You have read about me and my RV, so let's travel to Canada,
through Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana and then to my final
spot, Alberta, Canada.
As you recall, you left me in San Diego, visiting relative's and I
was on my way to my new home on wheels in Yuma, Arizona. We arrived in
Yuma, and I saw for the first time my new home, a 34 foot travel
trailer, a motorcycle and bikes. I was greeted with another new bed and
more toys, what a great family I have!
The next morning came and as the days passed I got more familiar
with my new surrounds and even got to ride in the box on the back of
the motorcycle and in the box on the front of the bikes, wow, what fun!
Bill and Nancy were preparing the RV ready to leave for our trip up
north, Bill got a lube job and Nancy loaded in supplies and few days
later we were on our way.
We left in April and traveled up north on highway 95, we got to
Parker, Arizona and Bill heard a funny noise coming from the rear of
the truck, as you recall we have posi-traction in the rear axle, and so
Bill put two and two together and figured that the lube place in Yuma
put in the wrong fluid and that was making the noise. He went under the
truck and as I watched Nancy was handing Bill the tools needed to drain
some of the bad fluid out. He then put back in the right fluid and
additive, and we were on our way. The noise stopped, and we felt good
that everything was all right. Bill and Nancy come well prepared,
carrying extra spare parts for the truck and trailer, it's a mini
repair shop on wheels. Anyway, we arrived at Las Vegas, Nevada! Oh Boy,
such a busy place and at night the lights never quit! We stayed at
Sam's Town off Boulder highway for a few days and then headed to
Overton, Nevada and Lake Mead for some striped bass fishing.
At the far north end of Lake Mead is Overton Beach campground, at
that time they had a small trailer park as well as an undeveloped
campground, since Bill and Nancy prefer to dry camp we turned into the
dirt road leading to the campground. This is quite primitive, and the
sites are only marked with plastic sticks and a number of the site. We
drove around and around, looking for the perfect site, being over 55
feet long it took us awhile to find a large site level for our gear. We
settled in for the night, oh, how quite and peaceful just the coyote's
howling and a light breeze blowing.
The next day I watched as Bill and Nancy unloaded the car top boat,
installed the motor and loaded in all the boat gear and fishing tackle
needed to catch the big fish. I am now 5 months old, and this will be
my first time in a boat, so I am excited to feel the wind on my face
and the rocking of the boat.
That day came and the boat was launched, and we were on our way. I
must admit at first I was scared of the boat but as time passed I got
more comfortable and just slept in my bed that Bill and Nancy put in
the boat for me under a nice cool sunshade. Bill and Nancy trolled for
the striped bass and caught many, real nice size fish. That night they
cooked up the fish and for the first time I tasted fish, oh, was that
good, and to this day I will eat any fish (of course, without the bones
please!) Bill taught Nancy how to filet fish and so she will filet the
fish most of the time and there is seldom a bone in it. As Nancy was
filleting the fish, Bill was busy cleaning and putting away the boat
gear and tackle, getting things ready for another day.
Bill and Nancy work together as a team, that's why they have been
together a long time and enjoyed what they are doing. It's not just one
person having to do everything, teamwork is the answer!
I am now 5 months old!
Overton Beach at Lake Mead
Striped bass for dinner tonight!
As you can see fishing was very good. In April the
temperatures can average between 80 to 90 degrees and as the
water warms from the cold of winter fishing gets good! We
boated all over the lake, but as Bill and Nancy have found out
on many of their trips to Lake Mead, the weather can change and
the winds can come up quickly. They have now set a 5 mile limit
in their smaller boat because of the changing weather
conditions, this way they figure that they can still make it
back to shore when the winds come up.
