Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Alturas to Bend

Location, Bend, OR

Our night at Sully’s RV Park in Alturas was very nice. It is a small quiet park with friendly owners. We left about 9 AM and headed north again on Hwy 395. The country is mostly ranching with cattle and haying the main sources of income. There is quit a bit of water present on the surface as well as small creeks and several large lakes. The lakes appear to be shallow and a refuge for birds, but not used for recreation. We bought fuel at Lakeview, OR for $3.03 per gallon. Two nice young ladies pumped the fuel and washed the windshield.

North of Lakeview we turned northwest on Hwy 31 which is designated as an Oregon Scenic Byway. This is also a good road but is uneven which caused the rig to rock and roll. I reduced my speed to 45-50 MPH for a more comfortable drive. This was not a problem as there was very little traffic. It helped with fuel mileage also.

We did see 3 antelope in a field and a sand hill crane family with a youngster by its mother’s side.

We joined Hwy 97 north just south of La Pine and continued to Scandia RV Park in Bend. This is a nice park with FREE Wi-fi. Halleluiah!!!! We may stay here for another day or two as this is nice country. Bend has a population of 75,000 and new construction is everywhere.

This afternoon we checked out Tumalo ST PK northwest of town. It is a typical state park with very few sites capable of taking big rigs. They do have some sites with full hookups for $22 per night but all of these are booked. Reservations can be made 9 months ahead of time. The July 4th weekend is already filling parks throughout the state. We need to make some reservation for this weekend I guess.