At the end of the month, we packed up, said goodbye, and headed over the mountains to the Southern Willamette Valley. After having some annual motor home maintenance done (I highly recommend Southern Oregon Diesel), we drove south for a stop in Yreka, CA. It’s a small town in a pretty area without much that’s noteworthy except for the views of Mount Shasta that can be seen from the southern edge of town. It already has a sizable amount of snow, and hopefully it will continue to accumulate in this drought-stricken area.
A bit south of Yreka, we left the interstate and headed east over the mountains to Reno. It’s a beautiful drive on two-lane highways, and this time of year the aspen and cottonwood trees provided a wonderful backdrop to the pine forests. We spent a few days just outside Reno at the Sparks Marina RV Resort, and since we’ve been here many times, didn’t feel the need to explore or take photos. We did however, take a drive to Lake Tahoe’s Incline Village for lunch and a view of the always-serene looking Lake.
On to Las Vegas, where we always stay at Nellis Air Force base. We managed to hit town on the weekend of their annual airshow, and although we didn’t feel like joining the large crowds, we watched the Thunderbirds and other aircraft while sitting in our lawn chairs at our site.
Soon we’ll pack up and head for the Tucson area for the winter. But we’ll miss the Oregon coast and the friends we’ve made. We were fortunate before we left to share an evening with our Interpretive Ranger and good friend Greg and his beautiful daughters Stella and Jada. We had a great evening together – pizza, ice cream, and laughter. What could be better?
We love the desert, but will miss the majesty of the Pacific Ocean, especially during coastal storms. We’ll leave you with some images of a moderate storm we experienced while visiting Yaquina Head near Newport, Oregon:
That’s it for now; we’re looking forward to visiting Southern Arizona again after a five-year absence. We’ve already planned adventures, so check back with us!