Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday, and friends

Rather than camp for a single night and with it raining, we decided stopping and staying put in our intended W WA destination outside Seattle made more sense. Set up/take down once. Check. See Jean and Bill before they leave for the weekend. Check.

A quick email to Jeanie-Weenie and we had dinner plans!



She and Bill picked us up, much to the delight of two kitties being able to see new folks, and we went out for a tasty Greek dinner, with a lot of gab thrown in.

We have several suggestions of things to do and places to see this weekend, and will meet Jean and Bill again for dinner Sunday night. We do that well!

Oh boy, where to begin? I think planes are on the agenda today. Big planes. MM is in charge of the itinerary...which would naturally include planes, boats, and water. He's so predictable.

Have a fabulous Friday. I'm sure we will, too.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cool Coulee

Good morning from the Grand Coulee Dam area...as we roll west.

We checked out the dam yesterday. It is big...and supplies power to a huge area along with providing fishing, recreation, and other benefits.

There is a nightly laser show, starting at 10, so went back and enjoyed that presentation. It didn't photo well. Use your imagination, or google the dam for more info.

This is a high desert area. Translation: few trees, and acres of sage brush filled hills. And a farming area. Wheat appears to be the main crop. We just spied two deer with nice racks near the road.



So now we are just killing time and avoiding fire areas, waiting for our Sunday date with friends near Seattle. It has drizzled on us all morning. They need all the rain they can get.

Miles and smiles, y'all!

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday through the forest

We decided to spend another night in Kettle Falls and go sightseeing on a scenic loop road over Sherman Pass.  Look at what we saw…mom and her spotted fawn enjoying lunch:

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Colville National Forest boasts over a million acres, filled with elk, moose, rattlesnakes, bears, cougars, and bobcats, making it one of America’s great, untamed wilderness areas.  We agree…and were happy not to experience any rattlesnakes, thankyouverymuch.  But this crossed the road right in front of us:

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We were thankful there was no traffic behind us so that we could watch him/her cross to the other side of the road.

There are more road closings reported due to the WA/OR fires, so we are changing course and heading S instead of W today for another grand adventure…that involves a laser light show.

Check back tomorrow for photos and info!

Enjoying life on the road, seeing our beautiful country and her critters.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Neighborhood entertainment

Watched this couple go from this:



To this:















He turned around to lead the way, and they were off. Safe travels. Thanks for the entertainment! Glad our set up/take down is easier.

So, the fires have closed even more roads but a bit of rain is on the way. Yay for rain! We will head more south and away from the problems and continue on. We re-group rather well, and the kitties are happy.

That's life from the road, and another day in paradise.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Westward bound!




First stop this morning was back at the truck service place to pay them for their service work, and pay the freight on the part they ordered that we now don't need. D fer done, and we are westward bound.

We will take a scenic route, headed for Washington. Montana has been nice, but we are ready to move on. That's what this Moho was made to do.

Have a happy Monday.

Miles and smiles, y'all!

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Location:US Highway 2 W,Kalispell,United States

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Success!!!

 

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Moho Man doesn’t appear to be happy, but he was tired after working all morning on the engine, and he was ready to take it for a test drive.  He put the slides in, I said a prayer, and then we were off.

No sputtering!  It ran beautifully!!!

He is enormously thankful for the Internet.  He took the computer code problem that the truck place found with their diagnostic program, Googled the possible causes/fixes, then tried the recommended fixes.  That MM is one determined man! 

There was air in a line that shouldn’t have had air in it.  A trip to the local hardware store for a clear hose, and voila, there it was…guilty air bubbles.  He isn’t sorry for the lift pump replacement that we had done because that is an item that frequently causes problems, so that purchase is A-OK.

We need to go back to the truck place and pay them on Monday, and now don’t need that ordered sensor.  Oh well.  We’ll deal with that.  We can get on the road on Monday.  Hallelujah!

Life is never dull on the road.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Moho woes

 

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Poor thang.  The moho sat ALL day yesterday here at the truck fix-it place.  The engine was acting like it was fuel starved (we had at least 10 gallons), and filling up didn’t solve the problem.  Rut roh.  MM searched out a big truck place and found one about 3 miles from the CG, and they said to bring it over.

MM and the shop guys swapped out a fuel lift pump, then we took it out for a disappointing test spin.  Still not fixed.  A sensor had to be ordered from Portland, so we are stuck here in Columbia Falls, MT, till Monday…hoping the new part will fix the problem, and that we can resume our journey.

We are at least grateful that this didn’t happen during the Canadian caravan, and that we are now back on US soil with local phone service, etc.  This is all part of the moho life.  There has to be a time for fixing stuff…and this is our time.  The guys will get the problem solved, and we’ll be on our way.

So, we are kicked back here at the CG, grateful for wifi and TV, watching the Tour go through a small village where we stayed and watched the ‘03 Tour, bringing back good memories.  The kitties are doing what they do best—sleeping.  They didn’t particularly like the loud noises at the truck place yesterday, but they also adjust to whatever comes along.

Have yourselves a ginger peachy day.  We plan to turn our lemons into lemonade, and will find something interesting to do and see.  Why not?!