Monday, September 18, 2017

On the move


This morning we left Paradise TT Park and drove the long distance to Chehalis TT Park. Only 22 miles again as we were here a few days back. The reason for this is Paradise closed today for the season and we still had 4 days till we start our trip back to Denver. We were to go to a State Park on the 22nd in the Columbia River Gorge but it was cancelled because the area is on fire and HWY 84 is also close. So we had to reroute to Hwy 12 to get to Hwy 82. It will all work out and we will still be in Denver on Oct. 1. We will be stopping in Mountain Home ID. to see my cousin Jack again.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Update, Paradise

     Yesterday we took a drive to Mt. Saint Helen's.  At Johnston Ridge Observatory we enjoyed a talk given by one of the ranger.  Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its major 1980 eruption, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States.[2] Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways, and 185 miles (298 km) of highway were destroyed. A massive debris avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption[3] that reduced the elevation of the mountain's summit from 9,677 ft (2,950 m) to 8,363 ft (2,549 m), leaving a 1 mile (1.6 km) wide horseshoe-shaped crater.[4] The debris avalanche was up to 0.7 cubic miles (2.9 km3) in volume. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.   While checking out the observatory we also viewed a short movie about Mount St. Helen's, and a lot of history on what happened.  They have a seismograph machine set up for a demo and there is a mat to jump on and register the impact.  There was also an out of order sign on it, can't tell you how many were jumping on the mat and trying to make it register.  So easy to be entertained while Len was walking to the top of a viewing area.

     Then it was a stop to check out big foot.  Big foot is made of some ash from the eruption of Mt. St. Helen's.  There is also an A frame that survived the mud flow from the eruption. 

     Decided to check out the visitor center while we were out doing the tourist thing.  Another short film about Mt. Saint Helen and a nice display of  the information on the eruption.

     Today Len rode the motorcycle to check out a couple of nearby fish hatcheries, one was a salmon hatchery.

Salmon coming in to spawn

     Weather has been nice, and the smoke has cleared.  Did get a little bit of rain one day, but back to the 80's now.

     Will ad more as things happen.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Paradise, Silver Creek, WA


Arrived yesterday, found a full hook-up site and great site for satellite.  Smokey and a little humid, Len seems to notice it more with his asthma.  This park is closing on the 18th of September for the season, so after Labor Day they started shutting things down.  Have several "neighbors" in our area and looks like most leave about the same time we do, on the 18th.

Tonight we went to a local restaurant for some Chinese Food, it was good and so much of it that we both brought home a doggie bag.  Checked out their lunch menu while we were there and it seems like a better value so I am sure we will try lunch before we leave here.

Not sure what we will do while in the area since we are only 20 miles from our last stop and they seem to promote the same things to see.

More later......

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Chahalis, WA - time to leave

Tomorrow is another moving day.  Our trip is only a very short distance, about 20 miles, to our next stop, I will drive the truck instead of hooking it up to the motorhome. We will be staying at Paradise RV park (Thousand Trails) which is in Silver Creek, WA.

Have really enjoyed our time here and will be returning in less than 2 weeks for another 3 days before we start our journey back to Denver.

Our friend Lily told us one of her friends was here at the park, and we got to chat with him.  Nice that Keith stopped by so we could meet him and hope to see him down the road.

While our plans are to travel I-84 and make a stop to see Multnomah Falls in Oregon we will have to wait and see if the fires are going to allow that.  We have reservations to stay at Ainsworth State Park but they are closed now because of the fires.  Will be keeping an eye on it to see if we need to cancel those reservations and make other plans.


Monday, September 4, 2017

Chehalis, WA 9/2017

     I always thought this was easy when Len wrote on the blog, I don't mind it but's remembering what we have done that is the hard part.

     Thursday we invited Lee and Elaine over for some biscuits and sausage gravy, with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Great way to start the morning.  Happy hour in the afternoon and Elaine made some delicious stuffed peppers, was so happy she shared the recipe.

     Friday morning was moving day for our friends (Lee & Elaine) sad to see them go.  We will catch up with them again, and we are always in touch with each other, Facebook makes this easy.

     We were able to visit the local county Museum.  Nice town museum, Lewis County. Use to be when doing a museum I would see things that I remember from my great grandmother or my grandma.  Now with adding more age to myself, I am seeing things from my mom and ME.  It is a joy as Len and I check out the museum and tell each other of our childhood while remembering things that are now "antiques".   They really had a nice working display for model trains.  It was set up were you could run the trains with a push of a button, yes, we pushed them all.

     Saturday was breakfast at the clubhouse, BACON.  (Funny story, after we said good bye to Lee and Elaine on Friday we headed for the clubhouse for breakfast.  Usually smell the bacon when you get close, neither one of us was smelling it.  The minute I step in the store to buy breakfast tickets, I realized it was FRIDAY, breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday.  What was worse ,half the staff was there.  Everyone got a good laugh and we told them we would be back on Saturday).

     Saturday night we took a ride on the local steam train.  The train operates over a nine mile section of track that extends southwest of Chehalis.  The line winds through some rolling hills, farmland and over several wooden trestles.  We enjoyed talking with several of the employees/volunteers while on the ride and they were able to answer some questions we had and give us information on the area and train.  Were told the gentleman that owns this line also owns the Silverton in Colorado.