We spent two months at Lake Mead fishing, sightseeing and
riding on the motorbike exploring the shoreline and hidden
coves. Lake Mead was created by the construction of Davis Dam
also known as Hoover Dam and was completed in 1936. The dam is
727 feet high and created one of the world's largest artificial
bodies of water. The lake is 115 miles long and over 580 feet
deep. It supplies water and electric power to much of the
Pacific Southwest and is one of the tallest concrete dams in
One day we made lunch and drove off in the camper to see the
Valley of Fire State Park by Overton. This is an area with
large red sandstone rock formations in the Lake Mead Recreation
area. The sandstone rock formations have been weathered over
the years creating different looking stone figures, such as,
the elephant rock which resembles an elephant's head. You can
hike along the trails and see the different formations as well
as an underground pool of water from a spring with lush green
These are some of the many rock formations in the
Valley of Fire State Park in the Lake Mead Recreation
We had a great time at Lake Mead, and it was time
to head north, but before we were to leave, I found out
that I would have surgery to get spayed, something that
I was not eagerly awaiting but knew that this should be
done. Bill and Nancy took me to the Wayne Newton Ranch;
you know the famous singer in Las Vegas! Anyway, he has
a large ranch out of Overton, Nevada and has many
beautiful horses, so as you can imagine he has a staff
of several vets there that care for his horses as well
as serving the public's needs. I had my surgery there
and in a week we were on our way, just in time since
the temperatures were climbing into the 100's.
We towed out and headed on Interstate 15, climbing
in elevation to the cool breezes of 6500 feet, boy,
does that feel good! As we were driving, again Bill
heard the rear axle noise and so we stopped at St.
George, Utah and went to the Ford agency. They drained
the fluid and inspected the rear axle and found some
metal shavings in the housing. The mechanic said, "that
it was probably just wear and that with new fluid
everything should be all right." Again, we preceded
north and arrived at one of Bill and Nancy's favorite
places, Beaver, Utah. We stayed at a local trailer park
and as we were unhooking the trailer we again heard the
noise! Now we knew that we have a major problem, so
Bill got on the phone and called around to a few nearby
towns to see whether anybody could take care of the
problem. They all recommended to go to Salt Lake City
and go to one of the largest Ford agencies called Rick
Warner Ford. Bill called them and made an appointment
for the following week. In the mean time, we drove to
Minersville State Park, a place that Bill and Nancy
like to fish at. We did not fish there, not enough time
and Bill and Nancy did not want to but a license just
for one day.
We stayed at Beaver through Memorial Day
and on one cold morning, I woke up and saw
something that I had never seen before, white
fluffy stuff called snow! Nancy put on my pink
sweater (of course, it has to be pink) and we
went outside. What a change from last week
where we were baking in the desert at over 100
degrees and now in the cold of 30 degrees.
We had several days of cold, snowy weather
and then the sun came out and melted it all
away. Lucky it was just in time since we were
going to leave for our appointment at Salt Lake
We arrived at Salt Lake City and found an
RV park, unhooked for the night and then drove
to the ford agency. After the mechanic
inspected the rear axle, it was not good news!
It seems that when the other ford agency saw
metal filings in the axle housing that this was
really a major problem. He said," the rear axle
gears were stripped and that it scored the
axle, along with finding out that the rear
brakes were worn and one drum was scored beyond
repair." Bill and Nancy do maintain their truck
and had the rear brakes inspected a year
before, but the damage was done and now came
time to fix it. The service manager said, "They
would call around to find a new or used axle,
gears and other parts needed for the repair"
and then he drove us back to the trailer park.
It was very warm, and unfortunately, the
trailer park did not have adequate power to run
the air conditioner, you must have 110 volts or
that can ruin a compressor, we had only 103
volts and did not want to take a chance.
The next day the service manager called and
said," no one in Salt Lake had the parts, not
even Las Vegas, and so he will try wrecking
yards." Another day passed, and he called again
and said," that nothing was to be found!" We
said, "that we had reservations at Alberta for
the Calgary Stampede and needed to be there by
July 1st." He said, "that he would do
everything he could to find the parts needed."
