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21 September, Sunday

Great night at the Gold Hill KOA, no trains, no freeway noise, no airplanes. Unusual for campgrounds. Short trip again today to Red Bluff. We are basically killing time getting to Sacramento. Only 3 hour drive to the Red Bluff RV Park. Again no trains, no planes and no freeway noise. Drove around the city some looking at the Victorian houses. Some are in great shape others not so good. Seems most of the houses have become businesses, probably because of upkeep cost.

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20 September, Saturday

Leaving Harrisburg, finally and just in time to avoid the dust and noise from the Harvest Festival. They are having a Tractor Pull in the field next to our campsite. That plus a beer garden and live music will make for a noisy day and night.

Left the coach in Coburg and drove to the Saturday Market in Eugene. Not as big as Portlands, but very good. Lots of jewelry for the ladies and musicians playing on the corners. Only a few food stands.

Left the Coburg area and headed South towards Medford. Decided to stay just shy of there at Gold Hill. Nice KOA in the trees and quiet, no freeway noise, no railroads and no airports. UNIQUE.

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19 September, Friday

YEAH ! ! ! The front of the coach is in show room condition. It took a few days to take the old 3M coating off, take off the adheavsive, touch up the very few paint spots ands then apply the new coating. Dennis worked us into his very busy schedule and finished as promised. He even charged less than his original estimate, which was half of another estimate I had. Now to get the rear bumper fixed in Phoenix.

Saturday we will stay in the Eugene area but away from the RV Park in Harrisburg. There is a Harvest Festival taking place in the fields next door. The main event is tractor pulls. They will also have live bands, beer tents and other activies both Saturday and Sunday. The dust will be blowing our way as will the noise from the tractors and bands. Good time to leave.

Will probably stay in the Coburg area, two campgrounds. Plan to visit the Saturday Market in Eugene.

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16 September, Tuesday

Explored more of Salem and met with friends on Monday. Smoke was worse, really made your eyes water.

Headed to Junction City, only 40 miles, and Les Schwab Tire Store. My SmartTire system has been acting up. Tires and pressure are good but the warnings are going off. They installed the system and can adjust the monitors by remote thru the tire. Once the technican was available it only took a few minutes to correct the problem. While having this done I was conversing with the manager about my 3M covering on the front of the coach. This is a plastic coating that protects the paint from rocks and road debris. He said the person that installed all the coverings at Country Coach was now on his own and doing that in Harrisburg. After making contact, and he assessed the situation I agreed to have him remove and install a new covering.

SO we are now at the RiverBend RV Park in Harrisburg where he will do his work. This should take about 3 days or so. Will be good to have a good looking coach again.

As it turned out, I-5 at the Oregon boarder is closed because of the forest fire in WEED. It nearly destroyed the entire town, burned over 100 homes and stores. Hopefully this will be under control by the time we are ready to leave.

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14 September, Sunday

Left Jantzen beach and headed to Salem, home of Willamette University and our granddaughters school. Got set up and met up with her mid afternoon. Got to see the beautiful campus, oldest in the Western states. Salem was dominated by smoke from a forest fire up near Mt Hood, made your eyes water. All her courses are doing well and no major has been declared as yet. Salem, the weather and college are quite a change for a girl from Juneau.

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13 September, Saturday

Another beautiful day the the Pacific Northwest. Portland is forcast to hit 90 or more. Actually they enitire area is really hurting for rain. Never thought I would see or say that. Even the lawns in Portland are brown, very unusual.

Today is the Portland Saturday Market., a must if you are visiting Portland on the weekend. It has been in operation under the Burnside Bridge for many years. It is such an even the city has even built permanent shelters for their booth. There are over 100 vendors selling nearly everything you can think of. Women's jewelry is the most dominate, but many other items are available. There are also nearly 40 food vendors selling appetizing foods from a dozen countries plus the U.S. Shaded tables are provided so you can leisurely enjoy your food. Even the local brewries and wineries have sampling and selling booths.

We were able to pick some Christmas gifts that are unique. Great food and KETTLE KORN, a favorite.

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10 September, Tuesday

Headed south of Portland to the town of Sherwood. Met up with neighbors and friends from Sun City and departed for Mt Angel and the home of the local Octoberfest this weekend. Had lunch in very good German resturant and then headed out to wine country. In the local area of Dundee there are over 20 wineries, all offering samples and of course selling their stock. Settings were beautiful and the wine was tasty.

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9 September, Tuesday

Cloudy and overcast this morning but forcast to be in the 80's. We are camping on Hayden Island, just west of the Portland International Airport.
We were treated to the Oregon Air National Guard fighters taking off about 7:30 in the morning. They must be have some sorties and practice drills. LOTS of noise, but probably not as much as the new F-35 coming to Phoenix.

Sun broke out early and we opted to wash the coach. Most campgrounds will not let you wash anything except the bugs off the front. This is a real treat. The water in Portland is extremely soft, not like Phoenix, so wiping it down after the wash was easy. Cleaned the windows in and out and now we are ready to travel again.

Went out to dinner with friends. It was a real Southern place called the Screen Door. They open at 5:30 and there is a line waiting to get in. They have the best chicken, pork shoulder, cat fish and grits. Also on the menu is collard greens and corn bread and other southern greats.

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8 September, Monday

Today we faced the dreaded drive thru Seattle and Tacoma on our way to Portland. Planning to leave at 0900 will put us at the North edge of Seattle about 1000, supposedly just after the morning rush and before the noon mess. All plans worked well, we arrived at Northgate t 0940, still going 55 mph.
This continued past all the normal bottlenecks and SUDDENLY we were at the south side of Seattle. What an unexpected drive. Not even a slow down.
Must be doing something right. Then on thru the Fife valley and then Tacoma. Again only a couple slow downs but nothing drastic. Past the Joint Lewis/McChord complex and on to open country to Portland. Crossing the Columbia River we made an immediate right exit turn and down to Hayden Island and the home of Jantzen RV Park. This park is much larger than we expected. Over 700 sites, many of which are mobile homes. It is on an island with the Columbia on one side and a bayou on the other. On the bayou side there are hundreds of floating house boats. These are real, full size homes built on concrete floats. They are anchored and have all utilities. Quite a different way of life. Don't want to sleep walk outside.

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6 September, Saturday

HOT day for the Pacific Northwest. Today we journied up the North Cascades Highway to the Diablo/Ross Lake area. There are three dams and power houses that make electricity for the city of Seattle. Started in 1917, it now furnishes powere to some 600,000 houses. The area is now a National Park, however the dams are grandfathered in. The North Cascades Highway is one of the most scenic in the state. It is only open during the summer months and is closed by snow in the winter. The sides of the canyons are steep, so steep no trails are possible. The solid rock is a great basis for building the dams.

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Diablo Dam

This is the middle of three dams.

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Boat House

This is the boat house for our tour boat. Notice the color of the water.

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Monkey Island

One of the few islands in the lake. Ross would put monkeys there from the Seattle Zoo for the visitors to see when they came to tour the area. Notice the color of the water, full of powdered rock from the Glaciers.

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Rock Slide

This is one of many rock slides along the lake shore. The vertical rise is so dramatic no roads or trails can be built.

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Going to Work

This is the funicular used to take workers and supplies to the building site of the dam. No roads or trails, way too steep.

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