Sunday, March 9, 2008
Early in the morning on our last day on the road. We're in Valley of the Rogue State Park. Looks like we'll have a nice drive home, only about 165 miles to go. These last few posts will end the Winter Blog. Thanks for the comments during the last 4 months. Time to move into Spring and a new motorcycle riding season!
Just got home and unloaded the Helix. The house and lawn look pretty good. There had been a lot of branches in the back from the high winds from a couple months ago. The neighbors went back there an cleaned it all up for us. One of them has mowed the lawn a few times since we've been gone. 4 months, and it looks about like it did when we left.
I remember a Fall day before my Mom passed away.....she came down to our house and planted about 10 Crocus bulbs. She said they would be pretty in the Spring....she's been gone 13 years now, but every Spring these little beauties pop up. Glad we got home in time to see them again this year.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
A rest area in a Eucalyptus grove near Dunnigan, CA. there used to be a Truck stop near here called Panty Hose Junction. All the waitresses wore very short skirts.. It was demolished several years ago and a new Pilot truck stop was put in...Ahhh, for the "good ol' days"! It was beautiful here this morning, the blossoms have a very strong sweet odor, and the sun was warm.
A small farm in the Rogue Valley. We're now in orchard country, also lots of dairy farms and horses. This was taken about 5 miles from Harry and David's, a sort of famous place to buy roses and gift packs of fruits and nuts. I remember 51 years ago when I first got my drivers license, driving my 51 Merc over there from Grants Pass to the little store they had. Was about 40 miles, and the only place in the Valley that had free samples of anything...I haven't changed much
But the new huge tourist complex there sure has.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Wednesday, March 5th, 08. The Helix is loaded. I had a potential buyer down here, but I hate to part with it, so it's going home with us. We've been packing all day, will finish up tomorrow. The Burgman scooter, "Suzy Q" will be staying down there with the Anderson Bros. until I pick it up in April. We really hate to leave this place, it's been a wonderful place to spend the winter.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Here is where we turned of State Route 66, onto Indian 18. Two tribes, the Hualipai's and the Havasupai's have reservations here. 65 miles of good pavement. I don't know what the highest elevation is, but it got down to 39 degrees and there was snow on both sided of the road for about 20 miles before we dropped down to the rim of the Grand Canyon West. There are NO services at all, not even a place to buy water, gas or food. The end of the road is a parking lot that has a helocopter pad and a stable for the pack horses that take people down to the Supai Village. If also is full of cars owned by the Tribal members that live down there, and tourists that are visiting. It was a boring ride getting there, but the end of the road was beautiful and very interesting.
This was our first view of the Grand Canyon West end. The Havasupai Tribe of 450 people have a Village 8 miles from here. You can hike, ride small horses, or take a Helicoptor. That's the only transportation to their villiage. It's in the National Park, and now vehicles are allowed in the canyon. There are several good webpages that tells about this little tribe, here's one of them. http://www.havasupaitribe.com
There seems to be enough of these tough little horses to have several "trains" on the trail at the same time. It's 8 miles from this staging location to the Supai Village. There were a few large vans parked in this lot that obviously were a stocking place for supplies to head down the Canyon.