2014-13

We left Gig Harbor and moved to Port Townsend, WA.  It is a restored Victorian Seaport that was an important port for naval defense of Puget Sound.  Many old buildings have been preserved and restored.  It is a very quaint village.  We took another ferry ride to Whidbey Island, another point of defense across the bay.  You can click on any picture to enlarge it.

Marvelous architecture on downtown buildings.

Marvelous architecture on downtown buildings.

 

Post office and houses on a bluff overlooking the bay.

Post office and houses on a bluff overlooking the bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of many boat harbors surrounding the town.

One of many boat harbors surrounding the town.

 

Lone guitar player on the shore.

Lone guitar player on the shore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lighthouse at Ft Worten State Park.

Lighthouse at Ft Worten State Park.

 

Port Townsend as seen from the ferry.

Port Townsend as seen from the ferry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deception Pass Bridge on Whidbey Island.

Deception Pass Bridge on Whidbey Island.

 

One view from the bridge.

One view from the bridge.

 

One view from the bridge.

One view from the bridge.

The bridge as seen from North Beach.

The bridge as seen from North Beach.

 

Sandra, Joyce and Dee enjoy 'lunch on a log' on North Beach.

Sandra, Joyce and Dee enjoy ‘lunch on a log’ on North Beach.

 

Ft Casey Lighthouse.

Ft Casey Lighthouse.

View from the lighthouse of old gun turrets.

View from the lighthouse of old gun turrets.

 

Interesting sign.  Try as we might we couldn't find one for the 'safe' drop off.

Interesting sign. Try as we might we couldn’t find one for the ‘safe’ drop off.

 

Deer that wandered out to have lunch with us.

Deer that wandered out to have lunch with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2014-12

We have been to Pt Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and the Ft. Nisqually Park.  All very lush and green up here, nothing like Arizona.

For those of you in Yuma who may have forgotten, these are trees.

For those of you in Yuma who may have forgotten, these are trees.

 

Sandra and I and Donna Lee and Shari could all fit in a sharks jaw.

Sandra and I and Donna Lee and Shari could all fit in a sharks jaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drift wood on the shore of Puget Sound

Drift wood on the shore of Puget Sound

 

Mt Rainier as seen from the visitor's center.

Mt Rainier as seen from the visitor’s center.

Nice waterfall on the way up Mt Rainier.

Nice waterfall on the way up Mt Rainier.

Old fashioned carousel

Old fashioned carousel

2014-11

This is a very beautiful and interesting part of the state of Washington.  Rather than say much, I will mostly post the pictures.

The potluck gathering...a great success!

The potluck gathering…a great success!

'Bagpipe Bob' arrives in costume.

‘Bagpipe Bob’ arrives in costume.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob played bagpipe renditions of Irish Jig, God Bless America and many other tunes.

Bob played bagpipe renditions of Irish Jig, God Bless America and many other tunes.

Fountain Park in Bremerton, WA

Fountain Park in Bremerton, WA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children enjoyed playing in the fountains that erupt  at sporadic intervals.

Children enjoyed playing in the fountains that erupt at sporadic intervals.

Throwing fish at Pike's Place Market in Seattle.

Throwing fish at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seattle skyline from the ferry.

Seattle skyline from the ferry.

I’m sure I will have many more pictures to share.  We have a lot of activities planned for the next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-10

We finally arrived at the home of my friends in Gig Harbor.  Donna Lee Cole and Mel Wick were glad to welcome us and WOW! what a spectacular view of the bay they have from their house.

Deer in Mel's yard

Deer in Mel’s yard

 

The real "wild life" in Mel's yard.

The real “wild life” in Mel’s yard.

I haven’t seen a final count on the number of RVs in Mel’s yard, but it is a bunch.  The gathering is off to a good start with a tour of the Gig Harbor Museum and a potluck supper.  They have lots of interesting things planned for the next 10 days, so I will have plenty of pictures to share.  We will visit Pike’s Place Market and Mt Rainier along with some other museums.  A group will be kayaking and I hope to get pictures of them as well.  Tomorrow we will be taking a ferry ride to Seattle.

Fisherman memorial on the harbor.

Fisherman memorial on the harbor.

Sharrie Donovan, Sandra Carpenter and Donna Lee Cole.

Sharrie Donovan, Sandra Carpenter and Donna Lee Cole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can you tell which Gig Harbor resident has her nose so far in the air she almost drowns when it rains?

Can you tell which Gig Harbor resident has her nose so far in the air she almost drowns when it rains?

 

 

Me, Donna Lee and Sherrie.  (Sandra was off somewhere; hearing, seeing and speaking evil.)

Me, Donna Lee and Sherrie. (Sandra was off somewhere; hearing, seeing and speaking evil.)

2014-9

It is heart-breaking to see the devastation in Yellowstone Park that was caused by wildfires a number of years ago, but the untouched forest, lakes, rivers and meadows are still breath-taking.

"Where is the bear, I don't see a bear."  Sandra is ever-mindful of her surroundings.

“Where is the bear, I don’t see a bear.” Sandra is ever-mindful of her surroundings.

A lake in Yellowstone, yes that is snow in the distance

A lake in Yellowstone, yes that is snow in the distance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful purple wildflowers

Beautiful purple wildflowers

Bison

Bison

Mammoth Hot Springs mineral deposits on the rocks.

Mammoth Hot Springs mineral deposits on the rocks.

 

We left the park and drove to Bozeman, Mt for the night.

We are currently about 25 miles from Coeur d’Alene, Id.

We will be in Washington tomorrow.

We haven’t taken time to sight-see in Montana or Idaho because we are meeting up with some friends in Gig Harbor, Washington this week-end.  What we have seen of western Montana and northern Idaho is very beautiful.

2014-8

It was beginning to feel like we would never get out of New Mexico but we have.  After a couple of RV repairs, we left NM on June 30th.  We spent the 4th of July weekend in Casper, Wyoming having a family reunion.

My Mother, my sisters, Barb and Toby, me and my brother, Tim

My Mother, my sisters, Barb and Toby, me and my brother, Tim

We left Casper and spent the next day in Thermopolis at the World’s Largest mineral hot springs.  We also saw a few buffalo.

Mineral formations on the rocks in Thermopolis

Mineral formations on the rocks in Thermopolis

We drove through the Wind River Canyon and stopped at a roadside park for lunch.

We finally feel like we are on the adventure.  Up until now, it has all been, problems, repairs and family stuff.

 

Wind River Canyon

Wind River Canyon

A buffalo herd that you could roller skate in.

A buffalo herd that you could roller skate in.

We are leaving all that behind and are now determined to have some fun.

 

 

 

 

 

One of many mineral water fountains around Thermopolis

One of many mineral water fountains around Thermopolis

We are in Cody Wyoming and headed into Yellowstone Park tomorrow, then on to Montana and beyond.  I promise to post more info from now on and pictures of what we are doing and seeing.  That is unless we are doing some really “good stuff”, then there won’t be any pictures.  You can click on any picture to enlarge it.