SEATTLE PIKE’S PIER AND VANCOUVER, BC

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Astoria Column

Our last stop in Oregon was Astoria.  We traveled the winding, narrow Highway 101 up to Astoria and settled in for two nights.  The famous Cannon beach is just south of there, so we took a day trip to walk on the wide, sandy beaches after viewing Astoria Column and seeing downtown historic Astoria. The column is an artful summary of the trials and tribulations of settling the Pacific Coast. From the Chinook and Clatsop Indians to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, to the railroad connecting the land, the settling of the Oregon Coast is depicted in art on the column.

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One of many bridges we crossed.

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Cannon Beach

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Cannon Beach where there is a bird preserve.

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You may have to wait in line for 30 minutes to an hour to get these famous fish and chips.

Lennard had Albacore Tuna fish and chips from this landmark little ship.

Seattle is a vibrant, bustling city.  We spent two days there and got to go to the famous Pikes Pier on Memorial Day.  It was crowded, but so much fun people watching.  We did observe the “throwing of the fish”.  As in any city, there was a mixture of locals, tourists, and homeless.  Unfortunately, we did encounter a few addicts shooting up right on the sidewalk.  Nothing you, as a onlooker, can do about it.

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By chance, we had lunch at the Biscuit Bitch, which has been on the Travel channel.  They have marvelous, unique offerings like biscuit, maple syrup, bacon and eggs.  Or grits, gravy, eggs and sausage.  All healthy of course.

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Biscuit Bitch (The restaurant I mean, not Lennard!)

We made it into Canada without getting thrown in jail for having an extra bottle of wine on board. We were worried about the wine and we should have been worried about the space allowed to get through the border. We literally had inches on either side of the RV going through customs!  It was terrifying.  I’ve got my head out the side window and see the concrete barriers right next to us. Our RV park is in the woods of Tynehead near Jerry and Benita’s place. We will be spending five days here visiting Vancouver and our friends.

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Lennard taking a wrong turn at Pier 7

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Benita and Jerry took us on the sky Train and Ferry to North Vancouver.  It was a gorgeous day and we had lunch at Pier 7, taking advantage of Happy Hour of course. That night we had a BBQ at our “house”.  Steaks brought from Costco and Greek salad from Benita’s kitchen. Some nice wine, a few beers and great friends.  What more could you ask?

Moving up the OregonCoast

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After a wonderful visit with my brother and sister-in-law, we headed over to the 101 via the 20. Oops, a little winding and narrow and harrowing.  We managed to get up the coast to the Willits KOA campground where two men helped us back into the narrow site. Lennard made beer drinking friends and played “Corn Hole”. (Something like horseshoes only with beer)

On Sunday we drove through the Avenue of the Giants in the redwoods.  Absolutely stunning. The redwoods are sentinels of time, withstanding fire and tree plagues. They can live for thousands of years, grow to over 300 feet and can be as wide as 20 feet.  The famous drive thru tree is 17 feet wide.

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On Monday the plan was to stay in the Jedidiah Smith State Park.  What was I thinking?  We almost got stuck in the entrance. The road was so narrow I had to get out to make sure we didn’t hit anything leaving.  We found a lovely campground just down the road…The Hiouchi RV resort.  We spent the rest of the day hiking through the spectacular Stout Grove of magnificent redwoods.
On the way to the redwoods, we drove along the coast and stopped at the Mystery Trees Visitor Center and took their one mile hike through the redwoods.
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The next day we drove back  Klamath to go to the drive through tree.  It is one of three in the world, all of which are in the redwoods.
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The rest of the day was spent back in Crescent City at the absolutely beautiful Battery Point Lighthouse, perched high on a hill.  It was first lit in 1856. You can only go over to it when the tide is at its lowest.  It was one of the first lighthouses on the Oregon coast. Dogs are not allowed, so don’t tell anyone we took them up anyway.
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On Wednesday we had Norwegian fish and chips along the highway.  They were fabulous.
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We arrived late at the Whaler’s Rest RV Park.  This is a Thousand Trails Encore Park and is set in the woods along the coast.  We love it here and got the Passport America discount too! They have a trail that leads to the beach which we took a walk along this morning.
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Just in case you were counting. We have now made it over two weeks, over 1,000 miles and seen three states.
On Thursday we went into historic Newport over the historic bridge and saw the harbor.
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Newport also has the oldest, wooden light house on this coast, set in the Yaquina Park.
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We also saw the Yaquina Head Lighthouse made of brick, which has been standing sine 1873. It was originally known as the Cape Foulweather Lighthouse as the fog was so bad on the coast.  We had a lot of foul fog today too! The lens was made in Paris and shipped to Oregon.  At least it made it! It is now operated by the Coast Guard and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Since we didn’t have lunch, we stopped for dinner at a fresh Crab place on the highway. Lennard had oysters and fresh  Halibut.  I had chicken tenders.  What a wimp I am.
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By the way, we saw an example of some type of natural or environmental oddity on the beaches all along the coast.  We were told it was the largest dying off of jellyfish that has been seen in years.  Maybe we should rethink our environmental policies.
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A late Happy Birthday to Frank and sorry we missed the party!! Keep track of us on Life 360, Right Rich?
Take care!

