Our blog is to keep family and friends informed of our motorhome journeys.
We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
We are looking forward to many happy miles ahead.
One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Moving On to McChord AFB and Redmond, OR

15 September 2016

We arrived Joint Base Ft Lewis/McChord in Tacoma for 2 nights. We met up with friends Jim and Gloria for dinner at Famous Dave's. They were staying on the Ft Lewis Campground and we on McChord AFB Famcamp. This is where we met them last year. A very nice visit and hope to meet up again soon.



Sight #5


Once again we took the ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend. It was rather costly..$85 plus the Tacoma Narrows Bridge at Gig Harbor was $12. Guess next time we will just go IH 5 via Seattle.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge


In checking the weather for tomorrow, we decided to depart a day early for Redmond,OR and visit with Hope and family for the next 3 weeks. It was a long drive..7 hours via IH 5 to IH 205 exit 7 across the Columbia and  exit 22 to IH 84 to Hwy 97.  The drive on the Columbia Gorge was beautiful. When we lived in Oregon, we did this drive many times.

It was so good to see Hope and the grandsons after a year. Shawn is out hunting in the Snake River area and won't be home until the 25th. When we started Rv'ing in  2009, Colt was 6 and Cade was 3. Seems like yesterday. They sure have grown. Colt is in Middle School and playing football. Cade is in his last year year of elementary. Cade and I made a Joy sign for the fence. Got the idea from all the joy signs at Whidbey.

Cade by the Joy Sign
Of course enjoying Casey and Checkers.

Want my Biscuit

My Favorite Spot


Attended Colt's Obsidian Middle School football game.He is a quarterback #3. It was a good game in spite of the loss.







The property behind them is being developed with condos and homes so there is noise, dust and blasting.



The sunsets are beautiful.






Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Last Days At Whidbey

13 September 2016

We are soon to depart Whidbey Island NAS Cliffside RV Park on Thursday for McChord AFB and 2 nights at the base campground Holiday Park and then arriving daughter Hope and family in Redmond OR until the 7 October.

This has been a relaxing stay, enjoying the views of the Juan de Fuca Strait with an occasional Navy ship passing, opening of the crabbing season with thousands of crab pots and crabbers in view, beautiful beach views as well as Mt Baker. We will return in May and again in August.

View of Campground

BeachView



Passing Navy Ship

Crab Pots and Crab Boat Next to Navy Ship

Mt Baker From Campground



Finally completed the travel photos on DVD's and planning our next journey. We were originally going to Newfoundland in the summer of 2017, but after much thought and not wanting at this time to do another 10,000 mile trip, decided to stay in WA, MT and UT. hoping to be back in Oregon on the 21st of August for the Solar Eclipse.

We drove into Coupeville one night for dinner. Our intent was to have dinner at Ciao's, but they were hosting a private event so we ate at a local pizza cafe which was very good. Did see a deer wandering the town.







Have not seen the eagle in several weeks and no whale spottings..maybe in May.

I have befriended our host's dog and spoiled him with biscuits. Kai is a very sweet dog. Her cat has also befriended us and likes to curl up on one of our lawn chairs.

Waiting For My Biscuit

With Kai
Like Your Chair


After viewing the photos of Jim and Gloria's trip to Alaska, John may be convinced to do that journey in 2018. Sure hope so as I sure would like to do that trip.

Want to thank the staff at Cliffside especially Ken and Diane for making this a beautiful campground. All the flower beds,driftwood signs and works of art very nice and special. Wish all campgrounds were this perfect and ideal.

Flip Flops Found on Beach in 2012 After Windstorm

Collection of Buoys

Signs Placed by Campers

One of Many Joy Signs

Sea Serpent

Ladybug Crossing

Arctic Albino Ladybug Crossing



View From Our Motorhome



Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Visits with Friends Jim and Gloria

28 - 30 August 2016

Our friends Gloria and Jim whom we met last year at McChord AFB RV Park arrived today for 4 nights. This is our 4th visit with them..previously at Travis AFB, Shields NAVY Base in Gulfport MS. Wish they could stay longer and the weather was sunny and not so much rain, although the area sure needs the moisture.

Nice Visit with Gloria and Jim


30 August

Today, in spite of cloudy weather, we drove down to Fort Casey and then took the ferry over to  Port Townsend to have lunch and do a drive around Fort Worden and the campground. Both forts John and I have visited at least 5 or 6 times in the past. We have stayed in the campground which is very nice.


Admiralty Bay-Fort Casey

JIm Beside 10" Gun

Gloria Beside 10" Gun

Fort Casey

Resting Deer

Crossing in Front of Us

Crossing of Ferry to Port Townsend

Port Townsend


Tomorrow we want to view  their Alaska photos..maybe this will spike John's interest in a trip up there.

Had the weather been nice, we would have taken them over to Orcas Island for a  day of touring. Now you have reason to return. Safe and fun travels my friends..


Friday, August 26, 2016

Arrival Whidbey Island Naval Station Campground

25 August 2016

Our drive today down IH 90 to 405 and exit 30 to Hwy 20 and our home for the next 3 weeks, Whidbey  Island Naval Air Station (Cliffside RV Park). This is our 4th stay and one of our favorite campgrounds overlooking Juan de Fuca and San Juan Islands.

Our drive on 90 afforded beautiful views of the Cascades and over the Snoqualmie Pass. When we exited onto 405, there was a collision at the 70th Avenue exit which caused a delay of over 1 hour at 5 miles per hour for almost 30 miles.





Driving down Hwy 20 to the base and over Deception Pass is a very  scenic drive especially over the  DeceptionPass bridge and past Pass Lake.

Deception Pass


After arriving, took a walk to view  the  eagles. Below are the best photos..the one in flight, John took. The campground has many flower gardens and cute signs made from driftwood. Ken and Diane, you are great hosts. Where else can you get complimentary flower arrangements for your table from the campground garden? To all our military friends who have not camped here, you are missing a great experience  and location. So relaxing to view the Juan de Fuca and islands.




One of Many Driftwood Displays

Another One

Nature Path

Nature Trail

Cute Bunny

Flowers for the Table


Our stay here will be mostly one of relaxation and catching up. We may go  over to the islands one day.

Site 1

View of San Juan Islands

Another View of our Site