We had an itch to take another truck camper adventure. We discussed different places we could go. Since I had tickets to a Kenny Chesney concert (ok, I had tickets to see him twice that weekend) in Las Vegas. Instead of me flying down there, we decided to make a trip to see our family and friends out of it. We planned a big loop, going through Idaho, Nevada, and as far south as Yuma, AZ and ElCentro, CA, then making our way over to and up the coast to see our son before coming home.
We prefer to take roads less traveled, and to see new things, so this time we drove down the eastern side of Washington and crossed into Idaho at Lewiston. There’s a nice State Park there called Hells Gate, along the Snake River. Because of dams and their locks along the Columbia and Snake Rivers, Lewiston is reachable by some ocean-going vessels. The Port of Lewiston is the farthest inland port east of the West coast of the US. It’s not a bad place to visit if you don’t mind the smell. I had to google it, and found that there is a pulp and paper mill there.
The drive through Idaho was beautiful. We even saw a cow scratching her tummy on a big boulder. I wish I could have gotten a photo! Our second stop was Emmett, ID, small town not far from Boise. Thanks to Apple Maps, and the truck’s GPS we ended up driving down a 50 mile stretch of dirt road that took us two and a half hours to traverse. I did say we liked the roads less traveled, but sheesh! So, if you ever find yourself on Hwy 95 heading south, don’t take the Indian Valley Road “shortcut”!
We dropped into Eastern Nevada below Twin Falls, ID and took what was labeled as “The Loneliest Road in America”. True to its name, there was little traffic, and the few towns we passed were really small. We made three stops in Nevada before we got to Las Vegas.
Originally we were going to park the camper and stay in a hotel for the weekend in Vegas, but parking the camper without electric hook-ups wasn’t going to work. The refrigerator wouldn’t stay lit on propane. We got an RV site at Circus Circus. Paul stayed in the camper and I was able to share a hotel room with some friends that were also going to the concert. (Thanks, Emily and Emily!) Paul discovered a broken fuse to the fridge and got it running for the rest of the trip. (Maybe the 50 miles of dirt roads were to blame?)
We stayed a couple of nights with Paul’s folks, a couple with my Mama, a couple with Mark and Jane, and one with my sister and brother in law, Penny and Tony before we got to the coast.
One thing we don’t miss about California is the traffic! We decided this was our last trip driving to SoCal.
We spent almost two weeks, stopping at 8 campgrounds along the California and Oregon coast before heading east to Bend, OR to see our friends Wanda and Mike. I can't believe we failed to take any photos in Bend! Although, I think we did a few Snap Chats.
From Bend, we went to Portland to see our son, Dustin.
Our last stop was only a couple hours drive from home, at the Northern Quest Casino in Spokane. The trip took us 33 days, and we were both ready to be home, but this stop gave us the chance to hit the grocery store before going home.
Finley, the cat, was very talkative when we got home, as if to say, “Where the heck have you been?” Our house/cat sitter, Patti sent me photos of him throughout the month, but it was sure nice to see his little face in person!