Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Portland Fairview RV Park and Yuma

I just thought I would mention that I was pretty happy with the RV park that I stayed in while I was in the Portland area. It was the Portland Fairview RV Park located in Fairview. Fairview is on the east side of Portland and close to the Columbia River Gorge. This park has a few amenities like a small pool, hot tub, and fitness room, but it has nice trees throughout the park, grass in each site, and a lot of them are pull-through sites. It also has a creek, a pond with a lot of ducks, and Rylie and I did see that beaver. The daily rate there is on the pricey side, but they have a pretty good monthly rate. I would stay there again.

I just had a quick visit with Julie and Bob. They stopped here in Yuma on their way from Mesa, AZ to Southern California. Julie and I had a walk with Rylie in the morning. We tried two different parks, but both were having noise from nearby explosions, of course scaredy cat Rylie wanted to hightail it home. He did not want to walk once he heard the noises, but we managed to finish the walks and make it back to the car without too much of a fuss.

After that we went to the pool for a bit, and then later Bob joined us for dinner and a movie. We saw Eagle Eye, which was good. Very suspenseful, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time.

Rylie's Notes:

It was good to see the Sibling Staff, but they just don't hang around long enough. I don't understand how The Staff and Sibling Staff could walk with all of that racket going on. And I am deeply insulted that The Staff would use the word "cat" when referring to me. She's just mad about the Diet Coke photo.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Now just because my tattle tale dog posted a compromising photo, I don't want you to get the wrong idea. Yes, I am still drinking Diet Coke. However, I have really cut down on my consumption. Instead of having two Diet Cokes every day, I am only drinking one every other day. Besides, that was just a little can in the photo, one of those tiny sizes. That's hardly enough to wet your whistle. Okay, I admit that I might slip up now and then and have one on my day of non-consumption, but that's because I'm really tired. Since I don't drink coffee, that's how I perk myself up when I'm really dragging. Oh come on, as if you don't know what that's like! It's hard kicking this habit!

In other news, I had a good -- although way too quick -- visit in the Bay Area on my way to Yuma. I spent time with Cammie and Brian, and my friends Nancy, Brenda and Carolyn, and attended to various medical and dental appointments. I also got new tires for my car and got the motorhome washed and waxed. Thanks Brian! I drove from Northern California to the Bay Area in the first rain since last winter. In case you don't know what that is like, all of the oils that have been accumulating on the roads since the last rain all come up during the first rain of the season in California. When I arrived in Pleasanton, my motorhome, car and bike were covered in oil. It was a mess!

I also stopped along the way to have lunch with Lorna and Calicia, some of my Lazy Daze friends. Lorna and I traveled in Baja together, but Calicia I had not seen since New Mexico two years ago. It was great catching up with them, but the visit was much too short.

I was hoping to stay in the Escapees RV park in Yuma so that I could get a really good monthly rate, but I after arriving I discovered that I could not get cell phone or internet access there. Apparently, the airport and marine air base were between me and the Verizon cell tower. So I have moved to a different RV park, and I like it. Sales have been going really well so far, and the people are very friendly. It is still pretty hot, but it should be cooling down a bit soon. Rylie and I have had some nice morning walks, I have been swimming several times in the pool here, plus I had a nice little bike ride the other day. I'm a happy camper!

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff makes it sound all so innocent, doesn't she? Just a little extra Diet Coke here and there, nothing to be concerned about. Well, she is stocking Diet Coke in the refrigerator again, and when she takes that first sip, she looks like a druggie getting her first hit. I might have to do an intervention.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Before leaving the Northwest, I took a detour up to Canada to see the Vancouver area for the first time. Although I only had a few days up there, I was able to get a good sampling of the area. The Vancouver metropolitan area is larger than I expected, but it is surrounded by plenty of water, mountains and greenery and it's beautiful. My photos are not the best, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

I went to Stanley Park, which is enormous and right in Vancouver. The totem poles below are in Stanley Park.

Steveston is a coastal town near Vancouver, and I had a very pleasant lunch out on the wharf. I was lucky in that the weather was really beautiful while I was in Canada.

Steveston Wharf

Another day I had a really lovely drive up to Whistler, but first stopped for a break at Porteau Cove. There is a campground here where many of the sites are right next to the water. I didn't have my motorhome with me on this trip, but if I had, I would have loved to camp here.

Porteau Cove

As you may know, the 2010 Olympics are being held in Vancouver and Whistler, and I was fortunate enough to see some of the venues they will be using. Whistler is such a nice ski town, and quite the mountain biking destination, from what I saw. If you aren't feeling that active, there are many nice restaurants and shops, and the hotels are very picturesque.



Rylie's Notes:

I liked the Vancouver area. It is a dog-friendly place, and I had some nice walks in the forest, part of which were in off leash areas. I also met a plenty of dogs, and they were all friendly.

In case any of you readers were wondering how The Staff has been doing kicking the Diet Coke habit, I snapped this photo recently when she thought no one was looking:

Enough said.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Angel's Rest

View from Angel's Rest

While in Portland, we did the Angel's Rest hike in the Columbia River gorge. It's up all the way, and I was "glistening" like crazy. (Men sweat, women glisten.) I found this hike in my Portland dog hikes book. The view from the top is spectacular. There are so many excellent hikes in this area, and I really wish that I could have done more of them.

We Made It to the Top

Rylie loves going on hikes, but he was one tired puppy on the way down from this one.

Tired Hiking Puppy

Although I felt a sense of loss as I did it, I left the Portland area to head South. I could easily see myself living in the Portland area in the summer, but I don't know if I could handle all of the gray cotton skies and weeping rain of winter. I left at just the right time, as the rains were settling in for a long visit. Now I am in the San Francisco Bay Area visiting with Cammie and friends on my way to Yuma, Arizona. I'll be working in Arizona and perhaps Southern California for the fall and winter.

Rylie's Notes:

I don't know how the ducks will get along without me to herd them off the road. They liked to take their nap right in the path of oncoming traffic, so it was my job to move them over to the grass in the morning. Sure they gave me some flak about it, but I was only looking out for their best interests.