Care to guess the name of this plant?
Monday, July 27, 2009
Care to guess the name of this plant?
On our way home we stopped at the Snow Goose Produce to have one of their homemade ice cream on homemade waffle cones. Way too much for a single cone! I should have taken a picture!
And now for the woe! Friends drove the "Road Runner" to a repair shop to have them pressurize the cooling system to see why I had to keep adding antifreeze. They found a hole in the upper hose assembly. We ordered the part through our trusted supplier in San Diego for overnight shipment. The service repair gave the wrong part number, so I again am waiting for the right part to arrive on Monday. I will have both hoses changed out while I am at it. Many more mountains to cross as we head east in the next day or two.
No whales today! We did see trees that really amazed us. Their bark was really red. My daughter said they are called Medrone (sic) Trees. We went back to the booming metropolis of Friday Harbor for lunch. Restaurants were so busy that we waited an hour AFTER ORDERING for our meals to be served. And because we had to be in line for the ferry two hours ahead of sail, we moved the car to the loading lines, locked it up and headed for some shopping. I don't think any of us bought a thing. Except...for the ice cream cones! The sail back to the mainland was bright and sunny. When we got back to Camano Island, my daughter and son-in-law cooked us a scrumptious dinner of broiled salmon, corn on the cob, potato and tossed salad. If one didn't like salmon, one ate baked chicken. Great two days!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
It was a fun place to visit. Leaving the market and heading North-West, we stopped at one of the locks that allow boats of all size and shapes to go from Puget Sound into Lake Washington. It was so busy!. The locks are in operation 24 hours a day! While there we crossed the locks and went down into a "Fish Ladder". This ladder allows the salmon to get through the locks to go upstream to spawn. Although we saw some salmon, we were told that in August the activity would increase. Tug Boat entering a lock
We ate lunch in a quaint seafood restaurant across the street from the locks before we started our trek back to the fairground. Today we spent the day driving around Camano Island. I won't tattle on someone, but some gal in the car lost several beautiful shells she had gathered. Busy day planned for tomorrow. We are taking the ferry to Friday Harbor. I better get some shut-eye as 6 a.m. comes early and we have an hour's drive, plus we have to be in line at least 1-1/2 hour before boarding the ferry. Nitey-Nitey!
Our journey the past several days has taken us into Enumclaw, WA and Mt. Rainier National Park. What a magnificent site! My daughter's significant other, Jim, took us up to Sunrise. It is the closet one can get to the peak of the mountain by a motorized vehicle. On our way up the mountains, Jim took us in to Crystal Village hoping we could see some elk, as they stay in the village year around. We were not disappointed! A small herd of females with their young'ens were sunning in the community park area.
Up and up and round and round mountains we went. There was one beautiful overlook before reaching the summit. Here we took some memorable pictures of what was below us. A meadow and a couple of lakes, the road we had already traveled and a view of another mountain, Mt. Adams. We could also capture picture of Mt. Rainier from a different perspectrum. At Sunrise, the wildflowers were in full bloom adding to the colors of the green meadows. We at lunch in the gift shop/restaurant and enjoyed time in the Visitors Center.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
We are heading back to the campground for the night. I will upload the pictures I took yesterday and today and post here tomorrow. We are going up to get a closer look at Mt. Rainier tomorrow and Seattle is on our agenda for Monday. Stay tuned in!!!
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
This place is so beautiful. What a campground should truly be! The Coyote Rock R.V. Resort and Marina is situated about 2 miles east of Hwy. 101 at the south end of Lincoln City, OR. What a gem we found, enough to stay an extra day. Joan was out taking pictures and got one of a seal in the river. We really didn't know what it was. Fishing for salmon is excellent. We saw some pictures of trophies won here. The largest salmon weighed in at 47 pounds. Most seem to between 20 and 30 pounds each. Of course, there are the smaller ones. too. They have two docks and there must be close to 68 spaces to tie one's boat to when not in use.
We spent the day seeing what was around Lincoln City. Aha, Casino! Joan was the $$$ winner today, Amye $ and me -$$. Lunch was enjoyed at Jay's Fish & Chips where we ate either Cod, Halibut or combination with shrimp. The dinner included slaw, choice of potato and a drink for a reasonable price. We should be well rested for our trek to Castle Rock, WA where we have reservations at the Mt. St. Helene's RV Park. My daughter Karen will meet us there tomorrow and take us up to the volcano by car. Our babies need a rest from mountain driving. Early to bed tonight. Until tomorrow (no promises as we don't know how good our wi-fi will be.)The Road Runner at Coyote Rock
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The 'Tilton Hilton was on the 20 amp. service, The Road Runner on 30 amp. service and The Happy Turtle was on the 50 amp. service. Did we blow a circuit breaker? Not in your life! This was one of the few campgrounds where we got good wi-fi service. The best part...we were only charged for one rig! So splitting the cost was $12.33 each. Can't beat that! Oh, the name of the campground that was so accommodating.. The Redwoods RV Resort north of Crescent City, CA. The staff was great to deal with. Joan couldn't believe we were still in California.
