Georgia-Raven Cliff Falls

Well, you may recall that our plans today were to visit 3 or 4 more falls today. That may have been a little too optimistic. We visited 1, however, the trail leading to the big one passed several smaller ones so we kind of did.

The hike to Raven Cliff was 2.5 miles one way. Most of it uphill, but fortunately gradual with the occasional steep climb. The trail scenery was beautiful but it was mostly roots and protruding rocks so you had to watch every step to prevent tripping.  The trail was also very narrow with steep drop offs on one side, it was very busy on the trail so we had to stop frequently to let those going in the opposite direction pass. We also let a lot of people go around us as we weren’t the fastest kids on the block.

It was only in the mid 70’s but felt warmer because the breeze coul not make it through the dense foliage.  We crossed a lot of little streams which I began walking through to cool off. The water was ice cold so it cooled me down quickly.

We made it to the cliff wall at the top. You could climb up the big rocks but based upon feedback from some younger and more athletic climbers, we decided we weren’t quite ready for rock climbing.  Plus we had another 2.5 miles to hike back to the car.  It took us about 2 hrs to hike up and 1.5 down.  We stopped a lot more often going up.

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We knew we would be too tired to prepare dinner so we stopped on the way back at Captain D’s and had lobster rolls.  They were actually pretty good.

It is only 6:00 pm and we’re ready for showers and to call it a day.  We did over 17,000 steps today so we are looking forward to relaxing. We still haven’t decided tomorrow’s route so I guess we should do that tonight as well.   Tomorrow will be a travel day once we decide where we are traveling to.

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Dahlonega, Ga and surrounding Falls

Saturday was a beautiful day, high of only 84.  Coming from Tampa, that was a gift. We were unable to sync up with our friends from Dahlonga, we happen to pick the week they were out of town, but we decided to visit the town anyway. We had been there several times before and it was pretty much the same. It is a cute town built on a town square and surrounded by small shops and restaurants.  Small towns like this are pretty much the same, all selling the same stuff so it didn’t take long to walk around it. We did stop in the visitors center and picked up a map of the surrounding water falls. So we decided we would try to see all 8 listed on the map. The first one we stopped at was Dick’s Creek Falls.

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Lots of of locals use these fall as their “water park” with natural slides and pools.

We didn’t plan our day very well and realized we were hungry  and there wasn’t much around. On our way to the next falls we stopped at a little general store  Not much there but nice people  We bought a block of “Hoop” cheese, never heard of it before but it was good, a box of saltines (only option available), and 2 bottles of ice tea.

Once we arrived at DeSota Falls, we stopped along the way, found a nice large log to sit on and had a picnic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then on to  Helton Falls which was my favorite. It had two levels of falls requiring a little more uphill hiking but worth it.  There were kids sliding down the Helton Falls on inner tubes but I didn’t get a picture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last picture is dinner.  We came home to a pot roast, potatoes, Cheetos, onions, mushrooms and jalapeños.  Served with a couple glasses of wine.  We than visited with our neighbors for a couple of hours and then called it a day. A few more falls tomorrow.

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Georgia -Blue Ridge Mountains

Today was another beautiful day. We hung around the park waiting for the office to open so we could select a different site. We were able to get the site we wanted, right next to the stream, a little more space and more shade.

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After setting up the outside we had some lunch and decided to check out Cleveland, Ga. That took about 5 minutes, so we decided to drive over to Blue Ridge and pick up fried pies from Merciers Orchards and to take a peek at the old homestead.

The drive over was beautiful. The Blue Ridge Mountains seem to go on forever.

 

 

 

 

We stopped along the way for several pictures.

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We Stopped at the top of Blood Mountain.  This is part of the Appalachian Trail, close to the start or end depending on which direction you are going.

 

 

 

 

The view was spectacular.

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It appears it is common practice to hang your shoes from the trees when you complete the trail.

 

 

 

 

 

I was going to hang mine but my slip on Skechers just wouldn’t stick in the trees .

 

 

 

 

 

Our next stop was The Drive-In Biscuits drive-thru in Blue Ridge.   Absolutely the best biscuits in the world.  It was too late to get the country ham and biscuit so we settled for chicken and biscuits.  Then we drove over to the old homestead.  Didn’t look like they had made any changes other than remove the grass and covered with straw for more parking.

The real reason for going to Blue Ridge was so Steve could get his fix of fried pies from Mercier Orchards .

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So another good day. Tomorrow we will check out Gainsville, Ga.

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Georgia

It’s been a very long day. The part for the a/c arrived this morning as scheduled. The service was completed, we topped off the propane tank and we were on the road by 11:30.

Traffic was not too bad, lots of trucks but we had good weather, no accidents so it was pretty smooth until we got close to Atlanta. Unfortunately because of the late start we hit Atlanta right about 5:30 pm. Our original plan was to stop somewhere just on the other side of Atlanta for the night but decided to just keep going to the campground in Cleveland, Ga. We finally arrived about 8:15 which is late for us. Fortunately the sun doesn’t set until 9 pm so we were able to park before dark. The campground is very nice with lots of shade. I’ll include some pictures tomorrow. We hope to move to a different site so we can have a little more space, this site is pretty small.  We will contact our friends in Dahlonaga, hopefully they will be home, but we also want to explore some of the parks, lakes and small historic towns in the area.  We were very pleased with the temperature upon arrival, it was very comfortable.  It will be in the high 80’s tomorrow but the evenings will be in the 55-65 range so a nice change from Tampa.

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June 14

Day 1. We finally got on the road, well kind of. We were so proud we were up early, had everything in the house in order, the only remaining items to load was refrigerator items and last minute odds and ends (4 bags of odds and ends). We stopped at Starbucks and got our coffee and we are feeling good. It’s just a little after 8:00 am and we’re heading to Wesley Chapel to pick up the RV and we figured we would be heading north by 9:15. So while I loaded the fridge, Steve did his last minute checks. I was almost finished when I realized it was pretty warm in the RV. Yep, you guessed it, no a/c. So Steve and my brother-in-law Bill checked things out and it was determined that there was a problem with the A/C circuit breaker on the generator. So Bill found a guy not too far up the road so Steve took the RV while I waited in the comfort of my sister’s house. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do well in the heat. Well, Steve calls and he now has to take it up the road (another 60+miles) as the first guy can’t fix it. So it is decided that since this was the direction we were heading, I would drive north and meet him at the Cummins Power South service department in Ocala. So we head north, I’m not too worried because there are air conditioned hotels in Ocala. As it turned out, they did not have the part and could not get it before tomorrow morning. However, they do have RV slots with power and water so we can park right there and be ready for service as soon as the part comes in. So we were parked by noon. We went looking for something to do while the RV cooled down. We did find a nice little local pub and had one of the best prime rib sandwiches I think I have ever had and areally cold beer. It was just too hot to cruise around so we headed back to the RV where we spent the afternoon storing the 4 bags of miscellaneous stuff. So, while day 1 was not as expected, it didn’t mess up any plans since we don’t really have any specific plans. We have no idea what the cost for this fix will be, but I guess it doesn’t matter because this mama ain’t going anywhere without A/C.

1st Night camp site as Cummins Service Center. Off to a rocky start.

1st Night camp site as Cummins Service Center. Off to a rocky start.

 

 

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Southbound to Tampa

Thursday, September 3

We decided to dry dock just one more night since we were unsure how far we would get so we set our target for St. Joseph, Mo.

We only went through a small portion of Iowa, however it is definitely someplace to come back to. We did stop at a rest stop that was the prettiest rest stop I had ever seen. We continued on into Missouri and made our way to St. Joseph, MO where we stayed overnight at the Walmart. Again, we decided it was not worth dry docking if we were going to have to run our generator continuously so we located a place for the next night and made our reservation. It is in a little town called Hardy in Arkansas.

We arrived at the the park and it was beautiful. It was a small city park (less than 2,000 population), only 20 or 30 spaces and located directly on the Spring River. Huge shade trees and lots of grass, a walking trail all along the river and we could walk into town. We got all set up and was ready to take a tour. We checked out the facilities and oh, awful, awful, and awful. You could not pay me to go in there for any reason. A nice big spacious shower would have been nice but the little shower in the RV works just fine for times like this.

It was dark by the time we got all settled down and we decided to have breakfast for dinner. I cooked up some bacon, eggs and toast and it hit the spot. It had been a long day so we headed to bed. The next morning we were up early and ready to go. As we were pulling out and we saw all of the neat old buildings, we decided we really could not leave until we at least walked through the town and stopped in a few of the old shops. Fortunately it was not a problem parking on the street so we parked and spent about an hour walking through the shops, checking out the old buildings and talking to some of the people. I purchased some homemade jams that I can’t wait to try but the rule is, we can’t open anything new until the old is empty and we already had a jar of jam open. We started that rule as at home, we frequently have 4 or 5 different types of jams open at the same time and we knew we would be in trouble with this tiny RV refrigerator if we did not change our ways.

Most of the buildings were constructed in the early 1920’s and it does not appear that much of the town has changed. We were glad we took the time to enjoy this little jewel.

It is getting harder to make ourselves slow down and enjoy what we are seeing. Now that our sights are set for home, we seem to be taking less time to look around us. Again, our plans were to stop in Memphis and possibly stay overnight and visit with some friends before heading to Red Bay, Alabama.

Just to explain about Red Bay, Alabama, that is the home of Tiffin Allegro Motor Home Manufacturing. There is NOTHING in city of Red Bay except Tiffin and this place is huge, they have about 200 RV spaces and they usually have about 150 RV’s parked waiting for service. It is just a great big parking lot. It is a first come first serve, no reservations accepted; however, I understand that the newer RVs getting warranty work may get a little special treatment. In any case, since we needed to get the broken sink repaired and a half dozen other miscellaneous items taken care of, it was to our advantage to get there as early as possible and get on the wait list. So we decided not to stop in Memphis and head straight to Red Bay.

We arrived on Saturday about 3:30 PM, we were checked in quickly and we were given space #1 right in front of the office. Now that didn’t mean we were going to get taken care of any sooner, it just that as it happens, space #1 is relatively small and we were probably the only one that could fit in the space. We are most definitely the small kids on the block. We were the only 29 footer on the lot with 130 other RV’s, the next smaller was 35′ but the majority of the RV’s were between 38 and 45 ft. However, there was a lot of interest in our little RV and we got lot’s of questions and there were several women who told me that they really would prefer a smaller RV and even a couple of the older gentlemen admitted that as they got older, they would prefer a smaller RV (to drive and clean). So again, we did really good with this and it has exceeded all of our expectations.

Tiffin hours are Mon – Fri 7AM to 4PM, so arriving on Saturday did get us in and got us a space and on the list, however with the holiday, they would not be open again until Tuesday morning.

Sunday we got up and drove to Memphis and spent the day with close friends, Judy and Al. They are our RV mentors and good friends that we have known for 20+ years so we always enjoy our visits with them.

