Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Chillin’ in Chiloquin

A quiet day just hanging around Chiloquin. 

I take a long walk along the Williamson River at nearby Collier Memorial State Park.  



The clarity of this water is amazing. 



Lots of people out enjoying this drop-dead gorgeous summer day.  Warning: people back home, you might want to skip this part.  68 degrees, 21% humidity.

Birders

A fly fisherman who has a lot to learn.

I spy an Osprey nest!  This parent feeds the young ones. 



I drive to town and stroll about the tiny town center, population 723. 



I’m a sucker for small-town libraries.  



Maybe it's the dichotomy. Small-town libraries are government-run facilities yet staffed with people who lovingly tend them.  The pampered personalization lends each its own homey charm.  A more talented photographer than I should publish a coffee-table book: Small Town Libraries of the U.S.A. Or something like that.  



Chiloquin’s library is so pleasant that, if the weather weren’t ideal, I would stay a while. Tip: if you want to find out what’s really going on around town, and who’s doing what (and to whom), stop reading and start listening.  

Later, back at the WIN encampment, some casino representatives visit and give the group a big box of freebies.  

Richard will distribute the goodies at the evening gathering.
Each SWAG bag includes playing cards, a lanyard, and 2 water bottles.  The Casino personnel are great hosts.  (Although, I'm guessing from some of the long faces, the casino came out ahead on the deal). 

Aimless days like this feel like magic to me.  After so many years of nose firmly applied to grindstone, I’m still adjusting to this miraculous freedom.  Not an hour goes by that I don’t feel the most profound gratitude. 

Tomorrow the group heads to Bend, Oregon.



15 comments:

  1. I told my bloodhound today that the "hound lifestyle" is pretty nice. I like it and starting my 3rd month of it. I do not miss working a job in the least.

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    1. I'm sure retirement is agreeing with you!

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  2. I always stop in small town libraries.

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    1. So maybe there is a market for my book idea after all?

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  3. We also love stopping at libraries but have a problem resisting the inexpensive books on sale.
    Looks like a lovely area...maybe next year?

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    1. I know. The only thing that prevents me buying up hard back books is the lack of room in the GDB.

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  4. That area looks lovely.

    Do you only have to be a single traveler to join WINS?

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    1. I'm not sure if you have to be legally non-wed or simply a solo traveler. Obviously I'm the latter.

      But I can tell you this is a group of really nice folks who love to have a good time and can't wait to see what's around the next bend in the road.

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    2. That is great to hear since I will be traveling solo since my husband is more of a homebody than I. The heat and humidity and work commitments are making June a no go for travels. July and August is too plain hot to set out. However, the husband and I are are going to do a day drive around the local area this weekend. I figure I'll start small since I am overwhelmed at even the idea of an extended weekend trip.

      I can't wait to "work up" to big adventures such as yours.

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  5. Small town libraries also sometimes have printers for those of us who don't carry one with us. In our small rigs we also have to be careful not to accept SWAG we cannot use. People in big rigs are usually willing to take what we cannot use, though. Plus I have a zone in my van where I stash stuff to swap or give away when I meet up with other travelers.

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    1. You are so right. I should have mentioned that I had to relinquish the 2 water bottles. I only have room for 1!

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  6. I'm going to be in Oregon next month for the FMCA rally in Redmond. Thanks for this campground info. I have 3 weeks between the Brookings Kite Festival and Redmond and was wondering where I could spend some time. Are you going to Redmond? I'm enjoying your blog very much and look forward to meeting you down the road sometime.
    Linda Rose, Muffin, Murphy, Molly & Midgy 96C190V

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    1. Hi Linda,

      I'm not quite sure where Redmond is exactly. Here is the link to the WINS summer Pacific Northwest circuit:
      https://rvsingles.org/category/all_events/circuits/nwa/

      I think the WINS allow non-members to attend a gathering to kind of 'test the waters'. You might want to think about that.

      Thanks for the nice comments about the blog. Maybe we can get together somewhere on the road!

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  7. Kim...Here is Gayle and Jim's blog: http://littleadventures-jg.blogspot.com
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I've got it bookmarked!

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