He called back and said, "that a new axle was
being shipped from the Ford factory and that it
would be there in a few days, but that it was
not posi-traction." We said, "that was all
right and if it was the proper axle to fit the
truck to put it in and new brakes and a new
drum." The parts came in, and the repairs were
made and the only other bad news was that it
cost us $2000.00!
We highly recommend Rick Warner Ford in Salt
Lake City for getting us out in time to get to
the Stampede and there mechanic's, and the
staff was great.
With some time to spare we headed up north
on Interstate 15 to explore another fishing
spot. We arrived at Salmon Falls Creek
We left Salt Lake City and headed north on
Interstate 15, turning west on highway 80 to
Wells, Nevada and then north again on highway
93 to Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir in Idaho.
The reservoir is about 20 miles south of Twin
Falls. There is camping around the lake and it
is under the BLM with free camping available.
When the lake is full, it has 40 miles of
shoreline. The lake was constructed in 1911 and
is used as an irrigation storage reservoir.
There is year-round fishing, camping as well as
bird watching. With the good variety of game
fish in the lake, there is something for
everyone. There is Rainbow Trout, Kokanee,
Small mouth Bass, Crappie, Perch as well as
We did not fish the reservoir, since we
still had many miles to travel before getting
to Alberta, Canada. We spent the night there,
and then the next morning headed north on
highway 93 to highway 30 to Interstate 84. We
turned off the interstate at Boise and
proceeded north on highway 55 to the town of
Cascade and Cascade Lake.
We had decided as we were driving up to
Cascade Lake that we would leave the trailer
there for several weeks, and just take the
camper up to the Calgary Stampede. We knew that
it is a busy time in Canada and by not taking
the trailer with us we could be more flexible
about getting into smaller campgrounds or park
off to the side of a paved lot. We spent
several days sightseeing the area and then
loaded up the camper with clothes, food and
supplies for several weeks for our adventure up
north into Canada.
Along the shoreline of Cascade Lake is a
City Park. At the time we visited the area, you
could stay at the City Park for two weeks.
You had to be self-contained, but they did
have water and a dump station. The area had
many trees which was nice during the summer's
heat, and you could walk down to the shoreline
to fish off shore.
The reservoir covers 30,000 acres, and was
constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in
1940. It is a popular area and is heavily
fished. At the time we were there most people
were catching trout and yellow perch.
As you can see by the picture on the
right, we drove up north on highway 95 and saw
the White Bird Grade.
It was constructed in 1915 and was used for
60 years as the only north -south access for
Idaho. It has 37 switch backs gaining over 4000
feet in elevation in 14 miles.
The new road that we were on was completed
in 1975 and is 8 miles long with 7% grades.
This is a very scenic area going through McCall
and on to Grangeville. We turned off and drove
on highway 12 to Missoula, Montana, very
I always say, " that a picture is worth a
thousand words." I have heard this phrase
before, and I am quoting it. That's why you
will see a lot of pictures, as I am writing
about my travels.
Bill and Nancy will usually scan postcards
or brochures to see whether a place looks
interesting, and sometimes one look at a photo
will point them to a new and interesting
destination, and other times they have saved
many miles of going out of their way because
the photo showed that there was nothing much to
For example, the photo to the left shows
what a scenic river this is and what a great
place to fly fish, doesn't it!
This is on highway 12 going east to
Missoula, Montana. It is the Clearwater River
and the Middle Fork.
As we continued north on highway 93 to
West Glacier we passed a field of white
daisies, and I just had to have my picture
On further we saw several rafters, on the
middle fork of the Flathead River.
Throughout our trip up north to Canada, we
stopped at several campgrounds along the way,
some were private parks that we stopped at so
that we could get water, dump holding tanks,
shower and do laundry. Then other times we
stayed in forest service campgrounds, roadside
rest areas or truck stops.