We headed back to Red Bay and on Monday we spent cleaning up the RV and catching up on laundry again.

Tuesday morning about 7:30 one of the service men stopped by to check out our list. They had also already done a cursory check of several things outside the RV and gave us a status and thumbs up. Based upon our list, they would have to decide if they could put us in the express bay, which would mean about a weeks’ wait vs. one of the bigger bays that requires more time and that would mean 1 to 3 weeks. So we had to wait and see.

We walked around the park and talked to a lot of other RV’ers. They are a great group of people and we always get great information talking to them. In fact, one of gentlemen Steve talked to gave us the resolution for a problem we were having with our satellite so we were able to take that off the list.

We also decided to take a ride over to the world’s only “Coon Dog Cemetery”. This is located in Cherokee, Alabama and again, I made my jokes but these people take this serious. The cemetery was established in 1937 when the first Coon Dog, named “Troop”, was buried there. A dog must qualify in order to be buried in the Coon Dog Cemetery.

  1. Must be pre-approved
  2. Must be a Coon Dog (papers not required)
  3. If they do have papers, one witness must certify in writing that he has observed the dog tree a coon
  4. If no papers, two witnesses must certify in writing that they have observed the dog tree a coon
  5. One time charge of $100
  6. One photograph must be provided

It is up to the owner to do the burial and provide stone/marker (if desired).

Wednesday morning we got the call that they would be ready for us at noon. They were finished by 2:30 PM, at one point they had 6 people working on the RV at the same time. They have people who are specialist with different parts of the RV so they call in whoever is needed. They also do routine checking of various parts of the RV, for warranty/upgrades, and provide input as to condition and any areas of concern. We were happy to know there were no issues identified and we were good to go.

They replaced the broken faucet, unfortunately in this model the sink and faucet is all one piece so the entire sink had to be replaced. They took care of the other miscellaneous things we had identified except one item that they could not fix unless we were willing to spend another week or two. We noticed that when we played a DVD, the screen on the front TV was pink but when we watched a TV show, it was fine. It turns our that is is a bad HDMI cable that would need to be replaced and it runs the length of the RV, and is buried deep in the wall/frame. We decided that since we have 3 TVs in the RV, we could live with watching a DVD on the other 2 TVs. So all was done and we are clear to go.

Our next report will be from Tampa, we should be home on Saturday.

Pikachu maes it to Iowa

Pikachu maes it to Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hwy 90 Rest area in Iowa

Hwy 90 Rest area in Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart Campsite inSt. Joseph, Wy.

Walmart Campsite in St. Joseph, WY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Hardy, Ak Campsite, Spring River in the background

Hardy, Ak Campsite, Spring River in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Spring River, Hardy, AK

Spring River, Hardy, AK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring River Spring River at Hardy, AK Campsite

Spring River Spring River at Hardy, AK Campsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Downtown Hardy, AK

Downtown Hardy AK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Downtown Hardy, AK

Downtown Hardy AK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Downtown Hardy, AL

Downtown Hardy, AK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiffin Allegro RV Park, Red Bay, AL

Tiffin Allegro RV Park, Red Bay, AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coon Dog Cemetery, Cherokee, Al 1939-2015

Coon Dog Cemetery, Cherokee, Al 1939-2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coon Dog Cemetary Headstone

Coon Dog Cemetery Headstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Coon Dog Cemetery

Coon Dog Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer on road by Coon Dog Cemetary

Deer on road by Coon Dog Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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East Bound to Southern Route

Sunday, August 30

I believe I left off we were in Hardin and was on the hunt for a 32” windshield wiper. We headed out to Gillette, WY where we stayed overnight in hopes of getting a wiper from an RV superstore. However, when we called before heading over there on Monday morning, we found they did not have one. So we picked up the 28” that Walmart had and were on our way.

One of the things that we learned is that the further east we go, the hotter and more humid the weather was getting. When in the Northwest, we did not need the A/C full time, therefore only ran the generator for a few hours. This worked well when dry camping. We are now finding that we have to run the generator the entire time we are parked, therefore the cost of the diesel is running close to what it would cost to stay in an RV park. There are other reasons to dry dock, sometimes it is just that your not sure where you are going to stop until a couple of hours in advance and you cannot always find an available space. So we will try to plan a little better so we do not have to dry dock in the hot east.

The scenery in this part of Wyoming and Montana look a lot alike, we did see another black bear along the road way in Montana. Steve had seen a couple in Idaho but I missed them. This one was fairly close to the road, I was so busy watching him I forgot to take a picture until it was too late. We have actually seen quite a few animals on this trip. We have seen a lot of eagles, coyote, black bear, lots of deer, chipmunks and hawks not to mention the numerous different birds we have seen.

Monday

We arrived in Gillette, SD and set up camp. The site and the facilities were very nice and we were happy to have 50 amps so we could run both of our A/C’s and we were scheduled to stay 2 nights. Steve headed into Sioux Falls on Tuesday to pick up mail, get his South Dakota drivers license and to complete the registration on both the RV and the Jeep. We also found an RV supply store that had the 32” wipers so he was picking those up as well. My plan was to hang out at the RV, get the laundry caught up and get the RV cleaned. We’ve kept a pretty good scheduled of doing all of the laundry and cleaning the complete RV weekly so it was a couple of days overdue. So we both completed our tasks and in the interim, I had heard about the world’s only Corn Palace in Mitchell and also I saw some pictures of Sioux Falls and decided we needed a little more time to take in the sights, so we extended our stay an extra day.

Tuesday night we visited the Corn Palace. While it all sounded pretty “corny” it was really very fascinating. The interior and exterior were covered with murals made from ears of corn and the corn husks. Over 3000 bushels of corn, grains and oats are used to create the murals and the theme of the murals is changed every year. The first corn place was constructed in 1892 and the detail of the murals is amazing. The original Corn Palace was built in order to display the agriculture from the area.

Wednesday we drove into Sioux Falls. Just as we pulled into the Falls Park, we spotted a little (city) sight seeing shuttle that we jumped on for $1.00 and it took us on a nice tour of the downtown area and gave us a bit of history. Many of the buildings were built back in the late 1800’s and are made of Sioux Quartzite which is an extremely hard and dense stone. The Sioux Quartzite is only found in the Sioux Falls area and is very expensive to mine and expensive to buy and use. Some of the carved stone blocks in the buildings weight over 3000 lbs. each and they were hand carved. These buildings look almost new as the stone maintains it’s color and always looks clean. We hopped off and had a nice lunch, walked through town and checked out some of the over 100 sculptures. The sculptures are created by various South Dakota artists, sponsored by various business and donated to the city. They must be on display for 1 year and then they are auctioned off. They were very creative and this is just a small sampling. We hopped back on the shuttle and heading back to the park.

The park is beautiful and you can walk all over the falls. We were told that just 3 days earlier, they had had so much rain, the water in the falls was so heavy that you could not even see the stones at the falls edge. But they were beautiful the day we were there. We also went up into the observation tower and the view from there was gorgeous as well.

It was a fun day so we headed back to the RV to get ready to head South. Life is good.

I-90 East Montana

I-90 East Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fields of Sunflowers on I-90 Montana

Fields of Sunflowers on I-90 Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hardin RV Park

Hardin RV Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field of Barley next to Hardin RV Park, MT

Field of Barley next to Hardin RV Park, MT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I-90 East Wyoming

I-90 East Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

I-90 East Wyoming

I-90 East Wyoming

 

 

 

 

Walmart campsite in Gillette, Wy.

WalMart campsite in Gillette, Wy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pikachu makes it to South Dakota

Pikachu makes it to South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is South Dakata

This is South Dakata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunflowers in South Dakota

Sunflowers in South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These little piggies went to market

These little piggies went to market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota

The Corn Palace in Mitchell South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corn Palace in 1892

Corn Palace in 1892

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corn Palace Art made from locally grown ears of corn, 2015 display

Corn Palace Art made from locally grown ears of corn, 2015 display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corn Palace Art made from locally grown ears of corn, 2015 display

Corn Palace Art made from locally grown ears of corn, 2015 display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

Downtown Sioux Falls, SD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic buildings built in the late 1800's from Sioux Quartzite

Historic buildings built in the late 1800’s from Sioux Quartzite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic buildings built in the late 1800's from Sioux Quartzite

Historic buildings built in the late 1800’s from Sioux Quartzite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sculptures located in Historic Downtown Sioux Falls

Sculptures located in Historic Downtown Sioux Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpture in downtown Sioux Falls

Sculpture in downtown Sioux Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic Downtown Sioux Falls

Historic Downtown Sioux Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remains of the 1881 Queen Bee Mill

Remains of the 1881 Queen Bee Mill, Falls at Sioux Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sioux Falls Park

Sioux Falls Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sioux Falls Park

Sioux Falls Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sioux Falls Park, Sioux Falls in Background

Sioux Falls Park, Sioux Falls in Background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastward Bound – Helena MT

Thursday Afternoon

Helena, Montana – The drive was beautiful (ignoring the smoke). Helena (pronounced: Hell-e-na, emphasis on the first part) is the capital of Montana but has a very “small town like” charm. Again, we found our Walmart and pulled in next to the many other RVers. We walked around the shopping center just to stretch our legs before settling in for the evening. However, we did find a few good deals at the local Big Lots that I couldn’t resist, Steve just has to find a place to store them.

We headed back to the RV, poured our wine and prepared a dinner of cheese tortellini, pesto sauce tossed with fresh mozzarella and cherry tomatoes. It was quite good with our wine. We watched a little TV on satellite and planned the activities for Friday. There are 5 or 6 things we want to see and do in Helena so we may be here for a couple of days, whatever it takes since we have no place else to be.

The one thing we did notice is that most gas stations also have a casino, a very small one at that, and many of the restaurants are also a casino, including The Claim Jumper which is a very nice restaurant that we liked in California. All liquor stores are casinos, there are more casinos than gas stations, drugstores and banks combined.

Friday 

We started our day by heading first to the Visitors Center in downtown Helena. It is located in Reeders Alley which is a small group of buildings on a brick alley that was built in 1873. Next to that was the Pioneer Cabin that was built in 1864. The cabin has been restored and filled with artifacts from the period. We then headed to the Cathedral of St. Helena. The cornerstone was laid in 1908 and took almost 20 years to build. The church is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. I will have to say it is the most beautiful church I have ever visited in the U.S. and the stain glass windows were absolutely amazing.

We decided it was time for lunch so stopped in a little local cafe where I ordered the lunch special: Borscht, Lizard Tongue Sandwich and Huckleberry tea. I am adventurous when it comes to food but it wasn’t all that strange, it was a grilled cheese sandwich with triangle slices of grilled green peppers that were supposed to look like a lizard’s tongue and quite good.