We left about 8:30 am for Eureka, Oregon where we visited Old Town Eureka. They have put a lot of effort into restorations and it shows. The waterfront was beautiful. Even though it was Sunday morning, many of the quaint shops were opened for business and a horse-drawn Carriage was ready to take one for a ride. We saw one fabulous Victorian House that is now a Private Men's Club! The two pictures below show one of the restored buildings and I couldn't resist the picture of the door on a bead establishment!
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Finally, we have found a campground that has decent wi-fi. I think we are all having withdrawal symptoms. It has been about 5 days that I have not posted. Where did I leave off? Oh, yes. Dreaded Twentynine Palms, CA. I drove to Oakdale, Ca. near Modesto, to meet up with Amye and Joan, How rested they looked! Sitting by the pool. Amye's friends were delightful. We enjoyed a BBQ ribs dinner poolside. Weather was so much nicer!
We left early the next morning for Napa, CA and an overnight visit with the Fowlers. They also own a Rialta. We did make one important stop on the way....The Jelly Belly Factory! It was so crowded with kids, we decided not to take the tour. Instead, we spent the time sampling and deciding what flavors we wanted to buy. And buy we did! Each of us came away with a bag of our favorite flavor(s) as well as 5 bags of Bellyflops! Bellyflops are rejects. Guess they are not all perfect. We got to the Fowlers around 12:30 PM. Rich did a fantastic job of greeting us at the end of their property, taking us up the hill (and I do mean hill) and parking us along the front of his house so we could enjoy "The Million Dollar View" of some of the vineyards in the Napa Valley. That afternoon Joyce and Rich treated us to a great tour of the valley that included not only wineries, quaint towns, and olive oil factory and the CIA (aka Culinary Institute of America) which used to be the Christian Brothers Winery. We saw Sutters, Beringers and Mondavi to name a few. The evening was spent in downtown Napa having dinner and enjoying the Farmers Market/Craft Street Fair they have every Thursday night. There were so many wonderful pictures that I can't possibly post them all.
Joyce made us a yummy breakfast on Saturday before departing for northern California. She suggested we stop at the Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory in Petaluma. Wow, for scrapbookers it is a paradise and with terrific prices! One could also do a tour of their facility. Of course, I bought some!! We spent Friday night on Clear Lake.
Our journey today (Saturday) takes us up through the Redwood Forest and one of the "drive-through" trees. No, the Road Runner, Tilton Hilton and The Happy Turtle had to settle for the parking lot. That's what happens when one is over sized, by quite a bit I may add. We walked through the tree instead. On to Myers Flat on the Avenue of the Giants. It's a beautiful drive. We found a very nice campground on the river that had wi-fi. Not so!!! Wi-fi signal was so weak I could not pull up my emails from either the AOL or Yahoo site. I had it a short time in the afternoon, but not evening, not at 2:00 AM nor at 6 in the morning. No internet tonight. While walking the river's edge, we came across a snake, who wasn't cooperative in having his picture taken.
We left at 8:45 AM to go to the Interpretive Center. Neat thing we saw, but not associated with the park was a "bum" feeding a kitten on a picnic table just outside the entrance to the Center. When I cam back out, he had just started to walk away. I wondered where the kitten was....sitting atop his backpack. It looked like she was tethered to the backpack. After the Interpretive Center we drove to the Founder's Grove of redwoods and saw three gigantic fallen trees. It was here that the Tilton Hilton had a mishap with a post. No Comment!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I don't know what this store sells. A sign above the door notes "Belle Star". There is also a cafe here that I was told was the best eating place in town. All home cooked meals. I am going to give it a try tomorrow as they were also closed today (and every Monday). Note the tin roof.
I ventured out on the local bus today. $3 for a senior pass and one can ride it all day. I went to Yucca Valley to the only WalMart around. It was small as was the JC Penney's and Fashion Bug. It took about an hour for the approximate 30 mile trip. The bus stopped at the local hospital, community college and a grocery store. Lots of handicapped individuals rode it. I had a nice time although I didn't get my hair cut as I was hoping. There is always tomorrow.
It is still 106 degrees during the day. Amye got the tires on the 'Tilton Hilton today. Joan has to go back to the VW dealer to have the clutch and compressor changed out in The Happy Turtle.The Road Runner is missing her pals! Soon....soon..... they will all be together again.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
My daughter Sally Ann (I will call her this because I also have a sister Sally who is following our blog) recommended a great little cafe for breakfast here in Twentynine Palms. Sally Ann, the pancakes were teriffic!!! We all raved about them. Service was excellent, too at the Carousel Cafe. We spent the day trying to find a dealer who had either Continental or Nokian tires for Amye's 'Tilton Hilton and after about 4 steady hours of phone calls, Joan found four in West Sacramento. Hopefully we can get them installed on Monday after the 4th of July. The Rialta requires special tires and it seems we are having more and more difficulty getting them.
This afternoon we ate lunch at the local Mickey D's....where else?! Not bad for the price since I have to conserve money. Found a grocery store to stock up on some needed items and did our laundry. Guess we will read or play on our computers tonight. Time for a margarita!!