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Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Chickahominy Reservoir BLM Campground, Hines, OR, 99.7 Miles, 778.6 Towing Miles For the Trip

I stopped in Hines for gas & then drove 1 1/2 miles northeast to the Burns Safeway. Filled up the freezer with stuff, and bought beef cubes for stew.

While the identification of the campground says Hines, OR, it is actually 24 miles west on US 20. Mostly empty pull through sites in two sections. I'm in section A, site 6. Another $4.00 with Senior Pass Dry site (although I decided to pay cash, and only had a five dollar bill, so that is what I paid). Vault toilets and no water spigots either at the sites or around the campground. There is a closed fish cleaning station that has a faucet on the outside that is labled fresh water, but I didn't find it until after I set up the trailer. I should have filled up at Page Springs, but forgot. I believe I have enough for the night. A bit windy, and very open (ie no trees) site. Fairly level - I didn't unhook or put down the stabilizer jacks since I'm only staying one night. I did use the Anderson leveler to add 1/2" to the driver's side of the trailer.

There is a good AT&T signal using the amplifier, and Verizon is showing 2 bars of 4GLTE without the amp, 3-4 with. I'm posting this with the AT&T Mobley while listening to KLCC, one of the Oregon NPR stations that covers Bend. I thought about heading to Bend since it is only a little over 100 miles west (the general direction I'm heading) but even here at the reservoir the smoke coming from the west is much thicker than it was at Page Springs. The radio says hazardous conditions through tonight; I don't think I'll take the chance for tomorrow. I'll probably continue as planned & head for Goose Lake State Park, which is southwest of here. They are a first come park with 20 amp power, water, and hot showers.

Site 6

Well, I lied about the stabilizers. I started the stew outside, but the wind was bad enough that the Coleman stove wouldn't keep lit (I had to look up the usage of lit vs lighted because the choice always bothers me, & the consensus is you can use either) at low flame levels. That is unusual since it runs at a fairly high pressure, and wind rarely bothers it. Anyhow, after browning the meat I moved inside the trailer. At least the greasy/messy part was outdoors, and the trailer smells wonderful! . While working inside, the trailer was rocking enough that I was concerned that it might wake me up, so I lowered the stabilizers. Little or no rocking anymore!

So, the stew is bubbling away on the stove & I'm sitting outside in the sun reading.

If it isn't obvious, dinner was stew!  I have enough left over for tomorrow & a batch for the freezer.

Until next time -


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