We then proceeded to walk around the historic part of town and checked out a few of the more unusual shops. We discovered that the main street which is called Last Chance Gulch got it’s name from 4 discouraged Georgian gold prospectors who stumbled down a gulch and grimly dubbed it “Last Chance Gulch” only to find gold. The city’s main street now covers the creek/gulch. The town’s name was later changed but the main street retained the name of Last Chance Gulch. We planned to take the Last Chance Tour Train later in the day but had time to visit one more location.

We drove out to the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. It was established in 1951 in a former brickyard. It features hundreds of whimsical sculptures created by resident artists. Both new and well established artists spend time at the foundation where they focus on their own creativity and train others. I spoke to one artists who has been there for 2 years and she loved the creative environment. As we walked the grounds and took photos of a number of the outdoor displays, we also think there may have been some very twisted minds that spent time there as well.

Heading back to town, we picked up the Last Chance Train Tour. A 1 hour ride that takes you through both the new and some of the more historical sites. It was interesting to see the huge mansions that those who found gold constructed, many of them so large they are now B&B’s but there are several that are still private homes. During the gold rush the town had more millionaires than any other town, no matter the size.

The tour ended at the capital building where we were able to walk the grounds and get a few pictures. It was after 5PM so we were unable to take a tour of the inside on this trip.

A breeze picked up and it seemed that some of the smoke was clearing and the skies were more clear. We plan to take the Gates of the Mountain boat ride Saturday morning before we head east. We headed back to the RV for the evening. We are in hopes that the temperature will cool down enough to turn off the generator but we will see.

Saturday 

The temperature did not drop so we ran the generator again all night. We’re not sure what happened to the breeze but the smoke was worse this morning instead of better so the decision was made to skip the boat ride. We have been trying to avoid the interstates as much as possible as we prefer the more scenic routes, however at this point we are tired of the smoke and want to move east until it is clear, we’re just not sure how far that is.

We started out on 12 until we got to I-90 East. We made a stop in Three Forks and refueled and stopped in a huge dynamite bakery where we had cherry turnovers for lunch. Back on the road again we passed a herd of deer, we had one deer run across the highway right in front of us, fortunately we missed him. Other than that, the scenery was pretty boring, and the skies stayed hazy until we were east of Billings. We did not stop in Billings or Yellowstone as we had been there before and we were focused on getting out of the smoke. Finally blue skies appeared, however with the clear skies, so came the heat. I guess we can’t have everything. We chose to stay at a KOA campground in Hardin tonight, time for long hot showers. Those quick little RV showers do the job but sometimes you just want to stand under a long, hot, shower. The RV park was OK but not great. The facilities were clean but definitely could use a little updating. The manager was friendly and we had a comfortable spot surrounded by fields of sugar beets and barley. It was located just off of I-90, however because of construction, we were detoured several miles. The rate was $35 and as with most other RV parks, it included Wi-Fi that did not work, a swimming pool that was already closed even though the temperature was 95 degrees and cable TV that only 2/3rds of the stations worked, however we are pretty used to that now. We just stayed the one night than we continued east, into Wyoming and onto South Dakota. I have to say, now that we are pointed in that direction, home is sounding pretty good. That kind of explains why if we are only stopping for 1 or 2 nights, we can save the $35 and watch our satellite (which also is limited) and use our own bath facilities.

Sunday

Morning we hit the road around 10:30 AM. In case you hadn’t noticed, we aren’t exactly early birds when it comes to getting up and off. We like to let the morning traffic clear up a little, however since it is Sunday, we were just slow. It was pretty cloudy and windy when we left Hardin and we hit a little patch of rain. Nothing to slow us down much except that when Steve turned on the windshield wipers, the drivers side wiper flew off. We made it to the next exit that happened to have a Walmart. (We really need to buy some stock in that company.) Unfortunately, we need a 32” wiper and the largest they had was a 28”. We called around but the places that would have carried it were closed on Sundays and everyone else only had the 24”. Fortunately, it had stopped raining and looked pretty clear so Steve move the remaining wiper to the driver side and we would stop at the next town. Walmart does carry the 28″ wipers but we move the passenger side wiper in front of the driver and will wait until Monday to get the full 32″. Size does count.

We took a lot of pictures as we traveled east on I-95. The skies are still pretty hazy even this far east and the primary color of the land is brown, even so, the formations of the land were still pretty amazing to see.

After calling ahead to several small towns on our route, it was determined we were not going to find a 32” wiper today, so we decided to stay the night at a Walmart in Gillette, WY. There is an RV Superstore here that opens at 8:30 on Monday so we will make it a point to get started early and pick up the wiper and head to South Dakota. We have a reservation in a town called Mitchell, S.D. where we will park for a couple of days.

We are going to head over to a Perkins, it shares a parking lot with Walmart, and get this out tonight as the next few days will be busy for us. We are homeward bound!

Hwy 12 to Helena

Hwy 12 to Helena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hwy 12 to Helena

Hwy 12 to Helena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hwy 12 to Helena

Hwy 12 to Helena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hwy 12 McDonald Pass, 6370 ft.

Hwy 12 McDonald Pass, 6370 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hwy 12 McDonald Pass, 6370 ft.

Hwy 12 McDonald Pass, 6370 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmart Campsite in Helena

Walmart Campsite in Helena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reeder's Alley 1873

Reeder’s Alley 1873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reeder's Alley 1873

Reeder’s Alley 1873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer Cabin, Built in 1864

Pioneer Cabin, Built in 1864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer Cabin, Built in 1864

Pioneer Cabin, Built in 1864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

archiebray foundation for ceremic arts

archiebray foundation for ceremic arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

A Potters Shrine 1985-1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

archiebray foundation for ceremic arts

Archie Bray Foundation for ceremic arts (kilns in need of repair)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour Train throgh historical home district

Tour Train throgh historical home district

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer walking through Helena neighborhood

Deer walking through MT Governors yard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Historic Homes late 1800's

Helena Historic Homes late 1800’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Historic Homes late 1800's

Helena Historic Homes late 1800’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Historic Home from late 1800's (carriage house in back)

Helena Historic Home from late 1800’s (carriage house in back)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bull Bushwacker Statue in the Helena Walking Mall

Bull Bushwacker Statue in the Helena Walking Mall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Sluice Statue in the Helena Walking Mall

Gold Sluice Statue in the Helena Walking Mall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Historic Buildings from late 1800's

Helena Historic Buildings from late 1800’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Fire Tower late 1800's

Helena Fire Tower late 1800’s (fires common in gold rush tent city)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herd Bull by Benji Daniels and James J. Jadcpcl 24' wide, 7' high

Herd Bull by Benji Daniels and James J. Jadcpcl 24′ wide, 7′ high

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montana State Capitol

Montana State Capitol

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

St. Helena Cathedral 1914

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eastward Bound

Eastward Bound – Hells Canyon

Starting with Hells Canyon, WA, we began following the Lewis and Clark Trail.

Southeast Washington – Hells Canyon

Sunday morning, August 23, we finished the final packing and headed to Hell’s Canyon, located in Clarkston, WA. We decided after dry docking for a week, we were due to stay at a nice RV park so we made a reservation at the Hells Canyon RV Park which had been recommended to us. The drive across Washington to the southeast part of the state was not at all what was expected. The landscape quickly turned brown and the further east we went, the smokier it got so everything was hazy. Waste forest fires in that part of the state.

Traffic was good and we did not encounter any problems other than boredom. I had no idea that so much wheat was grown in Washington but they are actually the 5th largest wheat grower in the US. The wheat had already been harvested so what we saw were miles and miles of brown hills where the wheat had been already been cut; it went on for hundreds of miles.

We arrived at the RV park which is also a marina about 6:00 PM. It had been a long day but the space is very nice and we set up and took a walk around the marina. The amount of smoke in the area is not so bad that you can’t go out and do things; however, we decided not to take the Snake River boat excursion as planned as with the smoke, the views would be limited so we will put that on hold until our next time around. The view from our RV spot is very nice, we are facing the river but the view is limited by the smoke. The temperatures are in the high 80’s but without the sun, it doesn’t feel too bad. There is no breeze at all which is keeping the smoke low.

We welcomed the big hot showers so took advantage of those and settled in for the evening.

Monday

We drove into all of the surrounding small towns to check them out. There was not really anything distinguishing, they are all pretty much farming communities and we drove through acres and acres of brown wheat fields and not much else to see. There are several very deep gorges in the area that are quite impressive or would be if you could see through the smoke. In addition to Hells Canyon the other thing we wanted to visit was WSU (Washington State University) Creamery located in Pullman just a few miles away. We have been ordering their cheese online since we were given some as a gift from Ralph and Joan several years ago. We than learned they have an ice cream store called Ferdinand’s so we decided that we would have lunch at Ferdinand’s and buy some cheese. We have limited space so we could only buy what we had room for, but we were able to get some sharp cheddar, cheese curds and their newest ghost pepper cheese. Dinner was grill cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

Tuesday

We had made reservations for 3 nights, however since the smoke is so bad and we can’t do the Snake River ride, we had an extra day. We decided to just relax and spend some time at Starbucks downloading some large files, sending out last weeks blog and doing some general maintenance around the RV. I hung out at Starbucks trying to get all of my photos loaded into Flickr while Steve took the Jeep through a car wash. We stopped in a pizza place called Fazzaris in Clarkston for a late lunch/early dinner and had some great pizza, thanks to Ralph’s recommendation. There is a little bit of a breeze so some of the smoke has cleared so we can get a better view of the hills around the park. I spent the evening doing some of the laundry, we will finish up everything in the morning before we head east. Our plan is to dry dock for 2 or 3 nights as we work our way to Sioux Falls, SD. We haven’t looked to see what is in the route that we may want to stop and visit, the smoke and the weather will play a part in our decisions.

Wednesday

We got up a little later than planned but began preparation for heading out. We didn’t get on the road until about 11:30. Our original plan was to head south first and then east so we could see more of Hells Canyon. We were parked at the northern end and it looked like the grander view was south of us, however the smoke eliminated that as the canyon was so full of smoke, we would not have been able to see much. We then thought we would take a northern route, again on what was to be a scenic drive, however after about 20 miles, the smoke got worse instead of better so we headed back to pick up Hwy 12 east. Hwy 12 is part of the Lewis and Clark route and the road traveled next to the Lochsa river all 200 miles. I would love to take that drive again but as you will see from the pictures, there was so much smoke that the view was diminished extensively. We passed a couple of fire fighter staging locations, fortunately no fires in our path but it was obvious they were not far away. We saw a lot of earth moving equipment en route to support the fires.

We arrived at our destination, Walmart, in Missoula, Montana. We parked among the other RVers and took a stroll around our new site. There was a very nice park adjacent to the parking lot, the sun was setting but even though the smoke was better, we had not yet escaped. I cooked a dinner of a rib eye steak, 3 bean salad and a side of Parmesan Alfredo. We had dinner, cleaned up and after not finding anything to watch on satellite, we walked over to Walmart and rented a movie.

