Moving on – from Redding, CA to Myrtle Creek, OR

4/5/17 Wednesday in Myrtle Creek, OR (Tri City Park-PPA)

Smooth departure, on our way by 7:45. We’re traveling 226 miles today, another long drive. This trip is basically all I-5N, so I won’t bore you with the getting from and to our campgrounds details this time. 🙂 It’s also all through the mountains, starting the minute we get onto I-5N, traveling uphill with a beautiful view of Turntable Lake. Lovely purple flowering bushes brightened our way.

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There were plenty of mountain passes at the beginning, then we came to a valley that was a relief. At the rest area John filled his travel mug with water, but carried it back to his seat by the lid. This became a self induced adventure when the lid came off and all that water spilled onto my computer, and cell phone settled on my chair (since I was gone to get myself a water refill). Some water even fell on my camera set below my seat. Thank heavens my computer was closed at the time. All seem to have survived that incident. Lesson for John, don’t carry your mug by the lid!

We were about half way through our trip when John started getting concerned that we could run out of fuel, at the low fuel mileage we’d been experiencing. We’d just passed a Pilot at Weed. Soon after that we were in a valley, with the wind at our backs. We were feeling hopeful. Then the Siskiyou mountains, but we were already at a high altitude when we were in them. It seemed that we hit one of their summits soon after the Oregon border. Then we experienced a great sigh of relief, because it was pretty much downhill from there. We had plenty of fuel to make it to the Pilot at Medford. Whew!

It was such a relief when we arrived at the Tri City RV Park at 12:10. Since it was after noon we knew the office would be closed, but when John found our site #44 paper marked with someone else’s name, the office gal saw him pondering and came out to help. She’d been the lady who’d originally put us in site #44, so she checked the computer and was not happy that someone had put another camper at that site. She fixed it for us and put the other campers in another site. Another Whew!

We LOVE this place. Note, we reserved at this campground because it rated an 8.6 on FHUs, Verizon service, TV satellite sky clear and lovely pull through sites where your RV rests on a LEVEL concrete pad, next to a grassy area with a picnic table. The bathrooms are immaculate. The trees are flowering now, so we get to watch white petals falling like snow all around us.

John cleaned off those pesky bugs from our windshield and talked awhile with our neighbor while I took a nap. We walked a couple blocks along the highway, then turned down through a residential area to their high school, with it’s ball field, track, and lots of grass. Speaking of grass below is a picture of the neat barn we saw on our way back home.

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Great chance for our exercise after lunch. Next, we needed to give the car (battery) exercise (that’s our excuse) and drove to the Seven Feathers Casino for their $7.99 buffet deal (when you get your Player’s Club card), available Monday-Wednesday. That place is incredible. Their air conditioning manages to suck out most of the cigarette smoke, we “won” about $30 using our free play tokens, then enjoyed the best buffet food for that great price. So we had to waddle out of there to get home. Such a wonderful treat!!!

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Tomorrow we will rest. Ah, it’s about time. I’ll be doing our wash and computer jobs with all our great FHU’s and free WiFi, while John will simply NOT DRIVE, (much) because we plan to visit Seven Feathers for Senior Slot play and check out their RV park.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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