We arrived at West Glacier and went into the
Park Headquarters building and got brochures
and maps of the park. Bill and Nancy had driven
the "Going to the Sun" road 8 years ago but
thought that it would be fun to drive it again
until they saw the traffic backed up and then
decided that it would be faster to take highway
2 over to East Glacier Park instead.
Glacier National Park is actually two parks,
one part is in the United States and the other
is in Canada. In 1910 the United States created
Glacier National Park and in 1932 the United
States and Canada with a joint agreement
created the Waterton-Glacier International
Peace Park which is under separate
There are over 50 glaciers in the park, and
at one time many years ago these formed a
larger system of glaciers. One of the largest
glacier's is called Grinnell Glacier and is 1
1/2 miles long and 1 mile wide, and in some
places it is over 500 feet thick.
The highest mountain in the park is called
Mount Cleveland and is over 10,400 feet in
elevation. There are over 250 lakes in the
park, some of the most scenic are St. Mary Lake
which is 10 miles long, surrounded by mountains
and the largest lake is 11 miles long called
Lake McDonald. The smallest lake is
Swiftcurrent Lake. As you drive the mountain
roads you may be lucky enough to see Mountain
sheep and goats, as well as bear, moose, deer,
elk and more. The stream fishing is good for
cutthroat trout, brook trout and whitefish. As
we were driving around one day we saw many wind
surfers on a lake riding the waves, of course
with wet suits on. There are many nice
campgrounds, trails to walk and breath taking
To the left is Two Medicine Lake on
highway 49 in Glacier National Park, it was a
stormy day with rain and hail.
To the right on the same highway we saw this
odd bloom, we stopped and walked up to this,
what we thought was a flower, but it turns out
to be a fluffy ball of white fluffy puff balls,
there is no other way to describe this bloom.
It is called Bear Grass, very unusual.
That evening we arrived at a campground in
the park, Bill and Nancy took showers and did
laundry as I slept in the camper. They call it
"regrouping." They filled the camper water tank
and emptied the toilet getting ready to cross
the border the next day.
We had heavy rain, lighting and hail that
night, but luckily we were parked under some
big pine trees that protected the camper from
any bad hail. The next morning came, and we
headed up north on highway 89 to the Port of
Del Bonita on the Canadian border, as Bill was
driving we heard on the radio that the town of
Lethbridge was hit by large hail and even a
tornado was spotted in the area! We crossed the
border and was in Alberta driving on highway 2
when we heard another warning for bad weather
approaching, we saw the clouds and the wind was
strong so Bill and Nancy decided that they
still had a few days to spare and that it was
not worth getting the camper bombed with hail,
that they decided to drive back, and spend
another night under the big pine trees in
Glacier Park. You may think that why do this,
but they felt that it was best to be cautious
than get into a bad situation, so back across
the border they went, and the look on the
border patrol's people's faces was (what odd
people we are). As we approached the campground
the rain and hail hit, we got under a big pine
tree and spent the night, glad to be out of
what could have been a serious storm.
The next day came, it was beautiful, warm
and sunny and not a cloud in the sky. Bill and
Nancy were glad that they made the decision to
camp another night before crossing the border
for a second time. They crossed the border and
headed north to Calgary, Alberta. As they
approached downtown they saw a mall on the
right hand side of the road and saw many
campers, trailers and motor homes parked in the
lot. They turned off and drove to the Southland
mall and asked the campers if it was all right
to spent the night, the campers said that
because of the heavy crowds of the Stampede
Days that the city allows self-contained
vehicles to camp there. It turned out to be a
great choice since we were close to the light
rail system and downtown Calgary. We registered
at the Easton Information Center (they want
campers to register there giving their vehicle
license number and number of days that they
plan to spend there). There is no charge and
you're on clean pavement with water nearby.