Thursday

We first checked out the Missoula Carousel. It is a hand carved 1918 merry-go-round that was restored and maintained by volunteers. We then walked through Caras Park that borders the Clark Fork River and directly across the river is the University of Montana. We proceeded into the historical downtown area and visited a few of the unique little shops and the local artwork on display.

It was still early in the day so we decided we would head for the next little town on our route, so keeping with the Lewis and Clark route, we headed east on Hwy 12 to the town of Helena.

I will close this as I have so many pictures just for this part of our journey, I don’t want the file to be too large. I’ll pick up with Helena on the next blog.

Thanks for reading, Margie and Steve

Mt. Stuart, 9415 ft.

Mt. Stuart, 9415 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East on 26 across the Snake River

East on 26 across the Snake River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wind Farm in South East Washington

Wind Farm in South East Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Compare size of Wind Mill toSemi Truck

Compare size of Wind Mill toSemi Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeat Washington under smoke from surrounding fires

Southeast Washington under smoke from surrounding fires

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeat Washington Railroad Trellis

Southeast Washington Railroad Trellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake River

Snake River

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hells Canyon RV Park, sunset under smoky haze

Hells Canyon RV Park, sunset under smoky haze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Campsite at Hells Canyon RV Park

Campsite at Hells Canyon RV Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strange Drivers in Clarkson

Strange Drivers in Clarkson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

? Drivers License

? Drivers License

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch at Ferdinand's Creamery, WSU

Lunch at Ferdinand’s Creamery, WSU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of smoke covered sunset from RV site

View of smoke covered sunset from RV site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hwy 12 East

Hwy 12 East

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Getting Worse

Fires getting worse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17 Pikachu makes it to Montana

Pikachu makes it to Montana (Pikachu for grandson Nicky)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 This was a repeated scene along the highway

This (fire damage) was a repeated scene along the highway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helena Parking Site at Walmart

Helena Parking Site at Walmart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Missoula Hard Carved Caraousel

Missoula Hand Carved Caraousel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Missoula 1918 Hardcareved Merry-Go-Round

Missoula 1918 Hand carved Merry-Go-Round

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Montana

University of Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caras Park

Caras River Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers planted in downtown Missoula

Flowers planted in downtown Missoula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artwork downtown downtown Missoula

Artwork downtown Missoula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Missoula, late 1800s

Downtown Missoula, late 1800s Bldgs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Downtown Missoula, late 1800s

Downtown Missoula, late 1800s Bldgs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Port Townsend

Monday, August 17

We headed out to Port Townsend as planned. It was another beautiful day with temperatures in the mid 70’s and lots of sunshine. We again had to go over the Hood Canal bridge which is the longest floating bridge across salt water. The bridge opens for passing ships, therefore there is always a chance of being stuck on the bridge, which is what happened to us. The good news, lots of photo opportunities so we took a number of pictures of the beautiful scenery. Traffic into Port Townsend is pretty heavy but we finally made it in.

Our first stop was down at the port. It is huge and the number of ships and/or boats in for service/repair is pretty amazing. There is lots of activity and everything is on a huge scale to accommodate the big ships they work on as well as load and unload.

There are also several ferry services that go to various ports such as Seattle, Vancouver and Alaska.

The majority of the buildings were build in the late 1800’s and have been re-purposed to new businesses. It is a beautiful little town with lots of history and lots of activity, it was easy to spend the full day.

Tuesday

We took a ride into downtown Bremerton which is also a beautiful little town. Many historical buildings are still in use and the town is not as active as many of the others we have visited, however it is well maintained. The Navy has a water park downtown that the kids can play in and it is also beautifully maintained. Again nice weather and perfect for walking around.

We then went further north to a little town called Poulsbo. Poulsbo is a Scandinavian village located on Liberty Bay. Many of the buildings are from the late 1800’s and, again, they have been re-purposed to boutiques, restaurants and bakeries. It is a very picturesque and another fun day of walking through the shops. We found a little restaurant with a balcony overlooking the street to have lunch and watch the people.

Wednesday

It was time to say goodbye to Troy and family that were so gracious to allow us to park in their neighbor’s drive while she was out of town. However, she returned early so it only seemed fair to head on our way and return her driveway. It was time for us to move on and we had decided that we needed to move further north as we wanted to visit the Boeing Aircraft Plant. We pulled out about 10:00 AM and after stopping at a dump station and taking care of business, we headed up I-5 to Marysville, WA and the Tulalip Casino.

We arrived at the Tulalip Casino Resort where they have several large designated RV parking lots. No connections but we found a nice spot with shade and made ourselves at home. We set up and took a walk over to the casino to check things out. We came out about $100 ahead so we were feeling pretty good.

Thursday

We took the tour of the Boeing Plant. You are not allowed to take pictures inside and even if we could, the size of everything is unbelievably huge. We watched the 747 assembly line as well as as the newer 800 series. We also got a glimpse of the new Seattle Seahawk’s 787 with the big “12” on the tail (vertical stabilizer). It seems that Boeing has been officially named the 12th Seahawk player and everywhere we go there is Seattle Seahawk stuff with the number “12” on it. I guess that is because we are not only in Seahawks country, we are also in Boeing country. The hangers are so large that they have their own weather. Occasionally, they report light rain inside the hangers and have to pause to let things dry out.

It was about 4 PM when we finished the tour so we stopped in the little town of Snohomish, which is known for its many antique stores. The town is again from the late 1800’s with many re-purposed buildings that house many small boutiques and restaurants as well as the dozens of antique stores. It was much larger than expected and they happen to be having their Fresh Market Day as well as an art walk that evening so everything was open a little later than usual. We walked through many of the shops, the market and then found a nice outdoor restaurant where we could have a cold drink and a light dinner.

After returning to the RV, we made our evening trip to the casino and picked up a few more dollars, not as much as the first night but still better than losing.

Friday

We packed a small lunch and headed to Whidbey Island. We were told it would be better to drive north and drive over to the island and than take the ferry back. This was because of the number of Boeing employees that live on the island and use the ferry daily. So we headed up north on I-5/405 and over to the island. While there was a lot of traffic, it moved well so we made good time. We also stopped in a few smaller towns such as Stanwood, Camano Island and Mt. Vernon before picking up Hwy 20 and heading over to Whidbey Island. We stopped in several places but made it to the town of Clinton about 2 pm to pick up the ferry. Instead of the expected 1 to 2 hour wait for the ferry, the ferry was pulling up as we pulled up and we basically drove right on. The ride was only about 30 minutes and we arrived at Mukilteo. We decided to stop in Edmonds and check it out before heading back to the RV.

We again made a quick visit to the casino after dinner and again, came out with a few additional dollars ahead.

Saturday

We went to Starbucks and did some upgrades that we needed to do. We then spent a couple of hours at the Tulalip Outlet Mall. This is most definitely the best outlet mall that I have ever been to. It had a store for every major designer I had ever heard of and many that I had not. The prices appeared to be very good, lots of school shopping going on but we left without a single package so I guess we just didn’t need anything. We headed back to the RV, did our farewell trip to the casino and began getting the RV ready to move on Sunday.

Sunday

Sunday morning we finished the final packing and headed to Hell’s Canyon, located in Clarkston, WA. We decided after dry docking for a week, we were due to stay at a nice RV park so we made a reservation at the Hells Canyon RV Park which had been recommended to us. The drive across Washington to the Southeast part of the state was not at all what was expected. The landscape quickly turned brown and the further east we went, the smokier it got so everything was hazy.

Traffic was good and we did not encounter any problems other than boredom. I had no idea that so much wheat was grown in Washington but they are actually the 5th largest wheat grower in the US. The wheat had already been harvested so what we saw were miles and miles of brown hills where the wheat had been cut. It went on for hundreds of miles.

We arrived at the RV park which is also a marina about 6:00 PM. It had been a long day but the space is very nice and we set up and took a walk around the marina. The amount of smoke in the area is not so bad that you can’t go out and do things, however we decided not to take the river boat excursion as planned as with the smoke, the views would be limited so we will put that on hold until our next time around.

We welcomed the big hot showers so took advantage of those and settled in for the evening.

Hood Canal

Hood Canal

 

 

 

 

 

View from Hood Canal Bridge

View from Hood Canal Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for the ship to clear

Waiting for the ship to clear

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsand 1800's Victorian Town

Port Townsand 1800’s Victorian Town Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend Marina

Port Townsend Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend Marina

Port Townsend Marina

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend - Point Wilson Lighthouse

Port Townsend – Point Wilson Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend - 1891 O'Rear House

Port Townsend – 1891 O’Rear House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1871 Trinity Methodist Church

1871 Trinity Methodist Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underground shops in Port Townsend

Underground shops in Port Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend Historical Downtown, all buildings from 1880's

Port Townsend Historical Downtown, all buildings from 1880’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend Washington's Victorian Seaport

Port Townsend Washington’s Victorian Seaport

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bremerton to Seattle Ferry

Bremerton to Seattle Ferry (background)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Park

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Park - Submarine water fountains for kids to play in

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Park – Submarine water fountains for kids to play in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Park

Bremerton Naval Shipyard Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive on 104 to Poulsbo

Drive on 104 to Poulsbo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of downtown  Poulsbo from balcany pub

View of downtown Poulsbo from balcony pub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poulsbo City Artwork

Poulsbo City Artwork

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poulsbo Marina

Poulsbo Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberries along the Poulsbo Marina Boardwalk

Blackberries along the Poulsbo Marina Boardwalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 Tulalip Casino parking space

Dry-docking at Tulalip Casino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

747s for every coutrry, can be assembled in 5 days

747s for every coutrry, can be assembled in 5 days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Size counts, One of two engines

Size counts, One of two engines

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

747 Sales Lot

747 Sales Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deception Pass on Whidby Island

Deception Pass on Whidbey Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23 Ferry  to Mukilteo

Ferry to Mukilteo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the ferry heading to Mukilteo

On the ferry heading to Mukilteo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25 Mukilteo Light House

Mukilteo Light House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mukilteo Beach

Mukilteo Beach (good fishing I’m told)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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North Olympic Peninsula

Sunday, August 9th

We headed out about 11:00 AM for Diamond Point RV Park in Sequim, WA. We arrived about 1:00 PM and found that even though our reservation for full hook-up and 50 AMPS had been confirmed, our site had no sewer hook-up and was limited to 30 AMPS. The 30 Amps is not a problem as we seldom run both A/Cs at the same time but the sewer would mean we would have to disconnect and dump midweek which is annoying, as no matter if you are moving the RV 30 yards or 300 miles, everything has to be put away and secured. We will deal with it as otherwise, the park is comfortable and our Coast to Coast rate is only $10 per night. Of course if we want cable TV and Wi-Fi that is more but with as little as we watch TV, the satellite is fine and we can use our hot spot if we need to for little stuff and head to Starbucks for the big stuff.

We took a short ride to check out the area and fixed some leftovers for dinner. We were pleasantly surprised as the evening drew near with the number of deer that strolled around the park, in addition to the cute black rabbits. We decided we would check out Hurricane Ridge on Monday as the views of the Olympic Mountain range from there is supposed to be spectacular.

