Bruce The Nomad

This travel log covers our activities, as of May, in Tucson, AZ and on to Oregon.

Molly and I started working as a Camp Host in Oregon this summer. This means we again travel and live in the motorhome, and tow the hot rod. I did a little more work for the landlady, had a Doctor's appointment, and cleaned the house. So, I left Tucson on the 24th and got to my campground outside of Eugene on the 29th. I traveled up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to Reno. This meant that I had no time to get to California and visit my daughters and respective families. BUMMER!
Late summer and fall I plan to visit with friends in Salem and Portland, and I also hope to attend some car races, rod & custom car shows (Hot August Nights in Reno), and possibly Bonneville Salt Flats for "Speed Week" racing. I will make the visit with my daughters later in the fall as I head back to Tucson.

Since Bill left in January, I was kept busy doing some remodeling of a house for our landlady. It has involved putting up new siding, building a large porch with steps for the main entry. I also made window trim for the exterior and completed remaking railings for the stairs at the carport. The landlady will do the painting as needed.

The rest of my time in Tucson was spent working on the hot rod and doing some remodel to the interior of the motorhome. I have removed the carpet and old vinyl flooring. I have added black & white checked vinyl flooring and modified the dinette area. I did not use the old dinette in the past, except when I had visitors. Dining will be different but still manageable. I added a new TV and a pair of leather bucket seats. I am applying photos and images of cars and food to the walls, a la deco-page. I am changing the window treatment and will be getting the cockpit upholstery changed in the near future.

It is now the frist part of May and I have made it to the campground. Schwarz Campground was created and is operated by the Army Corps of Engineers. "I'm now working for the Army!" This agency created the dam and Lake Dorena as a flood control project. We are about 5 miles SE of Cottage Grove, which is about 25 miles south the Eugene, both located just off of Interstate 5.

The camp consists of 82 campsites plus 3 camp host sites and 5 group sites. All sites, except the Camp Host sites, are dry camps - no power, water, sewer. It is nicely formatted with drinking water spigots easily accessable for the campers. There are 3 restroom buildings and even one with showers. The negative is that there are no cell phone or computer signals. The area where I am camped is adjacent to the other camp host, who are from Tucson, AZ. The other couple, from Florida, who are here will be working the entry booth. They are very nice and let me link to their satellite dish. Since we are in a grove of tall evergreen and oak trees there are limited places for the dish to get a signal.

I have another cell phone: 541-521-4710. My AT&T cell does not receive a signal at the campground.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY a message can be left at the Ranger Station 541-942-5631.
The entry booth phone number is 541-942-1418.

Here are pics of the hot rod after assembly and being washed and polished. I still have some interior work to do - carpet, and tonneau cover over the cab.
I shot these pics at the top of "A" Mountain.
Here are some photos of the inside of the motorhome - from original dinette,
gutting the dinette, and to completion.
These photos are of the Schwarz campground. One of the trees at our site, the site with the 3 camp hosts and the hot rod and motorhome. The other images are of some other parts of the campground.
This photo is of one of several murals painted on the downtown buildings. I will be visiting most of them during the next couple of weeks, weather permitting, and include these pics in the next newsletter.
As you can tell I am "incummunicado" via email. I can receive snail mail at this address:
Bruce Jensen, Camp Host
34909 Shoreview Dr
Cottage Grove, OR 97424-9538

I will check and send out my email when I can go into town. I have to rely on the weather to cooperate since I do not have a top for the hot rod and don't relish driving in the rain. Yep, there is rain here. In fact it has been raining since I got here and has done so through the weekend. Oregon is known for the rain, which makes everything green, even the trees are covered with a layer of bright green moss. Fortunately it hasn't been a constant rain, just very often during the day and night. I don't know why, but I was hoping that the summer here would be like a Tucson winter. Of course it is only the first part of May.

I have had the chance to get the motorhome comfortably in place with the car trailer and the hot rod parked in my space. I've been organizing in the motorhome and adding more decor items. I have items to place on the ceiling and much more deco-page of the walls yet to do. I hope to get it all completed before I leave here at the end of July.

"Aren't you supposed to be doing some kind of work" you ask. Well, yes I have some duties. So far there is no firm schedule beyond the 20th of May. Basically I work 4 days on duty, 2 or 4 off, then 3 on, etc. The job entails a tour of the campground, 2 to 3 times each day, noting who has registered and who hasn't. Inform campers of any rules violations, pass out the campground newsletter, and make note of any infractions. No restrooms to clean, or campsites to clean, just some litter pick-up. There have been only a couple of camper here each day. Some come for a day or so and then leave. This is going to be an easy few months.

Bye for now. I will send more info and photos as we get to explore the area. The other hosts are race fans so I will be joining them at some of the local car races, when they begin in a few weeks.

Bruce and Molly

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