Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cactus Pete’s RV park in Jackpot, Nv to Catfish Junction RV park in Oregon.

Sunny this morning and about -3C  but the wind didn’t seem too bad .   It was chilly overnight and I was glad I’d added some blankets.  The electric heater ran on high all night and it was only 10C in the rig when we got up.  Eric started our little GloWarm propane heater and we were soon warm as toast.  

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243 miles to go today. 

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Heading out of Cactus Pete’s and there are still lots of rigs parked.

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Bye, bye.

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Just as soon as you get started up the hill out of town you are in Idaho.

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More wide open highway and there is a very brisk wind but at least it’s a tail wind from the south east.  It’s knocking us around but it’s behind us. 

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Here we’re heading onto old Highway 30 towards Filer, Buhl and Hagerman.  This lets us avoid going through Twin Falls and besides that it’s a much prettier drive.

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Filer and it’s not spring here.  Hardly any leaves on the trees.

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The sheep are grazing.

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We stopped for fuel in Buhl and then onwards.

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A pretty old town and the cherry blossoms are out.

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Beautifully restored.

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This one could use some TLC.

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Spring is late everywhere.  Usually the leaves are out here.

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The old highway makes sharp turns around large acreages.

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This is beautiful old farmhouse but it’s current owners don’t keep it neat and tidy.

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Working the fields.  Lots of cattle and hay crops here.

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The Snake river shows up and the water is just pouring off the cliffs.

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Plenty to see and do along this highway with lots of archeological sites. 

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Lots of boulders along this stretch…how’d you like these rocks in your front yard!

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Downtown Hagerman.

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Pool anyone?

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I wouldn’t mind living in this house.

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We are still down in the canyon.

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Now we’ll head up and out.

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That’s a fair ways down!

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More interesting rock.

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Time to leave highway 30 and get onto I84 and head west.

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How can the roads have so many names. 

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Up on the big bald open prairie and we still have a tail wind.

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The cars can do 80 mph here and trucks can do 70.  We do 60.

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We can still see the Snake River.

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See that sign.  It’s not knocked over the wind is blowing so hard it’s laying down and the wind is behind us.  Are we ever lucky today! 

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The windmills are everywhere and they are moving briskly.

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The highway to Boise.

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More windmills.

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So what highway are we actually on?

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We stopped for lunch at a rest stop just before Boise and was it ever windy.

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The flags were straight out and at half mast.  I think it’s because Barbara Bush passed away. 

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Pretty sparse for a cow here.

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Coming into Boise and it’s about 1:30 in the afternoon.  Not rush hour and not time for Mom’s to pick up their kids from school so the traffic is light. 

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The highway is finished and this is the first time we’ve come through when there wasn’t any construction.  We hold the middle lane and let everyone else bob and weave.  The big trucks are the worst as they are going at high speed.  This was the best trip through Boise that we’ve ever had.  Tail wind, no rain and light traffic. 

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Out of Boise and heading for Ontario and then Catfish Junction.

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Traffic is light here.

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The big swooping irrigation channels before Ontario.

We stopped at a Love’s truck stop in Ontario for fuel and when Eric calculated our mileage after fueling up our truck computer said we got an amazing 12.5 miles to the gallon!  That’s the highest mileage we’ve ever had towing the 5th wheel.  A steady speed of 60 mph and a brisk tail wind and voila!

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Catfish Junction is just before Huntington.

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A beautiful day and as soon as you hit Oregon you start going way up over the hill and down into the coulees. 

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There were fields of purple but I’m guessing that it’s some sort of weed as no crop would be blooming at this time of the year.

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Heading up.

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You can see the Snake River in the distance and at the bottom of this hill we’ll turn right on Highway 201 or Old Hwy US 30 . 

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It’s a long steep way down.

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Heading south on 201.

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Catfish Junction RV park.

It’s about 2:30 and we were quickly parked. 

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There we are on the left with a good view of the river. 

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Pretty.

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There was a guy fishing when we came in and we wandered over to talk to him.  That’s his dog watching the river for fish.  He said that when there are lots of catfish in the river he’ll wade in chest deep and catch fish himself.  There are a lot of catfish in the river and the season is just starting.  We mentioned that we lived on a great salmon fishing river and he asked what one.  We said we lived in Terrace, B.C.and were right close to the Skeena River.  He said he’d been up there quite a few times fishing for steelhead.  Small world!

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I noticed he’d caught a fish and I took a picture.

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He said this one would weigh about 3lbs.  Apparently they grow quite huge but this one would be good eating. He said he’d caught one last night and filleted it out and had dipped it in flour and fried it for dinner.  Yum!

So…a good day and a nice sunny evening.  Tomorrow it’s supposed to be windy again and we’ll stay put.  I need to do some washing and we’ll both rest up for Friday’s drive to Coulee City. 

Beer, Huebos rancheros ala “Kathy”, TV and bed.