Monday, August 10

We headed up to Hurricane Ridge, it was only a couple of hour drive and the views were spectacular. The pictures pretty much say it all. We spent the day walking around and taking pictures before heading back to the campground. We settled in for the evening and I began working on the blog updates. Tomorrow we plan to spend the afternoon at Starbucks so that we can get some of the blogs posted.

Tuesday, we ran a few errands and then headed to Starbucks where we spent the remainder of the afternoon. We were able to get several postings uploaded, as you will have read by now and then headed back to the RV. Our plan was to head over to Victoria on the ferry tomorrow, however the weather predictions are not great so we will save that for Thursday. We will have to come up with another plan for Wednesday.

Wednesday, there are a number of small towns and various sites to visit located west of Port Angeles so we headed in that direction. The first stop was a small town called Joyce. Their claim to fame is a small General Store that carries a large variety of very unusual items and a lot of 5 and dime things. It was fun just walking through the store and looking at the silly objects they were selling. As an example they were selling little bags of donut seeds, this was a little bag of cheerios. A snapping alligator head, small plastic flamingos (and no I did not buy any), old fashion jacks, dominoes and strange kitchen utensils that I had no idea why anyone would need them. However, it was interesting. The second claim to fame is they are the Blackberry capital, so there is a little cafe there called what else, The Blackberry Cafe, and their claim to fame is all things made with blackberries. So we stopped in and had a slice of blackberry pie and blackberry crisp, which both were very good.

Our next stop was going to be a couple of waterfalls, however after reading about and seeing the low water levels resulting from the low snow falls this past winter, we decided the fall probably wasn’t going to be very big this late in the summer so we chose to head back to Port Angeles.

We decided to take the underground tour of Port Angeles and it was quite interesting. There are many similarities with the Seattle underground, however on a smaller scale. But in addition to the underground, the tour also included several old buildings that were built in the early 1900’s and some of them the owners have kept a lot of the original hardware and other things making them very interesting as well. The tour did not end until 4:30, so after that we stopped by a little place that had been recommended to us to purchase some dungeness crabs. So we picked up our crabs, headed home and made a salad and enjoyed our dinner.

The deer had returned to the park so we took a couple of more pictures.

Thursday – Victoria, B.C.

We were up early (6:00 AM) to catch the 8:30 ferry from Port Angeles over to Victoria. The ferry ride over was nice, it was a foggy morning so we didn’t get the sunrise pictures I was hoping for but still pretty. Upon arrival and getting through customs, it was a beautiful day, clear and the temperature was in the mid-70’s.

The tickets for the ferry round trip were only $36 each, and I had purchased a hop-on, hop-off tour bus tickets on Groupon for $15 each and it was a full day of entertainment, good food at reasonable prices, lots of interesting things to see and do, a lot of it free. I’m afraid Disney could not come close to this in addition to the beautiful weather.

The first thing to greet me was a bee. I felt something on my neck and went to brush it off and was stung on the finger by the little sucker. It had been a long time since I had a bee sting and it hurt like a son-of-a-gun but I only cried a little bit.

We started with the tour bus, it is a 90 minute trip, so we did the complete tour first and than decided which stops we were interested in. It was lunch time so we decided before we stared our walking tour we should have some lunch. I wanted to try some Canadian classic poutine that Joan (my daughter-in-law) had told me about. After checking with the locals, the Eat Machine food truck was recommended. We walked down to the wharf area where the food trucks were located and placed our orders. OK, I am hooked but I will tell you, I am glad this is not readily available to me. It is a pile of french fries (theirs were home made and spicy) covered with cheese curds (they used a healthy serving) and than covered in a rich brown gravy, very flavorful. I ate the whole thing and it was really good.

I would have preferred a nap at this point but decided it would be better if we took off for a walk. We hopped off the tour bus in Chinatown and than continued our walk on through several other areas. There are a large number of beautiful old buildings, our bus tour did a very good job of providing a lot of the history of each of the buildings so now we were able to just enjoy the architecture and get some pictures. There are small parks and beautiful gardens everywhere. The most elaborate is the Victoria Conservatory of Music but we also really enjoyed the St. Andrews Cathedral with it’s beautiful stained glass windows. After walking a couple of hours, we decided it was time for refreshments so hopped back on the tour bus, went back to the downtown area and found a place with outside seating so we could have a glass (OK 2) of wine and enjoy the weather and watch the people. We than decided to walk through some of the shops which were crowded and full of touristy trinkets or clothing that neither of us needed. We walked around the wharf as by now it was full of street artists and checked out their goods, still, nothing we couldn’t live without.

While having lunch earlier, we shared a table with a local and she proceeded to tell us about how good the “beaver tails” are, which is what she was eating, and also she only gets it from the Eat Machine as theirs is the best. It is actually what we know as Elephant Ears or fried bread. However, just to be sure they really are the same thing, we decided that since we were right there on the wharf again, we may as well have one so we could do as the locals do. It was very good fried bread, like eating a big donut.

Afterwards, we were getting pretty tired at this point (who gets up at 6 am on purpose?), so we took our e-books, found a comfortable bench in a park close to the ferry terminal, horse carriage rides and sat down to read and watch the people. It wasn’t long before it was time to head to the ferry and back across to Port Angeles.

It is amazing to see these huge semi trucks (53 foot trailers), one was even a piggy back, drive on board this ferry. We couldn’t see the garage underneath and we couldn’t imagine how they maneuvered those big trucks and 40+ foot RVs around.

Anyway the trip back was uneventful, it was really cold outside on the water but the sunset was really pretty with the fog rolling in. I took lots of pictures but will only post a few. It was another good day.

Friday we had plans to go to Port Townsend and Bremerton, however it was raining when we got up and there were flood warnings for both locations so we decided it was a good day to hang around the RV and take care of a few housekeeping tasks. One of which was to defrost and clean the refrigerator since our food level was currently low, the timing was good.

Tomorrow we will head to Port Townsend and Bremerton. I’m also hoping to stop by one of the Lavender Farms and pick up a bunch of fresh lavender.

Saturday we got a late start and headed to Port Townsend. It was a really nice drive, very scenic. I still needed to update my PC with Windows 10 as well as a major update on my phone so we stopped at a Starbucks to use their wi-fi. Unfortunately, it was in a grocery store, Safeway, so the connection was very slow and after 2 hours we gave up and headed for the local public library. It was much better but it was still 2 more hours later before the update was completed. It was getting pretty late in the afternoon so we strolled around town a little, there was a little parade and farmers market going on but we had to head out in order to get to Bremerton by 5:00 PM. April and Troy, Steve’s nephew and his wife, had invited us for dinner. Troy is in the Coast Guard and is stationed in Bremerton so we looked forward to spending some time with the family. Kenny was visiting Troy and helping out while Troy recouped from some knee surgery, so we got to visit with him as well.

The dinner was great and it was very good company. The two kids, Olivia and Nathan, are about the best behaved kids I have been around in a long time, not to mention as cute as a button, both of them. We mentioned we were undecided about where we were going next as there were still several things on the Peninsula we had not yet seen. We really did not get a chance to see much of Port Townsend and there is a lot there to see. They were kind enough to offer us the use of their neighbor’s driveway (she is a good friend and out of town) for a few days. This is great as we just need a couple of more days to see what we want to see before heading a little further north.

Sunday morning we packed up and headed to Bremerton. We got all parked, hooked up to water and electric so we are set. Tomorrow we will head back to Port Townsend.

Diamon Point RV Park

Diamond Point RV Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer in the Diamond Point RV park

Deer in the Diamond Point RV park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rabbit in the Diamond Point RV park

Rabbit in the Diamond Point RV park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sequim Bay

Sequim Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Road up to Hurricane Ridge

Road up to Hurricane Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Hurricane Ridge - Olympia Mountain Range

Hurricane Ridge – Olympia Mountain Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Hurricane Ridge - Olympia Mountain Range

Hurricane Ridge – Olympia Mountain Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Hurricane Ridge - Olympia Mountain Range

Hurricane Ridge – Olympia Mountain Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Ridge - Olympia Mountain Range

Hurricane Ridge – Olympia Mountain Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and Margie on Hurricane Ridge

Steve and Margie on Hurricane Ridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 View of Olympic Mountains from Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge – Olympia Mountain Range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Diamond Point RV deers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Townsend - Annual Fair

Port Townsend – Annual Fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunrise at Port Angelas

Sunrise at Port Angelas

 

 

 

 

 

13 Coast Guard Station at Port Angelas

Coast Guard Station at Port Angeles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Angelas, WA from the ferry

Port Angelas, WA from the ferry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving in Victoria

Arriving in Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria

Victoria B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 Beautiful Gardens on every corner

Beautiful Gardens on every corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swans Pub, converted 1913 warehouse

Swans Pub, converted 1913 warehouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poutine - French Fries, Cheese Curds and Brown Gravy

Poutine – French Fries, Cheese Curds and Brown Gravy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinatown

Chinatown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinatown - Fan Tan Ally

Chinatown – Fan Tan Ally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oak Bay Marina

Oak Bay Marina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Victoria Conservatory of Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Conservatory of Music

Victoria Conservatory of Music

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ Church Cathederal

Christ Church Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ Church Cathederal

Christ Church Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darth Vader plays the violin

Darth Vader plays the violin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Garden Statue in Victoria

Garden Statue in Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27 Owl watches over the garden

Owl watches over the garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port of Victoria

Port of Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving Port of Victoria

Leaving Port of Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset in Victoria

Sunset in Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset in Victoria

Sunset in Victoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Olivia and Nathan Shrum, watching TV in the RV

Olivia and Nathan Shrum, watching TV in the RV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seattle WA

August 7

Up early and out the door and heading for Seattle. It should only be bout 1 ½ hr drive but traffic into Seattle is horrendous, we expect it to take longer.

We made good time until we actually got to Seattle and things came to a stop, than we circled the area several times looking for a parking place, finally found one for $20 a day which was great compared to the $6 per half hour and it was fairly close to the the market.

The market was everything I remembered and more. Pictures are great but the crowd and the noise add so much flavor that can’t be included so just trust me, it is cool!

We started down the seafood side of the market first, it is huge. It took a couple of hours to go down one side, we than decided it was time for lunch so we found a small little place that served great scones and cappuccino as well as a nice shady place to sit outside and watch people.

We then walked down the other side which is the fruit vegetables and my favorite, the flowers. I took about 20 pictures of the flowers but so as not to bore you, I only included 3. Of course I have a beautiful arrangement sitting in the RV. There is always room for flowers.

We stopped for another rest and a cold brew before heading to the Columbia Tower. It was only about 9 blocks away; however, I did not know they were going to be all uphill. I was beginning to think we were in San Francisco, I did not recall all those steep hills in Seattle. Probably because when I was here before we rode around and did not walk. We had read that they had a 380 degree observation room on the 73rd floor so we wanted to get some good pictures of the area and the day was fairly clear. It was great as you will see from a few of the pictures we have included. We had just been up on Mt. Rainier but this view is even better than being on the mountain itself.

