.
Visited one of our whale watching spots at Yaquina Head but it was so windy we couldn't even get to the lighthouse.
6th May - Kampers West Kampground, Warrenton
A means to an end
7th May, Potlatch SP
Basically a roadside State Park. Well known in the area as the beach across the road is a famous clam collecting area.
8th/9th May - Fort Worden SP
Think our third visit here. Always good for walks but this time the bar was closed!!!!
10th May - Fort Ebey SP
A short ferry crossing over to Whidbey Island and up to the first State Park. Again nice walks.
11th May - Hidden Village RV Park, Lyndon
Last stop in the US before crossing the border into Canada. Ron's birthday today but unfortunately no restaurants nearby.
12th/13th May - Emory Creek Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Destination number one. First stop in Canada and we are in the same spot as in our previous visit.
14th May - Lac La Hache PP
A bird spotters paradise. Guess who's happy.
15th May - Canyon Creek RV Park, Hixon
Big private site but a good stopover to get a few things done and have a meal out.
16th May - Beaumont PP
Really nice spot on the banks of the river. Wildlife about including many birds, and of course rabbits.
17th May Tyhee Lake PP
Just a stopover en route but turned out to be a really nice stop with nice walks - even though they want to stop everyone having fun; No drinking, no smoking, no whacky backy.
18th May - Kinaskan PP
This stop was not part of the plan. We had planned to stop at the previous site - Mezziadin but it was closed due to heavy snow which hadn't been cleared. Kinaskan was also supposed to be closed for another couple of days but a very friendly young lady who happened to be the camp host had cleared a few sites and allowed a few campers in early. There is some sensibility in places after all. This was our first stop by a frozen lake.
19th/20th/21st May - Boya Lake PP
Another of our favourite places. It apparently was a holiday weekend so we decided to stop for three nights. Last time here we had beaver swimming across the lake. This time it was a bit too frozen but did thaw while we were there. Nice friendly lady running the place and we got to know a few other visitors over the three days. Two Dutch couples and a Canadian couple.