As we ate our lunch in the camper, we heard
on the radio that a tornado did touchdown at
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and that severe damage
occurred at Taber which is northeast of
Lethbridge. In fact, on the radio they said to
be sure to file your insurance claims for the
damage that had occurred. They also said this
June was the worst month on record for
tornados, with 20 tornado warnings and 130
severe thunderstorm warnings in Alberta! Bill
and Nancy were glad that they did postpone
driving up on that stormy day after hearing
this. It's best to be safe than sorry!
Again, "A picture is worth a thousand
words." To the left is a picture of our camper
parked in the mall.
To the right is an overview of the many
campers that took advantage of the great
hospitality of the Canadian people, allowing us
to stay there while we enjoyed their wonderful
Bill and Nancy decided to walk over to the
mall to look around that afternoon, as they
were walking by a jewelry store, Nancy's eyes
brighten up and she said, "Oh, let's go in and
look around." You see, several years earlier
when Bill and Nancy were traveling in Alberta,
to be specific Banif, Lake Louise and Jasper
they came across a very unusual stone called an
Ammonite. This actually is not a stone, but an
extinct marine mollusks with a coiled shell
made up by a series of chambers. Ammonites are
members of the cephalopod class, which includes
nautilus, squid, octopus, and cuttlefish.
This shell is over 400 million years old,
and there are only a few places in Canada where
it can be mined. The Canadian government will
only allow so much to be mined a year and the
main area that this shell can be found are in
the Lethbridge area.
Since the shell is fossilized and buried
deep in the soil the changes that take place on
the shell are resulting from the mineral
content of the soil, so that when a small piece
or shaved section is mined, it is then cut and
capped to protect the delicate surface and is
then made into rings or necklaces. This is
similar to an opal but with brilliant colors
when the light hits the surface. When Nancy was
at Lake Louise, she bought a loose stone (I
will call it a stone because of the finished
product) to take back with her and would have
it made into a ring. After that trip when she
was back home, she took it into a store to get
a price of a setting. The jeweler said that
this is very fragile and would not guarantee if
the stone were to crack when he mounted it.
Nothing would stop Nancy so she called long
distance to Calgary and found the company that
mined her stone. They sent her several pictures
of rings that her stone could be put in, and
she chose one and mailed the loose stone to the
company. A few weeks later she got her new
ring, and it has been a beautiful piece to
wear. Anyway, back to the mall, as she was
looking for a possible necklace to match her
ring, she said, "Boy have the prices increased
from several years ago." Bill suggested that
when they go into town to stop by the company
that made her ring and that they may have
exactly what she wanted, what a great idea.
The next day arrived and off they went
looking for a necklace to match her ring. They
boarded the light rail train and off they went.
They found the company and found the perfect
match and then off sightseeing and exploring
The light rail was very convenient as it
took them throughout downtown and back to me,
patiently waiting in the camper!
The picture to the left is of
the Calgary Tower, its 191 meters high and is
1,228 meters above sea level.
As you can see by the picture to the right,
the view of the city is spectacular!
In 1967 Calgary upgraded their
downtown area, keeping a bit of old history
along with adding newer more modern high rise
buildings. As you can see, the picture to the
right is of the old City Hall a very
traditional building, but in the background is
the newer high rise building which now is the
location of the new City Hall along with other
Calgary was the center of the Canadian's
meat packing industry until oil was discovered
in 1914, making Alberta a very rich
In the late 1800's the ranchers put on an
agricultural exhibition that later combined it
with a rodeo, which in 1923 was called the
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, a 10 day
The Olympic Saddledome was built in 1983 for
the cities Olympics to be held in 1988 as well
as the stadium for the Calgary Flames.
After they toured the city,
they decided to take the light rail over to the
Calgary Zoo. The zoo has more than 1,400
animals, they spent several hours there walking
all over looking at all the animals and
One highlight of the zoo was to see the
Panda's from China. The first Panda is called
Qun Qun and the second Panda is called XI XI.
When they saw these Panda's there were only
1,000 left in the world, but I am sure that by
now the number has decreased.
