Well, that’s it! I am back in Yuma. After Sandra and I arrived, I got her on the Amtrak train headed for Deming, NM where she will be back in her own rig. I had a great time and I got to see a lot of country. The Pacific Northwest is certainly one of the most beautiful parts of this country. I went to lunch with a group of ladies from the Foothills Singles Club and went out for dinner and drinks last evening with the gang. It’s nice to see my old friends and meet the new ones. I won’t be posting any more until next summer. I’ll be spending the winter deciding where my next adventure will be. If any of you get to Yuma, please look me up.
We have spent a week at a WIN Rally in Junction City, Or. It has been non=stop activities and lots of free meals and entertainment. First we visited an old sawmill that is still in operation. They only cut wood that is already sold for certain projects. They don’t cut the gazillion 2 X 4’s that go to Home Depot and places like that. Since they do it the old fashion way, they don’t use computerized equipment.
The second trip we took was the Dunes National Recreation Area. We were loaded into 2 large dune buggies and given a tour of the area.
Next we went to a Carousel Museum in Albany. The entire community is working to create a replica of an old carousel.
We have taken a bus tour to see the covered bridges in Cottage Grove, Or. We also stopped at 2 wineries. You haven’t lived until you’ve ridden back to town wit a bunch of senior citizens who have been at a winery.
We are finishing up a great week in Waldport, Or. We went to the Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Coast Aquarium. We also stopped for lunch in a most unique pub and brewery.
We traveled south from Waldport to Sandra’s old stomping ground around Yahatz, Or. We visited the sea lion caves and some of the dramatic coastline around Cape Perpetua.
We leave soon for a 9-day Rally at Junction City, then we will be meandering back to Yuma.
We moved on to Tillamook, Oregon where we visited the famous cheese factory and took a steam engine train ride up the Oregon coast. We also visited 3 capes in the area and had a very good lunch at a pub on the beach.
After leaving Ocean Shores, we had to stay overnight in Aberdeen so I could get a front-end alignment done on the motorhome. We had a couple hours to kill so using the ‘attractions’ setting on Sandra’s GPS we saw a James Stewart Memorial. Since he was one of my all-time favorite actors, we decided to check it out. It had nothing to do with the beloved actor but it was a great hiking trail through a lovely park that was dedicated to a founding father of Aberdeen named James Stewart.
After arriving in Long Beach, we journeyed out to Point Disappointment. That is where Lewis and Clark finally reached the Pacific Ocean in 1805.
We also attempted to watch some of the International Kite Festival but there wasn’t enough wind for the flyers to do much.
Sandra and I spent a day checking out Astoria and Seaside in Oregon. The 4.2 mile bridge across the mouth of the Columbia River is the world’s longest continuous span. We checked out the riverfront and dock area of Astoria and I climbed the 164 steps to the top of the Astoria Column. In Seaside, we walked their boardwalk and checked out the ‘carnival-type’ shops along the esplanade. We found a good place for lunch, had a beer on the pier and rode the trolley.
We have had a great time in Ocean Shores in spite of the fact we had 2 rainy and gray days. We’ve seen lots of birds and bikes on the beaches and some kites, too. We visited a winery in Westport and will be heading to Long Beach tomorrow.
Ocean Shores is just that. Miles and miles of shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. We have been exploring some of the different beaches and even driving along the coast on the sand for a couple miles, much to Sandra’s dismay.
We were able to find a couple of quaint little towns with interesting things to see. In an area called Sea Brook, we saw some brightly colored housing and a city hall building that looked like an old church with a bell tower. We also visited a pottery painting studio named ‘Imagine That!” The new owner, Shelly Meadows, was a nice gal who showed us around.
We also found a wood carving outfit that does a lot of work with a chainsaw. Power tools were also being used to smooth out the edges of a variety of pieces.
Some of our group is taking advantage of the ‘all you can eat’ crab legs feast at the casino. They also have a $3 breakfast, much to everyone’s delight. We have plans to visit a winery this week and some more beaches.
Another fantastic week in the Pacific Northwest! We are in Forks, Wa., the home of the Twilight” movie series. Everything in this little town refers to Cullen or Bella or Twilight. Just a few miles out of town in the Hoh Rain Forest. We enjoyed walking through the old growth forest.
We visited the beaches near here and got our first real glimpse of the Pacific Ocean. The fog that rolls in almost makes the pictures look like black and white photography.
We visited the Makah Museum and went to the most northwestern point of the contiguous United States, Cape Flattery. While at the Cape, Bob played his bagpipe for all of us.
When we stopped to get the picture of the town of Seiku, we found blackberry bushes, ripe with fruit. We picked quite a bit of them and took them along to have with our lunch. Nine of us went to the Sol Duc Hot Springs for a day of sun and soak. We took our lunches and enjoyed the day.
Picturesque town of Seiku.
Now it’s on to Ocean Shores for the next 9 days.
Probably the most impressive part of the week in Sequim was a ferry ride to Victoria, BC and an overnight stay. Sandra Carpenter, Shari Donovan and I took the 90 minute ferry ride and shared a suite at the Royal Scot Hotel and took a double-decker bus tour of Victoria. We enjoyed one lunch in a nice courtyard and another in an old English pub called the Penny Farthing. We had a great lunch and some local ale and became re-acquainted with The Robert Service poem ‘In Praise of Alcohol”. We spent a good part of our time at Butchart Gardens where we saw the most impressive pyrotechnics and ground show display of fireworks I have ever seen. My pictures will not do them justice.
Leaving Port Townsend, we finally got onto Hwy 101. We will be on this highway, more or less, until we leave the WIN group near the end of September. 101 travels across the northern shore of Washington before turning south along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. We arrived at Sequim and started one of the best weeks so far. We visited a Native American Cultural Center and Totem carving shop. The totems are made of western red cedar tree and the milled log they start carving can cost up to $18,000. It also costs about $5,oo0 per foot for the carving. We were also impressed with the planters made of hundreds of small stones.
The town of Sequim has turned an old railroad into a bike trail that goes from one end of town to the other. On one end is a nice park with an old railroad bridge and an Audubon interpretive center.
We also visited a wild game park where we fed bears, bison, elk, llama, goats, and many other animals. These animals are trained for use in TV and movie productions and most have contracts with Disney and other studios. We drove through the park and were feeding them from the car windows. We were told we could get a ‘slobber’ discount at the car wash in town.
The next day we went to the Olympic National Park where we walked among some of the ‘old growth’ forest areas.
The views from Hurricane Ridge were spectacular. We took a walking tour of Port Angeles which showed how the town had been raised to solve flooding problems. We were able to see some of the old underground stores.
We also saw the Dungeness Spit and wildlife refuge.