28 Feb 2015 July 22, 2013 – Sunriver Thousand Trails, Elk Lake, More Slide Repair and off to Whalers Rest by darin | posted in: Oregon | 0 This is a pretty swamp kept full by seepage from the Deschuttes river. They call it Oxbow Bend. It is pretty at sunset and one can rent paddle boats if he wants to play in it. All Summer they have this great big blow up screen and show night time movies on it. This has become very popular. Come early and bring a blanket, the grass will get your butt all wet as the night lingers on. We did the Cascade Loop Highway and stopped at a park at Elk Lake. We were planning to rent a boat and make use of the lake, but somewhere between 1 Bagillian people and 2 Bagillian people had the same idea. Cars were parked all the way up the highway. We ended up in another park. Where Dogs are not allowed. We learned that people in Bend have no use for the laws, not on the highway or any where else. I asked someone why Bendonites as so rebellious, and was told they are just people who California no longer wanted. I am curious, does the California version of Three Strikes and your out mean if you commit three jail-able crimes, are you shipped out to Oregon? Specifically bend? A little quieter place is a private pond and park called Lava Lake just south of Elk Lake. I caught Athena sneaking a picture of us. Some loon out on the lake, claims it all for him self! Oregon has snakes too. Can you find it? With all these creepy creatures, one should own an awesome knife or hatchet. Never know when you will have to chop a snakes head off as it slithers up your leg. The 12 survivors ax should do your the trick. https://www.therednecknaturalist.com/12-survivors-hand-axe/. Note: We are not responsible for your leg should you hit the snake too hard.Now, we have to talk about work. How does the idea of the under floor over your slide taking on water and falling apart sound. To me, it sounds like an interesting challenge. Some slides on rigs like the Open Range and our Holiday Rambler does not have an angle piece along the edges to protect the joint where the floor meets the wall. Water inevitably finds its way into the flooring material, and the floor falls out. Our rig is on it’s second slide bottom 2 years, so we are going to try and stop this annual replacement. Here is a close up of the slide bottom and the 1″ caulk line that tries to protect it. We will put in a a piece of angled aluminum it will be set on the rubber and under the edge of the slide. We will run it 3/4 of the way due to a piece of iron on the front edge of the slide. We measured 29 inches on the slide. So we are going to cut this 1″ angled aluminum to size. Hacksaw does the job We drilled a hole to accommodate a #6 screw. The hole width is just slightly smaller than the screw head. This allows the screw to hold, but leaves just enough screw head to hold on the metal. Get some one with good hand eye coordination, and who can get the same measurement more than once to do this. My handy work, looks a lot like my lane placement on the freeway. Which could be an understatement. These holes are 1″ apart. 56 holes! Fill the metal up with paint-able white caulk, and glue it in place. Drill a pilot hole if you have a small enough bit. Then run the screws into the holes you made. The caulking should look like this. (Note. put the middle screw in first and screw one screw on each side of the middle until you work your way to each end of the metal. This will prevent warping) More example of the caulk flowing out around the heads. This picture is where the slide meats the wipe seal. The upper edge has been completed. – We will paint it to match some other day. Sarah does the underside of the slide for me. My body does not bend that way.She got the slide protection rails installed. We were going to paint the slides, but the temperature has hit the mid 90′s and the wind is brisk. Neither one of these factors will allow us to paint. The high temperature causes the paint to dry before it makes contact causing the finish to be bumpy and leave an orange peel finish. I desire better. The wind, will carry the paint to places we don’t want it. So…. stay tuned.Athena, Holly and I have built a new website https://www.therednecknaturalist.com/We are selling Camping gear, Hunting gear, Organic foods, Non-GMO Foods, and Gluten Free.Lastly, you our readers, get 5% off your first purchase with the coupon code “New2Day” Well, it was time to roll out of Bend. We were sad to leave our friends Mark and Sue behind. We enjoyed the Gospel sing with them in Sunriver last night, said good bye and drove for an eternity today. When eternity came to an end, we found our selves at Whalers Rest Thousand Trails in South Beach Oregon. There were only four spaces left in the park, and we fit in this one, barely! If it were not for Athena’s expertise, I fear we would have been sleeping under the Yaquina Bridge. Our hats go off to you Athena.