After that we proceeded to Pioneer Square and signed up for the underground tour. I had no idea that Seattle had an underground city. I’ve tried to include a little of the history but if you ever go to Seattle, you will want to read up on the history and take this tour, it was very interesting and amazing that so much of it is still there since the late 1800’s.

After that we proceeded to head back to the market and to the Original Starbucks where I stood in line for an hour to get my daughter her special “Original Starbucks Mug”. We then made it back to the car where we headed back to the campground. It was a long day but we had a lot of fun and got more than a little exercise.

Saturday

We had a slow leak in one of the tire valves so Steve took the RV into Les Schwab (the Northwest’s favorite tire company, there are more of them than drugstores). I proceeded to visit the casino where I won about $30. I guess I failed to mention that we have been going to the casino daily while we were here. We did OK, we played pretty much every day and came out about $30 ahead overall so we had a good time and we made enough to enjoy their breakfast buffet before leaving.

Tomorrow we head to Diamond Point in Sequim, WA, where we will spend a week.

Driving into Portland

Driving into Portland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know you have arrived in Seattle

You know you have arrived in Seattle (Starbucks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arriving at the Market

Arriving at the Market

 

 

 

 

 

Shrimp, Crab and Lobster, what more could you want?

Shrimp, Crab and Lobster, what more could you want?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch at the Market

Lunch at the Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fruit Galore

Produce Galore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I want them all!

I want them all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1 a stem or 12 for $10.

$1 a stem or Twelve for $10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1 a stem or 12 for $10.

$1 a stem or 12 for $10.

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Rainier from Columbia Tower in Seattle

Mt. Rainier from Columbia Tower in Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Rainier from Columbia Tower in Seattle

Mt. Rainier from Columbia Tower in Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Puget Sound from Columbia Observation Tower

Puget Sound from Columbia Observation Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle from Columbia Observation Tower

Seattle from Columbia Observation Tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pioneer Square

Pioneer Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Underground Seattle

Underground Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle before the fire

Seattle before the fire (June 1889)

After the fire

After the fire (July 1889)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original bathroom from the 1800's

Original bathroom from the 1800’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skylights looking from underground to street

Skylights looking from underground to street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the skylights looking from street level down to underground

This is the (same) skylights looking from street level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Starbucks

Original Starbucks Store (logo’s)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Pig in the Original Starbucks

Coffee Pig in the Original Starbucks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle Pig

Seattle Pig (street art)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little Creek Casino RV Park to Shelton, Washington

Sunday, August 2

We checked into the new RV park which is really pretty nice. The amenties are very nice, include indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub and the bathroom and shower facilities are hotel quality, so very nice. The laundry facility is also not only clean and nice but also the cheapest we have found.

After checking in, we took care of our laundry which had accumulated, drove around the area a little bit to see what was around and then headed back to the RV for dinner. Of course we wandered over to the casino and we both came out ahead by about $20 each so we had fun and made a couple of dollars.

Monday and Tuesday we hung out around the RV, didn’t do much, took a ride into Shelton and checked out the local stores. We decided to go up to Mt. Ranier on Wednesday, so we packed a picnic lunch and set out for the day. Rain was predicted but we decided to go anyway as the one thing that we have discovered about the mountains and the ocean, no matter the weather, it is always beautiful and the differences in the weather acutually change the scenery and you see something different each time.

As it turned out, the day was beautiful and it was a fun day and we will bore you with some of the great pictures we took.

Elbe Luthern Church 1906

Elbe Luthern Church, est. 1906

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margie & Steve, Mt. Rainier

Margie & Steve, Mt. Rainier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Mt. Rainier

Mt Rainier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alder Dam, Mt. Rainier

Alder Dam, Mt. Rainier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh Mountain Water (blue/green joins the low river that carries the sediment

Fresh Mountain Water (blue/green joins the low river that carries the sediment)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Rainier with cloud cap

Mt. Rainier with cloud cap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Rainier and wild flowers

Mt. Rainier and wild flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain Stream

Mountain Stream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nisqually River, low snow fall reduced flow

Nisqually River, low snow fall reduced flow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whats left of the Nisqually Glacier, it reached the bridge in 1912.

Whats left of the Nisqually Glacier, it reached the bridge in 1912.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt. Rainier, only a small amount of snow and small glaciers

Mt. Rainier, only a small amount of snow and small glaciers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View down from Mt. Rainier

View down from Mt. Rainier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Back to Portland, Oregon (from Elma)

Friday, July 31 to Portland, Oregon

We headed to Portland on Friday morning and our first stop was to find the glass artist (George Glashaus) that I have been buying from, online, for the last couple of years. As it turned out, his studio is part of one of the McMenamin’s properties, this one is McMenamin Edgefield. You may recall that we have gone to McMenamin Old St. Francis School in Bend. This company owns about 53 historical properties that they have purchased and converted to a local brewery, winery, pub, hotels, golf courses, theaters and music venues. Each location may have 5 or 6 of the things listed or all of the above plus more. The one in Edgefield has a huge amphitheater, vineyards, vegetable gardens in addition to multiple pubs and restaurants, distillery, glass blowing and on and on.

After stopping in The Gorge Glashaus and talking to Peter Neff who we have purchased the olive oil cruets from on several occasions, we purchased a piece to add to our collection and than wondered around the facilities. It is quite large and they have a lot of variety, from their own brewery, winery, glass blowing, park, gardens and on and on.

We then headed over to our hotel which was quite a trip as we got into a lot of the downtown Portland traffic that we had been trying to avoid; however, we made it to our hotel and it was very nice. It was located in a business park but the good news is it is close to a train stop that we will use to take the train into Portland on Saturday.

After checking into the hotel, we went looking for a restaurant for dinner. We found a local brewery that was recommended and had a great dinner and a couple of local beers. We’re getting into these local beers as it is a really big thing in this part of the country.

After dinner we returned back to the hotel and took advantage of the big hot shower with lots of water pressure and called it a night.

Saturday morning we headed to a nearby MAX station and paid our $2.00 for senior tickets to ride the train into Portland. It dropped us off right at the Saturday Market (which we now know is a Saturday and Sunday Market); however, it was a hot day but the morning was still cool so we took advantage and walked through each section of the market. Each time we go it is bigger and bigger so we spent about 3 hours walking through. We stopped in Peter’s glass booth and I purchased another piece. We also stopped in another glass booth as I recognized the design of one of the pieces as something I had purchased in Florida. As it turned out it was the same artist, he had sold throughout the east including Florida and so I purchased another small piece from him as well. The only other purchase was a huge bouquet of fresh lavender, $5.00 for the bunch. The RV smells really good. We walked over to old town China Town and it wasn’t much there and was rather depressing, it was also getting awfully hot so we headed for the train stop.

We got back to the car and headed back to Elma. Monday morning we are heading to Shelton, WA. To Little Creek Casino RV Park.

McMenamins Edgefield

McMenamin Edgefield

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apples, almost ready

Apples, almost ready

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 McMenamins Gardens

McMenamin Gardens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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McMinamin Garden cont.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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McMinamin Brewery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McMenamins Handcrafted Pottery

McMenamin Handcrafted Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead guitarist, Sculpture by Joe Catter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Saturday Market

Portland Saturday-Sunday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10 Bouquets

$10 Bouquets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Line for Voodoo Donuts

Line for Voodoo Donuts (front of line near tree in background)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portland Old China Town

Portland Old China Town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Elma, Washington

July 24 – July 26

We finally left our Walmart Camping site and headed to Elma where we have reservations for a full week. As Elma is only 30 minutes away from Aberdeen, I drove the Jeep over and Steve the RV.

The campground is very nice, small, and probably only about 50 sites but very well maintained. The sites are graveled but level and spacious. Not all sites have trees but each site has plants and flowers around it so it feels more like a park. With our Coast to Coast membership, the sites are about $18 per night with full hook-ups. I thought this was a little interesting, showers are a quarter for 3 minutes; however, you can with up to 9 quarters for 20+ minutes. I guess that is a good way to conserve water. They are very clean and spacious and conveniently located.

I still prefer the convenience of the shower in the RV but Steve likes to use the park showers as they are a lot larger, more water pressure, and assurance of hot water for the entire event.

The folks we have met are very nice and are interested in getting together in the evenings so we look forward to that. They also advised us of a city wide garage sale going on the whole weekend so that sounded good to me.

Saturday, July 25

We didn’t get out to the garage sales until around 10 AM. I’m afraid that Elma is a tired little town and the garage sales reflected that. After an hour or so, we decided that maybe this wasn’t “fun”. In fact, it was rather depressing, so we decided to stop. We went into the downtown area and there were several “variety” stores. We decided to check them out, they were more like those liquidation stores, so we decided to head back to the RV park as it was the most cheerful place we had seen.

We did make one other stop on the way back, we wanted to take a closer look at the abandoned, unfinished, Satsop Nuclear Power Plant that can be seen for miles when approaching Elma. The cooling towers are 46 stories high and their only function now is that they are used as landmarks for trans-continental flights. They were never activated and they were $960 million over budget when the project shut down. I believe they may have needed a better project manager.

We looked to see what else was in town and found that the closest Starbucks was in Aberdeen, and the closest Walmart was our old campsite in Aberdeen. In other words, there is nothing here in Elma.

We’re about 30 miles from Olympia, so we will take a drive over there on Monday and see what is there. The weather turned nasty, cool not really cold but drizzling rain and dreary so we will hang out at the RV for the weekend and start exploring the surrounding areas next week.

It gave us time to catch up on the laundry, we cooked the rest of our halibut for dinner, and turned on the TV. Other than watching the news for a little bit in the am, there is really nothing on TV but since we have both cable and satellite, we have it on. This is our trial month for satellite and based upon what I have seen so far, it is not worth the $35.00 per month. Fortunately it is a pay as you go and we can turn it off after the one month and only turn it back on if and when we want it.

Monday, Jul 27

We took a drive into Olympia and scoped out what was there. They pretty much have all of the usual stores at the malls, several Starbucks and in the distance a nice view of Mt. Rainier, but we have really gotten hooked on a lot of the beautiful scenery, as well as the cooler temperatures around the water so the town itself was a bit of a let down. We checked out the marina and a few other recommended spots of interest and then headed back to Elma. We hung around the park a lot this week, we played cards with our neighbors a couple of nights, which was fun, but decided that on Friday we would drive to Portland since we did not make it while we were in Oregon.

We were able to extend our stay in Elma so we would have a safe place to leave the RV as the traffic into and around Portland is awful, so we found a hotel that was close to their local train system, MAX, so we could take the train into town.

Not much else to report on Elma or Olympia. And to top things off, I accidently deleted the few pictures we did take so we are included a couple of photos of Satsop as the photos are pretty close to the ones we took.

