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North America » United States » Oregon » Dundee September 30th 2013

Lest any of you sitting in your nice warm homes or out in the 78-degree sunshine are worrying about us, we are OK. We were in Oak Harbor Friday night listening to the wind buffet our RV. Restless, we got up at 4:30 AM and tried to figure out how best to escape the big storm that was approaching. We left at 7:30 and drove 300 miles down I-5 in wind and rain. The rain wasn’t heavy, thankfully, but the wind made driving harder. Now we are here in Willamette Valley, Oregon and it’s still raining. Lindsay just opened our RV door to snap a picture and the door nearly got away from him. An hour ago the power went out in the RV camp. But the good news is, thanks to all our redundant systems, ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Oak Harbor September 27th 2013

We have been enjoying our time here in Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park, situated right on the water. This city park is a wonderful place and is well used by the community. Yesterday we went with friends by ferryboat to Port Townsend, WA, a pretty little town on the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. Because of the town’s emphasis on historical preservation, this well-known 19th century seaport with its ornate Victorian architecture has been well preserved. The railroad never came to Port Townsend, so the town never became the industrial hub that was expected. So the Victorian commercial buildings and ornate homes with spectacular views of the harbor still remain. Our friends built their home overlooking Puget Sound several years ago. Needless to say, they love it. We’ve had a lovely time visiting, eating, and touring. ... read more
Downtown Port Townsend
On the Ferry
Our Friends Have a Beautiful View

North America » United States » Washington » Mt Rainier September 23rd 2013

Today we thought we saw the sun trying to peek out, so we headed for Mt. Rainier, about 50 miles away. Even before we entered the park, we drove for miles through old growth forests of Douglas Fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock. The trees were huge, over 100 feet tall. As we entered the park, the road cut a narrow tunnel through the trees as we ascended the mountain. With overcast skies and mist rising from below, it was very eerie. There were no breathtaking panoramic views to be had today, but the park was, nevertheless, breathtaking. At our first stop, I couldn’t believe the huge rocks and fallen trees in the riverbed of the Nisqually River. This is a glacial river fed by Mt. Rainier’s glaciers as well as by snowmelt and heavy ... read more
Old Growth Forest
A Douglas Fir That Sprouted in 1293
Nisqually River

North America » United States » Oregon » Bend September 20th 2013

Yesterday we drove the 33 mile Rim Drive around Crater Lake. The road is aptly named, as we did indeed travel on the edge of the rim of the crater. Many of the pullouts were perched on steep cliffs, offering panoramic views - - as well as causing a bit of vertigo. The lake rests inside a caldera formed about 7700 years ago when Mt. Mazama erupted and its summit collapsed. The lake is fed by rain and snowmelt, and at 1900 feet deep, is the deepest lake in the U.S. The depth accounts for its intensely blue color. The lake is also considered to be the cleanest large body of water in the world. There is an island in the lake, Wizard Island, named for its resemblance to a sorcerer’s hat. It is a cinder ... read more
Phantom Ship
Wizard Island

North America » United States » Utah » Arches National Park September 15th 2013

Arches National Park is phenomenal. All along the 18-mile road from the entrance, sheer cliffs, spires, pinnacles, freestanding walls, and other unusual rock formations surrounded us. In what was once a large shallow inland sea, 100 million years of erosion has created this fantastic landscape. Many of the rock groupings have interesting names, like Park Avenue, named for the remarkable resemblance to skyscrapers, in NYC. The iconic arch that appears on anything to do with Utah was unfortunately inaccessible today due to recent floods that wiped out the road. Disappointed at first, we soon recovered as we took in all the sights around us. As the name of this park suggests, there are plenty of arches to behold. This quote from southwestern writer Ed Abbey sums it up: “This is a landscape that has to be ... read more
Climbing After Entering Arches NP
Spires and Pinnicles
Free Standing Walls Are Called Fins

Canyonlands National Park has some of the most remote and difficult-to-reach sections of all the national parks, accessible only to hikers, boaters, bikers, and 4 wheel drive vehicles. Luckily for us, there is a paved road to Grand View Point, with several lookout points along the way. We left our campground under grey skies, but when we got to the top of the mesa, we had a lot of sun. The vista is 360 degrees and reaches 100 miles, so it was fascinating to see blue skies mixed in with ominous thunderclouds. This afternoon as I write this, we are having a thunderstorm. I thought we were in a desert! Maybe this is normal, but I think not, judging from the devastation this weather system has brought to Colorado as well as to New Mexico, and ... read more
Cliffs and Canyons
Gail at Grand View Overlook
Photographer at Work

North America » United States » Colorado » Montrose September 13th 2013

On Wednesday, the 11th we left Canon City and traveled for miles with the Arkansas River on one side and steep cliffs on the other. We then traveled up and through Monarch Pass (altitude 11,312 feet) and then down the other side. Being on a 2-lane highway rather than an Interstate made the mountain crossing quite dramatic, as well as a bit of a challenge for Lindsay. We stopped for lunch at Blue Mesa Lake, the largest body of water in Colorado. On Thursday the 12th we were in Montrose, Colorado, and spent the morning at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. It was spectacular. It is called Black Canyon, because the walls are so steep and the gorge is so narrow that sunlight reaches down to the river only at mid-day. The National Park ... read more
Welcome Center Lookout
Black Canyon
Arkansas River

North America » United States » Colorado » Canon City September 10th 2013

We had a pleasant trip along Interstate 40 with stops in Lebanon, TN, Forrest City, AR, Checotah, OK (2 nights), and Amarillo,TX . It was sunny and hot, in the mid 90’s, so hot in fact that we didn’t even make use of the nice outdoor pool in Oklahoma. We left Amarillo yesterday and had a beautiful ride on Routes 325, 87, and Interstate 25 up through Texas, New Mexico and into Colorado. Our first picture is where we stopped for lunch on the NM-Colorado border. The landscape was dramatic as we climbed into the high desert with mountains in the distance. We arrived at Mountain View RV Resort in Canon City, CO yesterday, to be greeted by a cold front and clouds. I waited for a colorful sunset picture and then for a sunrise picture, ... read more
Royal Gorge Bridge
Royal Gorge Bridge_2
Fire Damage at Royal Gorge

North America » United States » South Carolina » Greenville September 2nd 2013

We're just getting ready to leave for our two month trip West and back. We plan to see as many of the National Parks as we can and hope we will be able to get into Yosemite in spite of the fires there now. It will be our first long trip in our new (to us) Winnebago motor coach. It's smaller than the 5th wheel we previously had, so it will be "cozy".Stay tuned for our blog posts over the next two months. Lindsay and Gail... read more
Return Trip (4021 mi)-2013

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