OH LORD, STUCK IN LODI AGAIN

King and Kristen plus us 2For those of you who are old enough to remember, Credence Clearwater recorded this song in 1969.  Well, things have changed since then and Lodi is a bustling agricultural town that mostly grows grapes and produces wine.  We parked in Flag City RV Park, which was nice and clean with good sized pull through spaces.  We have learned that pull through is a good deal for us.  RV DriverParticularly if this one is driving.

My brother, King and his lovely wife, Kristen came over for BBQ.  King is a professional expert at it, so he taught Lennard a few things.  (Like how to turn it on)  We had a great evening talking, laughing and sharing stories.

The next day we went to visit the cemetery where my father is…Beautiful spot.  That night we met King and Kristen in Old Sacramento.  It’s a state historical park with about 50 old buildings from the Gold Rush era around 1850.  Great place with lots of good restaurants and located on the Sacramento River.  We had appetizers and then moved on to dinner at the Ten22.  Great pizza and salad right from the nearby farms.

On Friday we decided to try to do laundry.  Actually it turned out good.  Then, off to Walmart for important supplies like a sewer hose cradle.  If you are an RVer, you will know this is important to keep the “flow” going easily.  Lunch was at a dog friendly Panera Bread for Tuscan salad and Quinoa soup, and then we stopped at the Michael David Winery for wine tasting.  It was fun, but why do they charge more for the wine at the source than they do in the store or at Costco?  Doesn’t make sense.  We got a nice bottle of Earthquake Petite Syrah for King and Kristen. Dinner was at their home and KIng made a great BBQ of beer can chicken, ribs and shrimp, along with a fabulous rice salad.  We were very grateful for the time they spent with us and look forward to more times with them in Las Vegas.  All in all, we had a great time there.

Today we traveled to Willits, CA. via the 20 and it was a learning experience for Lennard.Not too bad, but it was a winding road.  Willits is the gateway to the giant redwoods, which we should begin seeing tomorrow.  Staying in a KOA campground tonight with a lot of families.  The dogs are happy!

FUN IN FRESNO CALIFORNIA

So to those of you who have bets on how far we are going to make it, we have made it to Fresno Ca.  No major problems, but we did have a couple of “tense” moments when we got lost in Costco parking lot.  Lennard almost took out a light pole getting out.  Just part of the overall experience!.

After driving through Barstow, we took the 58 through windmill country.  We should all have windmills generating electricity. Edwards Air Force Base is a place we have been before with the Corvette club to see the airplanes on display there.  Thanks to all the military men and women out there protecting us.

The first night was spent in Bakersfield in a nice RV park.  Tonight we are at Millerton Lake State Park just outside Fresno California. It is beautiful here and there is hardly anyone in the park so it is quiet, except for us of course. We will be hooking up with my high school girlfriend, Linda, tomorrow night and visit with her and her mom, Ruby, now 98 years young.

It is $38.00 to park here with a hook up.  And…another ten for the tow vehicle.  Quite expensive really.  But, it is lovely.   We almost lost one of the girls (Gypsy) when a BIG hawk came swooping down over her and gave her the onceover like she would be a good dinner.  Bella was under my feet, so she was safe.

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I’m sharing some photos just before we took off and at our two nights stays so far.

We are missing you all already!!

Epic Road Trip

I couldn’t wait!  We are almost to Barstow Ca.  We started early this afternoon and so far everything is holding together including me.   Lennard is doing all the driving. We don’t trust me yet. Had one gust of wind that was scary.  But gusts of wind are usual for this desert area.   

Thanks for all the good wishes from our friends and family.  Happy Mothers Day to all of you who are Moms!