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Satsop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for the RV Protector story: When connecting/dis-connecting the “Tow”, our towed Jeep, I normally re-cover the tow bar (Blue Ox manufacturer). This time, I forgot to recover, and went so far as to leave the cover on the rear bumper (cover on the left side as you look at the picture). I then drove to Elma and, lo and behold, the cover stayed on the rear of the RV. After some of the dumb things we have done, this one didn’t bite us.

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Aberdeen – Washington

Tuesday, July 21

We got up early this morning and headed to Aberdeen to get the tire fixed. It only took about 2 ½ hours to get there and the way over was pretty interesting because again, we followed 101 which came up the coast line but this time it was along inlets and with the low tide, it was totally different from what we had been seeing.

We were in oyster country as all along the way there were commercial oyster businesses and there were mountains of oyster shells. There was no doubt that we were stopping to get oysters and we were having oyster stew for dinner. We found a place we could stop and bought a quart of “small” raw oysters and a few smoked oysters.

We had no idea how long it would take to fix the tire so Steve stayed with the RV while they worked on it and I headed over to the Wal-mart to check out the overnight situation. It turned out there were several RVs there already so we knew it would not be a problem.

The tire was fixed pretty quickly, it turned out that it was only a nail, so that was a quick and relatively inexpensive fix. Steve joined me at Wal-mart and we parked the RV and headed in to get the ingredients for the oyster stew.

There was a Subway shop in Wal-mart so we checked out the Wi-Fi situation. They do have Wi-Fi but no power outlets but they told us there was a Starbucks across the street. So we planned to hit Starbucks in the morning to get the blogs caught up and some other on-line business taken care of.

We had a great parking spot, behind the Wal-mart, out of the way and we are parked along side the river which has a nice boardwalk that goes along the waterfront. The view is nice and it provided a good path to walk on after dinner.

It was still early in the day and I had read about a small town called Tokeland. We decided to take a drive and check it out. It turned out there was really nothing there but again, it is an oyster town so we stopped in and purchased some more seafood. They had smoked salmon spread and teryaki salmon so we added to our seafood collection. We also stopped at a couple of wineries and one winery/brewery as they did both, made their own beer and wines and tasted some of each.

Something else we learned is that this area of Washington is a major grower of cranberries. I thought they all came for the northeast, little did I know. I did try some cranberry wine and that was a waste of good cranberries, but we decided we would locate some of the cranberry bogs and check them out.

The one place was a restaurant but since we were having the oyster stew, we passed, however in their dessert case was the best looking coconut cream pie I had seen in a long time. I filed that for future reference. And, Steve, had a Cinnamon roll that was a good 8″ in diameter; took most back to RV.

We headed back to our Walmart camp. It was about 5 PM and I was preparing our dinner when a train went by, right next to us, less than 30 yards distance. We saw the train trusses but it looked old and we assumed no longer in use. WRONG, and they blew that whistle a dozen times within a few minutes.

I used my dad’s recipe for the oyster soup, which was chopped onions, butter, oysters and milk. (I used half and half)

We could not believe the size of the oysters, they were huge, even tho they called them small! The stew was great! We’re thinking they gave us the large by mistake, but it was good anyway.

We ate well and have a nice bowl left over that I will use to do a seafood chowder tomorrow.

We went for a walk before calling it a day and it was about 8 PM and here comes another train. This is going to be an interesting night if this is going to happen throughout the night. We closed up the RV as it was getting pretty chilly at this point, got out our books and settled in. We did not run the generator so we had lights and water but no other power.

No more trains tonight.

Wednesday, July 22

We got up early and headed over to Starbucks for coffee and the use of their Wi-Fi. We found good seats with a power outlet and we literally spent the entire day there. I did get almost completely caught up with the blog, in fact, this update will make us current. We also made some additional travel decisions and arrangements.

We changed our minds about going up into Canada on this trip. We also love the Northwest area and are in no hurry to rush back to the South with the high temperatures still going on. Since we have discovered the Coast to Coast campgrounds in the area, the rates are very reasonable as well as the casino campgrounds and the option to dry doc at a variety of places. We are also discovering how much of our own country that we have never seen, we want to stick to the ol’ USA this trip.

We found a campsite in Elma, WA, however we could not get in until Friday, the 24th. That meant we needed someplace to stay for 3 nights. There has been no indication from Walmart that they have a problem with how long we stay but we needed a back-up plan just in case. We checked with a casino a few miles down the road and they had no problem with us staying a couple of nights. As it turned out, we decided to stay at Walmart all 3 nights if there was not a problem as the location is good and convenient and we would only go to the casino if we had to.

We plan to stay in Elma until the 31st and then we have another reservation at a Casino RV resort close to Tacoma for a week starting on 8/2. That means we have 2 nights that we will need to dry dock somewhere but it does not appear to be much of a problem in this part of the country. We will wait and see how the next couple of weeks go before we make a decision about when we start heading east.

It was almost 6 pm when we left Starbucks, we had been there since about 9:30 AM. We had not eaten all day, way too much coffee, so we looked for a pizza restaurant. We located one that was very good and had pizza for dinner and headed home.

We decided to run the generator for a few hours so that we could watch some TV. We finally got to check out the new satellite receiver, it worked great, there just wasn’t anything worth watching so we turned it off and read until we were ready to go to sleep.

Since we worked on the blogs and reservations pretty much the entire day, we knew there were several places we wanted to visit and check out on Thursday.

Only the 5 PM and 8 PM trains tonight.

Thursday, July 23

We got up and took showers which felt great after doing sponge baths for 2 days. We then headed out to see what adventures we could get into. We headed first over to Ocean City and Ocean Shores. Not much there but it is a huge wide open beach and with low tide, you can drive along the beach for several miles. In fact, it went on for so far we were starting to wonder if there was a road back off the beach without turning around; however, thanks to Google earth, we could see a road ahead and found our way back. We decided we really wanted some raw oysters for lunch. We proceeded to head back towards Tokeland again and find someplace we could get oysters on the half shell. Well, that just is not the way it is done in this part of the country. There are raw oysters in restaurants but they are sold as shooters. Basically an oyster in a small shot glass with some cocktail sauce on them. Otherwise, there are seafood markets that you can buy the fresh oysters by pint or quart.

We purchased a pint of “small” again, a container of cocktail sauce and a box of crackers and did our own thing on an old battered picnic table behind the market. Again, the oysters were huge, but I doubled checked the container and it said they were “small”. I’m going to have to buy some large just so I can see what a large looks like. We finished off the pint and continued our journey.

We than began our search for the cranberry bogs, I wanted to see what they looked like. Steve wanted to go back to the restaurant where we spotted the good desserts and check them out, so we also decided that while we were in the area, we should also check out the casino that we almost parked at.

We found the casino first, very small, mostly penny slots. Steve came out ahead by $16.00, I came out ahead by $20.00 so we thought we did pretty good and decided to spend it on our desserts. We kept looking for the bogs but just not finding them.

We had passed a small cranberry museum so we decided to stop. It was really very interesting because the only thing we knew about cranberry harvesting was on the Ocean Spray commercial on TV. As it turns out, Ocean Spray has one of their plans right here. We now know that most cranberries are dry harvested and not wet as the wet process damages the berries so they are used primarily for juice and sauce. The dry harvesting they use machines, but a lot of manual labor is still part of the process kind of like big lawnmowers and walk down the rows and they have machines that separate the vines from the berry. Anyway, it was a lot of interesting information and we were told where to find the bogs, and boy are there a lot of them around here.

After viewing the bogs and taking a few pictures, we headed for the restaurant and I had the coconut custard pie which was every bit as good as it looked and Steve had a cinnamon bun the size of a dinner plate with coffee, so needless to say, no seafood chowder tonight but we have to have it tomorrow night but that will work out as we will be in the campground and I can cook it outside.

We made one more quick stop at the Kurt Cobain Riverfront Park where there is a statue of Kurt Cobain’s guitar. The park is about only about 30′ x 30′, we drove by it twice before spotting the guitar as that is the only thing in the park. I got my picture and we headed back to the RV.

The nights are pretty cool so we closed up the RV, Steve got out his book and I decided to document our adventures for today while they are still fresh. I will work on the pictures tomorrow so hopefully we will be able to get everything loaded and up to date.

It is about 10:30 and the 4th train of the evening just passed. Hopefully that will be the last for the evening.

View from Wal-Mart Parking Lot Aberdeen

View from Wal-Mart Parking Lot Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park adjacent to Walmart Parking lot

Park adjacent to Walmart Parking lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Train Trestle in Aberdeen

Train Trestle in Aberdeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 We missed the train track

We missed the train track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oyster Stew for Dinner

Oyster Stew for Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ocean Shores, Wa. Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Driving on beach at Ocean City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grays Harbor Lighthouse

Grays Harbor Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Grays Harbor Lighthouse - Looking down 135 steps

Grays Harbor Lighthouse – Looking down 135 steps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Grays Harbor Lighthouse Lamp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grays Harbor Lighthouse Lamp catching the light

Grays Harbor Lighthouse Lamp catching the light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from the Grays Harbor Lighthouse

View from the Grays Harbor Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Only the finest restaurants

Only the finest restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small oyster?

Small oyster?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer tasting

Beer tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Museum in Tokeland

Cranberry Museum, family run, in Tokeland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranberry Bog

Cranberry Bog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wind Turbines in Tokeland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Cream Pie in Tokeland

Coconut Cream Pie in Tokeland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flowers at the winery/restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kurt Cobain Guitar Statue

Kurt Cobain Guitar Statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Astoria

Sunday, July 19

Again, we slept in and got a late start but we stopped by Long Beach to check out some of the sand art from the Sandsations Festival. We then headed over to Astoria for the Sunday Market. It was large but nothing in comparison to the Portland Saturday market. But it was a nice day and a fun way to spend the day.  I purchased a bunch of fresh lavender and Steve found some bakery items for desert tonight.

After a few hours at the market, we went to the Flavel House Museum which is an old Victorian home that was owned by Capt. George Flavel who was the first bar pilot for the Columbia river. The house was interesting and the view very nice. Many of the furnishings are original and they provided prices for many of the items in the house which was interesting to hear the price of items from the 1800’s.

We than returned back to Long Beach where we stopped at Port Ilwaco for some halibut sandwiches and than returned back to camp. We decided we would wait and check out the lighthouses on Monday hoping it would be a clearer day. The evening was very overcast so no sunset tonight.

Lots of pretty pictures for the day.

Monday, July 20

Long Beach Lighthouses

We first went in search of the Cape Disappointment lighthouse. We stopped and took some pictures from various spots within Cape Disappointment State Park before parking and taking the ½ mile hike to the Lighthouse. That was ½ mile hike up and downhill by the way through a jungle I might add.

Once we arrived we took some really nice pictures but the lighthouse was not open to go up so we just rested a bit before hiking back down the trail. We did run into a really cute 3 year old and her pregnant mother who walked all the way down with us and stopped several times to wait on us, go figure.