     Sunday we were off early to catch the Rust or Shine Car Show that was being held at the Veterans Memorial Museum.  Was impressing the amount of cars they had.  After the car show we checked out the museum and they were having an a an open house.  The museum is mostly information on local service personnel, a large display of uniforms from all wars and a pretty good selection of firearms.

     Sunday Len found a problem with the fridge (his beer wasn't cold).  Have dreaded this might happen as the fridge was the original.  So this morning (Monday) we took off early to Wal-Mart and purchased a mini-fridge.  We will make do with this till we get back to Denver in October and at that time Len will decide if it gets repaired or replaced.

    Last night our "new" friends (Bruce & Sue) we met here through Lee and Elaine, stopped by during their walk, they are such a fun couple, so glad we have become friends with them and hope to meet up somewhere down the road.

     So the journey continues along with the fun, until next time........

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chechalis Thousand Trails 08/29

Arrived here Wednesday, scored a site two spots away from our friends Lee and Elaine, so have been getting caught up since we stayed at their place in Yuma, AZ.  Wednesday night Elaine had prepared supper for us, such a nice jester after traveling that day.  We also met their friends Bruce and Susan.

Friday the 6 of us went to the Chechalis Garlic Festival, such a variety of garlic for sale.  Food court was interesting, garlic this and garlic that.  Len couldn't get past the garlic dog, it was more like a sausage.  Time for lunch and 3 of us had garlic dogs, added an order of garlic fires, another had a Trump burger and others had pulled pork, it was all delicious.  We looked for garlic ice cream but none to be found.  It was easy for Len to find the beer garden and before we left we sat and listened to a local performers who wasn't bad.  Big barns full of antiques, and garlic from different farms in the area.  Someone was doing metal sculptures and we just couldn't pass up the kitty one.  It is so cute and looks great in the campsite we are parked in.

Saturday Len and I went to the clubhouse for breakfast, they have the best bacon.  Later in the day was the ice cream social and after that was candy bar bingo (no we didn't win).  So the day was busy and we didn't even leave the park.

Sunday I fixed supper for everyone, Len grilled some brats and I made baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, relish tray, salsa and chips and "Len's little wieners" ( little smokies wrapped in bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar and bake, always a big hit)  Dessert was. an apple dessert I wanted to try and what better timing than when  there are friends to try it out on.

Monday morning it was breakfast at Lee and Elaine's.  On the menu was McMorris breakfast sandwiches served with hash browns great way to start the day.

Tuesday Len and Elaine decided it would be fun to take their kayaks out on Mayfield Lake.  We packed a lunch and once those two were launched and on their way Lee and I sat and enjoyed watching other water craft launch.  We were really hoping for a Kodak moment when someone fell it the lake but that didn't happen, nothing even close.  Enjoyed lunch once the kayakers were back safely on land.

And a lot of happy hours.

That's all for now.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time to leave Mt. Vernon

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We move tomorrow so thought I better update what has been going on here at Mt. Vernon.

Saturday afternoon the park had a get together to explain all the memberships.  What Len was told was there is wine and cheese this afternoon in the adult clubhouse..  We thought it was just a party.  Stopped in (on our way to the race track). Once they finished their presentation we got up to leave, was out the door and one of the gals said "we are going to do the door prize drawing right now, you have to be present to win". So we walked back in, they drew a ticket and it was MINE.  I won a $50 gift card.  More to this story but that shows up later in the blog.

Saturday night we headed to the local raceway, on the weekends you can hear the cars at the track from the campground, that is how close it is.  It was the Monster Truck Tour, and what a fun night.   We enjoyed the evening and when we come back to this area we will enjoy more weekend racing.

Sunday we met up with friends, Don and Della, for lunch (we always have such a good time with them).  Went to the Skagit Valley Farmhouse, first time any of us had been there. Walked in and in the display case was a lemon meringue pie that had more meringue piled on top than I have ever seen, they call it their "Mile High" pie.  Lunch was good, Della and I both had liver & onions, yum!  Len went for the buffet (it had prime rib)  Don had a sandwich and we all had a great visit.  I got a piece of the pie to go since it is Len's favorite and we devoured it later that night.  Decided to use the gift card I won at the wine and cheese party, it was refused, waitress said she ran it twice.  OK, so paid the bill, came back home and called the number on the back of the card.  I first dialed the toll free number with 800 and to my surprise I got a phone sex line, put my readers on and the number was an 888, so much for my exciting afternoon.  Did get the card straightened out yesterday, got a new one, and it worked when we went shopping.

We watched the eclipse yesterday, while it wasn't a total in this area it was an awesome watch.

So this raps up our stay here at Mt. Vernon, in Bow, Washington, and it's on to our next stop.  Back to Chehalis Thousand Trails and meeting up with  Lee and Elaine, more friends we have met during our travels.  Loving this life!

P.S.  Len had some small change tickets from the casino (Skagit) right down the road from us so we ran down to "return" them.  Last time we stopped in the entire bank of my favorites was down. Today 3 out of 4 were up and running.  Put my $20 in (that's my gambling limit)  three tries and I hit for $111.00, cashed that baby out and put another 20 in, but the machine was done being nice.  At least it's a win!