After a long day of
sightseeing, Bill and Nancy came back to the
camper, Oh, what a relief to see them, if you
know what I mean! Anyway, we spent the night at
the free parking lot, and the next morning we
drove to a trailer park to get regrouped for
the Calgary Stampede.
Bill and Nancy had made some calls several
weeks earlier and had found that the KOA
trailer park still had some spaces left to rent
along with tickets to the Stampede. Bill and
Nancy first thought about booking with a
caravan for this trip because it would include
your RV space, tickets to all the events and
transportation along with other sightseeing
tours, but as I said earlier Bill and Nancy
like to do things on their own and chose not to
go with the caravan. The KOA park as well as
other parks usually buy in bulk, tickets and
seats for the parade as well as the rodeo, so
if you get here late, there is still a chance
that you will be able to attend the events. You
may not have the most expensive or best seats,
but they found that their seats were very good
for the rodeo and other events.
One thing I must say is that if you're not
sure about doing this by yourselves, a caravan
is an easier way of doing things because it's
all done for you. There are many caravans to
choose from, and the best thing is to look in
the RV magazines and talk to people about there
experiences using a caravan group.
When Bill and Nancy arrived at the RV park,
they had several days to pick from as far as
morning shows or afternoon shows for the rodeo.
They bought their tickets and were set to go.
The RV park provides several buses to take
everyone downtown to see the parade and then to
the rodeo. As you can see by the several
pictures, there are many people attending the
parade as well as the rodeo. A parade would not
be a parade without horses, dancers and
The weather was perfect, no storms in sight,
what a relief," perfect for picture taking,"
The Calgary Stampede is a
half-million dollar rodeo!
Professional cowboys come from all over the
world to compete in this 10 day event, from
roping, barrel racing, riding bulls to bucking
broncos, this has it all, so much to mention
including entertainment and refreshments.
The Chuck wagon races are a highlight of the
event. Four different teams compete at a time
going around a figure eight course to see which
team comes in the fastest. It's exciting to
watch, especially at the speeds that they are
Then there is the wild horse race. A large
group of wild horses are released into the
stadium, and the cowboys try to rope them and
bring them back to the finish line.
And if this wasn't enough going on, above
the hill behind the stadium there was a hot air
balloon race on Scotsman Hill!
After the parade, Bill and Nancy came back
to greet me again and brought me a treat. I
forgot to mention that usually when they leave
for an extended period of time they usually
bring me a little bite of food that they have
saved from their lunch. I eagerly await this;
it's my special treat! After spending several
hours with me, they got ready to go back into
town to see the evening show and the fair
attractions. They got back at midnight after a
long evening in town.
The next day they again boarded the bus to
see the afternoon rodeo show and came back with
more treats for me. The trailer park provides
rides into town for a small fee, so you always
have transportation to and from town. A great
way to see all the events and not have to drive
your vehicle into town.
After several days of
sightseeing and the rodeo, you would think that
Bill and Nancy would take a day to rest and
relax, yes! But no, it was off to explore
another part of Alberta.
As you can see they went to the Olympic
Park, which has all the flags of the countries
that took part in the 1988 Olympics and the
Hall of Fame.
Also is the large 70 and 90 meter jump site
for the ski jumping competitions as well as
other Nordic events.
And last is the Luge course at the Olympic
Park, look and see whether you can pinpoint the
person laying down in the tunnel.
During the summer they were allowing people
to ride down the luge course for a charge of
After spending several hours
at the Olympic Park, Bill and Nancy decided to
drive south on highway 2 to Fort Macleod. This
is about 150 miles south of Calgary. Before
they got to Fort Macleod, they saw a state
transportation park; these are scattered
through out the province of Alberta. The
parking area is free, and it provides a safe
place to spend the night. They usually have
picnic tables, water and even a dump
The next morning Bill and Nancy drove to a
place (you will not believe this name)
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.
As you walk up the long trail to the museum,
you will pass an area where you can see a 30
foot high cliff where buffalo were driven to
their deaths by the Indians.
