Circumnavigating Manhattan

We’ve lived in New York for 17 years now, and today we finally attempted something I’ve been wanting to do since we moved here: circumnavigating Manhattan:

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We put in at Hazzard’s Boat Ramp under the GW bridge:

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Heading south down the Hudson River:

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As we approached the southern end of Manhattan and the New York Harbor, the water got pretty choppy, so we had to slow down:

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Lots of ferry traffic to dodge:

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Ellis Island (right) and the Statue of Liberty (center):

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We rounded the southern tip of the island and headed up the East River:

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The Brooklyn Bridge, first of many we would pass under:

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The United Nations building:

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Long Island City in the background, and in the foreground, U Thant Island, the smallest island in Manhattan:

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Passing by the sometimes-treacherous Hell Gate:

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Once we passed Hell Gate into the Harlem River, the water calmed down and we were able to go full throttle:

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Some of the 14 bridges over the Harlem River:

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M drove for a while:

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The Spuyten Duyvil Bridge only has 5 foot clearance, but we managed to squeak under after waiting for a train to pass:

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Heading down the Hudson to the GW bridge:

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The Little Red Lighthouse:

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Back at the ramp:

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What a great trip!

Summer 2018, Day 29

Shabbos dispersed camping on the California/Oregon border was peaceful.  We went for a walk and turned around when we ran into a bull.

This morning we wanted to visit Lava Beds National Monument.  We decided to double up on the motorcycles and drive there.

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We decided to explore the Catacombs cave, which we last visited on Day 473:

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Today we’re exploring a portion of the cave that we didn’t explore the last time:

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The floor and the ceiling are not mistake friendly:

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The lava made interesting patterns as it cooled:

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We eventually ran into reduced ceiling clearance:

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We arrived at Howard’s Hole:

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Subsequent lava flows create tunnels at multiple levels.  Howard’s Hole is a break between levels, and we used it to explore the next level up:

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At some point, B and I continued on.  We eventually arrived at “Cleopatra’s Tomb”:

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These arrows point to “The Crossover”, a one-foot high passage connecting to the part of the cave we explored last time:

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We all cut our heads or backs on the ceiling:

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On the way back, we went up a level:

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The map shows our last visit in red, our current visit in blue, and the overlap in purple.  Click the photo for a larger view:

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Out we go:

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All of this would have been a lava tube had the ceiling not collapsed:

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After our spelunking, we motorcycled back to the RV, stowed the motorcycles, and drove north.  We stopped to look at what’s left of Tule Lake Segregation Center. Built during World War II in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Tule Lake was one of ten Japanese American internment camps used to imprison over 100,000 US residents of Japanese ancestry, two-thirds of whom were US citizens.  This is the fifth internment camp we’ve visited:

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We visited the visitor center for the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.  The Tule Lake unit preserves the Tule Lake Segregation Center, not yet open to the public:

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The facility, also used as a county museum, has one of the guard towers from the camp:

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We continued north to Oregon.  It’s good to be home:

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Trish has been working on a crochet project in the car:

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We continued east to overnight at the Shell station in Fairview, Oregon.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Walking Lake Tiorati

It’s been really cold lately, and it turns out that the lakes in Harriman State Park are safe for walking, so B and I drove up and explored the islands on Lake Tiorati:

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Poking around on an island:

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Heading to the next one:

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There were a couple guys out ice fishing:

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Announcing KosherSherpa.com

Over the last 19 years of intermittent RV travel, I’ve been contacted a number of times for help with RV trip planning.  I’ve helped dozens of people plan their RV adventures, and recently planned two entire trips, complete with itineraries and camping locations.

Now it’s official!  I’ve created a website for the Kosher Sherpa at www.KosherSherpa.com:

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In addition to RV trip planning, I’ll be leading a guided RV tour this January.  “Banditos at the Border” is a one-week guided RV tour of Southeastern Arizona.  There’s something for everyone on this trip, from guided mine tours to re-enacted Old West shootouts to ghost towns.

I’m really looking forward to sharing the joys of RV travel with other families!  Head on over to www.KosherSherpa.com and check it out!