But we made it down and headed to the next North Head Lighthouse. This lighthouse was a short walk and we were able to go inside the lighthouse and walk up the stairs. This lighthouse is in very poor condition on the outside, they are just beginning the restoration process.

After the lighthouses we returned to the little town of Long Beach and walked through the town. Pretty beachy and touristy, not much different that the beach towns on the east coast so we returned back to the RV to begin preparing to leave tomorrow for Aberdeen.

We’ve had a slow leak in one of the tires for over a week and it appears to be getting worse so we will take it in to get checked out and the closest place is Aberdeen. It is less than 2 hours away but in a new direction so hopefully it will be interesting.

Sandsations Weekend in Long Beach

Sandsations Weekend in Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Sunday Mkt  Round Squash

Sunday Market Round Squash

 

 

 

 

 

Astoria Flavel House & Museum

Astoria Flavel House & Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from window of Flavel House

View from window of Flavel House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Beach at Cape Disappointment

Long Beach at Cape Disappointment

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis & Clark Trail

Lewis & Clark Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail to Cape Disappointment Light House

Trail to Cape Disappointment Light House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Coast Guard Station off of Cape Disappointment

U.S. Coast Guard Station off of Cape Disappointment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Disappointment Light House

Cape Disappointment Light House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Head Lighthouse built in 1898

North Head Lighthouse built in 1898

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from North Head Lighthouse

View from North Head Lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restoration needed

Restoration needed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Head Lighthouse - 5 mile range

Long Head Lighthouse – 5 mile range

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Head Lighthouse Stairs

Long Head Lighthouse Stairs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Carving of Dungeness Crabs in Long Beach

Wood Carving of Dungeness Crabs in Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis and Clark Statue in Long Beach Town Center

Lewis and Clark Statue in Long Beach Town Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Washington: Long Beach Peninsula and Astoria

Saturday, July 18

We slept in a bit so didn’t head out until about 11:00 AM. We drove through the the little town of Long Beach and noted a few places we would like to check out later but had decided we would first go to the farmers market in Ilwaco and then go back over the bridge to Astoria. The farmers market (Ilwaco) was down in the port so it was very scenic. There were a few vegetables I had never seen before like, round zucchini and squash and white and red potatoes the size of grape tomatoes. Unfortunately our pantry is full and we have plans to eat some of the local fare so we don’t need much. We did get some Rainier cherries and peaches but that was about it.

We than headed to Astoria. We parked and walked around a bit looking at some of the historical buildings. There is a lot of history and a lot to look at. It was an unusually warm day for Astoria s the temperature was in the high 80’s so we when we discovered the Ft. George Brewery and Public House. The building back in the 20’s and was an automotive service station. We had a cold beer and shared a hummus platter as we wanted to leave room for other treats if we discovered them. We continued our walk and decided to drive over to the water. Just as we parked, we discovered a trolley that we could ride for $1 and it gave us a tour of the Astoria waterfront. It was, and still is, a major cannery business for tuna, salmon and crab and at one time, there were over 200 canneries along the waterfront. Many of the buildings are gone but there are several that are still standing and the old Bumble Bee (Starkist) cannery has been turned into a museum and part of it has become a mini-brewery. They also pointed out the two houses that were used in the movie “The Goonies”. I guess I’ll have to watch the movie now so I can spot the houses, they talk about it a lot so it was evidently a big deal here. We jumped off the trolley at the Cannery Pier and stopped in a restaurant and tried a couple of appetizers. I had the fried curd cheese which was quite good and Steve had the fried oysters which were not so good. We toured the old Bumble Bee cannery and it was pretty interesting to see all of the old equipment that they used. After that we were back on the trolley and decided to head back over the bridge.

Long Beach is a peninsula and since our campground was about ¾ of the way down, we decided to go ahead and drive to the end and checkout the couple of little towns that were north of us as well as the state park. We were hoping to get to the tip so we could take some pictures but found that the parking lot ended about 1 ½ miles from the tip and we were not up to the hike. We tried a short route hoping to get close enough for a few pictures but could only catch a glimpse of the water through the trees, the remainder of the path was straight downhill. We stopped briefly in Oysterville and would like to come back when they are open and try a few Pacific oysters.

We headed on back to the RV park and rested up a bit until it was time to head down to the beach to catch the sunset. It was very pretty and we got several good pictures.

By this time we were pretty exhausted so it was time to call it a night. Steve went on to bed and I sat up so I could get today’s events posted.

Tomorrow, we have another list of things to do, there are a couple of light houses to check out, the Astoria Sunday market which is supposed to be the biggest in Oregon, Starbucks to use Wi-Fi and whatever else we find along the way.

(SbS: While in the micro-brewery in Astoria ran into a young (in his 40’s) biker. Had his new Harley and was out getting a sunburn in the hot weather. Ask him if his wife was happy with his adventures, and answer was: My daughters left, taking their mother with them, so I am really happy out biking. Love meeting people on the RV road).

Ilawaco Saturday Market

Ilawaco Saturday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port Ilwaco

Port Ilwaco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Bridge back to Astoria

Bridge back to Astoria

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ilawaco Saturday Market

Ilawaco Saturday Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Ft. George Brewry

Ft. George Brewry

 

 

 

 

 

Ft. George Brewery

Ft. George Brewery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bridge from Astoria waterfron and pilings from old canneries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lost Seamen Memorial

Lost Seamen Memorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Astoria Fishery Cannery

Old Astoria Fishery Cannery

 

 

 

 

 

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Astoria Riverfront Trolley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crab canning plant from the 20's

Crab canning plant from the 20’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Bumble Bee Cannery Musuem

Old Bumble Bee Cannery Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oysterville, Wa.

Oysterville, Wa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point of Long Beach Peninsula

Point of Long Beach Peninsula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackberries not quite ready

Blackberries not quite ready

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Long Beach, Wa.

Sunset at Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunset at Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Long Beach

Sunset at Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arriving in Long Beach, Washington

Friday, July 17:  The drive from Bend to Long Beach took almost 6 hours because of traffic, it was mostly interstate so was not very interesting. The nicest part of the drive was on Hwy 22 in Oregon.

Near arrival, we passed through Astoria and knew we would be coming back to visit it in more detail. We had to drive over the Columbia river on the Astoria, Megler bridge to Washington. It is over 4 miles long and on the Astoria side, it is 400 feet above the water and is currently being worked on so it is currently down to one lane for part of the bridge so it took awhile to get across.

We arrived at the Pacific Holiday RV Resort about 6:30 PM. We used our Coast to Coast membership so our rate is about $14.00 per day and we plan to be here for 4 days. It includes 30 amp, water, sewer, cable but still no wi-fi. It is located right on the Pacific and is a well maintained park. All of the spaces are black topped and mostly level however some issues with tree roots, so not completely level. The spaces are very narrow and while they do have some pull through spots, ours is a back in so it was a bit of a challenge in getting it backed in just right. (SbS (Sidebar by Steve) – Getting used to backing in this 29′ RV, but did a good job this time with help from my navigator/parking attendant). There are trees on each side so we have plenty of shade but wanted to use the awning. Our patio awning hangs over top of our neighbors window awning but they don’t touch so all is well. Also, trying our new Dish satellite system discovered that that tree was a really good block for access to the satellite. Oh well, will try again later.

Our neighbors are very nice, they are from Canada and gave us a few ideas on some additional places to consider. Our original plan was to park in Long Beach and drive back over to Portland and spend a couple of days, staying overnight in a hotel. However, the traffic around Portland is so heavy, and it would probably be a 3 hour drive one way, we decided there was more than enough in the area were at to keep us busy so we will rethink if we want to try to make Portland again on this trip.

We took a walk around the park, it is quite full and what few spaces that are open, there is a line up of RV’s on the way in. There is one small section dedicated for tents, it looks like tent city, but otherwise, all other spaces are Rvs. We than took a walk down to the beach, it’s about 1/3 mi. walk to the beach but not too bad as we don’t have to walk over sand dunes, but still a good distance. The beach is very nice, sunset is not until about 9:00 PM and we were too tired to wait around to see it tonight so we will plan to do that tomorrow night. We did enjoy the sunset from the RV, the sky was very pretty.

Three Sisters - Sisters, Oregon

Three Sisters – Sisters, Oregon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading over the bridge into Washington

Heading over the bridge into Washington

 

 

 

 

 

Columbia River From top of Astoria-Megler Bridge.

Columbia River From top of Astoria-Megler Bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

Astoria from the Bridge

Astoria from the Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Long Bridge

Long Bridge

 

 

 

 

 

Pikachu arrives in Washington

Pikachu arrives in Washington

 

 

 

 

 

6 Campsite at Pacific Holiday RV Resorts

Campsite at Pacific Holiday RV Resorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long Beach

Sunset at Long Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sundance Meadows – Bend OR

July 14

We arrived at our campsite in Sundance Meadows. An interesting RV park, they accept Coast to Coast members but don’t seem too happy about it. (Coast to Coast is a deep discount membership). We arrived after they closed for the day but our reservation and access information was waiting on the bulletin board so we were able to get in the gate, find a site (based upon list of options provided) and get parked. The park is ok, could certainly use some updates but for $10.00 a day, it worked. They have a variety of amenties available; however C to C members were only allowed to use designated facilites which not always the most convenient to the site, but otherwise ok. We never spoke to any of the management while we were there, we just used it as a place to park while we visited the area.

As our car was still at Ralph’s and he isn’t coming over until Wednesday afternoon, we focused on working on cleaning the RV and performing some housekeeping duties we had let slide. On Wednesday, Ralph arrived and brought over the windshield covers that we had shipped to his house. We spend a couple of hours getting them installed, passed on an invitation to go back and listen to some music so that we could run a few errands.

Thursday we set out to do some sight seeing things that we did not get a chance to do last time. We went back to La Pine and to the Newberry Volcanic Monument Park. There we saw beautiful views of the mountains, visited the Paulina lakes that originally was one lake and divided into to when there was a volcano eruption and we walked up an obsidian flow (valcanic glass).

That evening Ralph and Joan picked us up and we went over to the Old Mill District shopping center and had a belated Birthday dinner for Ralph. We went back to the campground, said our goodbyes and prepared to head to the Long Beach Peninsula the next day.

View of Mt. Bachlor and the Three Sisters from Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

View of Mt. Bachlor and the Three Sisters from Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margie & Steve at Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

Margie & Steve at Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paulina Lake at Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paulina Peak at Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

Paulina Peak at Newberry Volcanic Monument Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obsidian, Solid glass with no bubbles, pumice is glass with bubbles

Obsidian, Solid glass with no bubbles, pumice is glass with bubbles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers at the Old Mill District

Flowers at the Old Mill District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bahura Marimba Band at Old Mill District

The Bahura Marimba Band at Old Mill District

 

 

 

 

 

Joan, Ralph, Margie, Steve

Joan, Ralph, Margie, Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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