Friday, August 31, 2007

9AM - Little Mavicito Video Productions.
We are Camped on Blue Mountain. Little Mavicito made another movie. This movie is about some questions that we had about the Oregon Trail.
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Blue Mountain Crossing

6PM - Nite Camped next to the Umatilla River.
We have made a Nite Camp between the Towns of Rieth & Echo, Oregon, next to the Umatilla River. Several times during the day, Mr. Datastorm tried to go online. However, this was a very stormy day, with thick clouds, thunder, lightning and rain. Going online did not happen.

We continued westerly, following a suggestion from Reader Steve M. to go the Umatilla River route. We've broken out of the stormy weather, and the Sun is out. For the first time since we bought our Honda 1KW generator, it is being used to charge our solar battery bank!
Honda generator, on the job.

6:30PM - Learning about movies.
I love to make movies! However, I am challenged to find a movie format that is good for everybody. I've tried many different formats since my first movie on our Two Million Visits anniversary [August 16th]. Most readers were able to view these movies. And some readers could not see them. That is not a good thing.

I want to make movies a regular part of our blog. My hope was that the streaming video format that I published today for our movie titled, "Blue Mountain Crossing" would do the trick. I am still not satisfied. Some readers wrote that they could not see "Blue Mountain."

As you may know, I do not give up easily, and I have more ideas to try. I see the goal clearly. And soon I feel that a movie format will come up that all readers will be able to view.


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Thursday, August 30, 2007

11AM - Living in a small western town.
We are wondering how to share with you the specialness of living in a small western town as is La Grande, Oregon. We have been living in La Grande for two days!

For our morning walk, we went downtown and looked in shop windows. Upon crossing streets, cars stopped for us, a respectful distance away too. Other walkers said, "Hello", as they passed.

Is there hurrying around here? We don't see any. At our Breakfast Camp in a residential neighborhood, MsTioga is parked next to a front yard garden. A tree with red fruit grows there. We see bees buzzing to the flowers of this tree. Hardly any cars pass by us.

There is such peace. We relish that peace. We love the quiet of this place. We are sooooooo lucky to be living here!
View from MsTioga's window.

Fruit on the tree.

Cheese omelette breakfast.

4PM - Nite Camped on the actual Oregon Trail!
It came to be the time to look for our Nite Camp. MsTioga followed a dirt road into the forest in the Blue Mountains. Would you believe that we made our Nite Camp only a few feet from an Oregon Trail marker! Man-O-Man!
Oregon Trail Marker at our Camp.

Blue Mountain Crossing would prove to be even tougher than the Rocky Mountains!

George with a pioneer wagon on Blue Mountain Crossing.


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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

7AM - Mr. Datastorm maintenance time.
Our hardworking Mr. Datastorm has been having problems talking to the Hughes Network Operations Center [NOC]. This problem began a few days ago, and seems to be getting a bit worse lately. When Mr. Datastorm is not able to talk to NOC, we are not able to surf the net or make posts to our blog.

We are up on the roof checking cable connections. Maybe there is some corrosion on a cable end, or perhaps a wire is loose? Mr. Datastorm says that you can see by the look on George's face, that he is sooooooo happy that something has broken. Now George gets to use his tools!
George works on Mr. Datastorm.

10AM - Coming down the Old Oregon Trail.
Last nite we were camped up on a mountain, southeast of the City of La Grande, Oregon. We did not have good cell phone reception up there, so we came back down the mountain. We need to phone Motosat, because of Mr. Datastorm's problems.

This is a very steep mountain, and we wondered how the pioneers got their wagons down the very steep grade. MsTioga even had to stop once, to make sure that her brakes did not overheat.

When we got down to the bottom of the mountain and were in La Grande again, we made a Day Camp in Birnie Park. This is where many pioneers made their camp too!

3PM - Mr. Datastorm has a new birdy!
It turned out that Mr. Datastorm's problem was that his birdy [satellite] was not working right. So, we now are on a new birdy. It is called HM1 or 127W.

While all of this new birdy stuff was going on [it takes about an hour], Little Mavicito went across the street to Birnie Park and made another movie and took pics.

Little Mavicito Video Productions
Pioneer Camp in La Grande Park

7PM - Nite Camp in a vacant lot.
MsTioga and The Team have made our Nite Camp in a vacant lot in the City of La Grande, Oregon.

Mr. Datastorm's problems of the last few days have completely cleared up now that we have moved to a new space birdy [satellite]. In fact, we uploaded today's movie at astounding speeds. Before with the old satellite, our upload speed was similar to 10 miles per hour. Our new speed is like 240 miles per hour. Pretty good, huh?


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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

6AM - Pioneers are in Oregon, now what?
This morning we on the TiogaRV Team were thinking about the challenges of the pioneers once they arrived in Oregon? Now they had to provide a home for themselves. Grow corn, wheat, raise chickens, cows, provide clothing. Soooooo many things!

We wanted to go online and do research about these pioneer challenges. However, our solar battery bank needed charging. Mr. Sunny suggested tilting his solar battery bank. Before dawn, we moved north a bit, and setup our Morning Camp.
MsTioga looks at the Moon at our Nite Camp.

Our Morning Camp with Mr. Sunny's panels tilted up.

11AM - Camped in the City of La Grande, Oregon.
Little Mavicito is sooooo very happy about the Oregon Trail Kiosks found at many rest stops here in the State of Oregon. The pictures, information and diary quotes are timely to the location. We love to share with you this Oregon Trail history.

2PM - Ezra Meeker's Oregon Trail Marker.
Reader Cherie emailed a link to a page telling of Ezra Meeker, the pioneer responsible for preserving the Oregon Trail. This link described a stone marker that Meeker placed in La Grande, Oregon on the Oregon Trail in the year 1906.

MsTioga drove over to this marker which George poses with in the pic below.
Ezra Meeker's Oregon Trail marker.

3:30PM - Camped at Morgan Lake.
After paying our respects to Ezra Meeker's Oregon Trail marker, we continued to follow the Trail which led up an extremely steep hill. How the pioneers descended this steep hill is a miracle, because it is sooooo steep. MsTioga is dreading going down this hill.

The steep hill led to Morgan Lake, and we have made our Nite Camp here.
Gorgeous very blue Morgan Lake.


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Monday, August 27, 2007

9AM - Visiting with The Beemer Chef.
MsTioga and The Team are in the Town of Halfway, Oregon. We are visiting with Reader Ara Gureghian, who is also known as The Beemer Chef. Ara has a 24' Tioga RV, and also has a BMW motorcycle toad with a sidecar. And, he has a wonderful dog named Spirit, who George has taken a strong liking to!

Ara has another website, which we have not explored yet. It is called, Personal Chef Ara. We only met Ara yesterday at the Oregon Trail Center. But he seems to be an interesting person and today we will get to know him!

2PM - Back on The Oregon Trail.
We have returned to the Oregon Trail [Interstate #84] and have made our Nite Camp a bit north of the Town of North Powder, Oregon.

On our way here to this Camp, Little Mavicito was busy capturing pics. Little Mavicito claims that we passed a real wagon train! Can you imagine that? Here is the pic of that wagon train below.
Did Little Mavicito capture a real wagon train?

At a rest stop close by our Camp, there was another wonderful Oregon Trail history kiosk with pictures and diary quotes.

Diary quote about Lone Tree.

The Blue Mountains were a significant place and challenge for the pioneers on the Oregon Trail. In the pic and diary quote below, the story of a little girl seeing the Blue Mountains is told.


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