Posted by: harleyhawk43 | May 21, 2015

Riding to Mount Rainier


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Tuesday I took a solo motorcycle ride from our campground in Yakima Washington to the Mount Rainier area. It was about 150 miles round trip and the scenery was fantastic. When I got to Chinook Pass, there was still a goodly amount of snow on the ground, off the highway. The trees were beautiful and were “Old Growth” Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs. They were almost as impressive as the Redwoods we saw in 2011 in Northern CA. I was not able to see Mt. Rainier because it was socked in with clouds. It is the highest peak in WA (I believe around 11,000 feet). Below are some photos and a couple of the best video clips.

(Our Alaska trip has been postponed indefinitely due to a family emergency.)

Mount Rainier photos

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Yakima Canyon-Big Pines Campground photos

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Mt. Rainier Video Clips

Posted by: harleyhawk43 | May 11, 2015

Hang Gliding and Motorcycle Riding


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Here are a few Video clips of some Hang Gliding near our campground in Washoe State Park in Nevada and some motorcycle riding from here to Lake Tahoe and Placerville CA. Route 50 west from Tahoe to Placerville was magnificent.

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | May 6, 2015

Return to Lake Tahoe


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A few of the best video clips from our Lake Tahoe ride yesterday. We were there in 2012 and it was great being able to go again.

The long uphill from Carson City to Tahoe

One of the many views as we drive around the lake

Posted by: harleyhawk43 | May 1, 2015

South Fork Reservoir Campground-Elko Nevada


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Well, here we are in the Elko Nevada area at a Nevada State Park called South Fork. It sits right on the South Fork Reservoir and is well stocked with trout and bass. We arrived here Monday and will leave this Monday, as we continue moving North towards British Columbia for the beginning of our Alaska adventure. Below are some pictures of the campground and the lake.

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | April 25, 2015

Antelope Island-Syracuse Utah


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Today, after about a week in recovery mode (see Capital Reef post), we drove out to Antelope Island which is located in The Great Salt Lake, north of Salt Lake City Utah. This island is 15 miles long and 4.5 miles wide at it’s widest point. It is a Utah State Park and has herds of antelope and American Bison (buffalo). We can actually see it from our campsite in Tooele, but had to drive 60 miles to get to it. It is connected to the mainland at a town called Syracuse. We took the truck because heavy showers were predicted. We saw no antelope, but plentY of bison and one giant jack rabbit with huge ears. The island is absolutely beautiful and has primitive campsites for $15/night. We highly recommend it for anyone in this area.

For those of you not familiar with The Great Salt Lake, it is the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi. It is currently 75 miles long by 28 miles wide but formerly was much larger, when it was known as Lake Bonneville. Four rivers flow into the lake, but since it has no drainages, water onlY leaves through evaporation. Thus many minerals are left behind, making it inhabitable for most fish. Brine Shrimp, brine flies and algae thrive in it and this in turn supports many migratory birds. It is one of the most important migratory bird sites in North America.

Below are some shots we were able to get today on my Smart Phone (forgot my camera!).

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | April 21, 2015

Near Disaster in Capital Reef Area


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Greetings once more! When last we posted, we were getting ready to depart the Moab/Arches/Canyon Land area after a great 10 day stay there at a B.L.M. camping area on the Colorado. The day before leaving we spent preparing to move (loading motorcycles, generators, kayaks, bicycles etc.) and checking all systems (tire pressures, oil, coolant etc.). This usually takes about 4 to 5 hours and then we like to relax and leave early the following day. Everything was going according to schedule with the usual verbal skirmishes and we finished up the preparations around 1 p.m.. We had heard a high wind warning, but hadn’t paid a lot of attention to it.I had just taken a shower and was relaxing in the sun still wrapped in a bath towel when a gust of about 50 m.p.h. drove a huge cloud of red sandstone dust all over the campground and into our trailer which still had the back ramp open after loading the Hogs. When Red Fox got done laughing at me covered with red dust, she realized the entire inside of the trailer was filled with dust and hastened to close the ramp and windows.

Things went downhill from there! After cleaning up the mess, we lit the campfire, but couldn’t really enjoy sitting out because of the continuing high winds. (Later we would find out that our Kennybunk friends, John and Mary, had been driven out of their Lake Powell camp, along with the camp host. Strong winds were prevalent throughout the entire area). The next morning we left, as planned, and headed to our next National Park, Capital Reef. Because we had such poor internet in Moab, we had not really absorbed the weather for that day and the next day nor, foolishly, had we checked what the altitude was at C.R..

Anyway, about an hour into the trip, as we began to descend and ascend some steep grades, the dreaded wrench light came on. Now you need to understand that the wrench light is different than the check engine light. While the check engine problem can usually diagnosed readily by the Ford service people, the wrench light is a different animal. One never knows what’s wrong until you hook up the computer and run a diagnostic. We immediately lost power and having great difficulty climbing the steep grades (20 mph instead of the usual 40 mph). We limped along for at least 50 or 60 miles in the middle of nowhere before coming to a town called Hanksville. Here we fueled up and got ready to try and reach the nearest Ford dealer (about 100 miles away). Lo and behold, hallelujah, when we started the truck the wrench light did not come on and the truck ran normally or close to it. We were immensely relieved as we had had the usual visions of engines blowing up, huge repair bill and so on.

