Redmond, Oregon
Air Quality Index: 2 (Fair)

Friday, June 14, 2024 at 3:12:55 PM PDT

States Visited in our Mercedes Metris RV (10 of 50)
States Visited
Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
April 2024 - California
Photos - Photo Album
Time for another road trip for Reid and Jenny! We headed down the coast to Ventura. Then we headed inland to Joshua Tree National Park. After that, we returned to Oregon on highway 395.
Date Spent the night in: Notes
Fr, 12 Apr 2024 Looking Glass Inn. Taft, OR Lunch at The Rabbit Cellar Lounge in Salem, OR. Toured site of Pacific Parachute Center on Harmony Road in Sheridan, OR. Dinner at Mo's after a walk on the Beach.
Sa, 13 Apr 2024 Harris Beach State Park. Brookings, OR Google Maps routed us off the highway, around a neighborhood cul-de-sac, then back to the highway. Very strange!
Su, 14 Apr 2024 The Old West Inn. Willits, CA Breakfast at the Compass Rose Cafe in Brookings, OR. Left Highway 101 and drove part of the Avenue of the Giants. Well worth the minor detour!
Mo, 15 Apr 2024 Stay with the O'Tooles (Reid's Sister Megan). Scotts Valley, CA Nice spending time with Megan, Terry, Mackenzie, Bella and Rosie!
Tu, 16 Apr 2024 Clocktower Inn. Ventura, CA Nice walk around downtown.
We, 17 Apr 2024 Carpenteria State Park (Site C225). Carpenteria, CA Channel Islands National Park with the Paulsens. 5 mile hike to Potato Harbor and back.
Th, 18 Apr 2024 Carpenteria State Park (Site C214). Carpenteria, CA Happy hour at Rincon Brewery with the Paulsens. TJ and I scored 3 bundles of good firewood for $3 per bundle from a mini-mart where the price was not known or marked. I gave TJ a USB stick containing a download of all my music from my Brennan B2.
Fr, 19 Apr 2024 Black Rock Canyon Campground (Site 015). Joshua Tree, CA Drove by in Agua Dulce, CA. 2 mile loop hike on PCT at Vasquez Rocks.
Sa, 20 Apr 2024 Dow Villa Motel. Lone Pine, CA Tour Joshua Tree National Park from West Entrance to North Entrance. Nice loop hike at Hidden Valley Ranch. Almost in a wreck in Barstow, CA. Stupid girl turned left in front of us. Note to self. Should have downloaded dash cam video then instead of searching for it later. No camping spots available, so stayed in a motel. Did laundry.
Su, 21 Apr 2024 Davis Creek Campground. Washoe County, CA Nice county campground. Did a loop hike around the lake.
Mo, 22 Apr 2024 Water Wheel RV Park. Chiloquin, OR Collier State Park closed. Federal campground closed.
Tu, 23 Apr 2024 Home!

Channel Islands Trip
April 2023 - Arizona
Photos - Photo Album
Reid and Jenny escaped the cold and headed for Arizona.
Date Spent the night in:
Th, 06 Apr 2023 Honey Lake Rest Area near Susanville, CA
Fr, 07 Apr 2023 Tuttle Creek Campground near Lone Pine, CA
Sa, 08 Apr 2023 Stay with Don Hill in Las Vegas, NV
Su, 09 Apr 2023 Angel Valley Dispersed Camping near Sedona, AZ
Mo, 10 Apr 2023 Hampton Inn in Prescott, AZ
Tu, 11 Apr 2023 Best Western Gold Poppy Inn near Tuscon, AZ
We, 12 Apr 2023 Best Western Gold Poppy Inn near Tuscon, AZ
Th, 13 Apr 2023 Joshua Tree Lake Campground near Joshua Tree, CA
Fr, 14 Apr 2023 Murpheys Inn near Lee Vining, CA
Sa, 15 Apr 2023 Lower Rush Creek Campground in Northern CA
Su, 16 Apr 2023 Home!

Arizona Trip
September 2022 - California
Photos - Photo Album
Reid and Jenny drove the van to California for the JoAnn Velayo Celebration of Life on 24 Sep 2022.
Date Spent the night in:
Th, 22 Sep 2022 Paradise, CA (stayed with Jeff and Steph Knox)
Fr, 23 Sep 2022 Scotts Valley, CA (stayed with the O'Toole family)
Sa, 24 Sep 2022 Scotts Valley, CA (stayed with the O'Toole family)
Su, 25 Sep 2022 Lassen National Park, CA (Summit Lake South campground)
Mo, 26 Sep 2022 Lassen National Park, CA (Manzanita Lake campground)
Tu, 27 Sep 2022 Collier State Park, OR
We, 28 Sep 2022 Home!

California Trip
August 2022 - San Diego, California
Photos - Photo Album
Reid drove solo to San Diego to spend the weekend with Don Hill at Sally Wellington's house. None of us are getting any younger, so this was worth the drive to spend some limited quality time together.
Date Spent the night in:
We, 24 Aug 2022 Redding, CA
Th, 25 Aug 2022 Kettleman City, CA
Fr, 26 Aug 2022 Pacific Beach, CA
Sa, 27 Aug 2022 Pacific Beach, CA
Su, 28 Aug 2022 Pacific Beach, CA
Mo, 29 Aug 2022 Bishop, CA
Tu, 30 Aug 2022 Alturas, CA
We, 31 Aug 2022 Home!