The story goes this way, between 3,600 B.C.
and into the mid-1800's the Indians would
gather large herds of buffalo and make them run
to the cliffs area, and not being able to turn
back they fell to their death. Below the
cliffs, the Indians would be waiting to then
butcher the buffalo for their meat, hide and
It was about 150 years ago that a young
Indian brave was waiting under the cliff to
witness the buffalo jumping to their death. As
he was watching the buffalo cascade pass him,
one after another the stack was getting so big
that he became trapped against the rock wall
and as more and more buffalo piled up on top of
him, his head became crushed. When the Indians
came to butcher the buffalo they found him with
his head crushed in.
The Blackfoot Indians renamed this place
Estipah-Sikikini-kots, meaning "where he got
his head smashed in."
This is one of the largest and best
preserved jump sites around and well worth a
trip to see such a spectacular place.
After viewing the
buffalo jump we headed back to Fort Macleod to
visit the famous Fort Museum. In 1874 the North
West Mounted Police established their first
outpost in Fort Macleod. This facility features
the history of the RCMP, Native Indians and the
early settlers of the area. In the summer
months the Mounted Patrol Musical Ride can be
seen four times daily.
Bill and Nancy still had some Canadian money
left, and it would be silly to exchange what
little they had at Fort Macleod, that they
decided to stop by a bakery and buy some sweet,
yummy donuts and stuff. As we nibbled on them
driving across the border back into the United
States, I heard them say, "what a good trip
this was, but now it's back to the trailer and
time to go fishing!"
We spent the night at a campground in
Columbia Falls, and then the next morning off
we went. We took the same route south and
passed Missoula and decided to fish off highway
12, between Missoula and Kamiah, Idaho. I
mention this because as we were driving up to
the Stampede we saw this great stretch of river
and Bill thought that would be a good place to
stop and fish as we came back from our trip up
Bill stopped and decided to buy a one day
fishing license, while Nancy and I decided to
watch him fish the river.
Bill had good success fishing the Louhsa
River, he caught 5 fish, keeping this nice one
for dinner. Then it was off to Kamiah to spend
the night and regroup again.
The next morning we took off and drove back
to Lakeview Trailer Park in Cascade, remember
this is where we left the trailer. We stopped
along the way at McCall and other fishing spots
along Cascade Lake to check how the fishing has
been because Bill and Nancy wanted to launch
their boat to fish the lake. The reports were
not good, the fishing was slow and they had a
die off of perch in July. After getting this
report Bill and Nancy decided not to buy a
fishing license and decided to head south the
We drove south on Interstate 84 and stopped
for the night at Jerry's BBQ and campground. Of
course, Bill and Nancy had to try the rib
dinner at Jerry's and brought me a treat, the
ribs were excellent!
The next day we drove through Salt Lake City
and south on Interstate 15 to Beaver, Utah, you
remember we stopped there on our way up north.
We arrived at United Beaver Camperland and
unhooked the trailer for the night.
Since fishing was slow at Minersville Lake,
Bill and Nancy decided to order an A & E
Travel Sat Antenna. This is a satellite antenna
that mounts on the roof, and with two motors it
raises and lowers from inside the RV. They
ordered the satellite and then with the
extensive research that they do, they ordered
from California all the aluminum angle needed
to make a strong frame to mount the dish
(satellite). They ordered aluminum moly rivets
(these expand under the roof skin) to hold down
the aluminum frame as well as other bolts
needed for a strong frame.
The satellite came by a freight truck and
UPS delivered the aluminum, and now the work
begins. While Bill was sawing and making the
frame, Nancy was assembling the satellite dish.
It takes teamwork to accomplish this and
between the two of them working on this project
it was done to perfection.
From the two pictures to the right, you can
see what a project this was.
Bill and Nancy spent a few
more weeks at Beaver, Utah and then drove south
on Interstate 15, stopping at Mesquite, Nevada
for a night of a little gambling (they set a
limit of $20.00 to spend) very conservative,
and then dinner.
