Friday, June 13, 2014

What happened to summer?

Location, Bend, OR

We are camped at the Bend Elks for 2 nights.

Yesterday we left the Likely Golf and RV Resort near Likely, CA  after having breakfast in the small dining room which is part of the office/golf club. Breakfast special was French toast and link sausage. Lots of people paying for golf even though wind was predicted.

We traveled to Alturas, CA then west and north to Klamath Falls, OR where we took on fuel and continued on to Collier State Park north of Chiloquin, OR. There is a logging museum across the road from the campground and we feared that it would be full because the museum operates all the logging equipment on Father’s Day weekend.

I stopped at the campground host and she said there may be one site available for one night. Perfect! We found a pull through site which was good enough for the one night of our stay.

The weather however turned cold, windy and with rain predicted. In fact it did rain towards morning but only sprinkles. Temps are in  the 50's. Tonight’s temperature was predicted to be near freezing at Chiloquin. What happened to summer?

Our drive to Bend, OR was rainy all the way but just occasional sprinkles. Turn on the wipers, wait a few minutes, turn off the wipers.

We had planned to stay at Tumalo State Park near Bend but because of Fathers Day weekend we decided that was not a good plan as Tumalo only has 23 sites for RV’s and they probably were all reserved. So, we opted for the Elks Club which has only 8 back in sites in the parking lot. We have stayed here before but then had the parking lot to ourselves. Today when we arrived only 2 sites were available, all others being taken, and only one of those looked like we could get into it. After much maneuvering I did manage to get the RV parked but there sure isn’t any room to spare as the photo will attest too.

Elks parking lot, Bend, OR. We are second from the right.

A tight squeeze.

We did a quick reconnoiter of Tumalo State Park which was full as we had expected and then drove around Bend including the Old Town section which was jammed with cars and people.

Tomorrow we will drive to Sisters, OR and all the quilt shops which was the reason for stopping here to begin with.