San Diego Trip
May 2022 - Breckenridge, Colorado
Photos - Photo Album
Amy Higgins won a lottery at work and was able to use her Company's 2.5 million dollar house in Breckenridge, Colorado. She invited us to join 9 other people for the week. Reid and Jenny hit the road early to see some sites before arriving in Breckenridge. We also delivered "Run Across America" DVDs to some of the firehouses visited in October 2001 during the run.
Sa, 7 May 2022 Mountain Home, ID
Su, 8 May 2022 Rexburg, ID
Mo, 9 May 2022 Old Faithful Inn, WY
Tu, 10 May 2022 Old Faithful Inn, WY
We, 11 May 2022 Jackson, WY
Th, 12 May 2022 Jackson, WY
Fr, 13 May 2022 Rawlins, WY
Sa, 14 May 2022 Boulder, CO
Su, 15 May 2022 Breckenridge, CO
Mo, 16 May 2022 Breckenridge, CO
Tu, 17 May 2022 Breckenridge, CO
We, 18 May 2022 Breckenridge, CO
Th, 19 May 2022 Breckenridge, CO
Fr, 20 May 2022 Provo, UT
Sa, 21 May 2022 Caldwell, ID
Su, 22 May 2022 Home!

Breckenridge Trip
April 2022 - Paradise, California
Photos - Photo Album
A quick trip to California:
* Su 3 Apr - Antlers National Forest Campground
* Mo 4 Apr - Stayed the night with Jeff and Steph in Paradise, CA
* Tu 5 Apr - Burney Falls, California
* We 6 Apr - LaPine State Park
Paradise Trip
February 2022 - Painted Hills, Oregon
Photos - Photo Album
Reid and Jenny and Katie Mayer took a day trip to see the sights. First, we went to the Painted Hills. After that, we had lunch at Tiger Town Brewing in the town of Mitchell. We then went to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in Kimberly. After that, we headed home. Painted Hills Trip
February 2022 - Newport, Oregon
Photos - Photo Album
Reid and Jenny drove to the Coast in our Ford Escape. No RV this trip. We visited Devil's Punchbowl, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon Coast Aquarium and scouted the terminus of the C2C Trail ( We spent the night in Corvallis then returned home through Scio. Newport Trip
November 2021 - San Francisco, California
Photos - Photo Album
Reid and Jenny drove to San Francisco to attend Kevin King's Memorial Service. We stayed in Redding the first night. The next day, we stopped by Mercedes Benz Santa Rosa to complain about the rear view camera on our van (long story). Then we drove to the beach and scored the last remaining camp site at Bodega Dunes Campground. Good weather and we had a nice campfire. The next morning, we packed up and drove to Scotts Valley to visit Reid's sister. We got there in time to see Bella's soccer game and then spent some more quality time with Family. On Sunday, we drove to the Presidio for the memorial service. It was quite a send off! Malcolm McDowell read a poem by Kevin King called Have Your Last Words Ready. There were emotional readings by family members and even a reading by Conan O'Brien. There were some other famous people there including Allyson Felix. A beautiful tribute. Kevin King Memorial Service Trip
October 2021 - Beaverton, Oregon
Photos - None
Reid drove to Beaverton to see the movie Dune with his friend Brent and Brent's daughter Hannah. We saw it in Imax which was awesome. Reid then went to Spirit Mountain Casino "on the way home", took a beating at the Craps table, then spent the night in the RV parking lot. Dune Trip
August 2021 - Florence, Oregon
Photos - Photo Album
Reid, Jenny and Nick drove to the Oregon Coast for a few days to get out of the Central Oregon heat wave. Florence Trip
July 2021 - Ouray, Colorado
Photos - Photo Album
This was a family reunion in Ouray at "Backlog"; the cabin owned by Reid and his Sister Megan. While we were there, we spread Mom's ashes. She died October 2nd, 2019, but we were unable to spread her ashes in 2020 due to the Global Pandemic. Ouray Trip
March 2021 - Utah National Parks
Photos - Photo Album
We left Redmond, Oregon on March 22nd, 2021. We spent the night with our good friends Dan and Amy Higgins in Caldwell, Idaho. We spent the next night in an RV park in Heber City, Utah. The temperature dropped to 19 degrees Farenheit, but we were nice and toasty in our RV thanks to the propane heater. The next two nights, we stayed near Moab, Utah and explored Arches, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Canyonlands. Then off to Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon via the Grand Staircase / Escalante National Monument. We drove through Zion, but didn't stop much since it was extremely crowded. We boondocked after Zion, then headed home through Nevada near Great Basin National Park. Our windshield got hit with a golfball sized rock in Utah and we had to get it replaced after getting home on March 30th. A fun trip and a good time of year to see the Parks! Utah Trip