Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Time to move on

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Moving day tomorrow, 2 weeks went by quickly.  We will head to Blaine Washington and staying at Thousand Trails Birch Bay.  This is 5 miles from the Canadian border.

Len took the bike and rode through North Cascades National Park and a few days later we took a drive through it. Saw some nice waterfalls, and the park is full of walking/hiking trails.  Ross lake and Diablo lake gave us some great views from the road and the damn.

Weather was clear and warm so we stopped and enjoyed a picnic lunch which have a great overlook of Diablo Lake.

Did find time to visit a casino, boy was that a good day for me.  Actually it was good for both of us as we both came out ahead, that never happens.

Cement Washington had a fly-in and vintage car show that we took in on a Saturday.  Very interesting to see the old planes and check out the hangers at the airport of which some contained vintage items in their d├ęcor.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Grandy Creek, Concrete, WA

     Arrived Wednesday, July 13th.  Small park, but nice, didn't get full hook-ups or satellite so parked in a site to get by in till a full hook-up was available. Moved to a full hook-up Friday morning.  Portable dish had to go out to get the satellite, no roof top mount is working on this site.

     This morning, Saturday, we decided to try the buffet breakfast the park serves.  Went early as when we were here last time it was a mad house.  Only 2 people were there when we arrived.  Breakfast was good for the $6 charge, scrambled eggs, link sausage and pancakes, included a drink.  Before we left all the tables were full (seating for about 25 is all).

     Took a ride along the Skagit River, some beautiful tree canopies along the river. The total river is about 150 miles long, it is the largest and most biologically important river draining to  Puget Sound. Stopped to check out a local flea market in the town of Concrete.  Made a stop at the Visitor center on Baker River, where we gathered information on some of the sites to see in this area. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Moving again

     Only one week here in Chehalis, WA.  We will be back and spend 2 weeks in August so decided to save our tourist items for then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did get some shopping done, hate shopping.  Bad enough you have to spend the money at the grocery store, then you have to bring it home and put it away. YUK!

 We did a casino run and it was Len's turn to pocket a hundred of the casino's money, we can never win at the same time.

 Also went to breakfast Saturday here in the park.  It was pretty good, best thing was the bacon.  After breakfast all the kids were looking for the hidden piglets, well guess what, the biggest kid in the park (Len) went searching and found one.  Once you find and return the piggy to the store you get a coupon for a free ice cream sundae.  So it was back to the clubhouse in the afternoon for ice cream.  It was a hot day and the crowd was pretty big for this activity.

  Bristol has been on the hunt and is depopulating the area around the motorhome of the mice.  He starts early in the morning wanting to go outside and rushes Len to get dressed and take him out, you can tell who runs this house. Have a feeling there is going to be hell to pay when we leave here.

 We are headed to Concrete, WA to another Thousand Trails park (Grandy Creek).  We were not able to do a lot when we were in the area a few years back because of the fires, so looking forward to checking the area out during our 2 week stay.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Time to travel

    Our three weeks are up here at Pacific City, tomorrow we are headed North/East into Washington (Chehalis).
     We did manage to make it down to the Sportsman for another fish-n-chips, funny guess since summer is here it is time for the price to go up.  They increased the meal by $2.00.
     Never made it back up to Tillamook but found Tillamook cheese on sale at the local Thriftway here in town and it was cheaper than what we paid at Tillamook.
     Len has been to the beach several times, I only made it once and it was cool and misty so had to enjoy it from the truck, maybe next time.

     Weather has been good this week, some mist off the ocean in the mornings but nice enough to set outside and enjoy the weather.  Park was full for the holiday, not a lot of activities going on, the parks seem to do less every year.
      That's it for now.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Love This Area

     We are in Pacific City Oregon, staying at the Thousand Trails Park here, the rain has ceased to exist for the last few days so we had taken a few adventures.  Breakfast is served in the clubhouse on the weekends so we enjoyed breakfast last weekend, it was good and chances are we will do it again.  Have won some candy bars playing bingo here also.  Tillamook is about 20 miles from us and has the best cheese.  We drove up to get our cheese fix and ice cream.  They are in the process of remodeling the visitor center and have established a smaller building for visitors.  They still serve cheese samples, have a small restaurant serving breakfast and lunch plus let's not forget the Tillamook ice cream. We went through the line for samples and while I wandered through the small gift shop area Len slipped through the sample line a couple more times. After shopping it was time for the ice cream, it was so good.  Plus a stop up the road to grab some pepperoni sticks. 

     Couldn't be in this area without a stop at the Sportmen's Pub and Grub.  Best fish and chips in the area as they are fresh off the Dory boat.  Speaking on Dory boats, we did go down and watch a few beach themselves, it was rainy but Len walked down to watch them. So for those of you that don't know about the Dory boats here is some information on them. With its smooth, sandy beach, the quiet coastal town of Pacific City, on the coast of Oregon's Tillamook County, is the perfect home for a unique group of boats. The Pacific City dory fleet has a proud history spanning more than 100 years. Nestled in the natural shelter provided by Cape Kiwanda, the fleet lives on today as one of the most interesting fishing fleets in the world. The small flat-bottomed boats dare the ocean as they crash through the surf headed for the plentiful waters of the Pacific. At day's end, they ride the waves back to shore and slide onto the beach. The original design of the dory allows it to launch from and land on the shore. Through the inherent dangers of ocean fishing, governmental restriction, international fishing competition, and, most recently, the influx of surfers and civilization, the dedicated fishermen have held on to tradition.

     Enjoyed lunch with Nora (who we met while rv'ing) and Rodger, they were passing through on their way to Canada.

     Took one day and drove over to see my cousin Sheri (and John).  Had a great lunch at their place, and a good visit.
     Hit the casino in Lincoln City again, this time I won a little, Len donated, we can never win money at the same time. On the way back to Pacific City we stopped at Neskowin State Park.  Len took a walk down to the beach, I strolled through the little craft fair that was going on.

     That's it for this time.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rainy here

Not sure if this is a promotion or demotion, but guess it is time to get my feet wet with the blog.  Thank you Len.  We  have managed to find some new place to visit that we didn't enjoy on previous visits to Newport.  The other day we toured the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center.  333 SE Bay Blvd.  The building itself has a history for this area, but it now has exhibits dedicated to telling the stories of those who share a desire to live and work where sea meets land.  They continue to add displays so we will return when we visit the area next time.

  Visited the Devil's Punchbowl on the coast, wish we would of hit it at high tide but the tide was just coming in.  While there we had lunch at Mo's, disappointed in the clam chowder as it was mostly potatoes and very few clams.

  Another chowder tasting at the Newport Inn for lunch the other day, chowder was good and Len seemed to enjoy his hamburger.  Len does manage to get walks in along the beach and has found some great fossils in his journeys.

 Our time is almost up here at Whaler's Rest, have enjoyed our 3 weeks here.  Went to the clubhouse last night to watch the magic show, started off slow but got better.  Had breakfast this morning and have taken advantage of the bar-b-q lunches they have served on the weekends.  Nothing better than a bar-b-q burger. My cousin Sheri and her husband John are stopping by tomorrow, will be good to see them, it has been too many years. Leaving Wednesday and head to Pacific City for another 3 week stop, at least there I know where to get a great fish dinner.