The remainder of the trip was fairly pleasant, although we could tell the temperature was dropping and dark clouds were hanging over the mountain tops. Finally we arrived at C.R., but there were no campsites available. We were prepared for this eventuality and went to Plan B. Plan B is always to look for a private campground that isn’t too pricey. We soon found one in Torrey UT and hooked up for the night. It had been spitting snow but we were so tired we didn’t pay much attention. It was nice to have full hookups and we soon settled in for the night with electricity, water and sewer. Life was good or so we thought. During the night I got up to use the bathroom and found no water running when I flushed. This was not good and back came all the stress of the day in full force. There was nothing we could do, except keep the heat on and wait. for the morning.

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In the morning we awoke to heavy, wet, constant snow with about 2 inches on the grassy areas and learned that the temperature had bottomed out around 18 F. We had the electric and propane heat on all night with the cabinet doors open under the sinks but were still very nervous about water freeze-ups. Master Plumber/Mechanic Hawk went out into the Arctic conditions after breakfast, armed with a hair dryer and set about trying to thaw out the water hose connected to the trailer and the campground water supply. After about an hour of working on it I was able to disconnect both ends and then melt the ice inside the hose. There was some ice in the trailer connection where the water enters the trailer lines, but I didn’t pay too much attention to it. I was more concerned about the 10 gallons of water we had carried in our fresh water tank and worried that might have frozen in it’s tank under the trailer.

After thawing out the water hose, I tried reconnecting, but no water was able to flow into the trailer. I then concluded that some ice may have entered the trailer lines and might be blocking them. So, I took the hair dryer inside and blasted hot air under both cabinets to no avail. Reconciling ourselves to the fact we would have no water until we arrived in warmer climes, we entertained ourselves for the rest of the day with constant heavy snow and temperatures only reaching 29 F. I continued to worry about possible serious damage to the water lines. Luckily we had plenty of heat, a laundry room and a shower room. Waking up the next day to continuing snow and miserable weather, we decided to forget about C.R. and head towards Salt Lake City. Fox checked the weather and S.L.C. promised much better conditions. After cleaning about 4 inches of snow off the truck and warming it up, we pulled out with continuing serious concerns.

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Now we faced snowy roads and a steep descent from C.R. down into S.L.C. It continued to snow and we were forced to keep our speed down to 20 mph on the steep grades. Meanwhile The Fox scouted out campgrounds near S.L.C. and we scored one in Tooele (two-Ella), about 1.2 hour west of S.L.C.. It was basically a dirt parking lot with RV connections behind a motel and next to a huge Flying J truck stop. We still, however, had no water. So we called our trusty RV service guy in Rhode Island, Rocking Rick (he has his own rock band). He immediately analysed the problem as being a cracked plastic insert in the water fitting where the water enters the trailer and told us we could fix it easily. We went and got the fitting, Master Plumber Hawk replaced it and we were back in business. Additionally, we tested the fresh water tank and pump and it too was fine. We were ecstatic. Two near disasters and both turned out fine. One $18 part and my expertise and we were up and running.

That was last Friday. It is now Tuesday, April 21 and we are finally stress free and enjoying life again. Hard lessons learned and filed away. Some pictures (and maybe videos) attached.

Our current digs in Tooele. We will stay here at least a week before heading to Elko in northern Nevada.

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | April 16, 2015

Zion Revisited


Before we leave Zion totally behind, here are a couple of more video clips from when we were in Zion. One is another Angel’s Landing Hike clip and the other is another motorcycling clip from the fabulous ride into Zion from the north. Enjoy!

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | April 16, 2015

Playing Catch-up, Moab, Arches and Canyonlands


Well, after leaving Monument Valley in Navajo Land, we moseyed our way up route 163 through Mexican Hat to Bluff and then route 191 through Blanding and Monticello to Moab. Moab is the local town right next to the entrance to Arches National Park. Just 8 miles outside of Moab on route 128, we were able to land a nice pull-through at the Big Bend B.L.M. Campground. For those of you new to this blog, B.L.M. stands for Bureau of Land Management and that bureau manages millions of square miles of public lands out west, usually next to or in close proximity to a national Park or forest.

Anyway, we arrived there on Monday, April 7th and departed yesterday, April 15. The entire time we were there we had no internet unless we drove the 8 miles to Moab downtown. Hence the Catch-up blog. Below are some of the best shots we took while camping, hiking and motorcycling. The area was not conducive to kayaking or bicycling from our particular campground.

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Our Campground. right on the Colorado.

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Hiking In Negro Bill Canyon, right near our campground. Beautiful hike, ending in a gorgeous canyon.

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Various hikes in Arches, including Windows, Park. Ave., Balancing Rock and Double Arch.

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7.3 mile hike through Devil’s Acre.

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Canyonlands Motorcycle Ride

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | April 5, 2015

Goulding’s Campground-Monument Valley


Well, we have been here a week and are leaving tomorrow. We had a blast and got in 2 major motorcycle rides and 2 major pick-up truck rides amidst all the usual hiking and biking. Here are some of the best pictures. Happy Easter!!!!!

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Posted by: harleyhawk43 | March 27, 2015

Angel’s Landing Hike and Motorcycle ride to Page and back


We have posted some of these on Facebook, but since some of you don’t use Facebook, here they are again.

1. Hiking to the top of Angel’s Landing-Red Fox makes it!

2. Motorcycling back to our Zion Campground after an epic 325 mile ride to Page and back, including a totally unexpected 50 mile detour. Left at 11. got back at 7:30. Even Red Fox admitted she was tired.

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