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Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Highway 395–Pendleton to Mt. Vernon– I Have Questions???? And a bit of SNOW!

I have driven a lot of Hwy 395.  As a child I rode this highway regularly from San Bernardino, CA to the Owens Valley (Bishop, Lone Pine) and on north to Reno, NV.  It seems it was the only route we traveled for our annual summer vacation.  Russ and I have also traveled that portion of Hwy. 395 many times.  I think that is my favorite highway, for a relaxing and scenic drive.


But now I want to travel a portion I have never been on.  For all the years I have spent in Oregon, I have never traveled the section of Hwy. 395 from Pendleton to Mt. Vernon.  I was all excited Hwy 395about this but after reading a motorcycle blog about this section of the highway, I am having second thoughts.  This fellow went on and on about how this highway was a roller coaster with tight hairpin curves just made for motorcycle riding.  Okay, that sounds great if you’re riding a motorcycle.


I know it would be no problem in the car but driving the motorhome and pulling a car may be a different story.  If anyone has traveled this section of highway with a motorhome or pulling a trailer, I would love to hear from you.  I’m not afraid of a bit of a challenge but at our ages I don’t want to be stupid either!!


And now in other news… I woke up fairly early this morning – about 4:30a.m. to be precise, and thought the sky had cleared.  It seemed so bright outside that I thought maybe I had left the porch lights on.  I opened the curtain and looked outside and this is what I saw.


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Oh yeah, it’s springtime in Eugene, OR!! 


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Poppy loves the snow and she got right to work on her snow angels.  She wanted to build a snowman too but I reminded her it really helps to have opposable thumbs if you’re going to attempt that task.


Poppy making snow angels


Rusty can’t get down and roll around anymore but he still enjoys the snow.  He loves to sniff and trudge around in it but his main interest is always the pool.  I worry that with his decreased mobility he is going to misstep and fall in some day but he is happiest when he can stare at the water.  He got down the deck steps to the pool but I had to carry him back up.  I wonder if he looks at that water and remembers his younger days visiting lakes and beaches?  He very reluctantly leaves his poolside vantage point when I tell him to come back inside.


Rusty in snow


It snowed most of the morning, really coming down hard at times.  It was garbage day and I feel sorry for the poor garbage men…although, really, all they do now is push buttons and the big robot arms come out, grab the can and dump it into the back of the truck.


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snow shots


At least Therapy is warm and dry in her little cabana.


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I pretend to hate the snow, but really, when I am safe and warm at home, I love seeing it come down. We get snowfall so seldom here in Eugene that it always brings somewhat of a festive atmosphere around town. It never lasts long enough to get annoying so we have it pretty good here. It’s a nice break from constant RAIN – which is what it is doing again now!!! Guess our unexpected and exciting snow storm is over. I can only hope spring will not be far behind.

27 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post and especially the pictures. Made me (almost) miss that white stuff. Actually, I'm like you, I do like it if I'm snug inside and can choose if I want to go out. It was when I had to drive to work on snowy and icy roads that I disliked it.

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  2. That is some fine welcome to spring you guys got. Like you say the stuff is pretty looking out the window.

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  3. Been on that road in 1978...in a little LUV pick-up. It was a nice road then tho, lots of passes & valleys as i remember. there is a hot spring there too. But don't remember sharp curves...

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  4. I've never been to Oregon but it sure is on our short list. Now this year however.

    Like you, I like the snow if I don't have to go out in it. But isn't it funny, what one does not HAVE to go out in it, it's quite fun taking a drive around checking it out.

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  5. Beautiful photos of the snow and especially of the fur baby playing in the snow!
    Have fun & Stay warm!!!
    Donna

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  6. I cannot help you with the question you posted. I thought I would comment about the snow. When does the RV travel season begin in Oregon? We are interested in traveling up the west coast perhaps next year. Not sure I would want to be workamping while it is snowing.
    We lived in New Hampshire for one winter and in Ohio for another winter. The snow was beautiful but it sure made a mess. Most folks who only see photos of snow do not see the icy sludge snow can make.
    Glad to see the Therapy is safely tucked away.

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  7. I cannot help you with the question you posted. I thought I would comment about the snow. When does the RV travel season begin in Oregon? We are interested in traveling up the west coast perhaps next year. Not sure I would want to be workamping while it is snowing.
    We lived in New Hampshire for one winter and in Ohio for another winter. The snow was beautiful but it sure made a mess. Most folks who only see photos of snow do not see the icy sludge snow can make.
    Glad to see the Therapy is safely tucked away.

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  8. lol i miss being the crazy texan who would brave the snow for an atempt at going to class my little red car there brought me so much joy so who would have guessed i would buy one here in my home state of texas. atleast y'all didnt get the thunderstorm and hail portion of this crazy weather.

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  9. Hi, Donna,

    I tried to look your route up in the Mountain West Directory, but I'm not really sure what a large motorhome can handle, and your exact route. I saw 395 mentioned a few times about curve speed and grades, but I'd be afraid to pass on misinformation to you.

    Rich and I got caught in a bad situation coming over from the coast through Grants Pass. It's so long ago, now, I couldn't tell you what route we took.

    I'm sure you know to ask on the Escapee Forum or some of the other RV groups. I'll be someone has taken the very route you're talking about. I don't think I've ever not had a question answered in them.

    I got a kick out of Poppy in the snow. He really gets into it!

    I mentioned it somewhere, I think, but have you thought about trying Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM?
    http://tinyurl.com/7onyg4v

    Glucosamine worked wonders on Lizzie for years, but I think I saw the improvement in Jack once he was on the Dasuquin for a couple of days. It gets excellent reviews, as you can see if you visit the Amazon site.