We left and drove to Sam's Town RV Park off
Boulder Highway and the next day, Bill and
Nancy met some friends for dinner and a little
bit more of gambling! Then it was off again,
driving south on highway 95 to Lake Havasu
Bill and Nancy like Lake Havasu and have
spent many years going there to fish. We
usually stay at Lake Havasu Trailer Park, and
if you get in early, say in September you can
usually get a spot for a month, but after that
the snowbirds start to arrive and spend the
winter there. I did not mention this before,
but snowbirds are people who live up north, and
as winter sets in they travel south for the
warm weather and the sunshine of the desert
Bill and Nancy settled into the trailer park
and unloaded their boat to do some fishing and
boating on Lake Havasu. You can see that the
campground provides much shade, and that's good
this time of year when temperatures can still
climb to over 100 degrees.
We boated north on the lake and fished our
way up to Topock Gorge. This area is a "no ski
area" and you can only go slowly through the
gorge because it is a wildlife preserve.
You can see that Bill caught a nice striped
bass, fishing was a little slow but he got one
for dinner and we had a great time boating on
the lake and soaking up the sun. Oh yes, the
fish weighted over 4 pounds! It's a funny thing
about fishing, sometimes Nancy catches all the
fish and sometimes Bill has all the luck, this
time it was Bill's turn.
Lake Havasu was created by the
Parker Dam, which is all part of the Colorado
River, dammed at various locations from
Colorado to the border of Mexico. The dams
along this route have created many large lakes,
which Bill and Nancy have either boated on or
Lake Havasu is also known for the famous
London Bridge which was brought over from
London in the late 60's. This was the original
stone bridge that spanned over the River Thames
It was constructed in London back in the
1800's, but in 1967 this bridge was sinking
into the river, so they dismantled it and built
a new bridge from 1967 to 1973. The picture of
the bridge you see was the original one
constructed in the 1800's.
In October, Lake Havasu hosts the world jet
ski races. The races are hosted at different
places, but this year it was at Lake Havasu,
and so we boated over to watch the jet skiers
raced around a course and even saw them jump
off a raised platform. If you look closely, you
can see the platform and a jet skier in the air
ready to land in the water.
Well it's time to move again down south,
so we loaded up our boat and hitched up the
trailer and south we went. We decided this year
to spend our winter in California at a place
called Salton Sea.
We arrived at West Shores RV Park off
highway 86 and settled in for the winter.
Salton Sea is off highway 86, about 20
miles south of Indio, California. The sea was
created in the 1900's. It is 232 feet below sea
level and was cut off from the Gulf of
California's water because of an increase of
sediment from the Colorado River. In 1905 a
levee broke and the flow of water came into the
Salton basin, and that created the Salton Sea.
The Sea is 40 miles long and about 12 miles
wide with only a depth of 40 feet. It is three
times saltier than the ocean, but it supports
several species of fish, including large
corvina up to 25 pounds (Bill caught a 20
pounder several years ago), croaker, tilapia
and sargo. During the winter you will see many
birds and pelicans, it's a flyway for many
ducks and geese that spend the winter here.
Bill and Nancy have seen many changes in the
sea since they first boated and fished the area
back in the 60's. There are still a few resorts
found around the sea, and many "snowbirds"
flock there to spend the winter. The fishing
has tapered off, compared to many years ago,
but it seems that this is happening everywhere,
not just at Salton Sea.
Bill and Nancy will stay here for the
winter, hunting, fishing and taking side trips
here and there along with visits to the
relatives. But, then soon it will be time to
travel again, to see a new place and to visit
old familiar places that we have been to. I
don't know what next year will bring or where
we will be going, but that's the fun of RV
In the mean time, I hope you enjoyed my
travels to the Calgary Stampede and all the
places in between and have fun in your travels,
just like I am doing!
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