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  10. The snow is beautiful -- when you don't have to drive in it. Poppy definitely likes it! Glad you enjoyed the EBC website -- have not tried the "On Demand" portion but will now.

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  11. Normally I respond to comments via email so I can better personalize my responses but tonight's questions come from folks I do not have email addresses for so hope you all don't mind riding along!!

    @ Brian - you had some great times in that little red car! Remember when you were young and I picked you up from school and turned the seat heater on in the van? Surprised you alright!!

    @ Jerry and Carol: Snow this late is VERY unusual for this part of Oregon. I could write a book about travel in Oregon so I'll try to keep this brief. The season varies widely depending on where you travel. Some camp grounds along the Oregon coast are open all year. This is one of the very rare years that there has been snow on the coast. There are always a few good days in February along the coast and you would swear it was spring. If you want to see Crater Lake, wait until late June or even July. the Wallowa region in the NE corner of the state usually warms up by May or June. Willamette valley from Roseburg to Portland (I-5 Corridor) is usually wet until April but from May to October is quite lovely. Please feel free to email me and I can give you all the info you want on Oregon. It is one of my favorite subjects!!

    @ Hobo Pals: Yes, we have the mountain west directory and the route really doesn't look that bad. It was just the comments from the motorcycle rider that gave me pause. I think we are going to go for it - how bad can it be?? The route from the coast through Grans Pass is Hwy. 199. We did that one in our old motorhome and it is a doozy! I was hanging on so tight I got a stiff neck! I would do it again in this motorhome as it has much better steering and control than our old one. Thanks for your concern about Rusty. Unfortunately his problem is nerve damage and there is nothing to be done for that. I tried Rimadyl but he is not really in pain so that didn't make any difference. As the vet said, "He doesn't know where his hind feet are anymore." He had a name for the condition but I can't recall it right now. Very sad but Rusty still gets around pretty good for short distances. He stumbles a lot and his feet get tangled and they drag. Has a real hard time with stairs. Poppy has some arthritis so the Rimadyl helps her some. I'll ask the vet about the Dasuquin and see if it might help Rusty's condition. Thanks for caring.

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  12. Can't help you with the route. This summer will be our first time in Oregon but I think we will skip that route.
    Rusty looks so happy in the snow. Maybe he is like us and doesn't even know he isn't a kid any more. In my min, I see the world like when I was in my 20s. He may be thinking the same thing. Glad he could get out and enjoy the snow! ~wheresweaver

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  13. Our kids are expecting snow in Southern Washington tonight!! We certainly don't want to get there until all of that stuff is gone! We don't know a thing about 395 either.

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  14. The pictures of the pups are the best. It's such a treat to watch them!

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  15. Okay, here's what I read:

    Russ can’t get down and roll around anymore but he still enjoys the snow. He loves to sniff and trudge around in it but his main interest is always the pool. I worry that with his decreased mobility he is going to misstep and fall in some day but he is happiest when he can stare at the water. He got down the deck steps to the pool but I had to carry him back up. I wonder if he looks at that water and remembers his younger days visiting lakes and beaches? He very reluctantly leaves his poolside vantage point when I tell him to come back inside.

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  16. We haven't explored that part of Highway 395,so I can't give you any advice. This latest snow seemed to hit Salem and Eugene, but not Portland or Vancouver, but it's snowing here right now and sticking. Better than freezing rain, I guess, and a lot prettier than the continual rain. I wonder how much accumulation we'll have by morning?

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  17. I drove 395 south from Pendleton often from 2002 until I left the area in late 2007. I very comfortably pulled a travel trailers back and forth on it and loved the road. Yes you need to watch your speed in the snow but I never tired of the scenery or had trouble with the road even in the winter.

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  18. Everyone in the East is enjoying record highs; it is so strange to see snow. Like you, I get very excited when it snows. Since we try to stay out of cold weather, we seldom see it anymore. Somehow it doesn't seem right for an RV to be covered in snow.

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  19. I don't mind snow as long as I am safe inside. But after the last couple of years, I can't say that I I've missed it this year.

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  20. Tell Russ the shot of the Garbage truck is great, I was going to watch today and see if I could get a shot of ours, but he beat me to it. They are neat the way they pick up the dumper and empty and the guys never has to get out of the truck. Now I just want to hear what they sound like when they squish. You can keep all the snow where it is Thank You, you have about 4 times what we had all winter in your picture. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna..

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  21. Love the pics of the puppies in the snow....Our Heidi loved the snow...she would run full speed ahead....lower her head and scoop snow with her nose and throw it in the air so it formed a spray! we wonderful just watching the joy she was getting.

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  22. Great post Donna! Although I don't have any animals any longer I have really enjoyed seeing their personalities through Mom and Dad's blogs! Your pictures are fun.

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  23. We haven't driven that part of 395 but have a yen to do the entire highway from border to border (just about). Loved your snow angel artist! When we lived in the mountains above Butte, Montana, we loved to watch the snow fall, which it did starting Labor Day, ending Memorial Day, with some breaks. Didn't particularly love clearing our long dirt driveway, though!

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  24. That is some "Spring" you are having!

    I too haven't driven that portion of 395, but sure would like to. Maybe this summer.

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  25. Hey, hope you guys turn the heaters on to melt all that snow before we get up to Oregon next week! It sure looks nice in photos but I wouldn't want to drive through it!

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  26. We used to drive 395 south to Dale to go deer hunting. The road had some ups and downs but we towed trailers over it every year with no problem. Even trucks drive this road. I wouldn't worry about it with a motorhome. Just take it easy and you will be fine.

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  27. LOVED your dog photos. So cute that Poppy likes to roll around in the snow, and I was touched by Rusty, going to the pool and watching the water. I wonder what that's about? He must like doing that for a reason. Don't you wish you could read their minds?

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